We are just beginning our first full year under an eight member Board of Directors.  Thus far, based on one-half-year’s experience, it appears the smaller size is fulfilling the goals and expectations of the Board.

The 2017 Board of Directors is comprised of the following dedicated AIA members.

AIA Central Representative

Linda Newcomb, AIA – 2016 AIA Washington Council President

Term Expires 2018

Biography

Linda Newcomb, AIA is known for her community involvement, working to help her community become a better place to live. She is Chairperson of the Walla Walla County Planning Commission, sits on the Walla Walla Historic Preservation Committee, involved with the Downtown Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. She moved back to Walla Walla in 2000 to start her own architecture practice. She primarily works in small commercial and residential projects in Eastern Washington including a design award winning dental clinic in Wenatchee. She started working for the Army Corps of Engineers in 1985, first in Walla Walla District, then Middle East Africa District, then Albuquerque District and finally Japan District where she did design, cost engineering and project management. This includes the Tri-Forces Army Hospital in Misawa, Japan. She became a registered architect in 1990 and graduated from Washington State University in 1985.

AIA Seattle Representatives

Peggy Heim, AIA

Term Expires 2019

Biography

Pending

Lois Wardell, AIA

Term Expires 2017

Biography

Walter Schacht, FAIA

Lois Wardell, AIA

Lois Wardell, AIA, is the president of Wardell Architects, formerly located in Yakima, now headquartered on Lopez Island in the San Juans. Her firm is broad based, working primarily in the public sector for state, county and city clients, but also doing award winning residential projects.

She has been involved in AIA Washington Council for over thirty years, serving as Secretary Treasurer and President of Washington Council, as well a serving on the boards of AIA Central Washington, and presently AIA Northwest Washington.

She is a recipient of the Jennie Sue Brown award for service to Washington Council.

Mark Cork, AIA – 2017 AIA Washington Council President-Elect

Term Expires 2018

Biography

Pending

Walter Schacht, FAIA

Term Expires 2018

Biography

Walter Schacht, FAIA

Walter Schacht, FAIA

Walter Schacht, FAIA is recognized for creating strong, modern buildings that transform educational, cultural and civic institutions, and for promoting public policies that advance the community. At Schacht Aslani Architects, he leads planning and design teams on complex projects and plays a central role in setting the vision for firm growth and development. Walter is skilled at creating places that foster community, inviting people to gather and exchange ideas. Walter has the ability to engage people, enabling them to see the big picture and rally around a common vision that drives the design of the project.

He is recognized as a leader in the profession. During his tenure as President-elect and President of AIA Seattle the chapter forged new directions in terms of its professional leadership and its commitment to advocacy. He continues that effort today as an architectural delegate on the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Capital Projects Advisory Board.

AIA Southwest Representatives

Stephen Black,  AIA

Term Expires 2019

Biography

Pending

Ryan Wilson, Assoc. AIA – 2017 AIA Washington Council Secretary-Treasurer

Term Expires 2017

Biography

Ryan has been involved with Washington Council since 2009, first as a Political Director and then as Secretary-Treasurer. He works at Wilson Associates Architects and Planners in Vancouver Washington, a mid-sized firm that focuses on both public and private projects. A graduate of the University of Washington, Ryan brings considerable experience with non-profit organizations and boards.

AIA Spokane Representative

John Eckert, AIA

Term Expires 2017

Biography

John Eckert is an Associate Principal in NAC Architecture’s Spokane, Washington office with a firm wide staff of over 130 people with offices located in Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California. He has over 17 years of experience working on a wide array of project types with the last decade focusing on health care. John has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Idaho and is a licensed architect in Washington, Idaho, & Minnesota along with a NCARB Certification. John was previously President of AIA Spokane and volunteers in the Spokane Community with Boy Scouts, coaching baseball & soccer and volunteering for various charitable events. As President Elect for AIA|WA Council he serves on the Executive Committee and Co-Chair for the 2015 AIA Civic Design Awards.