Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP
Associate, Magnusson Architecture & Planning

Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP, has 10 years of experience in the design and construction of adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, and new buildings.  Ms. Stencel is an Associate with Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC where she manages several multifamily housing projects including the adaptive reuse of a mill building in Middletown, NY and 172-units of affordable housing in Yonkers, NY.  Prior to joining Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC she managed the construction administration for Arcadia University Commons in Glenside, PA.  She was on the project team for the award winning Gilman Hall Renovation at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; the University Center for Valencia College University Center, Orlando, FL; and the renovation & rehabilitation to the Orlando International Airport.

Ms. Stencel is a Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee. She received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, where she served on the Architecture College Council and studied abroad at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy.


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Kerry Nolan, AIA, Associate

Kerry Nolan joined Beyer Blinder Belle in 2015. Previously, she was at Gluckman Tang Architects (formerly Gluckman Mayner Architects) for 10 years, and was named Associate there in 2012.  She has served as Project Architect on a wide range of educational and institutional projects over the course of her career; many of them incorporating a contemporary sensibility within a historically protected structure. With over twenty years of professional experience Kerry has unmatched excellence in leading a project team through the development of the design documents and then following through Construction Administration.

Ms. Nolan is currently the Project Architect on the New York Public Library – Midtown Campus Renovation project where BBB is partnered with Mecanoo Architects from The Netherlands.

Ms. Nolan has received a Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Architecture – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Ms. Nolan is a registered architect in the State of New York. She is also active in SCUP, the Society of Campus and University Planners.

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Yinery Baez-Solis, Assoc. AIA 

Yinery Baez-Solis holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York. She regularly serves as an ACE Mentor to High school students throughout New York City, offering advice about career paths in architecture, engineering, and construction management. She worked on the design and construction competition of the “Solar Roof Pod” for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Roof Pod was designed to meet some of the most pressing challenges in New York City’s urban landscape.  She is a Recipient of the 2011 Center for Architecture Foundation Design Scholarship in New York State. Currently an ARE Candidate, Mrs. Baez-Solis is based in New York City and works with STV inc, focusing on healthcare architecture.


Advisory Board


Sandra Benjamin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB –  Associate, STV Incorporated

Sandra is a registered Architect in New York & Maryland

  • Senior Associate at STV Incorporated with over 20 years of experience in the programming, design, and construction of facilities, with emphasis on K 12 and Higher Education projects
  • AIA member since 1998
  • AIA NY Women in Architecture Committee Co chair 2011 – 2015
  • Served on the 2010 and 2011 National AIA Convention committees and was a participating mentor at both conventions
  • Presented “Women in Architecture – Changing Communities” Program at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Chicago
  • Advisor for the 2011 City College of New York (CCNY) Solar Decathlon project
  • Women Builders Council Outstanding Women 2014 award
  • New York Building Council Higher Education Committee member


Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

VENESA ALICEA, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Registered Architect in New York. She works at Dattner Architects and is actively involved in the design community.  An advocate for sustainability, she is a firm believer in Social Economic Environmental Design and is passionate about encouraging community engagement through design practices.

Ms. Alicea holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York, and is currently serving as President of the CCNY Architecture Alumni Group.

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. She has served the AIA on National, State and Local levels, most recently as Co-Chair of the AIANY Diversity Inclusion Committee, and is pleased to be continuing on the AIANY Board of Directors as the 2015-2016 Alternate Director for Professional Development and Advisory Board Member for the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee.


Angelina Pinto, AIA, LEED AP

Angelina Pinto, AIA, LEED AP, is based in New York City and serves as a Project Manager at New Line
Structures. Prior to this, Ms. Pinto worked with Tishman Construction and architecture firms within the U.S. and abroad, and she has also practiced independently as a freelance designer. She has served as the Director of Programming for the Women in Architecture AIA-NY Committee and is currently an Advisory Board member. Miss Pinto is the New York Chapter President of the non-profit organization, Baal Dan, coordinating fundraising efforts and reviewing designs for schools and orphanages, which aid street children throughout India. Miss Pinto received a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed architect in NY State.

Ilkay C. Standard, Assoc. AIA
Ilkay Can-Standard has been a member of WIA Committee since 2009. Currently an ARE Candidate, Mrs. Standard is based in New York City and works as an architectural designer for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. She has worked on projects both locally and internationally – including the Ziraat Bank Headquarters in Istanbul, and the mixed-use project SOHO Tianshan Plaza in Shanghai. Currently, she is working on a mixed-use project for Tishman Speyer ‘American Center’ in Shanghai.
Mrs. Standard is originally from Turkey and has been in the United States since 2006. She studied City Planning & Urban Design at IYTE in Izmir, Turkey .

In 2011 she received her master’s Degree from NJIT School of Architecture where she was awarded with “Comprehensive Studio Design Excellence” award and Received Special Recognition in Design Excellence at NJIT 29th Annual Award Ceremony 2011.Her project “Harlem Community Transfer Station” is one the selected projects for “Harlem Edge Competition” organized by ENYA Committee of AIANY and has been Participant in the “Harlem Edge Competition Exhibition” @ The Center for Architecture. The project has been presented at the Center for architecture and has been published.


Emirjeta Taipi, Assoc. AIA

Emirjeta Taipi has been a member of the WIA since 2010. She is currently pursuing her licensure in the state of New York and is working STV Incorporated. Ms. Taipi has worked on a variety of projects including residential, educational and institutional buildings with a focus in flood resiliency and mitigation.

Ms. Taipi graduated with a B. Arch from the City College of New York in 2012 where she was part of  the architectural exchange program with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain. Since she started work at STV, Ms. Taipi has been an ACE program mentor for high school students interested in Architecture and Engineering. Ms Taipi serves as part of the Advisory committee. She has helped organize the Transitions 101 in 2013 as well as Breakfast Leadership event with Zaida Muxi in April of 2014. She was part of the team that organized the WIA event “Women in Architecture Changing Communities” presented at the AIA Convention in Chicago in 2014.