The 2024 AIA Dallas Board Officers Slate

AIA Dallas is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for election to service in 2024:

Peter Darby, AIA, LEED AP
Founder and Principal at Darby Architecture

Peter Darby is the Founder and Principal at Darby Architecture, a consultant-based transportation architecture and urban design practice in Dallas focused on aviation, transit, and mixed-use urban design projects. Peter is originally from the Chicago area and attended Lake Forest College studying urban studies, has an undergraduate professional architectural degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before relocating to Dallas in 2013, Peter practiced in the Northeast, including Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston.

Peter serves on the AIA National Leadership team for AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community. Peter is presently the AIA Dallas President-Elect and previously served as Vice President of Programs and Secretary for 2022 and Director of Education in 2021 and 2017. Peter is also past chair of the Historic Resources Committee and has been an active member of Public Policy, Communities by Design, Community Honors, Gala Planning, Architecture Matters, Codes and Standards, and COTE committees for AIA Dallas. Peter is the recipient of the AIA Dallas President’s Medal in 2021 and the AIA Dallas Presidential Citation in 2021 for his efforts in leading the AIA Dallas DART Advisory Committee.

Peter also serves on other boards, including the Executive Committee at-Large for the Greater Dallas Planning Council and past Chair of the Urban Design Awards; Second Vice President with the Board of Directors for U.S. Capitol Page Alumni Association in Washington, DC, including Director of Events leading national and regional programs. Peter served on the National Board of Directors for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for six years.

Mattia Flabiano, AIA
President and Senior Principal, Page

Since joining Page in 1980, Mattia’s experience has been focused on complex, mission critical type projects, from Academic Research Institutions, Micro-Electronics Fabrication Facilities, and all facility types in the Health Industry. His expertise, experience and management style has provided leadership to Page’s Design Team for many of the firm’s most complex and successful projects.

Mattia was elevated to Senior Principal in 1992, one of the youngest shareholders in Page’s 12- year history, and now serves as the firm’s President. Much of Mattia’s success has been his understanding of the dynamic nature of design in a rapidly changing environment, how a multi-disciplinary group of designers work best in an enhanced collaborative mode and his ability to corral the individual talents of various consultants and partners into a high performing team with client satisfaction as the number on driver.

Mattia’s work experience at Page prepared him with the leadership skills which have allowed him to take on leadership positions with many organizations within and outside the profession. As Page’s representative to the CEO Group of the AIA’s Large Firm Round Table (LFRT), Mattia was asked to serve as the LFRT representative to the AIA ArchiPAC in 2014. He is currently serving as the Chair of ArchiPAC’s Steering Committee through the next election cycle. In 2010, the AIA Dallas Chapter asked Mattia to serve as the architect on the City of Dallas Landmark Commission where he served as the Vice-Chair through 2019. Since 2010, Mattia has served on the Board of Governors for Downtown Dallas Inc (DDI) and in 2016 was nominated to the Board of Directors for DDI as the Secretary/Treasurer. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2020 to 2022 and as President of the Architecture and Design Foundation Board of Directors in 2021 and 2022.

Jennifer Workman, AIA
Architecture Director at VLK Architects
VP Secretary

Jennifer Workman is the Architecture Director for the Dallas location of VLK Architects where she manages the operations of the architecture unit and is responsible for implementing strategies and procedures to ensure the firm continues to produce designs with the highest quality. With more than 20 years of experience, she has experience working with museums, civic, corporate retail, K-12, corporate offices, and multi-family projects.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and immediately moved to Dallas to begin her career. Her engaged leadership, project experience, communication skills, and management capabilities are a direct result of her active involvement in the AEC industry and community. She previously served as a board member with AIA Dallas, Texas Society of Architects, and AIA National, while also chairing numerous board committees within each organization. She has participated in presentations at the TxA Conference, AIA National Convention, and AIA Grassroots.

Jennifer continuously engages in research to help elevate and evolve the practice of architecture and has received numerous awards for her thought leadership and forward-thinking project solutions. In addition to being the AIA YAF Connection Editor from 2009-2011, Workman also contributed to AIA Dallas’ Columns and to the Texas Architect Magazine. Recognized for her dedication to the industry, she received a National Young Architect Award in 2013, 40 Under 40 from Building + Design in 2014, the TxA 2016 Award for Young Professional Achievement and the 2004 AIA Dallas Associate of the Year Award.

Gianna Pigford, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal and Program Manager at Stantec
VP Treasurer (Second of two year term)

With over 20 years of experience, Gianna Pigford has provided a wealth of project leadership, managing the construction documentation and administration of several projects throughout the United States. Gianna received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Mississippi State University, is a registered architect in multiple states, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a NCARB certified architect.

Currently a Principal and Program Manager at Stantec in its architectural practice, Gianna brings her retail, industrial, and workplace experience to the Plano, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona offices to foster new client relationships and project opportunities while managing existing project development programs. Pigford has built a reputation for strong project delivery, design integration, sustainable design and innovative initiatives.

Gianna is an active member of the Dallas community as well as committed to professional and community improvement on the state, national, and international levels. She redefines the essence of community outreach. She seeks out organizations that share her personal mantra “to educate, empower, and embrace”. She actively engages in these organizations’ missions and uses her strength in professional leadership to help others excel. Most recently, at the national level, Gianna has been elected to the AIA Strategic Council as a 2021-2022 At-Large Representative and appointed to the ULI national Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council and the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s Executive Committee. Locally, Gianna serves as a chair of the Urban Land Institute DFW Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, Chair Elect of CoreNet North Texas, serves as advisor to CoreNet North Texas’ EMPOWER committee, and sits on the AIA Dallas Board of Directors as an Ex-officio Officer. Additionally, Gianna has been involved in several community and professional organizations throughout her career: DFW NOMA, Texas Society of Architects, NCARB, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association North Texas, CREW Dallas, Dallas Chamber Young Professionals, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Girl Scouts of America North Texas, and ACE Mentors.

Gianna’s commitment to excellence, strength in professional leadership, and passion for mentorship all contributed to her being named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2015. And in 2022, Gianna received the Texas Society of Architect’s award for Equitable Practice in Architecture in honor of John S. Chase, Jr. FAIA.

Michael Malone, FAIA
Founding Principal of Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects
TxA Director (First of two year term)

Michael Malone, FAIA is the founding principal of Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects, a full-service architectural firm based in Dallas, Texas. Since 1992, the firm has specialized in the design of retail and commercial interiors, single and multifamily residential, facilities for worship, and corporate marketing centers. The award-winning practice is frequently published in professional and shelter publications and is widely recognized for its thoughtful and considered designs. In 2013 the firm was selected as the Firm of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Michael is a frequent contributor to professional journals and is a Contributing Editor for Texas Architect magazine. He is the author of “The Architects Guide to Residential Design” published in 2010 by McGraw Hill.

Active in the Texas Society of Architects, he was the 2015 President. Previously he served as President Elect, Vice President for Outreach, Chairman of the Publications Committee, Chairman of the Texas Society of Architects Design Committee, and Chairman of the Honors and Awards committee. He initiated and chaired the first three Texas Society of Architects Design Conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He currently serves as the President of the Texas Architectural Foundation and chairs the AIA Dallas Community Honors Committee. He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and conventions, with his programs focused primarily on the importance of design, the role of drawing in design and issues affecting the architectural profession. He was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2017.

We would like to extend our thanks to all who responded to our open call for nominations, as well as to the members of the Nominating Committee for identifying this slate.

AIA Dallas invites you to the 2023 Annual Business Meeting, Holiday Party, and Chapter Awards on Thursday, December 7th. Your presence is requested as we look back at what we have accomplished together at AIA Dallas, as well as casting your vote for the 2024 Slate of Board Officers and TxA Board Director; and the proposed amendments to our Chapter Bylaws.

What you can expect:

  • The official election of the 2024 chapter officers and TxA Director
  • Consideration and vote on the proposed chapter bylaw amendments
  • Chapter Awards – special recognition will be given to our chapter volunteers, committee leadership, and annual chapter sponsors and allied members
  • An AIA Dallas tradition – the annual presidential passing of the hat, and more!

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