Design Line
Tuesday, January 11 2022

Serving the Community and the Academy

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is proud to share our continuing engagement with the local communities where we work, our regional academic institutions, and the public. Our team is committed to sharing our time and knowledge with others through our service as directors to local institutions, board leadership, and by educating the public and the profession.

William J. Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP

Chair of MAPP’s Board of Visitors & Involvement as a Recognized Design Leader.

Over his 40 year participation as a dedicated alumnus, Bill has been a demonstrated design leader and advocate to The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (MAPP). He was named  Chair of MAPP’s Board of Visitors. At MAPP and his award-winning firm, Bill works tirelessly to amplify architects’ abilities as designers, technicians, and civic leaders who achieve success in the firm, community, and the profession.

In 2014 he established the William J. Bonstra Endowed TerpStart Scholarship for deserving undergraduate students, patterned after the assistance he received as a student. Since then, he and his wife Penny have provided scholarships for at least 7 talented recipients. In 2016, Bill was named a Distinguished Architecture Alumni at MAPP. Bill  also participates in the housing industry as a member of Jubilee Housing Real Estate Advisory Committee and supports other institutions as a board member including Cultural Tourism DC, and the International Student House. Since his elevation to Fellow in 2010, he continues his participation promoting professionals through the Fellows Committee of the DC AIA Chapter and the Cosmos Club.

Jack Devilbiss, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Jack serves as the Director At Large with the AIA | DC Board in 2021. He has also volunteered in various capacities with the Washington Architectural Foundation and the University of Maryland Real Estate Development Program. In addition, Jack is a member of DCPL Design Review Committee and has been focused on the adaptive use of existing apartment buildings within the DMV Historic Districts. Jack’s career has spanned over 20 years with work on all levels of renovation from interior, cosmetic rehabilitation to work including substantial alterations and additions as well as building system modernization. He has worked closely with DCRA and Zoning officials, DC Water, DDOT and DC historic preservation agencies as well as with community and neighborhood organizations.

John K. Edwards, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Currently serving as an AIA nominee and team chair for National Architectural Accrediting Board professional school accreditation teams, John also serves on the Board of Directors of AOI-DC, the city’s oldest civic advocacy organization, and has been an active volunteer with the Washington Architectural Foundation, St. Mark’s Church Capitol Hill, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. As the firm’s Senior Sustainable Design Leader, John contributes an expert understanding of sustainable technologies and certification processes. He has served on design juries for the UMD School of Architecture, American Resort Development Association and the CUA School of Architecture, as well as presenting at CUA’s continuing education program on sustainable design. 

John Glenn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

John has recently became a member of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) George Washington Chapter, a global land economics society. John also serves on two AIA Virginia boards: Advocacy Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee. He has served in a senior leadership role as Director of Government Affairs for AIA Arizona tackling advocacy at a statewide level as Arizona became the epicenter of a nationwide drive in some state legislature towards deregulation of licensed professionals.

David T. Haresign, FAIA

David serves the community, the academy, and the profession as a leader on several boards. He is currently President of the Cosmos Club Historic Preservation Foundation, a trustee on the Executive Committees of the National Building Museum and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Alumni Foundation, and a trustee of the DC History Center. David is a Past President of AIA|DC, and continues to serve on the Design Excellence and Fellows Committees. David is a former member of the City of Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel, and the Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society’s GW Chapter’s Board. David established the David and Patricia Haresign Endowed Scholarship for undergraduates and contributes significantly to the new building project for the University of Virginia School of Architecture. In 2021, David was awarded the Centennial Medal for AIA|DC for his service to the profession.


Zenairee García Cividanes, AIA

Zenairee has been selected as the new Community Outreach Advisor for the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects Committee (LA IDEA) in AIA | DC. As the Community Outreach Advisor, Zenairee will plan and oversee various community outreach events, develop partnerships with organizations, recruit and coordinate member volunteers, and work closely with the development/sponsorship and marketing advisors. Zenairee, along with LA IDEA Committee, had recently led a community outreach event with the Housing Up organization where she was given the opportunity to lead a group of Spanish speaking families with arts and crafts activity. 


Robert Kuentzel, AIA

Robert, a fellow University of Maryland alum, regularly returning to the university as an invited guest critic for undergraduate and graduate level design reviews. This past fall semester, he taught an introduction to Design Thinking and Making course at the University of Maryland. Robert was also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts & Designs Interior Architecture program, where he led an undergraduate design studio in the spring semester.

Caroline Zimmermann, Assoc. AIA

Caroline is an Associate AIA member in Washington, DC and a Tulane University alumna. While at Tulane University, Caroline received the Alpha Rho Chi Leadership Award and the Tulane University Leadership Award. Caroline continues to engage with her Alma Mater through her involvement with the Tulane Mentorship Program at the University, School of Architecture. She professionally and educationally mentors graduate students within the program.

Tensae Woldesellasie

Tensae is currently a Co-Chair of the AIA | DC Advocacy Committee where he’s involved with the American Wood Council, advocating for early adoption of the new ICC codes on Mass Timber and with assisting the AIA | DC Resiliency + Disaster Relief committee. Tensae also serves on the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s Young Alumni Council. In addition, Tensae founded a non-profit organization, LOVE Mobile healthcare System, a mobile healthcare facility which provides free medical care for the poorest and geographically marginalized people around the world.