Melissa Daniel, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED Green Associate

Melissa is currently a staff architect at WDG Architecture in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked as a Senior Designer for 9 years on embassies, federal buildings and government facilities at Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey (KCCT), a full- service architecture, planning and interior design firm. Her leadership responsibilities include coordinating work of project consultants and managing a team within the office.

As part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Virginia Women in Architecture Committee that has been selected as the host for the 2017 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS), Melissa serves as executive co-chair. The Summit is part of an ongoing national conversation for women in architecture. Goals include: raising the profile of women principals and leaders in the profession; sharing and promoting the design work of women; exploring new paths to leadership; learning from each other regarding issues and challenges.

On the AIA National level, Melissa has served two years as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council. As chair of the Pipeline Development Working Group, Melissa brings a fresh perspective on how to engage youths’ interest in architecture as well as reaching out to them through social media when promoting the profession. Melissa also wrote about her first year experience on the Council on the NOMA blog website. The blog entry caught the attention of Architect Magazine journalist and she was quoted in the February 2012 article Reverse Brain Drain.

Outside of AIA, Melissa has served as a steering committee member of SheShouldRun Frontrunner, an extended arm of the SheShouldRun non-partisan 501(c)3 organization that inspires more women to run for public office. Besides advocating for the Frontrunners program and for She Should Run (SSR), Melissa provided leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the SSR mission, goals and strategies. She also worked with the Chair, other Steering Committee Members, and staff to develop a plan for the implementation of Frontrunner’s goals and strategies. This includes identifying prospects and recruit new members & potential leaders.

In 2015, Melissa was named 40 under 40 for Building Design + Construction Magazine and in 2014 for Maryland’s Leading Women Daily Record.


Sarah Watling, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman DC

Sarah Watling is trained as a landscape architect and works at PEDC Architects on The Wharf. For over 15 years, Sarah has practiced research, development and design both domestically and internationally. Her interest areas are community-based strategies in resiliency planning; building rural-urban linkages in response to economic, environmental and population pressures; and the power of public art as mediator between ecology, economics and society.


Val Boudreaux, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Perkins Eastman Architects

Valerie Boudreaux currently works as an architect in Washington, DC for Perkins Eastman. She has seven years of experience in mid-rise multi-family and base building design development and renovation. Her design interests are mixed-use development considering life, work and play for diverse communities of varied scales and urban planning with a resilience focus including sustainable and accessible neighborhoods.


Rachel Himes,  LEED AP BD+C

Rachel Himes has been a designer at Gensler for two years with experience in hospitality, retail, and commercial office building projects. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Architecture and has most recently become a member of ULI in the Washington D.C. area.



Charishma Hunjan is an aspiring architect in the Aviation & Transportation sector. Before joining Gensler in 2016, she attended the University of Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development. Over the past year, Charishma has been expanding her local involvement as an associate member of the AIA and ULI.



Chi Ugenyi is an architect at Gensler with experience working in base building, mixed use development, residential construction, and city planning. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgia Institute of Technology with Masters Degrees in Architecture and City and Regional Planning. She is a member of the DC chapter of AIA and NCARB.


Mathew Hart, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Perkins Eastman Architects

Mathew Hart is an Architect with extensive experience in base building design, interiors projects, master planning, and urban design. The focus of Mathew’s varied experience is the integration of technology and design. In the Washington DC office of Perkins Eastman, Mathew has taken a leadership role in facilitating the use of Revit and other design software throughout the office, including teaching training sessions for staff.


Jeannine Muller, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate, Perkins Eastman DC

Jeannine Muller is a designer at Perkins Eastman working in the Large-Scale sector, focusing on urban design and mixed-use development. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2014) and a Master of Architecture (2016). A design interest, as explored in her Master’s thesis, is in investigating ways that industrial, urban, and landscape ecologies can work to reinforce one another to create more resilient cities.