Our 2018-19 Board
Hi! I’m Sarah, your 2018-2019 AIAS Chapter President and I am a third year student here at the SoA. I am from a really small town in New Jersey but it is full of architecture. Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern for an amazing architecture firm but I am so excited to make the city of Charlotte my home. I became involved with AIAS and Freedom by Design my first year and I encourage you, and especially first year students, to be active within the school community as well. As last year’s AIAS Treasurer, I have been able to attend conferences, make new relationships and overall learn more about the architecture profession. Most of my time will be spent in the downstairs studio area or the AIAS office on the second floor – feel free to come up and talk to me! You can’t miss me – I have wild, curly, red hair that you’ll be able to see from a mile away. I can’t wait to meet and work with all of you this year!
Hi, I'm Christina, your 2018-2019 AIAS Vice President! I am a 3rd year in the SoA. I have been an AIAS member since first-year and plan to continue for as many years as I am in school. I’m always up for getting involved and making new friends, so come talk to me anytime, you can find me in the second to last studio bay at pretty much any hour. When I’m not drawing for class, I’m usually drawing for myself, typically while binge watching anime or YouTube videos.
Hi! My name is Emily Dobbs and I will be the AIAS Secretary for the 2018-2019 school year. I am currently a third year student, born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I look forward to attending this year’s AIAS forum in Seattle, Washington and getting to know a lot of the students in Architecture. I’m always in studio so if you have any questions or need help feel free to come ask me! Like our AIAS President, I too have curly red hair so it’s hard not to see me. I’m excited to work with everyone to make this year a great one!!
My name is Joseph Santarelli, the 2018-19 AIAS Treasurer. I'm currently a fifth year and have loved my years here at Charlotte. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but NC is really my home now. I have been an active AIAS member since my second year in the SoA when I went to Forum in San Francisco. I really want to make sure that the voices of our students are being heard, so if you have any questions or suggestions let me know!
Howdy, my name is Spencer Bauer and I am your AIAS Historian. I am currently in my third year here at the SOA. I was born and spent the majority of my life in a city near Detroit, MI but have spent the past 6 years living here in North Carolina. I have been an active member of the AIAS every year that I have attended but this marks the first year that I am a member of the board. I'm definitely an introverted person by nature but I am always willing to talk or help wherever I can so feel free to approach me at any time, I swear I won't bite. If you ever need me, just look for the guy in the background with a camera taking too many pictures.
Social Events Director
My name is Xac and this year I am serving on the AIAS board as the Social Events Director. I am new to serving on the AIAS board but have maintained AIAS membership since my second year in school. I am currently in the M2AS program, so I can be found roaming around Storrs on the second floor. Please feel free to come ask me anything!
Hey, I'm Nick and I am the AIAS webmaster for the 2018-2019 school year. I am in my 2nd year and was an AIAS member last year as well. I was born in Pennsylvania and have lived in the Czech Republic, the D.C. area and Baltimore before coming to Charlotte to study architecture. I started school late but have found that age really does not matter much of the time. I'm happy to help or talk if you see me so feel free to say whats up.
Jeff Deming is a graduate student in the last year of his Masters of Architecture at UNC Charlotte, where he also earned his BA in architecture. He has had a continuous involvement in AIAS and FBD for the past four years and served as the UNCC chapter president during the 2017-18 school year. He is a four-year employee of the Storrs Fabrication Lab and has developed a passion for carving and milling spoons, which has led him to develop a strong relationship with Helen, the lab’s six-axis robot. Jeff was born and raised in Charlotte during the banking boom of the late 80s and remembers a time when the city was primarily farmland. He was inspired to study design as he watched the city develop around him. He has maintained a deep dedication to the community in Charlotte and is an advocate for local artisans and their desire to elevate the city through high craft. He is a former manager of a local surf shop, even though Charlotte is three hours from the closest beach, and thoroughly enjoys all board sports. He has a very strong sock game and exclusively wears Stance socks.
Hey, I’m Bekim Sejdiu, your 2017-2019 NCARB Advisor. I grew up and lived in NYC for most of my life and lived in the triangle area for a few years before attending the SOA program. I’m currently in my 4th year of undergrad and 2nd year of the iPAL program. I’ve worked for LS3P’s Charlotte office during that time. My goal is to make fellow students more interested in becoming licensed and to point them towards resources they can use to one day call themselves an “architect”. If you have any questions about the process and requirements to become a licensed architect or of the iPAL program, do not hesitate to ask!