2013-2014 Student Staff
Lauren Bombara is in her final semester as a graduate student at RWU majoring in Architecture. She has a minor in French and is enjoying the opportunity to take a painting class in her final semester. She comes from the southern Worcester area of Massachusetts and is interested in dance, fine arts, baseball, and travel. Lauren is interested in large-scale residential design and hopes to work in an architecture firm which specializes in high rise residences after graduating. She hopes her work will allow her to gain knowledge in urban design and regional vernacular of foreign countries.
Leaha Bovino is working to complete her B.S.+ M. Architecture degree in December of 2013 and is on track to earn her second graduate degree, a M.S. in historic preservation, in May of 2014. Strongly motivated and deeply invested in the projects she pursues, she intends to combine her passion for historic places and creative nature into a career that seamlessly blends both disciplines of architecture and historic preservation. Her personal lifetime goal is to completely rehabilitate an abandoned historic house from the depths of neglect and decay and restore it to its former glory.
Andres Daza is a 5th year student currently in the M.Arch program with a minor in Art and Architectural History. Previously a member of the RWU Men’s soccer team during the four years of his undergraduate studies, Andres remains a very active person but also loves to stay in and watch a good movie or read a good book. Andres is from Farmington, CT and hopes to pursue a professional career in a firm near home, for the near future. With a love of travel and experiencing new places, Andres hopes that architecture and his involvement with a firm can help him continue this discovery.
Matthew Eckel is a first year graduate student in the Architecture B.S./M.S. dual degree program. He is also has a minor in psychology. He is from Somers, NY and has lived there all his life. Besides everything to do with architecture, Matt is avid in sports, especially basketball, golf, bowling and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys video games, watching movies/TV, and drawing. After completing his education at RWU, he plans to achieve his architecture license while working in a well-known architecture firm. Ultimately he would love to own his own firm concentrated in sustainable commercial and residential design.
Sydney Gamache is a fourth year student in the Architecture B.S./M.S dual degree program. She is also pursuing a minor in Sustainability. She is from Goffstwon, NH and has lived there all her life. As well as an interest in architecture, she is passionate about art, and spends her free time drawing. After completing her education at RWU, she plans to obtain her architecture license and begin working at an architecture firm, in the hopes of one day owning her own practice.
Lindsay Guastafeste is a sophomore in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree program. She is focusing on architecture and pursuing an interest in the Italian language. She is from Syosset, New York and has lived in Long Island her entire life. Prior to Roger Williams University, Lindsay had taken architectural design and environmental science courses that developed her passion for sustainable design. Through her time at RWU, she expects to minor in Sustainability and travel often to gain a more global perspective. This past year she spent an alternate spring break in Munich, Germany with Doctor Hollingsworth studying the German language and culture. This past summer she also spent ten days in southern Italy. Lindsay plans to focus her architectural career on finding affordable solutions to sustainable design.
Ellen Hassett is a fifth year architecture student in the B.S./Master degree program; with a minor in Sustainability Studies and a core concentration in Art and Architectural history. She is from Falmouth Maine, and has grown up spending ample time on the coast of Maine and the mountains. In addition to architecture, Ellen enjoys spending time skiing, surfing, traveling, running, and creating art. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy studying architecture and documenting her travels through photography. Ellen plans to pursue her career working for an architecture firm with an emphasis in sustainable design.
Pawel Honc is currently a first year graduate student here at Roger Williams working on his Masters of Architecture degree. Pawel graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Art and Architectural History. His interests, other than architecture, include photography, snowboarding, and traveling. Pawel was fortunate to spend the Fall of 2012 studying abroad in Florence, Italy which has been one of the highlights of his experience here at Roger Williams.
Emily Hunter is a graduate student at Roger Williams University, graduating this December with a Master's Degree in Architecture, and Minors in Art and Architectural History, Historic Preservation and Sustainability. Emily’s interests in architecture go back to growing up in a two hundred year old house, and a growing fascination with buildings. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy, Emily gained a broader appreciation of historical buildings and the techniques involved in preserving them. Her goal as a future architect is to restore buildings to original and more sustainable conditions.
Valtinen Kari has lead a merry academic dance going from vocal performance, pre-med, and psychology, to end up with a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester. However, a life-long love of cemeteries led to the wonderful world of RWU's historic preservation program where Valt is now a second year graduate student. Valtinen is a mixed media artist, an indie musician's official impersonator, and an avid costumer.
Marissa Klein is a freshman from Pelmham, New York majoring in Marine Biology and plans to minor in Business. She started off doing photography as a hobby in 9th grade and it bloomed into much more than that. Marissa enjoys going to concerts, going to the fitness center, and afternoon naps.
Ada Lee is a graduate student and this is her second year in the M.A. in Art & Architecture History. She was an experienced project manager of a multi-national bank in Hong Kong and a global private limited company with head office in Connecticut. Her first jobs were in Banking & Finance and she also holds a MSc. in Admin & Information Management. Ada is curious about different cultures. She loves travelling, Renaissance & Islamic art and architecture, Impressionist paintings, European films and gourmet food. She would like to become an art/ architecture docent or volunteer after graduation to share her passion towards art and architecture with the youth and to facilitate preserving Hong Kong's historic heritage and cultural identity.
Maddie Medkeff is a freshman in the Gabelli School of Business pursuing a Marketing degree. She is a lifelong resident of Hudson, Ohio. Community service, church, playing basketball and a strong network of friends from many different places are very important to her. Maddie is also an avid knitter, loves animals, and to plan fun events. She plans on earning her MBA when she completes her undergraduate work. Maddie would like to work in a management role at a large company and has also considered starting her own business someday.
Holly Mitton is a junior in the Business Management B.S. Program. She is also planning on studying abroad in Florence, Italy spring semester where she will complete her core concentration in international studies. Holly lives in the White Mountains in northern Vermont. Her interests include watching movies with her friends, cooking, and archery. After she graduates from RWU, Holly would like to work as a manager for a construction business. Ultimately she wants to own her own business that renovates and re-purposes old and unused buildings.
Edward Napierkowski III is a 6th year Architecture student, scheduled to receive his M.Arch degree in May 2014. Originally from a suburb of New York City, Edward was introduced to Architecture at a very early age and came to Rhode Island in 2008 to begin pursuing his academic and career goals in the field. In addition to an extended-residency in Europe in late-2011, Edward has previously worked for the Connecticut-based architectural firm of Faesy-Smith Architects, and is currently employed at the Community Partnerships Center as a second-year Project Manager.
Pedro Ortiz is a sophomore in the Architecture B.S. /M.S. dual degree program, concentrating in Sustainability and minoring in Art History. I am a transfer student and previously studied at UMass Dartmouth. Originally from Puerto Rico, Pedro lived in New Bedford, Mass. where he studied Architectural Drafting and CAD during high school. During his senior year, he became more aware about sustainable design when he was given a project that called for a sustainable solution. Pedro believes that by studying architecture and sustainability he will be able to find sustainable solutions in architecture and create sustainable designs that don’t just help the individual but the community and society as a whole.
Theresa Polly is a junior, originally from Long Island, New York, majoring in Global Communications with a double minor in Anthropology and Sustainability. Theresa will be working with the CPC as a Marketing and Communications Assistant and is excited to put her skills to use on real projects. Theresa also serves as a Student Admissions Assistant on campus. When not working on campus or in classes, she enjoys the outdoors, photography, biking, and dancing.
Emily Regner is currently a graduate architecture student and will be completing her degree in December. Aside from a master’s degree in architecture she will also graduate with a minor in art and architectural history. She is originally from Stockton, New Jersey, a place she still calls home. Emily has a great interest in writing as well as design and hopes to find a career combining both skills. Post graduation, she is interested in moving to and working in Philadelphia.
Elyssa Roketenetz is a senior at RWU pursuing a Graphic design major and a Marketing and Psychology double minor. Originally from Woburn, MA, she loved growing up only 15 minutes from Boston, but ultimately decided to attend Roger Williams because of the gorgeous views of the bay and the multiple opportunities the school had to offer. Outside of designing, Elyssa can be found drawing, reading, watching movies, playing video games, or hiking. With graduation just around the corner, she plans on applying to graduate programs out west to complete a master’s program in Web Development to help her achieve her goal of someday owning and operating her own graphics and web design studio.
Jorge Saenz is a junior in the Architecture B.S./M.S. dual degree program. As a transfer student he previously studied at Bristol Community College and obtained an A.S. degree in Civil Technology as well as certificates in both Computer Aided Design and Surveying. Jorge is from Guatemala and currently resides in Pawtucket, RI. Apart from his background in architecture and engineering, Jorge is also passionate about music, art and culture. Upon earning his Masters degree in Architecture, he is interested in furthering his career in sustainable design and technology. Whether he is stationed in the U.S. or anywhere across the globe, Jorge plans to use his education to help others.
Meghan Spratt is a graduate student in the Architecture B.S/M.S dual degree program. She will have a minor in Construction Management and a core concentration in Art History. She is originally from Cold Spring, NY. Apart from being a student, Meghan loves to take part in rebuild projects and is involved with Habitat Project when she can find time. Upon earning both Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture, she is interested in going into either the design field or the project management field of work, and is interested in seeking employment in New York City. Whether it is designing, managing, or teaching, Meghan plans on keeping architecture in her life and plans on using her skills to give back to the community as well.
Jacob Wheeler is a senior in the Architecture B.S. degree program. He is from Winslow, Maine and enjoyed growing up in the small, rural town. In addition to enjoying architecture, Jake finds passion in the construction of buildings and is pursuing a minor in Construction Management and a core concentration in Art and Architecture History in order to further his architectural and construction knowledge. Upon earning both a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture, he is interested in becoming part of a successful architecture firm in New England. He hopes to one day return to Maine and pursue a long career in the architecture industry.