2020 Incoming Board Members

2020 Board of Directors


Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA, NCARB
J. Kretschmer Architect

BIOGRAPHY: Jennifer Kretschmer is a Bay Area native. She founded J. Kretschmer Architect in 2003, specializing in single family, multi-family residential, and commercial projects. Her firm has been a Virtual Office since 2008, and Jennifer was a speaker at the recent AIA’19 Conference on Architecture on this subject.

Jennifer has been the co-chairperson of the Programs Committee, CRAN Chair (present), has served as Associate Director and Director on the AIA Silicon Valley Chapter (AIASVC) Board, and was the founder of the ARE study group. Jennifer began her membership to the chapter when she received the AIASVC Scholarship in 1993. Her commitment to the architecture profession and to AIASVC led to the AIA National Associate Member of the Year in 2002, and several President/Distinguished Service Awards from AIASVC.

Leadership, Economy, Sustainability, Equity = Design Excellence

AIA Architects have a duty to be of service to community and clients through our unique leadership role in not only shaping our built environment, but also in influencing public policy, economics, environmental health, and human equity. AIASVC has always been part of this leadership through our involvement. My goal is to improve and strengthen leadership bonds that bring value to our membership through:

  • Improving programs, training and current knowledge groups.
  • Combining content with affiliated groups like ICC, CSI, and others.
  • Strengthening our bonds with members, the community, and corporate partners.
  • Advocating our chapter’s positions in local, state and national AIA and public policy.


TREASURER 2020-2021

Leah Alissa Bayer, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
EVIA Studio

BIOGRAPHY: 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.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: 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'd 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.

DIRECTOR 2020-2021

Mary E. Morris, AIA, REFP, LEED AP

BIOGRAPHY: Mary is a summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Architecture and has more than 30 years’ experience in the planning and design of public education facilities. Volunteer activities include:

  • Advancing the role of women architects and the profession of architecture via participation in the AIA Silicon Valley’s Women in Architecture Committee;
  • Supporting first-generation students in their pursuit of college education as a member of the Downtown College Preparatory College Scholarship Committee;
  • Advocating for social and racial justice through service on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Silicon Valley;
  • Mentoring future education facilities leaders in the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Facilities Leadership Academy; and
  • Promoting improved educational facility designs as Immediate Past President of the Northern California / Northern.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: It’s time. I have been a licensed Architect in Silicon Valley, serving primarily public education clients, since 1992. For most of those years, my volunteer hours have gone to organizations easily identified as serving education and racial and social justice causes.  As I step back a bit from leadership roles in those organizations, and especially after becoming involved with the WIA, I realize I have more time—and more interest—in serving those causes by leveraging architects’ empathy, knowledge, and professional status. What we build, how we build it, and whom we bring to the table during the process makes a difference. It’s time for me to put my shoulder to the proverbial AIA wheel.


DIRECTOR 2020-2021

Noel Cross, AIA
Noel Cross+Architects


BIOGRAPHY:  Noel Cross received his B.Arch from Cal Poly SLO in 1986, and has been licensed AIA member since 1987. As the founding principal at Noel Cross+Architects since 1990, our main focus is on high end custom residential, with an emphasis on green building and sustainability.  “Shelter for the Soul” is the driving principle behind the firm’s work, elevating our clients wants, needs and desires to something that also feeds their spirit and enriches their daily lives.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT:  Having served the last two years on the board, perhaps there still is some unfinished business. I have been quite active in and supportive of CRAN, and the AIA Home Tours, both of which have been successful in supporting the work of the chapter’s small residential firms. In addition, I have passion for Urban Planning and am committed to the chapter’s involvement in regional planning issues such as transit, housing, and walkable neighborhoods.

DIRECTOR 2020-2021

Brent McClure, AIA
CAW Architects

BIOGRAPHY: I am a partner at CAW Architects in Palo Alto, with nearly 25 years of experience designing learning environments that support and enhance the educational experience.   These unique opportunities have afforded me the ability to work with many diverse community groups to create unique projects within the campus setting, each with a common goal to serve future generations where students can thrive.  As the lead principal for most of our K-12 work, I have been fortunate to lead the design of many diverse projects including new approaches to classroom buildings, public spaces within a campus setting, and projects that serve the community.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I would be honored to serve as a Director and to work together with the many hardworking professionals to help continue and improve the quality programs offered by the chapter.  Throughout my experience, I’ve typically taken a “go-it-alone” approach to becoming an architect and advancing in the profession. Now I am eager to give back.  I am particularly interested in continuing to enhance the opportunities for emerging young professionals to grow in the profession, to help continue the promotion of increasing diversity within the profession, and to help find ways to enhance the chapter’s involvement in the development of the broader civic landscape that is currently underway in Silicon Valley, specifically our changing downtown.  These are exciting times to be an architect in Silicon Valley, and I would welcome the opportunity to help advance some of these endeavors.



Daniel Glaessl, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

BIOGRAPHY: I am working for over fifteen years as an architect and urban designer, with Gensler San Jose in the position of a Design Director, as an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners in London, Singapore and Cupertino and Associate Director at Gumuchdjian architects in London. I was involved in some of the world’s most innovative and conceptually radical construction projects; all projects share a strong focus on sustainability and user experience. Innovative technology, in conjunction with a fully integrated design process, achieves these key objectives. My contribution is through leadership, profound knowledge of technology and material, and a deep understanding of spatial experience at multiple scales, and overarching everything, beauty.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: My mission is to improve the quality of everyday life in the South Bay through improving the quality of the built environment via my work as a urban and architectural designer and via my active involvement within the design community in San Jose (e.g. the San Jose Downtown Design Committee organized by the San Jose Downtown Association) and Santa Clara County. I am very interested in the Associate Director position to help to strengthen the voice of the AIASVC further through active involvement in the various AIASVC committees, and through the promotion of the profession within my wider network and beyond.


Asli Sungur
West Valley College


BIOGRAPHY: I am an architecture student at West Valley College for the past two years and now. I have been working as an intern architect at Kenneth Rodriguez & Partners since this August. I have also worked as a freelance photographer and interpreter for few years now. I am planning to transfer to a 4-5 year architecture school by the coming fall.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I would like to serve as a student liaison in 2020 at AIA Silicon Valley because I am very committed to architecture and I would like to get the most out of every possible opportunity to become better at my profession. I believe AIA Silicon Valley is a great place to foster the dreams of all students who are passionate about architecture.