WIA Committee Update – April 2011

Thank you, Diane.

The Women in Architecture Committee AIA NY Chapter would like to announce the resignation of DIANE T. TIEN, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP.  After 4 years in her role as Co-Chair, Diane has decided to step-down in order to pursue other  opportunities.  The WIA Committee would like to thank Diane for her outstanding service and dedication to the Committee.  Her leadership has helped the WIA Committee become one of the most active of the AIA NY Chapter, by offering a range of programs to develop and promote women leaders within the architecture profession.  The WIA Committee is grateful to her dedication to the chapter.


NANCY ABER GOSHOW, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a founding partner of Goshow Architects, the largest woman-owned architectural firm in New York City.  Dedicated to sustainable design, Goshow champions “Green building design for the public sector, for the public good.”  That commitment is demonstrated by a portfolio of sustainable new buildings and renovation of existing structures for schools, higher ed, and housing.  Under her leadership, the firm has grown into a triple bottom line company. 

With her knowledge of architecture, design, and small business, she is a leader in numerous professional, civic, and small business organizations.  These include the National AIA Women’s Leadership Development Summit, AIA New York Women in Architecture, the Women Builders Council, Women Impacting Public Policy and its National Energy and Environmental Policy Committee, Enterprising Women, Women Presidents Organization, and Women Construction Owners & Executives. Appointed to Midtown Manhattan’s Community Planning Board 5 and the Transportation and Environment Committee, she Chairs the 34th Street Transitway Task Force working to improve New York City’s central business district.

Ms. Goshow has presented at numerous conferences for national and state professional organizations and governmental agencies.  These include the American Institute of Architects, US State Department Industry Advisory Panel, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, National Association of Owners & Developers, Enterprising Women, American Express Open, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Entrepreneurs Energy and Environment National Committee, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Greenbuild.  This year she will be presenting to the Society for College and University Planning and the Society for Design Administrators.

SANDRA W. BENJAMIN, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and project manager with nearly 20 years of experience in the programming, design and construction of facilities. Throughout her career, she has designed and served as a project manager for numerous K-12 and higher education projects. 

Ms. Benjamin is a project manager with STV and has been with the firm for five years. She served as the senior project architect on the Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center for the United States Military Academy at West Point. This new building, which opened to Cadets in the fall of 2008, was the first new building on West Point’s famous campus in more than 35 years. 

While she was an associate principal at The Thomas Group, now part of Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers, Ms. Benjamin was the project designer for the Barnegat School District’s new Barnegat High School, a 156,000-square-foot, two-story state-of-the-art facility. 

Ms. Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology. She is a registered architect in New York. In addition to being the co-chair of the AIA Women in Architecture Committee, she is a member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional.


JEN STENCEL, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect with design and construction experience of educational, civic and transportation projects. 

Ms. Stencel is an Architect with Kliment Halsband Architects and currently leads the construction administration efforts for Arcadia University Commons.  She was on the project team for the award winning Gilman Hall Renovation at Johns Hopkins University.  Before joining Kliment Halsband Architects, she was a member of the design team for a joint-use University Center for Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida, and a $180 million renovation to the Orlando International Airport. 

Ms. Stencel holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida where she participated in the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Italy.


MARY DIETZ, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has spent over 35 years in the practice of Architecture focused on both the business and art of architecture.  A Registered Architect with over 35 years of experience she has been Director of Operations, Associate Principal and currently the Development Manager with Silverstein Properties for over 500,000 square feet of Retail design and construction at the World Trade Center site.  With the skill and experience of running large complicated projects she has orchestrated the design of internationally respected architects into the documentation and construction for the Retail infrastructure.  The challenge of coordinating all of the systems for the five major stakeholders within the structure of the three commercial towers and the Transportation HUB requires continuous communication, collaboration and attention to the business of building.   

As a precursor to this Mary was the Director of Operations and Associate Principal in charge of various projects at Perkins & Will.  Working with the Managing Director and Principals’ group, she over-saw daily functioning of the office, developed budgetary tracking, training for Project Management, and implemented procedural processes for successful running of the practice.  She was actively engaged in various projects at University of Maryland Medical system, Seton Hall Science Center and St. Johns University Reading Room renovations.  

Mary has been involved with the WIA group for several years and now formally joins the Committee as she continues to offer a personal commitment by mentoring young Architects as they grow within the community and the industry.


VENESA ALICEA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the 2011-2012 Regional Associate Director for the NY Region on the AIA National Associates Committee and Co-Chair of the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee.  She is a Registered Architect in New York, currently working at Dattner Architects. 

Ms. Alicea holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York, and is actively involved in the CCNY Architecture Alumni Association.  She has been an active member of the AIANY Chapter since 2005 where she has demonstrated leadership through her involvement with the Emerging New York Architects and the Women in Architecture Committees of the AIA New York Chapter, with a focus on diversity, and the professional development of students and young professionals. 

LORI APFEL CARDELI, ASSOC. AIA, formerly Director of Communications and Speed Mentoring Chair, is thrilled to step into her new role on the Women in Architecture Committee Advisory Board.  Mrs. Cardeli was a speaker at the AIA 2010 National Convention in Miami, FL, where she and fellow Committee board members presented “Design Your Network of Mentors,” a seminar based on their Speed Mentoring program.  This year, she and fellow Committee board members will be presenting “Focus Your Network of Mentors” at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans, LA.  

Mrs. Cardeli started her term as an inaugural Board Member of the Columbia University GSAPP Alumni Association in July 2010 and concurrently serves as the Co-Chair for the Board’s Alumni/Students + Careers Committee.  She regularly serves as a Mentor to prospective graduate students and new professionals, reviewing resumes and portfolios and offering advice about internships, employment and graduate school. She also interviews prospective students on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis.  On two occasions, Mrs. Cardeli has been an invited speaker at the Columbia University GSAPP Lunchtime Talk Series, where she has focused her discussions on career, practice, and professional development topics. 

Mrs. Cardeli holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University GSAPP and a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.  Currently an A.R.E. Candidate, Mrs. Cardeli resides in Manhattan and works at Goshow Architects.

ANGELINA PINTO, ASSOC. AIA, LEED AP, currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Women in Architecture AIANY Committee.  Miss Pinto received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has worked with architecture firms within the U.S. and abroad, and has also practiced independently as a freelance designer.  Miss Pinto has been actively involved with Brooklyn Community Board 8 on the Housing and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) Committee.  She volunteers with the non-profit organization, Baal Dan, coordinating fundraising efforts and reviewing designs for schools and orphanages which aid street children throughout India.  Currently an ARE Candidate, Miss Pinto is based in New York City and works with Goshow Architects.


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