The AIA New Jersey International Panel Discussion On Design Clients Process – Common Issues in Practice from Across the Pond UK and US Premiers! 

November 29, 2021

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The AIA New Jersey International Panel Discussion On Design Clients Process – Common Issues in Practice from Across the Pond UK and US Premiers! 


Scot Alan Masker, RIBA, and William J. Martin, AIA, team up to present a new panel discussion webinar, Design, Clients, and Process – Common Issues in Practice from Across the Pond: UK and US. 

Scot and Bill share the panel with 4 small firm colleagues to compare and contrast professional experiences in each country across topics of client relations, sustainability, historic preservation, and much more. This program was originally presented and recorded on Wednesday, November 10th, 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern Time.  This program is presented by AIA New Jersey and is a free member benefit. 

Click HERE to view the presentation in it’s entirety. 

About our Moderators:

Scot Alan Masker, RIBA

Scot graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.   He went on to study Architecture in London gaining a BA (Hons) Architecture as well as achieving his M Arch from Virginia Tech and State University.

He is a Chartered Member of the RIBA. 

Scot is now director of his own practice, this after a long experience in other firms including as director for 19 years in his previous position.

Scot has managed a wide range of projects including major urban mixed-use and retail developments, commercial housing schemes, large bespoke private houses, social/sheltered and care accommodation projects as well as agricultural diversification proposals. 

He has long experience in dealing with the sensitive issues surrounding historic buildings and their settings and has worked on projects from landed historic estates such as the Grange Estate in Hampshire to the listed Old Spitalfields Market in London.

Scot is an active member of the RIBA.  He had held the Hampshire Branch Chair for some years and has been a past RIBA National Council member. He had successfully run the Winchester Architecture Lecture Series for some years in Winchester.

A Traditional Architecture Group member since its founding Scot continues to work and practice in a traditional idiom and is expert in rural and country house design. He now acts as facilitator for the TAG Peer Review.

He is also a trustee for the Winchester Theatre Trust where he is tasked with the review of the upkeep of the listed theatre.


William J. Martin, R.A., AIA, P.P., LEED AP-H

WJM Architect, Co-chairperson AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee, Trustee AIA Architects League of Northern NJ

William J. Martin (Bill) is an architect and community planner focused on high-performance resilient and energy efficient design configurations using cultural vernacular expression. He designed the First Certified LEED Platinum home in suburban NJ and received an AIA NJ COTE Top Ten Merit Award for the project entitled “Knight on a Chessboard”.

Bill was educated at Carnegie-Mellon University (’81-’84) in Pittsburgh, PA and Pratt Institute, School of Architecture (’84-’88) in New York City. While at Carnegie-Mellon, he studied Architecture and Managerial Economics. At Pratt Institute, he studied architecture and its relationship to the economics of real estate development and received his Architecture Degree with Honors (B Arch 1988). Bill started the WJM Architect firm over 30 years ago and has designed and consulted on a wide variety of building types.

In 2020, Bill was the recipient of the inaugural AIA Architects League Community Service Award.  This award was presented for distinguished service to the community for leading the Westwood Zoning board as the chairperson for over 25 years. His service contributed to the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association’s designation of Westwood NJ as a “Great Place in NJ 2019” for a great downtown.

Bill is a tireless advocate for architects on social media and leads the AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee as Co-chairperson. He is considered a social media influencer by AIA National and is regularly consulted by media outlets. He has been interviewed by CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and the Today Show regarding historical design trends.


About Our Panelists:


Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA, (Kim) is owner and principal of Bunn Architecture, a full-service architecture firm specializing in residential and small commercial.   She is dedicated to creative design and attention to detail, she enjoys helping her clients improve the spaces that they live or work in every day.  Often combining her passion for architecture with historic preservation and environmentally sensitive design working on alterations and additions to existing buildings.  A graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture, she is licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   

As a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) she has been active in the organization at both the state and local levels.  In the years since she joined as an associate, she has participated or chaired many committees within the organization.   A Past President of her local AIA West Jersey section in 2006, she remains involved with the local section and chairs the AIA-WJ Photography Competition now in its 16th year.   She was awarded the section’s highest honor the AIA West Jersey Louis Goettelmann Award for service in 2009.  
As President of AIA New Jersey in 2015 she led the organization on a strategic planning initiative to maintain AIA’s value for members and the New Jersey architectural community for years to come.  Currently, she chairs the AIANJ Communications Committee which brings together the newsletter, website and social media to send AIA’s message to members and the public.  
Kimberly is active in her community and local schools.  She co-authored a book about her local town and its history, has taught multiple elementary school level classes on architectural styles and has led Historic & Architectural Walking Tours.   She often is a mentor for high school students interested in pursuing a career in architecture and regularly works with the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations talking about the profession.
Marissa Iamello, AIA, is the primary co-owner of Iamello Architectural Studio, a diverse architectural firm in Ocean, NJ. She is experienced in designing custom homes, multi-family projects, higher education facilities, and municipal work. A background in small and large architectural firms shaped her vision for her firm. Marissa graduated from Cornell in 2006 and is a licensed architect in the State of NJ.

Marissa immediately began working at Kohn Pedersen Fox in NYC upon graduation from Cornell University. During her tenure there she focused on programming and planning for higher education projects. Through focused programming meetings with the end users, she would extract the pertinent program information that would be translated into a building design. Two of her most notable projects were the Morgan State University’s Earl G Graves School of Business in Baltimore, MD and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Phase II in Ann, Arbor, MI. Both projects have gone on to be recognized for their design excellence.

Marissa’s passion for residential architecture began while working at Monteforte Architectural Studio. She worked closely with the company’s owner to design custom single-family homes as well as multifamily homes. As a licensed architect, she was called upon to give expert witness testimony in front of Planning Boards for projects she spearheaded.  Although Iamello Architectural Studio LLC was formed in 2015, Marissa had been simultaneously working full-time for other employers. After she overcame cancer and became pregnant with her first child, Marissa became more motivated to focus on her own architecture practice in order to maintain the best work life balance.

Marissa Iamello has served on the AIA Jersey Shore Executive Board, first as President-Elect in 2017 and 2018 and next as President in 2019 and 2020. She strives to bring business-development-related topics to her AIA Jersey Shore members.  She also serves as the chair for the AIA-NJ Sponsorship Committee. As an EPiC member herself, Marissa works diligently to engage the younger generation of architects both in her local section and at the state level. For her efforts in leading this charge she was awarded “AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year” in 2021. Marissa Iamello’s involvement in the AIA has been and continues to be extremely fulfilling. She considers the relationships she has built as a leader to be invaluable. 

Marissa is a devoted mother, wife, business owner, and cancer survivor. Her dedication to the profession of architecture is an inspiration to all.

Rob Jackson, RIBA, studied architecture at undergraduate and diploma level at The University of Nottingham in England, finally professionally qualifying with a Masters distinction in 2005. During this time he won a place on the ‘International Association for the Exchange of Students of Technical Expertise’ (IAESTE) student exchange programme, working primarily on domestic projects at Architecture Collaborative in Baltimore, Maryland.
On returning to the UK Rob went on to work for both specialist healthcare and education practices before joining Design Engine Architects in 2008 following a year traveling around the world.
Design Engine Architects design high-quality contemporary architecture with a strong conceptual basis. Whilst at Design Engine Rob was responsible for the delivery of a number of projects at various scales and typologies, from private houses to a new £35m university center under both traditional and design & build contracts.
Rob led the practice’s ‘Technical Review Group’, reviewing all office project information issued for Tender as part of the practice’s Quality Assurance process. Rob has a particular interest in materiality, detailing and delivery of high-quality architecture.
Rob was Site Architect for the multi-award-winning £83m Oxford Brookes University ‘John Henry Brookes Building’, based on-site for two years with the main contractor and working closely with other consultants in the design team, contractors and trade contractors to deliver this exceptional quality award-winning building.
Awards won at Design Engine Architects included numerous RIBA regional and national awards,
In 2013 Rob set up 527 architects to work primarily in contemporary residential architecture and runs the practice delivering high-end, sustainable contemporary residential buildings.
Rob is currently regional Design Director for Churchill Retirement Living, a specialist retirement housing developer. Rob sits on the Winchester and Eastleigh Design Review Panel with Scot and previously worked with Natalie at Design Engine.

Natalie Skeete, RIBA (Director)
BA(Hons) M.Arch RIBA, MSc (Building Cons) RIBA Conservation Registrant and IHBC Affiliate

Natalie is originally a Londoner and spent much of her earlier career working in the capital at architectural practices including Dixon Jones and Denton Corker Marshall. She graduated with a first-class honours degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth in 2003 and won a number of school prizes. She later moved to the University of Bath, to study a Masters in Architecture and has since returned to the university, as a visiting teaching fellow. 

Prior to completing her RIBA Part 3 final qualification in 2012, Natalie worked at Design Engine Architects in Winchester where she worked on Oxford Brooks University’s new student centre and architecture school. She subsequently relocated to the New Forest where she lives today and two years later founded her own RIBA Chartered practice, Forest Architecture.

The practice has a combined focus on low-energy design and building conservation, with much of the portfolio either found within conservation areas or having an association with historic buildings.  The practice designs with a contemporary aesthetic but enjoys the juxtaposition of this alongside older structures. The practice also successfully won planning permission at a project appeal hearing, earlier this year for a new-build, low-energy house within the New Forest National Park (which is incredibly rare) and one of two National Parks we have worked in. The work has its own language, celebrating the use of natural materials, whilst being sympathetic to its surroundings and seeking balance with its landscape.

Natalie’s interest in building conservation led her to study the RIBA’s conservation course in 2017 and a few months later, she enrolled on a Masters in Building Conservation at the Weald and Downland Living Museum. She completed the course with distinction earlier this year. Her dissertation on a local fort, Hurst Castle, questioned the future of conservation for historic coastal sites; in anticipation of rising sea levels and increased coastal erosion. The study considered if such sites should continue to be preserved or if we should accept their inevitable loss. 

Natalie is a mum of two, a five-year-old son and a four-month-old baby daughter, and looks forward to the next chapter in both her working and personal life.


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