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.
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.
John Stewart Roberts, BSAD '75, M.Arch '78
John Stewart Roberts is Principal of Johnson Roberts Associates, based in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Since 1996, Johnson Roberts Associates has earned a reputation for designs that strengthen the communities they serve. JRA strives to create buildings that are appropriate to their context and for the people who use them.
VP of Programs
Pamela Tang, M.Arch '83, SMCE '85
Pamela Tang (Chang Sing) M.Arch ’83, SMCE ‘85 is on the faculty of the Academy of Art University School of Interior Architecture and Design in San Francisco. She has served on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco University High School and the 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.
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.
VP of M10ers
Matthew Chua, M.Arch '08
Matthew Chua is Partner at CHUA Group, a vertically integrated architecture, interior design and real estate development company.
He is also a Partner in 366 Capital, a New York City-based real estate development company focusing on value-added multifamily projects across all five boroughs of New York City.
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.
Midwest US Representative
Constance Bodurow, SM.ArchS '91, MCP '91
Constance Bodurow, AIA, AICP, CUD is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Architecture + Design, and Founding Director of studio[Ci], a transdisciplinary design collaborative located in Detroit.
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.
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
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.
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.