With your degree in architecture, did you ever think of working for Walt Disney?  Well, you can learn the story of Barbara Bouza, the current president of Walt Disney Imagineering with her background in architecture at the upcoming AIA Conference in June in San Francisco, CA.

 AIA Conference – San Franciso, CA

Barbara Bouza is president of Walt Disney Imagineering, where she heads the global creative, design, and development teams behind Disney’s theme parks, attractions, resort hotels, cruise ships, and retail, dining, and entertainment centers. She also leads a multidisciplinary team tasked with exploring, developing, and bringing to market groundbreaking ideas that enhance and expand Disney’s portfolio of experiences around the world. is committed to help aspiring architects learn about career paths beyond traditional practice.  To that end, we wanted to share of two different sessions on the topic of what we call – Careers in Architecture and Beyond.  With each panel, we provide the list of panelists with their career background.

Architectural Record states that a recording of the Webinar is available on their website.  Unfortunately, the panel session at Kent State University was not recorded.  So, read the career biographies and think if such a career could be for you.


Architectural Record

March 21, 2023

Designing an Architecture Career: Alternatives to Traditional Practice

Are you hoping to carve a career path that diverges from traditional practice? Join RECORD as our panelists—trained architects working in government, for a non-profit, and at a world-class museum—discuss their journeys to their leadership roles. They will describe how their education and architectural backgrounds have prepared them to influence policy, promote sustainability, and shape the built environment of a major arts institution.

Mark Chambers

Sr. Director Building Emissions & Community Resilience, White House Council on Environmental Quality

B.Arch, M.S. in Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University

Mark Chambers is a national environmental policy leader, advocate for social justice and licensed architect inspired by public service and lessons of collective action. Chambers is currently joining the leadership effort to launch Earth Alliance, a new organization being developed to help rapidly shift cultural narratives around climate action. He recently served the Biden-Harris Administration in a Presidential appointment as the first Senior Director for Building Emissions and Community Resilience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he led the Administration’s climate policy development for the built environment.

Stacy Smedley

Executive Director, Building Transparency

B.A. in Architecture, University of Washington

Stacy Smedley has almost 20 years of experience in the architecture and construction professions; her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State and the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. Before her current role as Executive Director at Building Transparency, Stacy served as Sustainability Director at Skanska, where she led sustainable initiatives and was a subject matter expert in carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction. Today, Stacy leads efforts to provide open access data and tools to address embodied carbon’s role in climate change.

Brett Gaillard

Head of Capital Planning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

B.A. History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College

Master of Architecture / Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Columbia University

Brett Gaillard is the Head of Capital Planning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she oversees that planning of all capital construction and infrastructure projects and helps guide the long-term vison and design of the projects for The Met’s 2.2 million square foot mail building, as was as the Met Cloisters.  Prior to her role at the Met, Brett was a Senior Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners where she worked in a leading role on many projects for the Met as well as other cultural, educational, commercial, and large-scale restoration projects.


Careers Beyond Architecture Panel

March 22, 2023

Kent State University

Ryan Caswell

Communications, ThenDesign Architecture (TDA)

Caswell Visuals –

B.S. Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Ryan Caswell is a seasoned content creator, marketing and management specialist that has a deep understanding of video production techniques, photography, aerial video services and architectural design. Having served in creative management for over 10 years, Ryan is an inspirational public speaker with experience in virtually every detail of digital storytelling; further, he is highly organized and am constantly looking for ways to improve your processes, while telling and marketing engaging stories that generate results for your business.

Hallie Crouch, Associate AIA

Director of Strategy, Bialosky

B. Arch., Master of Architecture, Kent State University connected with Ms. Crouch and highlighted her career in the following:

Hallie (DelVillan) Crouch [HAY-lee krouCH] is an Associate Principal at Bialosky and the first nontraditional practitioner to hold the title. Formally trained in architecture, she is living out her purpose as a strategist and storyteller. As Director of Strategy, Hallie contributes and advises on many dimensions of the practice including business development, marketing, strategic planning, HR, brand identity, firm culture, policies, and programs. Hallie guided a rebrand that earned the National Award of Excellence from SMPS. She helped author the firm’s mission, values, and vision, which she featured in her guest article for MARKETER magazine.

Don Horn, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Deputy Director, GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Building

B.S. in Architecture, University of Virginia

Master of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

Don Horn, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a leader in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of buildings through policy and advocacy within the Federal government.  As Deputy Director of GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Don promotes environmentally responsible decision-making for buildings, and translates green building strategies and ideals into practical solutions to meet federal goals for new construction, repair and alteration, facility management, and leasing. Don has over 30 years of experience with GSA in both sustainability and historic preservation. Before working at GSA, he worked for private sector architecture firms.

Jay Graham

Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Design, Kent State University Architect

Jay Graham serves as Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Design and University Architect at Kent State University.  Jay has 20 years of experience, 17 at Kent State University.  Jay will be leading the Office of the University Architect (OUA) and supervising a staff of twelve professionals. Jay is responsible for managing construction and renovation activities on all Kent State properties.


Beyond highlighting the above career panels, provides multiple resources on the topic.  Most importantly is the publication, Careers in Architecture and Beyond, a booklet that profiles of 32 professionals trained as architects along with potential career titles.




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