January 5, 2021
Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is delighted to welcome seven excellent leaders in architecture and design, financial management, architectural history, design criticism, and real estate, to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees: Angelica Baccon, AIA, Principal at SHoP Architects; Latoya Nelson Kamdang, AIA, Senior Associate and Director of NY Operations at Moody Nolan; Alexandra Lange, Ph.D., Independent Design Critic; Karen McNeill Ph.D., Julia Morgan Scholar, and Senior Family Historian at Ascent Private Capital Management, U.S. Bank; Bolanle Williams-Olley, Chief Financial Officer at Mancini Duffy; Jennifer Stone, Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP; Phoebe Yee, Senior Vice President of Design at Related California.
Angelica Trevino Baccon, AIA
Angelica Trevino Baccon is a principal of SHoP. She has a particular specialty in leading complex mixed-use and workplace design projects, often at the intersection of enterprise and technology. These include the new Uber headquarters in San Francisco and several confidential projects for global leaders in Silicon Valley. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture degree from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where she has also served as a professor. Her work on New York City’s South Street Seaport established her deep expertise in fast-paced, high-profile design and delivery challenges with multilayered stakeholder groups, successfully leveraging programs to promote vitality, equity and community in the private sector and public realm.
Latoya Nelson Kamdang, AIA
Latoya Nelson Kamdang is the Director of NY Operations for Moody Nolan. She is also a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar, Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED AP BD+C. Her experience spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, industrial and interior design. She has experience in hospitality, retail, museums, workplace, education, and institutional. As a Senior Architect, some of her most recent clients include Hilton Worldwide and Hudson Yards Observation Deck experiential journey. Latoya was on the design team for the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was an interdisciplinary team member from RFP submission through construction documents. Her spatial focus was the Slavery & Freedom History Gallery. Latoya’s experience has also spanned to overseas federal projects. At the United States Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations, she collaborated with the interior design and planning department. She completed strategic planning, design, development, and construction management of United States Embassies overseas. While practicing, Latoya has been simultaneously working as a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. She educates students on interdisciplinary design and material theory. She has a research focus on expanding urban areas, neighborhood gentrification, sustainable technologies, and indigenous architecture.
Alexandra Lange, Ph.D.
Alexandra Lange is a design critic. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications including Architect, Harvard Design Magazine, Metropolis, and T Magazine, as well as in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Her latest book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids was published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2018. She is currently at work on a new book about the history and future of the American shopping mall.
Karen McNeill, Ph.D.
Karen McNeill, Ph.D., is an expert of Julia Morgan and currently working on a multiple publications about the architect. Dr. McNeill’s scholarship focuses on women and gender in the architectural profession as well as how Progressive Era women used the built environment to expand their roles society as consumers, reformers, educators, and professionals. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Autry National Center, the Bancroft Library, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Karen has also taught history and architectural history at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in historic preservation, authoring several context statements for major surveys and successfully nominating a range of buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. She is currently Senior Family Historian at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank.
Bolanle Williams-Olley is the Chief Financial Officer at Mancini Duffy, a technology-first design firm, where she oversees the firm’s financial and operational performance. With a strong background in financial analysis and strategic initiatives, Bola thrives on building relationships between finance and management teams to ensure the overall financial success of projects and her firm. She holds a Master’s in Education & Social Policy from NYU, Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Bachelor’ in Mathematics from City University of New York, Hunter College. She is passionate about service and is the founder of four impact organizations: SheBuildsWaves, SheBuildsLives, SheBuildsMoney and REACH Nigeria.
Jennifer Stone, AIA
Experienced in managing complex institutional planning and design projects, as Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP, Jennifer Stone brings a love of contextually appropriate, sustainable architecture to her work with clients, communities, and building industry partners. Jennifer is an active participant, mentor, and volunteer in her professional community. As a council member of the Society for College and University Planning, she shares her extensive knowledge and stays current with global best practices. Her presentations at numerous professional conferences and her leadership roles with the New York Building Congress Foundation, ACE Mentorship Programs, and the Urban Land Institute, as well as the firm’s own Women Leadership Initiative and Sustainability Committee, testify to her commitment to developing and opening the field of architecture.
Phoebe Yee, AIA
As Senior Vice President of Design for Related California, Ms. Yee is responsible for the management of architecture and design for all market rate and mixed-income residential developments in California. Ms. Yee works closely with the architectural team, sales and marketing, and development executives throughout the entire development process to ensure seamless design and execution. A registered architect with extensive experience on major residential, commercial, hotel, retail and corporate developments, she recently oversaw the design and completion of The Century, a luxury high rise condominium in Los Angeles that has set per square foot sales price records for its market area. Prior to joining Related in 2006, Ms. Yee served as Vice President at HKS Architects, Inc., in Beverly Hills. A recipient of the Asian Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, Ms. Yee holds a Master in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She was editor of the Dallas Chapter American Institute of Architects newsletter and served on the Urban Design Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas. She is a current member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has been a speaker at AIA conferences and Urban Land Institute events.