American Institute of Architecture Students - Kennesaw State University
AIAS - KSU

Our Board

Meet our 2019-2020 Board

Ana Giron - President   I am originally from Honduras, but Atlanta is my home. Architecture for me has always been the goal--I've never had doubts about it. I believe architecture has so much potential for change in the world, and I wouldn't want to be part of any other field out there. I joined AIAS, initially, to get more involved in the field, but along the way have found some amazing people to share the journey that is architecture school, which is I think vital to be successful in the program. I am the current VP of AIAS and last year I was the Secretary--both which have helped a lot in my development professionally. AIAS is such a great organization to be a part of and I'm so glad we at KSU have the opportunity to be contribute to it.   Activities & Affiliations   • AIAS - Administrative President (2019-2020) • AIAS - Administrative President (2018-20) • AIAS - Administrative Vice President (2017-2018)   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student  Bach. of Architecture, 2020   AUBURN UNIVERSITY  Bach. of Architecture, 2013-2014   CONTACT ME  anigiron@students.kennesaw.edu

Ana Giron - President

I am originally from Honduras, but Atlanta is my home. Architecture for me has always been the goal--I've never had doubts about it. I believe architecture has so much potential for change in the world, and I wouldn't want to be part of any other field out there. I joined AIAS, initially, to get more involved in the field, but along the way have found some amazing people to share the journey that is architecture school, which is I think vital to be successful in the program. I am the current VP of AIAS and last year I was the Secretary--both which have helped a lot in my development professionally. AIAS is such a great organization to be a part of and I'm so glad we at KSU have the opportunity to be contribute to it.

Activities & Affiliations

• AIAS - Administrative President (2019-2020)
• AIAS - Administrative President (2018-20)
• AIAS - Administrative Vice President (2017-2018)

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2020

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
Bach. of Architecture, 2013-2014

CONTACT ME
anigiron@students.kennesaw.edu

David Trinidad - Vice President   I attended a local college for a year playing soccer and trying to figure out just what my passion was. I studied biology my freshman year with the idea of doing pre-named undergrad. My family moved to Atlanta in 2013 from Candor, NY. and so after my freshman year I moved also for school to avoid out of state tuition, I attended the Atlanta School of massage in fall of 2014 still thinking I would use massage to better either a medical or chiropractic practice. In massage school I realized my passion was for architecture and not medicine.  Spring of 2015 I started at KSU in the architecture program and have not regretted the decision for a moment. I hope to do architecture that goes beyond the aesthetic and helps to meet the needs of communities and peoples. My favorite Architects are Michael Murphy and of course B.I.G.  When I’m not in studio or doing massage I love to host dinner parties.   Activities & Affiliations   • AIAS • Passion City Church - Tent coach in Passion Kids • Sports : Soccer, Snoowboarding, Jiu Jitsu   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 3rd year student  Bach. of Architecture, 2021   Atlanta School of Massage  Fall 2014   CONTACT ME  dtrinid1@students.kennesaw.edu

David Trinidad - Vice President

I attended a local college for a year playing soccer and trying to figure out just what my passion was. I studied biology my freshman year with the idea of doing pre-named undergrad. My family moved to Atlanta in 2013 from Candor, NY. and so after my freshman year I moved also for school to avoid out of state tuition, I attended the Atlanta School of massage in fall of 2014 still thinking I would use massage to better either a medical or chiropractic practice. In massage school I realized my passion was for architecture and not medicine.

Spring of 2015 I started at KSU in the architecture program and have not regretted the decision for a moment. I hope to do architecture that goes beyond the aesthetic and helps to meet the needs of communities and peoples. My favorite Architects are Michael Murphy and of course B.I.G.

When I’m not in studio or doing massage I love to host dinner parties.

Activities & Affiliations

• AIAS
• Passion City Church - Tent coach in Passion Kids
• Sports : Soccer, Snoowboarding, Jiu Jitsu

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 3rd year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2021

Atlanta School of Massage
Fall 2014

CONTACT ME
dtrinid1@students.kennesaw.edu

Asbiel Samaniego - Secretary   I am the Membership Coordinator of AIAS. This is the first official position I've had within the organization. I chose this position specifically because I wanted to get the chance to meet and socialize with new people. In particular the younger incoming students who have little to no experience in architecture. I like to see myself as someone that can be a positive role model for them. Through guidance and mentoring is how one gets through the program.   Activities & Affiliations   •AIAS - Membership Coordinator (2018-2019) •AIAS - Design Foundations Coordinator (2017-2018) •Exercising, hiking.   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student  Bach. of Architecture, 2020   CONTACT ME  jsamani2@students.kennesaw.edu

Asbiel Samaniego - Secretary

I am the Membership Coordinator of AIAS. This is the first official position I've had within the organization. I chose this position specifically because I wanted to get the chance to meet and socialize with new people. In particular the younger incoming students who have little to no experience in architecture. I like to see myself as someone that can be a positive role model for them. Through guidance and mentoring is how one gets through the program.

Activities & Affiliations

•AIAS - Membership Coordinator (2018-2019)
•AIAS - Design Foundations Coordinator (2017-2018)
•Exercising, hiking.

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2020

CONTACT ME
jsamani2@students.kennesaw.edu

Rourke Brakeville - Treasurer   I am a third year at KSU preparing for an undergraduate degree in architecture. Architecture has manifested itself into a passion that I truly connect with, and I therefore make sense of everything through it. My visual learning style has led me to join all the architectural organizations on campus, and soon to the engineering ones. My ambitions are taking me to SpaceX, and hopefully to a masters in Aerospace engineering. The final frontier is longing for an architectural interpretation. I hold the title of Professional Chair in APX, and AIA Liaison in AIAS. Other activities I participate in include drawing, playing and listening to music, walks, as well as enjoying nature and all that it is to be human.   Activities & Affiliations   •AIAS  •APX - Professional Committee Chair (2018-2019), Scholarship/Awards Committee (2018-2019), Social Committee (2017-2018), Athletic Committee (2017-2018) •Recreational basketball   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 3rd year student   Bach. of Architecture, 2021   CONTACT ME  rbrakev1@students.kennesaw.edu

Rourke Brakeville - Treasurer

I am a third year at KSU preparing for an undergraduate degree in architecture. Architecture has manifested itself into a passion that I truly connect with, and I therefore make sense of everything through it. My visual learning style has led me to join all the architectural organizations on campus, and soon to the engineering ones. My ambitions are taking me to SpaceX, and hopefully to a masters in Aerospace engineering. The final frontier is longing for an architectural interpretation. I hold the title of Professional Chair in APX, and AIA Liaison in AIAS. Other activities I participate in include drawing, playing and listening to music, walks, as well as enjoying nature and all that it is to be human.

Activities & Affiliations

•AIAS
•APX - Professional Committee Chair (2018-2019), Scholarship/Awards Committee (2018-2019), Social Committee (2017-2018), Athletic Committee (2017-2018)
•Recreational basketball

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 3rd year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2021

CONTACT ME
rbrakev1@students.kennesaw.edu


Michelle Nguyen - Fundraising Coordinator   I joined the American Institute of Architecture Students my second year in 2016 because it seemed like a good way to get to know people in the architecture program as well as connect with professionals in the field. Last year as Fundraising Coordinator I coordinated bake sales throughout the year as well as organized the Jeremy Smith Scholarship Foundation Napkin Sketch Auction. I currently hold the position as Secretary where I help keep the organization running smoothly.   Activities & Affiliations   • AIAS - Foundraising Coordinator (2019-2020) • AIAS - Foundraising Administrative VP (2018-2019) • AIAS - Foundraising Coordinator (2017-2018)   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student  Bach. of Architecture, 2020   CONTACT ME  mnguy62@students.kennesaw.edu

Michelle Nguyen - Fundraising Coordinator

I joined the American Institute of Architecture Students my second year in 2016 because it seemed like a good way to get to know people in the architecture program as well as connect with professionals in the field. Last year as Fundraising Coordinator I coordinated bake sales throughout the year as well as organized the Jeremy Smith Scholarship Foundation Napkin Sketch Auction. I currently hold the position as Secretary where I help keep the organization running smoothly.

Activities & Affiliations

• AIAS - Foundraising Coordinator (2019-2020)
• AIAS - Foundraising Administrative VP (2018-2019)
• AIAS - Foundraising Coordinator (2017-2018)

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2020

CONTACT ME
mnguy62@students.kennesaw.edu

Tim Hardeman - Graphics Chair   I am an architecture student at Kennesaw State University, on track to graduate in 2021. Having worked in the entertainment field prior to pursuing architecture, I have a significant design background which is evident in my concept development, renders, and attention to detail.  I have an interest in pursuing parametric design, high performance design, and lighting design. My goal is to find an internship with a company which could expand into full-time employment after I graduate, and would assist me in meeting the requirements for licensure.   Activities & Affiliations   • Supplemental Instructor for Design Communication (2018-2019)   Education    KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student  Bach. of Architecture, 2021   BAUHAUS DESSAU - Exchange Student  Architecture, 2019   CONTACT ME  thardem2@students.kennesaw.edu

Tim Hardeman - Graphics Chair

I am an architecture student at Kennesaw State University, on track to graduate in 2021. Having worked in the entertainment field prior to pursuing architecture, I have a significant design background which is evident in my concept development, renders, and attention to detail.

I have an interest in pursuing parametric design, high performance design, and lighting design. My goal is to find an internship with a company which could expand into full-time employment after I graduate, and would assist me in meeting the requirements for licensure.

Activities & Affiliations

• Supplemental Instructor for Design Communication (2018-2019)

Education

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY - 4th year student
Bach. of Architecture, 2021

BAUHAUS DESSAU - Exchange Student
Architecture, 2019

CONTACT ME
thardem2@students.kennesaw.edu

Gabi Hernandez - Jeremy Smith Scholarship Coordinator

Gabi Hernandez - Jeremy Smith Scholarship Coordinator

Matt Williams - Design Foundations Coordinator

Matt Williams - Design Foundations Coordinator


John Rolon - Professional Program Coordinator

John Rolon - Professional Program Coordinator

Elijah James - Freedom by Design Coordinator

Elijah James - Freedom by Design Coordinator

Kaki Branon - AIA Liason

Kaki Branon - AIA Liason

Rodolfo Bruno Alcaraz - Social Media Chair

Rodolfo Bruno Alcaraz - Social Media Chair