OUR TEAM

CHAPTER DIRECTORS: Jonathan Tolbert
PAST CHAPTER DIRECTOR: Rayya Newman

jontolbertJonathan Tolbert, is a design professional in the Washington, D.C. area working towards his architecture license. He currently works at the American Institute of Architects Center for Emerging Professionals, helping foster the future of the profession by promoting leadership and excellence and supporting career development. Jonathan has been volunteering with Open Architecture D.C. for 3 years and was involved in the Chicago Chapter prior to moving back to D.C.. He believes developing a cohesive strategy for evaluating architectural interventions as they are being used will help communities realize their best selves and give them the tools to thrive. Jonathan joined Open Architecture DC to better connect with the communities in DC and to research methods for for developing that strategy. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently working through the ARE® to attain his license in architecture.

Rayya Newman, AIA, LEED BD + C, SEED, specializes in Public Interest Design and believes in the triple bottom line approach to sustainability including social and economic as well as environmental issues. She is a licensed Architect with 10+ years of experience on a variety of project types, including healthcare, academic buildings, laboratories, offices, mixed-use developments, and transit and works for Inscape Studio/Publico in Washington DC. She is member of the American Institute of Architecture and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified SEED professional. Her blog publicinterestdesign-dc.org highlights public interest design projects, events, and people in the DC area. Rayya received her Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America and her Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech.

THE CHAPTER DIRECTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Support committees
  • Pursue and develop partnerships
  • Present our organization’s work in conferences, forums, etc.

DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS: Chau Pham

ChauChau Pham is an architectural designer who has volunteered with Open Architecture DC for 3 years. She currently works at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS in Washington, DC, and has over 3 years of experience in residential and mixed-use developments. She received her Master’s degree in Architecture and Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, and hopes to mesh the two fields to continue working on public-interest and community development projects. When she is not pursuing her dream, she is eating.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Help form project teams & identify team leaders
  • Assist in project start-up
  • Support/coordinate project fundraising efforts
  • Report on project status & needs to the Steering Committee
  • Maintain project list

DIRECTORS OF DEVELOPMENT: Josef Fuentes & Allie O’Neill

Josef A. Fuentes was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Upon graduation, Josef moved to Washington, DC where he helped found the DC Chapter of Architecture for Humanity in 2005, now Open Architecture DC. Through the organization, Josef and his colleagues create and implement programs to promote socially responsible design.
Josef balances his local, national and international involvement in Open Architecture DC with full-time architectural work at HKS Inc, a full-service global design firm involved in a variety of disciplines — including academic, commercial, healthcare, residential, public/civic, engineering and sustainability projects.
Recognized for his leadership and dedication within our organization and the profession, Josef was selected as the American Institute of Architects “Emerging Architect of the Year” in 2009 and the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Society’s “Young Architect of the Year” in 2010. Josef has registered as a licensed architect in 2010 and is LEED AP BD+C since 2006. His vision, professionalism and collaborative spirit have helped Open Architecture DC become one of the DC area’s emerging leaders in design advocacy for humanitarian causes.
During his collegiate experience at RPI, Josef participated in the Rome Study Abroad program, providing him with a greater appreciation for the boundless and diverse nature of the world. Josef’s multi-faceted travel adventures also include several countries in Europe, as well as Peru, Columbia, Nigeria and Rwanda. Josef is an avid soccer enthusiast, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and various other recreational activities, as well as photography.

Allie O’Neill is an architectural designer working in high-end residential design. Her work focuses on bringing context-sensitive, highly personalized design solutions to clients with a wide range of tastes and needs. A belief in the power of design to empower people, shape lives, and create resilient communities is an underlying force in all of Allie’s work. She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has brought participatory design projects to fruition in diverse communities from Chicago to Maryland.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Research, identify, and pursue funding sources
  • Liaise as necessary with Chapter Network
  • Report on finances to Steering Committee/Chapter membership

DIRECTOR OF EVENTS: Mark Palmer

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Research and coordinate Chapter participation in and contribution to conferences, lectures, etc.
  • Coordinate with Development on general fundraising events

DIRECTORS OF RESILIENT x DESIGN PROGRAM: Marcus Monroe

IMG_0067_BWMarcus Monroe, Assoc. AIA, is an architectural designer at Quinn Evans Architects, a full service architectural firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Montgomery College Architecture Program where he teaches 3D presentation and BIM coursework. Since 2012 he has been actively involved in Open Architecture DC and previously served as the Director of Events. Marcus is an advocate for design education, community engagement, and innovative solutions for a more resilient built environment. Originally from Florida, he holds a BDes and MArch with a concentration in historic preservation from the University of Florida. As part of his studies, Marcus traveled abroad through the Vicenza Institute of Architecture program and attended the Preservation Institute: Nantucket field school.