Meet the 2019 Jury

Ruth Gless, FAIA [Chair]

An award-winning designer with forty years’ experience, Ruth Gless, FAIA spent the early part of her career as an artist, a classroom teacher, and member of two internationally recognized architectural firms. She was twenty years the managing principal of Lincoln Street Studio in Columbus OH. She was elevated to Fellow in 2016.

Currently, she is an architect who paints, having recently had a solo show at the Ohio State University Faculty Club, and a work accepted for the Butler Institute of American Arts 83rd National Mid-year Show. As an architect and a painter, she celebrates urban space, because she believes that even the smallest village, rural location, or ruin can be urban. Grain elevators and old mills hold a particular fascination. They are the skyscrapers of small towns; they integrate into the fabric of the town; they hug the train tracks; and they and their dependencies make place. She also studies chairs. A particular fascination for architects, chairs represent the intersections between design and human use. The possibilities for design seems infinite, yet are restricted by the necessity of a human sitting. Recently she investigates collage in exploration of composition, color, and figure-ground relationships in space.

 

Yanitza Brongers, AIA, LEED BD+C and LEED for Homes

Born in San Juan Puerto Rico, Yanitza has practiced architecture for the last 23 years in three central Ohio firms: a small, medium and currently a large size firm, Moody Nolan. As Director of Moody Nolan’s Housing Studio since 2012, Yanitza has developed a rapidly growing practice that includes affordable and market rate residential, student housing, senior housing and large scale mixed use developments.

Yanitza’s diverse project experience includes education, corporate, commercial, religious, medical office, data centers, civic and recreation. Yanitza holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Master’s from The Ohio State University. Currently, she is 2019 AIA Columbus Chapter President, an advisor to the Upper Arlington Schools Task Force for Facilities Master Planning, and member of the Columbus Builders Exchange Craftsmanship Award Committee.

 

Joseph A. Moss, AIA

Joe is an architect at the Columbus office of Gieseke Rosenthal Architecture + Design.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Architecture and Design and is active with AIA Columbus, where he was the 2017 President.

Through his twenty year career, he has addressed projects with a wide range of place and scale; from a three million square-foot College of Science in Kuwait, to a 200 square-foot porch in suburban Columbus.  Consistent across his work is a care for the totality of material, scale, and place, and his projects have been recognized with design awards from AIA Columbus and AIA Ohio.

He earned an undergraduate degree in marketing at The Ohio State University and returned to the Knowlton School of Architecture to pursue a Master of Architecture, graduating in 1999.  His involvement with the University continues as an occasional adjunct studio instructor and critic.

 

Karen Planet, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Karen is an architect and design partner with Earl Reeder Associates, a small design studio in Dayton, Ohio that focuses on the design of cultural buildings and custom residential architecture.  Her design leadership with the firm has been recognized with numerous AIA Dayton design awards.

Karen received her Bachelor of Architecture Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati.  She is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional, Past President of AIA Dayton, and currently serves as Treasurer of AIA Ohio.  She is a member of the Sinclair Community College Curriculum Advisory Board for the Architecture Technology program , has served as a guest critic, chaired the AIA Dayton design awards committee, and has served as a design awards juror for AIA Southwest Michigan.

 

 

Diane Davis-Sikora

Diane is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. She is a licensed architect whose research focuses on temporary, lightweight  structures, and methods of narrative and documentary storytelling in architecture. Her writings have been presented nationally and internationally; and her architectural works exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, and Chicago Athenaeum. In 2011, Ms. Davis-Sikora was awarded the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant from the Center for Architecture Foundation in New York to research pneumatic architecture. Her short documentary, ‘Structures of Air‘, was an official selection at the 2012 VI Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival, and the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) in 2013. She was a featured speaker at the 2014 Textile Society of America Conference at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2015, Ms. Davis-Sikora was awarded a Knight Foundation Akron Arts Challenge Grant to launch an interactive, public art series in collaboration with experimental, media artist Kasumi beginning in the fall of 2017. The first installation from this series received an AIA Cleveland Honorable Mention ‘Makers’ Award in November 2018. Prior to her academic appointment, Ms. Davis-Sikora worked professionally in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and KMD Architects in San Francisco where she was an Associate Designer.

 

 

Jodi van der Wiel, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Jodi is a Design Director at Vocon. She began her education studying the Fine Arts and completed her architectural degree at Iowa State University’s College of Design. With each project, Jodi celebrates the careful integration of architecture, interiors, sustainability and site design. For many years Jodi has been an active Cleveland design review committee member for both the East Region and the Downtown/Flats design review boards. She is an ongoing guest-juror at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Jodi is a Board member of AIA Cleveland, the 2015-16 Director of Programming, the 2015-16 Co-Chair of the Women in Architecture committee and the 2019 President-Elect.

 

 

Cynthia Williams, AIA

Based in Cincinnati, OH, Cynthia specializes in custom residential design and has extensive experience in all things residential – new homes, additions and renovations, historic preservation, and garden structures and porches. Established in 1987, the firm offers full architectural services and has won awards from AIA Cincinnati’s Custom Residential Architects’ Network, Cincinnati Magazine, and Metropolitan Home magazine. The firm’s work has also been featured in Remodel magazine and in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A Cincinnati native, Cynthia is a registered architect in Ohio, Kentucky, and Oregon. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she achieved the distinguished Alpha Rho Chi medal for professional merit, and the Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowship. Prior to establishing her own firm in Cincinnati, OH, she worked for I.M. Pei & Partners in New York City, where she was named an Associate for outstanding work throughout her six years at the firm. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, currently serving as Vice-President of AIA Cincinnati. She is also a member of the Harvard Club of Cincinnati having served as President, the Harvard Alumni Association, and is the former Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati.