Originally from Colombia, Graciela immigrated to the United States in early 2003. While in Colombia, she worked as a Registered Architect at the Bogota’s Institute of Urban Development (IDU), a Government owned institution in charge of city planning and infrastructure construction for Bogotá. Currently, Graciela works as a NYS Registered Architect for Cashin Associates, P.C, an Engineering Consulting firm based in Long Island, NY. At Cashin, she has worked on and lead all scales of urban
design, planning and architectural projects, including leading municipalities to integrate sustainability features within their projects and LEED project administration and commissioning services. Graciela obtained a B. Arch in Bogota, Colombia, a Masters in Environmental Planning from Pratt Institute and she is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Graciela have committed almost a decade of volunteer leadership service to the AIA. She has been involved with the AIA at the local, state and national level, currently serving as the President-Elect as well as the Emerging Professionals (EP) and Women In Architecture (WIA) Co-Chair of the AIA Long Island Chapter. She co-founded the AIA LI EP committee in 2015 and the AIA LI WIA committee in
2018. On a National and State level in 2017, Graciela was appointed as the 2017-2018 NY Regional Director (YARD) for the Young Architects Forum (YAF) and represented YA on the AIA New York State Board of Directors. Graciela loves to surf, bike riding and most of her free time she dedicates it to managing her French Bulldog. Social life @gamble_frenchie.
Ebru Sulker, ASSOCIATE AIA
Core Group Architects, LLP.
Ebru is a graduate from the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury Campus with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2001 and began her internship in the profession in 1999 coinciding with her architectural education. She was on the deans list as well as a teacher’s assistant her junior year. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, origin Turkish/ American – culture is a big part of her life. She started her journey in a Mechanical Engineer’s office to grasp the understanding of coordination. By gaining experience in many architecture firms she built her stamina in all aspect of Architecture. Working with Engineering, Mechanical and Architecture firms she was able to gain a lot of experience in documentation and
Currently working for Core Group Architects in Oyster Bay as a Project Manager, Ebru has steadily immersed in the office design culture and management. A creative professional expertise in High-end Retail, Commercial, Restoration/Renovations, Nursing Homes, Dialysis Centers and Residential Construction.
Manages complex architecture and construction administration from inception to completion. Ebru is also an Adjunct Instructor at New York Institute of Technology in the Old Westbury Campus, teaching Visualization, Building Construction and Environmental Systems. She brings her experience of 17 years to her students
while gaining knowledge and teaches her students by getting them involved on the construction field. She is actively on her way to taking the ARE exams and hopes to encourage other exam takers to have this journey with her.
In the AIA, Ebru began her services to the architectural community by helping out with the AIA Queens Chapter back in 2014. She has been actively involved in the AIA, currently the Co-Chair for the AIA Queens Emerging Professionals in Architecture (QEPA) and AIA Long Island Women in Architecture, while volunteering with the AIA Queens Chapters activities for education and the Brooklyn Queens Design Awards. Ebru loves to paint, take pictures and decorate. She has a 13-year-old son that keeps her busy and hopes that he will become engaged in a career that will help him encourage others.
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Maureen Chavez, Associate AIA
Mojo Stumer Associates
Maureen began her academic career in 1992 with an A.A.S in Interior Design and followed with BSAT in Architecture in 1998. With so many years of experience, Maureen has a vast knowledge of materials and building systems under her belt. She has designed and documented a variety of spaces from high end residential, retail, hospitality and institutional buildings all along marrying architecture and interior design passionately. Currently she is pursuing licensure. She believes in integrating and giving back to her community and became a committee member of the Women in Architecture and the Emerging Professionals AIA Long Island Chapter. She loves travel and photography as well as drawing and sketching in any medium.
Katty Brath, Associate AIA
Guilor Architects, P.C.
Katty originally from Ecuador, holds a B.A. in Architecture from NYIT. Currently working as Project Architect for Guilor Architects in Long Island and has 12 years of experience in high end residential in NYC and summer homes in Fire Island.
Within the AIA, Katty is the Chapter's Associate Director and the programs coordinator for AIA LI Women in Architecture Committee. In the Emerging Professionals Committee, Katty the leader for the ARE Study Group.
Katty loves making playdoh and slime with her daughters and enjoys knitting, crocheting, needle point. After Architecture, Yarn is her passion!
Judith Chavez-Webster, Int. Assoc. AIA
B Thayer Associates
Judith is an Architectural Designer, originally from Lima, Peru, where she holds an Architecture License. While in Peru, she managed her own Practice C&C Architects SRL, designing and building Commercial and Residential Projects.
Upon coming to United States on 1999, knowing Architecture was her passion, she decided to continue working in the same field. Currently, Judith works as an Architectural Designer for B Thayer Associates, an Architecture/Engineering firm based in Long Island, NY. Prior to joining BTA, she was a Senior Architectural
Designer for ACB Architects PLLC, an Architecture firm based in New York City, where she focused in aviation and transportation projects.
The pleasure for sharing knowledge and experience always inspired her to be involved in different activities: she become an active member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for more than ten years. Later as a Member of the SGBC, she was a dedicated volunteer in the Residential Green Building Committee
and Green Schools committees, participating in USGBC educational events. Currently she is the Events Coordinator for the AIA LI WIA (Women in Architecture) Committee.
Judith is an International Associate AIA, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT).
Judith enjoys the beach, visiting museums, and traveling to historic places.
Renee Marcus, AIA, CID, LEED AP
H2M architects + engineers
Renee Marcus, AIA, our newest member of the WIA committee, is a registered architect, certified
interior designer and LEED AP. She holds a BS in Architecture as well as a Master’s in Business from
NYIT. Ms. Marcus has concentrated most of her career on working within the public market focusing on
schools and the municipal market as a Studio Director and Assistant Vice President at H2M architects +
engineers located in Melville, NY. Previously, Ms. Marcus has experience on the design and project
management side of the profession acting as an owner’s representative for the global offices at
Bloomberg LP and then later AIG Realty. Projects were comprised of corporate interior design, lease
negotiations, radio and tv studio design and integration, and office relocations, which included all
aspects of bidding and construction administration. Ms. Marcus is the Immediate Past President of the
LI Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute and has served as an adjunct professor for SUNY
Farmingdale within the Architecture and Construction Management program for the last 10 years.
Olivia Tsonas, AIA
H2M architects + engineers
Olivia is a graduate from the University of Florida (2008) and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College (2010). She holds a Bachelor of Design with focus on Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree from these institutions. She also studied classical and modern European architecture abroad at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy (2008). She was licensed as a Registered Architect in 2016 in the state of New York.
Upon graduating, Olivia moved to New York to begin her professional career at a boutique architecture firm in Brooklyn. She has experience in high-end residential home and apartment renovations, commercial high-rise construction, restaurant and kitchen design, healthcare facilities, and industrial factory design. She also has experience working with local zoning boards and with the Landmarks Preservation Committee. In 2017, Olivia went to work as a Project Architect for H2M architects + engineers in Melville, NY, where she has expanded her public sector and municipal experience with commercial new-construction and public school districts.
Gloria Baca, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Gloria originally from Peru, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from NYIT. She currently is a Project Architect at WFC Architects in Setauket. Gloria has worked on diverse projects, including: medical, data centers, executive offices, but her area of expertise is in the Baking and Credit Union Sector, which includes numerous interior alterations as well as ground up construction. Gloria has over 18 years of Architectural experience. In her spare time, Gloria teaches cake and cookie decorating, and enjoys making elaborate cakes and cookies for family and friends.