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Board Nominees

Introducing the 2019 Board of Directors Nominees




Keith Conrad Blaine, AIA, LEED AP

Blaine Architects


Keith graduated from the University of Southern California where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree. His 10 year career began in Los Angeles in 2006, where he lived and worked in downtown LA before joining Foster + Partners in London for the Apple Campus 2 Project in 2012.

His work ethic and drive to create timeless and honest buildings form the foundation of his designs. On site at the Apple Campus 2 project, Keith is in charge of the iconic curved glass facade, four-story movable facade, base isolated movement joints, and all vertical circulation, including 42 elevators and custom stairs. He has built a strong reputation among the team, client, and city officials for solving complex static and dynamic details.


In 2001, I joined the chapter as a West Valley College student, where I became the President of AIAS and served on the AIA Silicon Valley Board of Directors as the Student Liaison. AIA Silicon Valley has been a continuous source of support in my academic and professional career, whether it be directly through national and local chapter events, leadership opportunities and the mentors and friends I have gained, including my amazing wife, who I met at the 2006 AIA national convention. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the AIA Silicon Valley and to continue the tradition of supporting our members as the chapter has for me.




Missy Mirkovski, AIA, LEED AP

IBI Group Architecture and Planning


Missy is an architect with IBI Group, native of Macedonia (Europe). Received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Skopje and is LEED accredited.

Since 1990 Missy has provided complete architectural services for designed and built projects, been responsible for a diverse range of projects including hi-tech, biotech, retail, and educational, civic and healthcare types of projects for numerous types of commercial clients, public sector clients in the greater Bay Area. Most projects included project programming, master planning, feasibility studies, preparation of construction documents and construction administration. Missy is in constant pursuit of delivering successful projects through collaboration with clients, stakeholders, communities, public entities, agencies, vendors and project staff. Committed to translating visions into reality through innovative project design, management, implementing sustainable design to enrich the aesthetics of the built environment.


Her bi-cultural background focus on family values, community collaboration, has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Whether heading the volunteering activities at her work place or leading the design for educational center and housing for orphans in Rwanda in collaboration with the Department of Architecture at West Valley college, Missy stands for making profound difference in the community, in the life of the less fortunate, less privileged children and families. Sees her role as a board member for the Chapter as an opportunity to re-introduce the profession of architecture to the education sector as an art, science, and engineering that has a vital role in shaping the future of the building environment in this area, region and worldwide.



Leah Alissa Bayer, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc.

EVIA Studio


Leah is the Founder of EVIA LLC, an architect-led research, design, and development firm specializing in contextual, story-rich, future-minded residential and mixed-use construction, and is Principal Architect of EVIA’s Design Studio. She is the Communications Director for the Women In Architecture of AIA Silicon Valley, Founding Co-Chair of the Architectural Intelligence Conference, Equity In Practice charge leader for the NCARB Think Tank, and an NCARB Experience Committee Member. A true multi-disciplinarian, Leah received her B.Arch with an aerospace-centric thesis, a Minor in Fine Arts, and four years of Structural Engineering (B.S.) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014. Before starting her own company in 2018, Leah worked for Perkins+Will in San Francisco where she designed and managed biotech, workplace, and campus planning projects for a dedicated, confidential client. Leah also worked for WMAA in Mountain View, which contributed to her strengths in business management and design and management of multi-family and high-end custom residential architecture.


My passions, as they relate to the architects’ community, are business and team leadership. I believe our ability to realize our best design work is directly married to our ability to practice profitably and collaboratively. My goal within the AIA is to elevate and evolve the functionality and perceived value of the business of architecture. As a Board Director, I like to bring more services, support, legislation, and inspiration to our chapter by connecting with local experts of allied and outside industries and gathering resources on practice stewardship from the collective intelligence of our practice leaders. 



Caroline Kwak


Caroline Kwak is a project manager and architect at LPA, a fully integrated design firm with architecture, landscape, and S/M/E/P/C engineers. At LPA, she leads an integrated team of designers and engineers on commercial and higher education projects. Her past project experiences have included multi-family housing, modular construction, and high-rises. Her involvement with the AIA Silicon Valley chapter has been with COTE, spearheading the Home Tours Committee since its inception four years ago, and, recently, with the Design Awards committee. By joining the board as a Director, she hopes to expand her contribution to the chapter with her broad project and committee experiences.





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