Board of Directors
John Cary | San Francisco, CA
Co-founder & Operations Director
John is the Executive Director of Public Architecture, a nonprofit organization that puts the resources of the architecture profession in the service of the public interest. Presently, he is past chair of the AIA Educator/Practitioner Network; a member of the AIA Diversity Committee; California’s Regional Associate Director on the AIA National Associates Committee; and on several other committees and award juries. John served as co-chair of the 2002 National Internship Summit; 1999-2000 AIAS National Vice President; a member of the IDP Coordinating Committee (IDPCC); and editor-in-chief of Crit, the journal of the AIAS. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Finally, John is a candidate for architect registration in the State of California and is currently preparing to take the ARE.
Ellen Scanlan Cathey, Assoc. AIA | Charlottesville, VA
Ellen is the Associate Dean of Students within the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture & Planning. She is currently a member of the AIA Educator/Practitioner Network (EPN), which she will chair in 2006. Previously, Ellen worked as Director of Education and Director of Emerging Professionals for the AIA, where she oversaw AIA programs and committees related to architectural education and emerging professionals, including the EPN, Case Study Work Group, Mentorship Task Group, National Associates Committee, and Young Architects Forum. Prior to joining the AIA staff, Ellen served as a project manager for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and as editor of ACSA News. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University and her Master of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. Finally, Ellen is a candidate for architect registration in the State of Virginia, she has completed NCARB’s IDP, and she is currently preparing to take the ARE.
Raymond Dehn, Assoc. AIA | Minneapolis, MN
President & Chairman of the Board of Advisors
Ray works for Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc., in Minneapolis, where he also worked for Feyereisen Studios, Hammel Green Abrahamson, and Leonard Parker Associates before joining ESG. Ray served as the 1996-97 AIAS National President, as the student representative on the 1997 AIA Board of Directors, Associate Director (the first-ever selected by the NAC) on the 2001 AIA Board, as a member of the 2000 AIA National Honor Awards Jury, and as chair of AIA Minnesota’s Awards Committee. Having served on seven NAAB Visiting Teams, Ray was the first Associate member to represent the AIA on a NAAB Visiting Team. He was also a member of the 1996-1998 NAAB Board of Directors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in architecture, cum laude, and completed his Master of Architecture coursework at the University of Minnesota. Finally, Ray is a candidate for architect registration in the State of Minnesota, he has completed NCARB’s IDP, and he is currently preparing to take the ARE.
Elizabeth Donoff | New York, NY
Elizabeth is Senior Editor of Architectural Lighting magazine. Her entry into design journalism is a new endeavor after nine years of professional work experience in New York City architectural offices. Elizabeth graduated from Bates College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and earned her Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. In addition to her writing skills, Elizabeth is an accomplished photographer, and has had her work displayed in public exhibits and museums. Elizabeth is a candidate for architect registration in the State of New York; she has completed NCARB’s IDP, and is in the process of taking the ARE. Elizabeth first became involved with ArchVoices as a participant in our inaugural essay competition.
Evelyn M. Lee, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP | Costa Mesa, CA
Evelyn is an intern architect with Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, located in Costa Mesa, Calif. She is actively involved with the AIA at the local, state, and national levels, including current service on the AIA California Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors, AIA Diversity Committee, and AIA National Associates Committee. Evelyn also serves on the ArchVoices Board of Directors and was a co-author of the 2005 AIA/ArchVoices/NCARB Internship & Career Survey Final Report. In recognition of this extensive involvement, Evelyn was recognized with the 2005 Associate AIA Member of the Year Award. Evelyn earned her Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Drury University in 2002 and her Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in 2003. She has completed NCARB’s IDP, is currently taking the ARE, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Beyond architecture, Evelyn enjoys playing and coaching soccer.
Matt Ostanik, Assoc. AIA | West Des Moines, IA
Essay Competition Director
Matt is an intern architect at Frevert-Ramsey-Kobes Architects-Engineers, a small firm specializing in civic architecture such as K-12 education, colleges, libraries, and community centers. While working fulltime, he is also enrolled as a part-time student in Iowa State’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. After facilitating the 2002 Internship Summit’s online component, Matt conceived of and has since led the ArchVoices Essay Competition. In addition to his support of ArchVoices, Matt serves as chair of the 2004 AIA Iowa Young Architects Committee and is actively involved with a number of other AIA Iowa committees and initiatives. In 2004, he was honored by the AIA and the National Associates Committee (NAC) with the Associate Member of the Year Award. Matt earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2001. Finally, Matt is a candidate for architect registration in the State of Iowa, he has completed NCARB’s IDP, and he is currently taking the ARE. Matt first became involved with ArchVoices as a 2002 Internship Summit participant.
Casius Pealer | Washington, DC
Co-founder, Past President, & Newsletter Director
Casius is an associate with Reno Cavanaugh, LLP, which provides a broad range of legal and legislative advocacy services to housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and small businesses nationwide. Casius has worked on a number of unique initiatives under the broad category of livable communities with the American Architectural Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and the United States Peace Corps. Previously he served as the 1996-97 AIAS National Vice President; on the IDP Coordinating Committee and ACSA Board of Directors; and as a member of the 1999-2000 AIA Intern/Associates Committee, which preceded the National Associates Committee. Casius earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He took the New York State Bar exam upon graduation in July 2005.