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Stuckeman Advisory Board

Our generous benefactor, the late Cal Stuckeman, included the wise mandate for an advisory board in his $20 million gift to establish the Stuckeman School. The board’s role is that of an aspirational advisory board – in other words – to assist the School in understanding what is important and/or emerging in our design professions, thereby helping to guide our future. Below is a list of the current Stuckeman advisory board members.

Advisory Board

  • Frank Basemen, Baseman Design Associates, Jenkintown, PA
  • Dennis Carmichael, ParkerRodriguez, Alexandria, VA
  • Vicki Crowley, graphic design consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Alexis C. Landes, SCAPE Landscape Architecture, New York, NY
  • George Miller, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York, NY
  • Christine Mondor, evolveEA, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, New York, NY & Philadelphia, PA
  • Michael Pinto, NAC|Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • Susan Rademacher, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pittsburgh, PA
  • David Rubin, LAND COLLECTIVE, Philadelphia, PA
  • Timothy Simpson, College of Engineering, Penn State, University Park, PA
  • William Stinger, HOK, Washington, DC
  • Michael Tunkey, CannonDesign, Grand Island, NY

Advisory Board Member Bios

Frank Baseman

Creative Director and Principal
Baseman Design Associates
Jenkintown, PA

Frank Baseman is the Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning, interdisciplinary graphic design firm providing strategic design thinking through visual communication solutions to a variety of businesses, corporations and institutions. He is also the Director of — and Associate Professor in — the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University, where he has taught since 1998.

In the fiftieth anniversary Jan. / Feb. 2013 issue of Graphic Design USA Magazine he was named as one of the
 “Most Influential Graphic Designers Working Today.” Frank Baseman has been working in the graphic design industry for close to three decades. Prior to starting
 Baseman Design Associates, he was an Art Director at Philadelphia Magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design (with additional coursework in French) from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University.

Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, LEED AP

ParkerRodriguez, Inc.
Alexandria, VA

Dennis Carmichael is a licensed landscape architect with forty years of experience in place-making in the public realm. His work incorporates principles of sustainability at all levels and his projects have earned Silver, Gold, and Platinum ratings from LEED.

His work in the public realm has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of many American cities. In Louisville, the West Main Street project has generated over $300 million dollars in private investment with new museums, hotels, restaurants, and residential uses lining the street. In Pittsburgh, North Shore Park has opened the Allegheny River to that side of the city and become the primary amenity for a new mixed use neighborhood, with over $100 million invested. In Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park has spurred a new civic heart to that city with over a billion dollars in hotel, residential, commercial, and cultural uses around the park.

Dennis has received over forty design awards and his work has been published in such magazines as Landscape Architecture, Urban Land, and Architecture. In 2006, he served as president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2009, he served as president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Vicki Crowley

Graphic Design Consultant
Pittsburgh, PA

Vicki Crowley has a design career that spans 20 years and was launched with a degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design and an internship with renowned information designer and founder of the TED Conferences, Richard Saul Wurman.

Vicki began her professional career in brand identity and packaging working at North Castle Communications in Stamford, CT and Landor Associates in New York City. In 2000, she moved to Pittsburgh and joined Landesberg Design, a firm that specializes in communications for higher education, philanthropy, community building institutions, and arts and cultural organizations. 

Practicing in the areas of print design, environmental graphics, and information design, she has developed thoughtful and compelling solutions for The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, City Theatre, Riverlife Task Force, Shadyside Hospital Foundation, and The University of Pittsburgh.

In 2015, Vicki served as an instructor for the Summer Precollege Program at Carnegie Mellon University and led a three-week intensive introduction to the history, media, and methods of Communication Design for high school juniors and seniors.

She is a Board Trustee of Shady Lane School (founded in 1966 in partnership with Fred Rogers) and is a past president of AIGA’s Pittsburgh chapter.

Alexis C. Landes

Managing Principal
SCAPE Landscape Architecture
New York, NY

Alexis is a landscape designer, urban planner, and project manager. As the Managing Principal at SCAPE, she works directly with clients to understand their needs, and then develop project teams and operational strategies that lead to exceptional results. She is currently the project manager for the Hudson River RBD project with Dewberry and OMA.

Alexis is also an adjunct faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she serves as a design critic and teaches a seminar on contemporary landscape practice. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Sociology from Oberlin College and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

George Miller, FAIA

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
New York, NY

George H. Miller was recently recognized for a "lifetime of notable contributions to the profession" by the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which granted him its highest honor, the James William Kideney Gold Medal Award. He is also a recipient of the AIA New York State Matthew W. DelGaudio Award for Service.

When he became a partner in 1989, Mr. Miller assumed responsibility for the firm's administration. In this capacity he is responsible for new business development, contract negotiation and staff management. Mr. Miller also maintains a deep commitment to architectural education both within and beyond the classroom. He has served as teacher, lecturer and guest critic at Columbia University, Yale University, Pennsylvania State University and the New York Institute of Technology.

Mr. Miller is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, served as the Institute's president in 2010, and was a member of the National Board of Directors. Mr. Miller is currently the chair of the AIA Legacy Foundation, a participant in the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, and serves as the AIA representative to the Clinton Global Initiative. He received his architectural education at Pennsylvania State University (B.Arch., 1973).

Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED

Pittsburgh, PA

As strategic Principal of evolveEA and a registered architect, Christine brings creative and strategic solutions to projects as diverse as the award winning design of the “extended stay” house to the developing the business case for sustainability at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Christine has taught architecture, landscape design and sustainability concepts at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, and at Chatham College. She currently serves as Chair of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, President for the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors, is a member of the Global Ecodistricts Protocol Advisory Committee and is former Board Chair at the Design Center of Pittsburgh. She has been recognized for her leadership and enthusiasm by Pittsburgh Magazine with a Women in Business Award. Christine received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and studied architecture and sustainable design in Scandinavia. Christine is a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Sustainability consulting and design firm evolveEA has led ecodistrict planning, design and stakeholder education initiatives in a number of communities since 2009. The firm’s approach to promoting equity for community members by fostering grassroots capacity-building has been recognized with design awards and invitations to collaborate nationally and internationally.

Joan Ockman

Distinguished Senior Lecturer
University of Pennsylvania School of Design 

Joan Ockman was a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over two decades and served as Director of Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008. In addition to Columbia and Penn, she has taught at Harvard, Yale, Cooper Union, Cornell, Graduate Center of City University of New York, and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands. She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she was an editor of Oppositions journal and was responsible for the Oppositions Books series. Among her many edited publications are her award-winning anthology Architecture Culture 1943–1968 (Rizzoli, 1993); The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001); and Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012). A collection of her essays is scheduled to appear in 2015. She is currently completing a history of architecture and the Cold War. In 2003 she was honored by the American Institute of Architects with an award for collaborative achievement. 

Michael Pinto, AIA

Principal NAC|Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

Michael leads design from a position that places strong emphasis on community engagement believing that our best work is informed by real and pragmatic concerns. In teaching and in practice, he is driven by a series of social interests including education, equitable food systems and social justice in urban design. An energetic designer, Michael has led teams to nearly 30 design awards in his career. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University, engaging students in projects about urban sustainability. Michael has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and a Master's Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

NAC Architecture and Osborn, friendly competitors for years, announced in August 2014 that they have merged to provide a greater depth and breadth of services to a wider range of clients and projects. With offices in California, Washington, and Colorado, the firm now offers landscape architecture, graphic design, and environmental graphics, in addition to architecture, interior design, master planning, project delivery, sustainability, construction administration, engineering, and historic restoration.

Susan Rademacher

Parks Curator
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Pittsburgh, PA

As Parks Curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Susan Rademacher focuses on master planning, design, community engagement, and research. Current projects: Arsenal Park Master Plan, Mellon Square restoration, Environmental Center at Frick Park, Park Signage, and Westinghouse Memorial. She produced a monograph on Mellon Square published by Princeton Architectural Press in October 2014.

Previously, Rademacher served as President of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Assistant Director of Louisville’s Metro Parks Department. She was Editor in Chief of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1984–87, and was founding editor of Garden Design magazine. She is a graduate of Miami University and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Rademacher has published and lectured with the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects, Field Museum of Natural History, International Urban Parks Congress, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Project for Public Spaces, Smithsonian Institution, and 14 universities.

David Rubin

Philadelphia, PA

David A. Rubin is the Founding Principal of LAND COLLECTIVE and recipient of the 2011–12 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. His visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio, gaining increasing notoriety for fusing issues of social justice in cities with excellence in the design of public spaces. His work has received awards and honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects.

LAND COLLECTIVE is a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. The firm is dedicated to crafting landscapes that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of art, technology and the social sciences to create human-centered works. It is an appreciation for empathy that drives the studio’s design process.

Dr. Timothy Simpson

Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design
Penn State
University Park, PA

Dr. Simpson has been at Penn State since 1998 and has been the Director of the Learning Factory since 2007. The Learning Factory has coordinated over 150 industry-sponsored capstone design projects each year for nearly 750 students across 12 engineering majors, including cross-college design projects with students and faculty in the Colleges of Arts & Architecture, Business, Health & Human Development, and Information Sciences & Technology.

His research interests include product family and product platform design, trade space exploration and "human-in-the-loop" optimization, interdisciplinary design, design innovation and entrepreneurship, and additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Teaching includes concurrent engineering, product dissection, mechanical systems design, product family design, and technology commercialization.

William Stinger, ASLA, LEED GA

Senior Principal
Washington, DC

Mr. Stinger is one of three partners responsible for the 140 person HOK Washington, DC office that provides interdisciplinary design services including landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, graphic design, urban planning and site design. As a Senior Principal, he now leads interdisciplinary design teams of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers on large-scale projects for both public and private clients in a variety of US and overseas locations. In 1989 Mr. Stinger was asked to move from the HOK San Francisco office to London to be one of three partners to open HOK’s London office and build HOK’s European practice. He resided in London for five years where he led several large planning and landscape architectural design projects in Europe and the Middle East.

Mr. Stinger has forty years of professional experience in planning, landscape architectural design, site planning, and urban design for projects throughout the US and in twenty three countries on seven continents.

Mr. Stinger received a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Penn State and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Michael Tunkey

Grand Island, NY

Michael Tunkey established the firm’s office in Shanghai in 2007 and lead the firm’s activities in China through summer 2014, including project design and management and leadership of the “ide@s gallery”. He is a member of CannonDesign’s International Steering Committee and in addition to his leadership responsibilities, he has participated in projects of varying scales and typologies in nine countries, demonstrating leadership throughout each project phase—from competition development to construction management. Examples of his work have been published in international architectural journals, including feature coverage of three projects in Architecture magazine.

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from University at Buffalo and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard.


Stuckeman School of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture
121 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-6112
Fax: (814) 863-8137
Contact: Diana Nolten