Graciela Carrillo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Nassau BOCES

Originally from Colombia, Graciela Carrillo, AIA, immigrated to the United States in 2003. While in Colombia, Graciela worked as an Architect at Bogota’s Institute of Urban Development (IDU), a Government-owned institution in charge of city planning and infrastructure construction for Bogotá. She works for Nassau BOCES Facilities Services as a Senior Manager where she is in charge of coordinating school’s related projects.

Graciela has committed almost a decade of volunteer leadership service to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She has been involved with the AIA at the local, state, and national level, currently serving as the President 2020-2021 as well as the WIA Founder and Co-Chair of the AIA Long Island Chapter. On a National and State level, Graciela was the past 2017-2018 NY Regional Director (YARD) for the Young Architects Forum (YAF). Graciela is also the Co-Founder of the Immigrant Architects Coalition, a group committed to helping and providing resources for immigrant architects to achieve a prosperous career in the U.S. Graciela obtained her B. Arch in Bogota, Colombia, and a Masters in Environmental Planning from Pratt Institute is a LEED Accredited Professional and a NYS Code Enforcement Official. In 2019, Graciela was the recipient of the AIA NYS Young Architect Award.


Through her volunteering at the AIA, Graciela has had an abundance of career enrichment and professional development. Of particular interest is providing a voice for immigrant professionals established in the U.S., and encouraging and supporting them in their path towards licensure and professional development, since she experienced, first hand, the challenges of being educated in a foreign country while ultimately acquiring a professional license in NYS.



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.

Social Media & Programs Coordinator

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.

Communications Coordinator

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.

Programs Coordinator

Danielle Schmidt, AIA, NCARB



Programs Coordinator

Gloria Baca, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

WFC Architects

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.

Programs Coordinator

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.

Women In Architecture Committee