Board of Directors

John Syvertsen FAIA (Chair)

Senior Principal, Cannon Design (Retired)

John Syvertsen has been chair of the AIA National Committee on Design, and president of both the AIA Chicago Chapter and the Chicago Architectural Club. He has Board and Advisory positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. John is a leader and original member of The Chicago Design Initiative.

Eva Maddox Assoc AIA, FIIDA, LEED AP (Vice Chair)

Principal, Perkins + Will | Branded Environments (Retired)

Eva Maddox is Co-Founder of Archeworks and a Fellow of the International Interior Design Association. She is the recipient of Chicago Magazine’s 2002 Chicagoan of the Year; and 2000 Star Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honoring her outstanding leadership and contribution to design. In 1999, Eva was elected to IIDA’s College of Fellows and in 1992, she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Howard Conant, Jr. (Treasurer)

President, Urban Innovations Inc.

Urban Innovations is Chicago’s premier developer and operator of office lofts committed to preserving affordable senior housing through the purchase, revitalization, professional management and long-term ownership or existing low-income senior properties. Mr. Conant is the former President of the Board of Directors of the River North Association.

Paul Barter PE

Office Director, Pennoni

Paul Barter, PE, is Office Director of Pennoni Chicago office. He is responsible for business development, operations, and engagement with our Chicago and Midwestern clients. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas. His primary design experience is in MEP systems for federal, institutional, industrial, and high-rise facilities. He also has expertise in the areas of distributed generation, smart cities, Microgrids, and power grid resilience. Paul’s technical knowledge in the areas of power, wireless, and cyber-security. Prior to joining Pennoni, Paul assembled a multi-discipline team that delivered the final construction drawings for the next “World’s Tallest Building,” Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a patent holder who enjoys building high-performance teams.

Amy Cassell IIDA, ASID, LEED AP

Principal, Amy Cassell Atelier

With 17 years of experience in architecture and interiors, Amy Cassell founded AC Atelier, a Chicago based architecture and interior design firm focused on residential, commercial, and hospitality work. Her current work includes projects in Chicago, New York, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Prior to founding AC Atelier, Amy was the Design Director for the Chicago office of Pierre-Yves Rochon, where she divided her time between the Chicago and Paris studios and created hotels internationally for Four Seasons, Starwood, Ritz Carlton, and private investors. Prior to joining Pierre-Yves Rochon, Amy was a partner at Suzanne Lovell Inc, splitting time between the New York and Chicago offices collaborating in the design of private residences that were featured in leading publications including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Shelter, Chicago Social Interiors, and O at Home. Amy received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ned Cramer

Editor-in-Chief, Architect Magazine

Ned Cramer is editor-in-chief of Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, and group editorial director of design and commercial construction at Hanley Wood Media. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Mr. Cramer served for five years as the curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and for eight years as an editor at Architecture magazine. Ned is a member of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence National Peer Registry, the selection committee for the National Building Museum’s Scully Prize, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art National Advisory Committee. He was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Robert Emanuel

Partner, Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC

Robert Emanuel is a business attorney, having spent the bulk of his legal career serving the needs of large financial institutions and related entities.  In addition to Archeworks, Bob serves on the board of BUILDChicago, where he currently co-chairs the board development committee.  Bob also previously served on the board of the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association, where he was a member of the executive committee and co-chaired the legal issues committee.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa in 1991, Bob received his law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995.

Philip Enquist FAIA

Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Philip Enquist is the leader of SOM’s Global City Design Practice, one of the world’s most awarded urban planning groups. Enquist is committed to the profession through one-on-one mentorships, his recent teaching of a studio for architecture and urban design students at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and as the Charles Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Architectural Guild of the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture for his dedication to strengthening the physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure of cities. The year prior, the Chicago Tribune named him and his studio “Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture,” citing “the city-friendly designs of Phil Enquist.”

Martin Felsen AIA

Co-Founder, UrbanLab

Martin Felsen, AIA, is co-founder of UrbanLab, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm. UrbanLab strives to respond to the complexity, growth and unintended consequences of the modern city by developing a catalogue of architectural, infrastructural and urbanistic design strategies, in particular examining natural and artificial systems underpinning the built environment. Martin is a Principal Investigator for research projects funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows. His research focuses on public space, public infrastructure and public resources in American (and American-style) cities and megaregions. He is a registered architect in Illinois and New York. He was educated at Virginia Tech (BArch, 1991), and Columbia University (MS-AAD, 1994). Martin is an Associate Professor in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) College of Architecture.

James Nagle FAIA

Co-Founder, Nagle Hartray

Since founding Nagle Hartray in 1966, Jim has designed award-winning projects of every type – from educational and commercial facilities to over 100 custom homes nationwide. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1981. Jim’s oral history is a part of the Chicago Architects Oral History Project for The Art Institute of Chicago. Jim has taught design at the University of Illinois Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and was a visiting lecturer and critic at a number of other architecture schools. He has served as Chairman of the National AIA Committee on Design, Chairman of the Chicago AIA Housing Committee, President of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, President of the Graham Foundation Board, a member of the WBEZ-FM Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees for Archeworks, and Design Juror on many State and National Awards Programs.

Ryan Nestor

Principal, Barker Nestor Inc

Ryan Nestor is the co-founder of Barker Nestor Architecture + Design – a leading hospitality design firm based in Chicago with a 20 year portfolio of hundreds of highly-regarded restaurant, bar, hotel, and entertainment design projects spanning the US. Awarded baccalaureates of architecture and science in environmental design from Ball State University, Ryan later diversified his education at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. There, he was a member of both the Law Review and the nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy Team. Ryan sits as a guest jury critic and guest lectures at numerous Chicago area universities, and is a Visiting Instructor at TU Delft in the Netherlands.