Meet the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation New Board Members

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is delighted to welcome five new leaders in architecture and design, engineering; and construction, to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees: Peter DiMaggio, PE SECB, Co-CEO at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc; Erleen Hatfield, PE AIA, Managing Partner at The Hatfield Group; Rich McFadden, PE LEED AP, Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Michele O’Connor, PE LEED AP, Principal at Langan, and Barbara Wilks, FAIA FASLA, Founder of W-Architecture and Landscape Architecture. 

Peter DiMaggio, PE SECB

Peter DiMaggio is Co-CEO of Thornton Tomasetti and is responsible for defining, articulating and driving the firm’s strategic vision. In addition to participating in the development and execution of the overall business plan, he is involved in strategic initiatives from identifying new markets and merger and acquisition opportunities to instituting mentorship and professional development programs. Pete is a recognized expert in special structures and protective design and security. He has been involved in the design and structural hardening of numerous government buildings, including more than 40 U.S. embassies, federal facilities and courthouses. His diverse portfolio also includes office buildings, educational facilities, hotels, stadiums, laboratories, residential towers and unique structures around the world.


Erleen Hatfield, AIA PE

Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, is the Managing Partner of the Hatfield Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm based in New York. She has over 25 years of experience in the design of complex structures worldwide. She frequently writes and presents on topics related to innovation and technology in engineering and architecture. Her firm, Hatfield Group focuses on synthesis of engineering and architecture, putting client value first. Hatfield Group uses bespoke engineering design, technology, and innovation to achieve their clients’ goals. With a keen appreciation for design she has worked on iconic buildings around the world. She sits on numerous national industry boards and teaches at the Yale University School of Architecture.

Her experience includes the new $1.5B home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the Mercedes Benz Stadium, with a never been done before aperture style retractable roof. Other projects include the new headquarters for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh and the 9/11 Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York City. She was featured on the television programs on the Science Channel “World’s Greatest Stadium” and on the History Channel’s “Building Giants”.  She was named a “Power Player” and “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal magazine. She is both a licensed engineer and architect, plus a LEED BD+C certified professional.


Rich McFadden, PE LEED AP

Rich McFadden joined JB&B in 2003, and has acted as Project Manager and Partner-in-Charge in the Electrical Department on a wide variety of projects and building types. With a strong background in facilities operations, Rich has lent his expertise to the live upgrade of large mission-critical systems supporting projects such as Citigroup’s New York headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street. He has also played an instrumental role in the development of Brookfield’s multi-building complex at Manhattan West for which he serves as the Partner-in-Charge. Rich currently serves as National Director on the ACEC New York Executive Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.


Michele O’Connor, PE LEED AP

Michele O’Connor is a Principal at Langan and a director of the firm’s civil engineering practice in New York City. Langan is an integrated planning, site engineering, and environmental consulting service firm for private developers, property owners, and public sector clients. Michele’s practice includes site engineering design and planning for a wide variety of commercial, institutional, recreation, retail, and residential development projects. Notable projects include Hudson Park and Boulevard in Manhattan, Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market in the Bronx, TWA Flight Center Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island and Dock 72 at Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn.

Besides her passion for civil engineering, Michele is also extremely passionate about supporting, mentoring, and empowering women in STEM and the engineering community. This dedication inspired her to co-found Women@Langan in September 2015. The program’s mission is to foster an atmosphere of mentorship and support to empower the firm’s women to achieve career and personal success. Since its launch, Women@Langan has provided a forum for women to develop a community, share experiences, and form lasting relationships. Michele’s leadership abilities are also visible throughout the industry. She is the Vice Chair of the Rutgers University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, an Executive Board Member of Women Builders Council, Past Chair of the ASCE Met Section Diversity & Inclusion Committee and past board member of CREW New York.


Barbara Wilks, FAIA FASLA

Barbara Wilks, principal and founder of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is a leader in the field of design. Beginning her career as an architect and obtaining prominence for her design skills, she soon realized that her interests in public space linked with the profession of landscape architecture. Now as an architect and landscape architect, Barbara uses her leadership skills to realign nature and communities.

Barbara has won many awards for her work and was elected to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architecture for her design accomplishments. Her projects range in scale from urban plans, to public spaces, to infrastructure, to architecture. In addition to opening her projects for participation, during the design process Barbara continues the spirit of inclusion to the surrounding communities and government agencies. The work reflects her leadership skills in the resulting synthesis of these multiple inputs to create a comprehensive connection between the fundamental ecology of the site, its historical and cultural legacy, and its current iteration.

Wilks serves on the Design Trust for Public Space, the Van Alen Climate Council, the McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the Planning Committee of the Municipal Art Society, NYC, and the Board of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

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