The leadership of MITArchA includes many accomplished professionals and acknowledged design leaders. Our Board is engaged, proactive, and deeply committed to the extending the experience of MIT beyond the confines of the Cambridge campus. If you are interested in becoming involved, please reach out to us. We welcome your contribution.

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Jacob E. Kain, M.Arch '00

Jacob Kain, AIA, is a Project Architect at Elkus Manfredi and has been involved in MIT alumni activities for many years.

Before founding MITArchA, Jacob was the president of the MIT Club of Wisconsin. He lives in Boston with his wife Lora Kim, M.Arch '02, and his two children.

Kim Vermeer, BSAD '82

Kim Vermeer, Secretary of MITArchA, is the owner of Urban Habitat Initiatives, located in Boston. UHI is committed to advancing sustainability in multifamily housing.

Focusing on affordable housing UHI strives to expand the social equity of sustainable building and to bring the benefits of sustainability to traditionally underserved communities.


VP of Programs
Pamela Tang AIA NCARB
M.Arch '83, SMCE '85

Pamela Tang, AIA | NCARB, M.Arch ‘83, SMCE ‘85, is Managing Director of Portfolio Management Technology, an investment advisory firm in San Francisco. Pamela graduated from Wellesley College where she majored in Architecture and Economics. She has more than twenty years of board experience and has served multiple terms as trustee at San Francisco University High School and Chinese American International School.

VP of Membership
Melissa Marsh, M.Arch '04

Melissa Marsh is the Founder and Executive Director of Plastarc, based in New York City. She is is a recognized expert in Workplace Strategy and Change Management services, and has defined her career in workplace innovation by incorporating real estate strategy into design, architecture and master planning projects around the world. 

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VP of Communications
Mina Marefat, D.Phil '88

Mina Marefat is a registered architect, urban designer, and an architectural historian practicing in Washington. She conducts and publishes original research on modern architecture and urbanism.

She holds a PhD from MIT, a Masters in Architecture and Urban design from Harvard University and an Urban Planning degree from Tehran University.

Southeast US Representative
Marilys R. Nepomechie, M.Arch '83

Marilys R. Nepomechie, M.Arch '83, is Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives in the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. 

Her writing, research, urban design, and building projects focus on the cultural, social, and environmental contexts of design.

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Midwest US Representative
Constance Bodurow, SM.ArchS '91, MCP '91

Constance Bodurow, AIA, AICP, CUD is Founding Director of studio[Ci] LLC, an award winning Detroit-based WBE transdisciplinary design collaborative committed to relevant, sustainable change in communities large and small.

Hong Kong/China Representative
Sean Z. Kwok, BSAD '97, M.Arch '01

Sean Z. Kwok is Director of Design at Arthur C.S. Kwok Architects & Associates, Limited, based in Hong Kong. AKAA is an award-winning architectural firm that provides multi-disciplinary consultancy services in architecture, interior design, urban planning, furniture design and project management.


Texas Representative
Greg Turner ‘74, MArch ‘77

Greg Turner, President of Turner Duran Architects, is Past President of the MIT Alumni Association, and earned a Bronze Beaver award in 1996 for his many volunteer efforts on behalf of the Association, his class, the MIT Corporation Development Committee, and the Alumni Club of South Texas.

New York Representative and Treasurer
Kenneth Namkung M.Arch '03

Kenneth Namkung is Senior Associate at Studio Link-Arc, based in New York City. In addition, he serves as Vice President for Educational and Cultural Programs for the MIT Club of New York, and is deeply involved in MITArchA activities and events for New York area Course IV alumni.


Department Liaison
Paul Pettigrew M.Arch '88

Paul Pettigrew is Coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives & Manager of Special Projects at the MIT Department of Architecture, and is the founder of Paul Pettigrew Architect & Products in Space,  a design and fabrication practice based in Chicago & Cambridge. Paul has been designing relationships between cities, buildings and functional objects for the past 28 years.