At the Fall 2020 Board of Directors Meeting the Board was charged with creating a resource to better enable students to pursue non-traditional career paths. The THRIVE program shifted in the spring of 2021 to focus on regular professional development webinars, as opposed to a single in-person event. Created to meet the needs of these efforts, the 2021-2022 Professional Development Advisory Group served to provide students with opportunities to cultivate professional networks and skills, as well as create programming and resources that prepare students to succeed in their chosen career path. The roster and charges of this committee are below:


Chair: Gabriella Spatz | Bowling Green State University

Board Liaison: Nicholas Romero, AIAS | 2021-2022 AIAS West Quad Director


Britney Martinez | University of Kansas

Jibraan Zobairi | Pratt Institute

Kari Essary | University of Tennessee Knoxville

Laura Schmidt | Illinois Institute of Technology

Marcelle El Achkar | Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

Megan Suarez | Florida International University

Monika Uguryan | Woodbury University – Burbank


  1. Collaborate with the National Office to develop topics for THRIVE Webinars and other professional development programs.
  2. Continue efforts by the 2020-2021 Board of Directors to establish resources to guide students who are interested in alternative career paths.
  3. Serve as a resource for hard and technical skills regarding practice and lifelong learning.
  4. Continue the 2020-2021 Design & Technology Task Force’s collaboration with the AIA Young Architects Forum.