January 14, 2021

Washington, DC – January 14, 2021 – Chapter leaders of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) have cast their ballots for the next Board of Directors. During the annual FORUM conference, which took place virtually from January 5, 2021 – January 8, 2021, the Council of Presidents elected the new incoming board of directors for the organization. The 2021-2022 International Regional Ambassadors were appointed by the Board of Directors at their FORUM Meeting which took place on January 3rd, 2021.

President: Scott Cornelius, Oklahoma State University
Vice President: Shannon DeFranza, Roger Williams University
Northeast Quad Director: Elizabeth Caccavano, Temple University
South Quad Director: Jessie Cart, Savannah College of Art and Design
Midwest Quad Director: Baili Null, Bowling Green State University
West Quad Director: Nicholas Romero, University of New Mexico
Latin America Ambassador: Adan Hernandez, University of Texas-Arlington
Middle East Ambassador: Vanessa Abou Harb, Lebanese American University

Those elected, including Quad Directors, will serve a one-year term on the AIAS Board of Directors. During this time the President and Vice President relocate to the national office in Washington, D.C. and work as full-time employees of the AIAS.

President-elect Scott Cornelius will serve as the organization’s 65th President. “The new Board, Shannon and I are so honored and excited to have been chosen by you all and so thankful to everyone who helped us get here; we’re ready to rethink these positions and the position of the AIAS to move us forward from the craziness of the past year and ensure we’re connecting, advocating and creating resources for architecture students on an international scale.”


NCARB Liaison (2019-2022): Kristine Harding, FAIA – Huntsville, AL
AIA Liaison (2020-2023): Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, ACI – Kensington, MD
ACSA Liaison (2021-2024): Bethany Lundell-Garver, AIA, NCARB – Cambridge, MA

The newly elected board officially begins their duties on the 1st of July and will be sworn in during Grassroots 2021. In the six-month lead up to commencing their terms, the board-elect will work closely with their predecessors to become familiar with their role on the board, including an orientation concurrent with the Spring Board of Directors Meeting.


The American Institute of Architecture Students is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to programs, information and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. For more information, visit www.aias.org.