The Stuckeman Advisory board is an aspirational group that assists the School in understanding what is important and/or emerging in our design professions, thereby helping to guide our future.
Shape the world!
The Stuckeman School houses undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design. Each of these programs – including professional and research-focused courses of study – is taught by leaders and designed to produce leaders, and consistently high national rankings and job placement rates attest to the success of our programs and graduates. The Stuckeman School is not just a design school – it’s an incubator of ideas, a place to problem-solve, and the next step in your design education.
J. Ryan UlshB.Des. in Graphic Design 2012
J. Ryan Ulsh is a New York City-based photographer, art director and entrepreneur. He started his own successful business specializing in art direction, photography, and prop styling for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle clients, including Elle and GQ magazines, Carolina Herrera, and Urban Outfitters.
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Remote Collaboration Lab
Professor of Architecture; Affiliate faculty member: Penn State Rock Ethics Institute
Sandra Staub’s research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. As a member of the Department of Architecture’s Culture, Society and Space Research Cluster, Staub has supervised research projects that have examined cultural aspects of housing and urban spaces in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, China and Iran. Her recent book, “The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender,” looks at modernity in various cultural contexts, how this concept is expressed spatially through architecture and urban form, and how this has affected women in their everyday lives.
Stuckeman Advisory board
Mission + Members
Our generous benefactor, the late Cal Stuckeman, included the wise mandate for an advisory board in his $20 million gift to establish the Stuckeman School. The board’s role is that of an aspirational advisory board – in other words – to assist the School in understanding what is important and/or emerging in our design professions, thereby helping to guide our future. Below is a list of the current Stuckeman advisory board members.
- Keith Bowers, Biohabitats, Inc., Charleston, SC
- Anne Chen, GBBN, Pittsburgh, PA
- Vicki Crowley, Graphic Gesign Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
- Meredith Davis, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
- Alan Greenberger, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
- Diane Jones Allen, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
- Don Marinelli, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
- Emily McCoy, Design Workshop, Raleigh, NC
- Elaine Molinar, Snøhetta, New York, NY
- Christine Mondor, evolveEA, Pittsburgh, PA
- Matthew B. Parkinson, Penn State, College of Engineering, University Park, PA
- David Rubin, LAND COLLECTIVE, Philadelphia, PA
- Michael Tunkey, CannonDesign, Grand Island, NY
Advisory Board Member Bios
Keith Bowers, FASLA, PLA, PWS
For more than three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation, and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats, Bowers has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration, and regenerative design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland, and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and species conservation planning, to the development of green infrastructure and urban ecology planning for cities throughout the world.
Bowers is a founding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. He also served on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration for more than 10 years and on the board of the Wildlands Network. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a Professional Wetland Scientist. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and an honorary degree from the Conway School of Design.
Anne Chen oversees operations at GBBN’s Pittsburgh office and leads design efforts for academic, workplace, civic, and cultural projects. Known for her ability to connect vision, space, and experience, she has led transformative and award-winning projects for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, among others. Other recent projects include the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Success and Development Center and Gateway Station. She co-leads GBBN’s annual Design Expedition (DX) trips exploring architecture and design across North America.
Chen received her Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University. She contributes as a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s Contextual Design Advisory Panel and is a trustee of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Graphic Design Consultant
Vicki Crowley has a design career that spans 20 years that was launched with a degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design and an internship with renowned information designer and founder of the TED Conferences, Richard Saul Wurman.
She began her professional career in brand identity and packaging working at North Castle Communications in Stamford, Connecticut and Landor Associates in New York. In 2000, she moved to Pittsburgh and joined Landesberg Design, a firm that specializes in communications for higher education, philanthropy, community building institutions, and arts and cultural organizations.
Practicing in the areas of print design, environmental graphics, and information design, Crowley has developed thoughtful and compelling solutions for The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham University, City Theatre, Riverlife Task Force, Shadyside Hospital Foundation, and the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2015, she served as an instructor for the Summer Precollege Program at Carnegie Mellon and led a three-week intensive introduction to the history, media, and methods of communication design for high school juniors and seniors.
Crowley is a Board Trustee of Shady Lane School (founded in 1966 in partnership with Fred Rogers) and is a past president of the American Intitute of Graphic Arts Pittsburgh chapter.
Meredith Davis, FAIGA
Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University
Meredith Davis is Professor Emerita of Graphic Design in the College of Design at N.C. State University, where she taught for 27 years and served as department chair, director of graduate programs, and director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design. She also taught for 13 years at Virginia Commonwealth University and was curator at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Davis is a fellow and national medalist of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), fellow of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and Alexander Quarles Holladay medalist for excellence in teaching. She served as president of the American Center for Design, the Graphic Design Education Association, and member of the national board of AIGA, for which she currently leads the Designer 2025 initiative. She is co-author of design standards for NASAD and has served on its accreditation commission. She has conducted numerous curricular consultations and reviews in the United States and eight countries abroad.
Davis is the author of four books and more than 100 articles on design and design education. She serves on the editorial boards of Design Issues and She Ji, the journal of design, innovation, and economics. During her 11 years of professional practice her work received more than 50 national and international design awards.
Alan Greenberger, FAIA
Head, Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism
Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Alan Greenberger’s 44-year career has three significant chapters. For 34 years, he was a practicing architect with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and its successor, MGA Partners, where he was the principal and design lead on many award winning projects including the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia and the West Chester University School of Music and Performing Arts Center. In 2008, Greenberger left his practice to join the administration of then-Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as the city’s chief planner and subsequently deputy mayor for planning and economic development. Under his leadership, the city produced a new zoning code and comprehensive plan – both the first in 50 years – and experienced its most dynamic growth in a nearly 70 years. At the end of his term, Greenberger successfully secured World Heritage City status for Philadelphia, the first United States city to receive this designation. Following the end of the Nutter administration, Greenberger was appointed Distinguished Teaching Professor and Lindy Fellow at Drexel University, where he now heads the Department of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism.
Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., ASLA, PLA
Program Director for Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington
Principal Landscape Architect, DesignJones LLC
Diane Jones Allen is the program director for landscape architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is principal landscape architect with DesignJones LLC in New Orleans, which received the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Community Service Award. From 2006-2014, she was a member of the Urban Design Architecture Review Panel, providing design guidance on major development projects in the city of Baltimore, and a tenured professor in landscape architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Jones Allen received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley.
Her research and practice is guided by the intersection of environmental justice, identity, and sustainability in cultural landscapes, including ‘nomadic’ responses to ‘transit deserts,’ places of increasing transportation demand and limited access, as discuss in her book, Transit Deserts; Race, Transit Access, and Suburban Form. Jones Allen recently co-edited Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity, published by Island Press, which provides tools for trans-active engagement and design.
Don Marinelli, Ph.D.
CoFounder, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Visting Professor, Arizona State University and Columbia University
Don Marinelli co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) with computer science professor Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture). His book, The Coment and the Tornado (2010), recounts the creation of the ETC, which as become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.”
Emily McCoy PLA, ASLA, SITES AP
Emily McCoy is a landscape architect and researcher at Design Workshop. She recently moved to Design Workshop after serving as the director of integrative research and principal at Andropogon Associates for 11 years. She is also an assistant professor of practice at North Carolina State University.
McCoy’s research and practice over the last 11 years have been guided by her experience and training in design, ecology, geospatial synthesis, and horticulture. She has worked on such notable projects as the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington; Shield Ranch, Austin, Texas; Georgia Tech Living Building, Atlanta; and the Thaden School, Bentonville, Arkansas.
Elaine Molinar AIA, NCARB
Architect and Managing Partner
New York, NY
Elaine Molinar is an architect and managing partner of Snøhetta’s US offices. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original multidisciplinary approach, integrating architecture, landscape, and interior design in all its projects.
Since starting her career as a designer of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Molinar has held key positions in many of Snøhetta’s notable works, including the Norwegian National Opera, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, the James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University, and most recently, the El Paso Children’s Museum.
Molinar received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is an LEED-accredited professional. She is a 2019 recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts and serves on the board of trustees of the Van Alen Institute.
Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED
As strategic principal of evolveEA and a registered architect, Christine Mondor brings creative and strategic solutions to projects as diverse as the award-winning design of the “extended stay” house to the developing the business case for sustainability at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
Mondor has taught architecture, landscape design, and sustainability concepts at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, and Chatham College. She currently serves as chair of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, president for the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors, is a member of the Global Ecodistricts Protocol Advisory Committee, and is former board chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh. She has been recognized for her leadership and enthusiasm by Pittsburgh Magazine with a Women in Business Award.
Mondor received her bachelor of architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon and studied architecture and sustainable design in Scandinavia. She is a registered architect and an LEED-Accredited Professional.
Sustainability consulting and design firm evolveEA has led ecodistrict planning, design, and stakeholder education initiatives in a number of communities since 2009. The firm’s approach to promoting equity for community members by fostering grassroots capacity-building has been recognized with design awards and invitations to collaborate nationally and internationally.
Matthew B. Parkinson Ph.D.
School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Learning Factory
College of Engineering
University Park, PA
Matt Parkinson is a professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering at Penn State where he also directs the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory.
His research efforts in the OPEN Design Lab focus on the design of artifacts, tasks, and environments which are robust to human variability (e.g., anthropometry, capability, and preference). His work is reflected in design standards adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Parkinson is a Penn State Teaching Fellow and has received numerous awards including the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Teetor Educational Award and Withrow Distinguished Presenter Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering DAC Ford Best Paper Award, and Penn State’s Premier Teaching Award. Parkinson received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for activities defining the foundation of design for human variability.
David A. Rubin is the Founding Principal of LAND COLLECTIVE and recipient of the 2011-12 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. His visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio, gaining increasing notoriety for fusing issues of social justice in cities with excellence in the design of public spaces. His work has received awards and honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
LAND COLLECTIVE is a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. The firm is dedicated to crafting landscapes that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of art, technology and the social sciences to create human-centered works. It is an appreciation for empathy that drives the studio’s design process.
Grand Island, NY
Michael Tunkey established the firm’s office in Shanghai in 2007 and lead the firm’s activities in China through summer 2014, including project design and management and leadership of the “ide@s gallery”. He is a member of CannonDesign’s International Steering Committee and in addition to his leadership responsibilities, he has participated in projects of varying scales and typologies in nine countries, demonstrating leadership throughout each project phase, from competition development to construction management. Examples of his work have been published in international architectural journals, including feature coverage of three projects in Architecture magazine.
Tunkey holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in architecture from Harvard.
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