Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is committed to leadership development and the professional advancement of each individual on our close-knit team. From entry level through senior and associate level positions, our team members engage with the profession and the community by educating the public on the architect’s role in improving the built and natural environments, participating in industry awards programs, and promoting community through a commitment to a variety of professional, civic and volunteer organizations. A few of our current and former team members below have recently accomplished various honors.
Joseph McKenley, AIA | Staff Architect
Since joining our team at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS as a summer intern in 2017, Joseph McKenley has reached several professional milestones in his early career. This past August, Joseph became a licensed architect by fulfilling all necessary requirements through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), including the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the 6-part Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). The AXP requires completion of 3,740 hours across six professional practice areas while the ARE exams assess knowledge and skills of the practice including areas that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building, as well as an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.
In September, Joseph was also elected as the 2021 Vice Chair and 2022 Chair of the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee. He was selected to speak on an AIA|DC Webinar panel over two sessions held on September 2nd and September 16th. The webinar, entitled: A Two-Part Conversation on Equity with Fellows & Emerging Architects, sought to discuss systemic racism and fostering equity within the architectural and AEC professions, institutions, and associations. The virtual live panel encouraged AIA Fellows and Emerging architects to “pinpoint specific barriers to entering the profession, and the opportunities necessary to build diversity and equity in firms.” Watch the Webinar Recording.
Joseph’s passion and commitment to both his personal development and the advancement of the profession are greatly valued and supported at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS. We are proud to have him on our team and look forward to his continued growth!
Macy Carman-Goeke, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador | Architectural Designer
Macy Carman-Goeke has been a valuable team member and asset to our firm since she began as an intern in September of 2018. Having a passion for sustainability and environmental and human occupant well-being, Macy recently passed the WELL AP exam denoting her expertise in the WELL Building Standard and commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities. Additionally, she earned the title of Fitwel Ambassador and remains an active participant in Fitwel’s healthy building movement.
Last month, Macy participated in a virtual panel for the AIA|VA Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) class. The ELA program was founded in 2009 through the American Institute of Architects Virginia chapter and serves as an Honors Academy seeking to develop future leaders in the architecture profession. The academy is comprised of an “intensive program of educational sessions structured around presentations, discussions, team exploration, analysis, consensus-building, collaboration, and case-study activities undertaken over the course of a year.” The programs are conducted monthly and feature a variety of seminars, work sessions, and project presentations, which culminate to a final presentation at Architecture Exchange East in November. As a member of the 2019 class, Macy spoke to this year’s class about her experience in ELA and how it has influenced her career at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS. The project from Macy’s year was about vacant office space in the Northern Virginia area, and she was able to speak about the work she has done in the past year at B|HA on Park Center—the transformation of two 14-story office buildings into apartments in Alexandria, VA.
The passion and energy that Macy brings to work every day in her mission to improve communities and make a positive impact on the world make us proud to continually support her professional growth.
Continued Support for Our B|HA Family
Many talented individuals who have spent a developmental phase of their career in the Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS studio, continue to receive accolades, give back to the community, and maintain relationships with our team. Marques King, AIA, NCARB, CNU was a valued member of our team from 2015 – 2018 before returning to his hometown in Detroit, Michigan with his fiancée where he launched his own design and consulting shop called Fabric[K] Design.
A University of Maryland Alumnus (M.Arch ’14), Marques was recently selected by UMD’s Architecture Program (MAPP) along with three other talented designers as a Kea Distinguished Professor for the 2020-21 academic year. The Kea Distinguished Professorship is a high honor and those chosen for the position serve as critics and lecturers for one semester. Other designers selected include Zena Howard, FAIA, LEED AP, Cory Henry, and UMD alumni Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP.
“Zena, Carl, Cory and Marques have made significant, lasting impacts through transformative approaches to contemporary urban challenges,” said Interim Dean Donald Linebaugh. “It is an honor to have these innovative practitioners join our students and faculty this year.”
Marques previously served as an adjunct professor at UMD, where he worked with students on a variety of studios and courses; in 2018, he co-led “Rebirth,” a graduate-level project that mapped the relationship between the built environment, urban policy and social change over time in Washington’s U St. Corridor. It was exhibited at AIA|DC to mark the anniversary of the1968 riots.
This fall semester, Marques is teaching a class called The Black Experience & The Built Environment which will explore the historical and contemporary relationships between the American Black Population and the design, planning, and land policy and use of American Land. We are incredibly proud of our friend and former colleague, the the transformative work that he continues to do, and his commitment to teaching future generations of architects.