Board of Directors and Staff

2014 AIA Potomac Valley Leadership

Loreen Arnold

Loreen Arnold, AIA
KTGY Group, Inc.

Loreen Arnold has served on the AIAPV Board for a total of 7 years (2000-2004 and 2010-present) and has always enjoyed the networking and interaction with her colleagues that the Chapter has provided.  When asked to state one thing she wants to accomplish as President, she answered that she is “looking forward to a year in which we grow the membership and continue to make the public aware of the unique value an architect brings to the building process.”  She is currently practicing at the KTGY Group in Virginia as a Production Director.  At KTGY, she is responsible for the management and production of contract documents for mid rise multifamily buildings in the Washington metropolitan area. Loreen is also involved in the entitlement process for a number of buildings proposed on transit oriented sites adjacent to local Metro stations.  Loreen continues to pursue her career goal of creating quality communities, with a particular interest in transit oriented, urban sites.

Loreen attended the University of Maryland where she received her Bachelors of Architecture, and through her 25-year career she has shown that leadership comes naturally to her.  Working at Torti Gallas (2001 – 2006) as a Senior Project Manager, Loreen was responsible for managing various national projects that were funded by the HUD HOPE IV grant program for affordable housing.  While at The Preston Partnership, LLC (2006 – 2009), again as a Senior Project Manager, Loreen was responsible for managing teams of professional architects producing design and contract documentation for mixed-use and multi-family housing and development.  For three years, she even worked as partner at Arnold & Arnold, a small firm she began with her husband, also an architect.

For the past five years, Loreen has been an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, teaching and developing college-level curriculum for Sustainable and Green Building courses at both the introductory and advanced levels. In addition to building a certificate program for Sustainable Architecture, the courses that she’s created are intended to provide preparatory study for taking the LEED Green Associates Exam.

Wayne Broadfield

Wayne Broadfield, AIA
MV+A Architects

Wayne Broadfield has been a member of AIAPV since 2010.  Wanting to explore the benefits of AIAPV membership, Wayne started his involvement with the AIAPV soon after earning his license.  He soon found his way to the Programs Committee and created the popular “Third Thursday” technical seminar series for those who are looking for the chapter to provide the valuable CEU’s.  Wayne joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in 2013.

When asked what he was looking forward to as the President-Elect for AIAPV, he replied that he was “looking forward to working with Loreen Arnold in 2014 to make the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter stronger than ever.”

Wayne attended Philadelphia University from 1995 to 2000 where he received his Bachelors of Architecture. After working at BBLM for 2 years, he then moved to MV + A Architects in downtown Washington, DC, where he remains today.  As an Associate at MV+A Architects, Wayne manages numerous retail, educational and planning projects. He is the Project Designer/ Manager for the Mid-Atlantic & Florida regions of Whole Food Market, MV + A Architects’ largest client. Within the firm, Wayne also contributes to developing Production Document Quality Standards and BIM/ AutoCAD management.

Wayne lives with his wife and English Bulldog, Wrigley, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  He enjoys watching sports (GO Indianapolis Colts & Chicago Cubs) and exploring the world of home/craft beer brewing with friends.

Joe Lai

Joe Lai, Assoc. AIA
Wiencek + Associates

Joe Lai first became involved with AIA Potomac Valley as a member of the Programs Committee. He worked with other volunteers to plan, advertise, and execute various events for the chapter; many of which were centered on mentorship and licensure issues of fellow Associate members. Joe was elected to the AIAPV board in 2012 as Associate Director, where he established the chapter’s first Committee for Emerging Professionals, focused on engaging more Associate members. 

Joe has worked at Wiencek + Associates, an award-winning 50 person firm with offices in Washington, DC and Gaithersburg, Maryland, since 2007. and shares the firm’s passion for creating socially responsible and community oriented architecture. He has worked on several multi-family projects—including Wheeler Terrace and The Vista at Edgewood Terrace—that have transformed neighborhoods and communities in DC. In addition to affordable housing, he also had the opportunity to collaborate with Adjaye Associates on the Francis Gregory and Lockridge Bellevue DC Public Libraries, both of which were opened in the summer of 2012. Most recently, Joe served as project lead for The Avenue, one of the firm’s submissions to the 2013 AIAPV Design Awards.  Joe became licensed in late 2013.

Joe currently works and resides in the Washington, DC metro area. Originally from Taiwan, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture.

Tom Nyein, AIA
Tom Nyein, Architect

Tom Nyein has served as Treasurer of the AIAPV board since 2008. He also works with the chapter’s Communications Committee and provides much of the event photography used on this website and in other chapter publications.

Tom has been providing architectural design and construction management services for projects in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Illinois and Pennsylvania since 2008. The diverse range of projects include religious facilities, restaurants, dental offices, supermarkets, retail and warehouse facilities, residential new construction and modifications. 

He began his career in 1989 at ArchGroup, Inc. working his way up from Assistant Architect to Construction Manager. Tom then spent 15 years with Phoenix Land Design, Inc. first as a Planner, later moving to a Project Manager position, where he served as primary contact for clients ranging from builders and developers to individual property owners, provided site design services for projects ranging from single and multifamily subdivisions, town homes, mixed use developments, religious and institutional facilities to individual properties.

Originally from Myanmar (Burma), Tom attended Mandalay University and the Rangoon Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He received his NAAB accreditation for licensing in  Architecture from Virginia Tech University.


David Cronrath AIAPV

David Cronrath, AIA
University of Maryland
School of Architecture

Lisa London AIAPV

Lisa London, AIA
Edifice Studio

Thomas Danco, AIA

Thomas Danco, AIA
Torti Gallas and Partners


William Fears, Assoc. AIA

William Fears, Assoc. AIA
Torti Gallas and Partners


Mark Mazz, AIA

Mark Mazz, AIA
Mark Mazz, LLC

Janice Fredwest Szymanski, AIA

Janice Fredwest Szymanski, AIA
Grimm + Parker

Georgina Thibodeaux AIAPV

Georgina Thibodeaux, Assoc. AIA

Immediate Past President

Scott Knudson AIAPV

Scott Knudson, AIA
Wiencek + Associates

Academic Director

Brian Kelly AIAPV

Brian Kelly, AIA
University of Maryland
School of Architecture

AIAMD Directors

John Corkill AIAPV

John Corkill, AIA
Corkill Cush Reeves Architects

Larry Frank AIAPV

Larry Frank, AIA
Bennett Frank McCarthy

Scott Knudson AIAPV

Scott Knudson, AIA
Wiencek + Associates

Helen Wilkes AIAPV

Helen Wilkes, AIA
Kawa Wilkes Architects, LLC

James Louviere AIAPV

James Louviere, AIA
Louviere, Stratton & Yokel, LLC

AIAPV Executive Director

Renee Brooks Catacalos

Renee Brooks Catacalos

Renee Brooks Catacalos joined AIA Potomac Valley as executive director in June 2013. She was previously deputy director of the regional nonprofit Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Her nonprofit and trade association experience also includes managing marketing and communications at the Houston Association of Realtors, representing nonprofits and trade associations as a senior public relations agency executive, and serving on a number of nonprofit boards in the DC area including ECO City Farms and FRESHFARM Markets. Her professional background also includes several years as publisher of the food magazine Edible Chesapeake, as well as stints as a consular officer with the U.S. Foreign Service and deputy chief of protocol for the City of Houston, Texas. She is a native of Washington, DC, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and a current resident, with her husband and two teenagers, of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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