"Citizen-Architects" Serving the Community

The term “Citizen Architect” is a title informally bestowed on AIA members, given with great pride and representative of a call to action for Architects to take a greater role in the civic advocacy of their communities.These Potomac Valley Chapter members have served in various public capacities outside of the AIA, bringing their unique perspective to important work in their communities. Learn more about how to become a Citizen Architect at the AIA Center for Civic Leadership.

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AIA Potomac Valley Member Appointed Positions Elected Positions Community Volunteerism
Loreen H. Arnold, AIA     Envision Prince George's TOD Committee
Ralph Bennett, FAIA Montgomery County Planning Board Public Art Review Panel   President, PurpleLine NOW; VP Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County
Christopher O. Collins, AIA     Darnestown Civic Association
John F. Corkill, Jr., AIA     Lutheran Church Extension Fund Architects' Advisory Group 1980-present - Secretary, President; Laborers for Christ - 1980-2013 - 6500-congregation national church build-it-yourself group; Local church - 1946-present - Council, Sec., Pres. 4 terms 
Richard A. Donnally, AIA     board member and pro bono services for Second Chance Wildlife Center
Leland E. Edgecombe, AIA     Member: National Consortium of Creative Placemaking (2014 to Present); Fraternity Committee on Homelessness
Marc I. Feinstein, AIA Historic District Commission, City of Gaithersburg   Boy Scouts of America
Bo Green, AIA     Boy Scouts of America, for last 14 yrs. in various capacities as Merit Badge and Special Projects leader; Girl Scouts of America, Co-Den Leader, 2 yrs.; ReBuilding Together, Co-Captain Project Manager, 3 yrs,  Building Expansion Committee, Grace Episcopal Day School, 1 yr. 
Steven J. Karr, AIA City of Rockille King Farm Farmstead Task Force    
Mark A. Kramer, AIA Bethesda Arts & Entertainment Board; Purple Line Committee for the Arts; Montgomery County Planning Board Art Review Panel    Bethesda Urban Partnership Board (retired); Strathmore Hall Performing Arts Advisory Board (retired)
Bruce G. Marshall, AIA     PT Boats, Inc.
Mark J. Mazz, AIA     Board of Directors of CALMRA, which manages 16 homes for adults with cognitive disabilities
Rui A. Ponte, AIA     LLS --board member
Robert W. Reinhardt, AIA   Councilman, Town of Garrett Park, MD  5/92 - 5/96 Capital Dog Training Club - Instructor
Mary-Margaret Stacy, AIA     Silver Spring United Methodist Church- Renovations Committee Co-Chair, AIA CA CRAN Steering Committe Member
Kyra Tallon, AIA     Special Olympics Sailing - partner coordinator; Commodore, Potomac River Sailing Association
David R. Whaples, AIA Greenbelt Board of appeals member    
Helen Crettier Wilkes, AIA Mont. Cty.: Member, Legacy Open Space Advisory Bd., 2001 - present; Chair, Kensington Local Advisory Panel (advises the M.Cty. Historic Pres. Commission), indefinite term. Town of Kensington: Member, Greenscape Committee.   Kensington Land Trust, President (many terms)
Bruce Zavos, AIA Chair, Frederick Affordable Housing Council   Frederick Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity