Our careers are a series of choices we make over a lifetime. They shape—and are shaped by—our life experiences and the opportunities we are exposed to. Join us for the fifth event in our 2021 TORCH Mentorship curriculum, “Advancing Your Career,” to explore how emerging professionals can identify and pursue specific goals to develop their careers. Our panel of AIA Fellows will speak to their experiences, discussing how they built upon decisions made earlier in their journeys, how they navigated opportunities and challenges, and how various soft and hard skills they acquired along the way helped them get to where they are today. Participants and speakers will then convene for smaller group conversations.
Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, Founding Principal, Ann Marie Baranowski Architect
Kevin Hom, FAIA, President, Kevin Hom Architects
Joseph Tanney, FAIA, Founding Partner, RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE
Jay Valgora, FAIA, Founder and Partner, STUDIO V Architecture
About the Speakers:
Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, is a founding principal of ‘Ann Marie Baranowski Architect’, has worked as an architect, planner, teacher and client. This experience tempers her understanding of design excellence, its value in the public realm, and its practical effects on the lifecycle of buildings. An ardent New Yorker, the city grounds Ann Marie in its vibrant, dynamic culture. It inspires her teaching and volunteer service in the architecture/arts communities. She is also a AIANY co-chair the Chapter’s Cultural Facilities Committee, leading volunteers in advocating for culture as an essential investment in our buildings and cities.
Kevin Hom, FAIA, is a president of ‘Kevin Hom Architects’, an award-winning architectural firm specializing in the planning and design of new as well as renovations of educational and other institutional facilities nationwide. The firm is recognized as a leader in the design of Higher Education facilities, such as student unions, laboratories, libraries, classrooms, recreation centers and auditoriums. He has reinvented the architecture program at CUNY’s School of Technology and Design, where he served as Dean, developing a dynamic, sustainability-focused, and technology-based model for preparing disadvantaged students to enter and bring diversity to the profession.
Joseph Tanney, FAIA, is a founding partner of ’RESULUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE’, an internationally-published, award-winning, full-service architecture firm with projects in the residential, commercial, and public realms. He is a leader in prefabricated design and has transformed the understanding of prefab among the profession and the public through his distinctive design methodology, THE MODERN MODULAR.
Jay Valgora, FAIA, is a founder and partner of ‘STUDIO V Architecture’, a multi-disciplinary design firm with an extraordinary range of experience and expertise in including Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Graphic Identity. Inspired by the grain elevators of Buffalo, New York Mr. Valgora became an architect and planner. He is currently a member of the Waterfront Management Advisory Board which provides guidance to the Department of City Planning on the development of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. He is also on the advisory board of Urban Land Institute New York and participates in their Technical Assistance Panels on sites around New York City.