The 2022 Board of Directors is comprised of AIA members from all local components.

President

Douglas Ito, AIA Seattle

Term Expires: 2024

Biography

Douglas Ito, AIA

Douglas Ito, AIA

Douglas Ito, AIA joined SMR Architects in 1996 and has been a principal since 2009. He actively advocates for affordable housing at both local and state levels and is currently co-chair of AIA Seattle’s Housing Committee. He also participates as a member of the City of Tacoma’s Affordable Housing Action Strategy Technical Advisory Group. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle and King County, including two years as Board President. Douglas also is dedicated to preserving the historic fabric of communities throughout the state. His contributions to historic preservation include not only his rehabilitation work, but also his community participation as a former member for the Board of Directors for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and as the former Chair of the Pioneer Square Historic Preservation Board.

President-Elect

Tom Rieger, AIA Southwest

Term Expires: 2023

Biography

Tom Rieger, AIA

Tom Rieger, AIA

Tom Rieger AIA is a licensed architect and Project Manager with Thomas Architecture Studios in Olympia, Washington. Tom has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of project types in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on mixed use housing and urban design. Tom earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington State University. Tom is a Past President of AIASWW and is an active participant in his community and serves on the board of the Olympia Film Society, assisting in their efforts to restore the historic Capitol Theater and bring art, film and music to the South Sound. When time allows, Tom enjoys spending time on the beach sculpting sand at local competitions.

Past President

Carl Dominguez, AIA Seattle

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Carl Dominguez, AIA

Carl Dominguez, AIA

Carl is an associate with Schacht Aslani Architects and has served as project architect and project manager for civic, higher education, and public works projects. He was appointed as AIA Seattle’s representative to AIA Washington Council for 2018 and also serves as AIA Washington Council Secretary/Treasurer. Over the past ten years, Carl has served on and chaired both the AIA Seattle’s Multi-Family Committee and the Committee on the Environment (COTE). He recently served on the steering committee for AIA Seattle’s Material Matters Season II, multi-session forum and co-chaired AIA Seattle’s Urban Housing planning taskforce and was honored for his volunteer service by the chapter in 2017. Carl has also been regular participant in AIA Washington’s lobbying day at the state capitol.

Secretary-Treasurer

Steve Mallory, AIA Central

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Linda Newcomb, AIA

Steve Mallory, AIA

Steve Mallory, AIA, NCARB is a Partner at Arculus Design and Technical Services in Kennewick, Washington. Mr. Mallory after graduating from the University of Idaho now has over 30 years as an architect working in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked on a wide array of projects including medical, educational, civil, municipal, State and federal projects. Mr. Mallory has worked at Washington State University facilities, on very large projects such as Hanford Waste Treatment plant, I-5 and I-90 Interstate highway intersection, Seattle’s metro bus tunnel. He worked on other large projects while at Sverdrup along with being an associate principal in a large Spokane firm and previously a partner in a Seattle firm. He enjoys working on more complex projects, fine detailing, construction management, specifications and forensics. Steve is currently the President of the Alliance for Livable and Sustainable Communities in the Tri-Cities, and is a member of the AIA Central Washington board.

Directors

Jed Bellow, AIA Seattle/Northwest

Term Expires: 2023

Biography

Jed Bellow, AIA

Jed Bellow, AIA

Jed Ballew is a partner at Zervas Architects in Bellingham. He found his love of Architecture at a young age through experiencing the rich Art Deco and mid-century buildings in his previous hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has over twenty years of experience working on various project types including historic preservation, healthcare, multi-family residential, tenant improvement and education.

Jed received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University in 1999 and practiced architecture in Tulsa before relocating to Bellingham in 2017. While living and working in Tulsa, Jed actively supported and served on the board for the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the AIA as well as local non-profits and he was an active member of the community.  As a recent resident of the beautiful State of Washington, he is becoming more engaged in Bellingham, the state and surrounding communities through his work with Zervas, as well as through volunteer opportunities. Jed is married and has two teenage children. In his free time he enjoys being around his family, playing the drums, mountain biking, trail running and hiking.

Stephen Black, AIA Southwest

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Stephen Black, AIA

Stephen Black, AIA

Stephen Black is a Senior Project Manager | Associate with fi architecture in Gig Harbor, WA. He has over 21 years of experience working on a wide array of project types but focusing mainly on education projects. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University and is a licensed architect in Washington. He enjoys volunteering time with the AIA and coaching youth sports. Stephen currently serves on the AIA Washington Council Board and is a past president of AIA Washington Council.

Dave Buescher, AIA Spokane

Term Expires: 2024

Biography

Dave Buescher, AIA

Dave Buescher, AIA

Dave Buescher AIA is the Chief Operating Officer at HDG Architecture in Spokane. He holds degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

His broad base of architectural experience ranges between commercial, higher education, residential, and civic projects. He has demonstrated continued and significant volunteer experience in the architectural field both locally and statewide. In Spokane, he has been heavily involved with the local AIA chapter and was president in 2018; he has also participated as a member of the Design Review Board and Arts Commission. Sustainable construction and environmental issues have long been a passion that have guided Dave’s involvement on the City of Spokane’s Climate Action Subcommittee. Consequently, Dave helped to formulate the city’s climate action plan and has been involved with the AIA|WA Climate Committee since 2019.

Elizabeth de Regt, AIA Seattle

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Elizabeth de Regt, AIA

Elizabeth de Regt, AIA

Elizabeth de Regt, AIA, is an architect and urban designer specializing in master planning, with experience in designing a wide range of corporate office, mixed-use, higher education, and healthcare projects. Her passion lies at the intersection of architecture and urban design, and she seeks to create spaces that enhance sustainability at an urban scale. Elizabeth focuses on livability issues, with expertise in researching daylighting in the public realm as well as zoning issues that impact shared spaces. By facilitating livability in an urban context, she hopes to make cities more attractive, affordable, and sustainable for a diverse array of people. Elizabeth holds a BS in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin. She also chairs AIA Washington Council’s Climate Committee, coordinating AIA’s positioning and work combatting climate change state-wide.

Board Associates

Rushyan Yen, AIA

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Rushyan Yen, AIA

Rushyan Yen, AIA

Rushyan Yen AIA has a background in studio art, urban ecology, and sustainable design. She received dual master’s degrees in architecture and environmental management from Yale University and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel the world for a year researching a textile art form known as Batik. “My design work straddles architecture, urban design, art, and ecology to create healthy and vibrant spaces for people to live, work and play. I have spent much of my life creating bridges between societal, human, and environmental needs. While the result has often expressed itself in built form, I have come to see that it is through policy, advocacy, and cross-disciplinary collaboration that fundamental change is possible.”

Heidi Buchberger, AIA

Term Expires: 2022

Biography

Heidi Buchberger, AIA

Heidi Buchberger, AIA

Heidi Buchberger AIA received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and moved to Washington shortly thereafter. While working at McGranahan Architects in Tacoma for the first five years of her career, she worked on Timberline Middle School, Glacier Middle School, Stanwood High School, and Stanwood Alternative Learning Center. Recently she made a slight career pivot to work as a senior project engineer at Lydig Construction in Bellevue. Heidi is eager to continue to facilitate successful construction experiences for her clients from a different vantage point.”

 

National Associate Representative for Washington

Katie Cherrier, Assoc. AIA

Term Expires: 2023

Biography

Katie Cherrier, Assoc. AIA

Katie Cherrier, Assoc. AIA

Katie Cherrier, Assoc. AIA graduated from the architecture program at Spokane Community College in 2020. In the spring of 2021, she received a Certificate in Women’s Leadership from Gonzaga University. Her passion for community and problem solving led her to serve as president of the Spokane AIAS Chapter, during which time she had the opportunity to travel and attend the AIAS Forum conference in Toronto and the AIAS regional West Quad Conference in Honolulu, and she was able to virtually attend the AIAS Grassroots Conference as a past-president mentor for her chapter. Katie joined Integrus Architecture as an intern after college, where she recently celebrated her second year as an architectural associate.”