Community Mission

The mission of the Architectural Practice Community is to promote architectural practice within SAME, broaden the organization’s exposure in the architectural community, and recruit more architects, along with expanding networking and mentoring opportunities.

Join the Community of Interest

You can join any of our communities of interest by logging into your member profile and scrolling down to “Communities of Interest” and click to join.”

Community Chair

Edmond G. Gauvreau, FAIA, M.SAME

Organization Structure

Vice Chair for Collaboration with AIA:

  • LTC H.W.Hugh DarvilleAIA, PMP, Deputy Commander, USACE Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, AL

Vice Chair for Professional Education Programs:

Vice Chair for Communication:

Vice Chair for Collaboration among SAME local posts

Vice Chair for Collaboration among SAME Communities of Interest

  • Yvonne Lee, R.A., AIA, NCARB, M.SAME, Chief of Project Management, 10 CES/CENM, US Air Force Academy, CO

Vice Chair for Annual Design Awards

  • J.J. Tang, FAIA, F.SAME, LEED AP, VP, Director of Federal Facilities, HDR
  • Paula J. Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, AICP, LEED AP, SAP, Director of Research, Senior Architect, Senior Planner, The Urban Collaborative, LLC

Vice Chair for Urbahn Medal & JETC Sessions

  • David Packard, RA, F.SAME

Upcoming Webinars

In Pursuit of Acoustical Equity

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Location: Virtual via Big Marker (Login information will be sent to you separately)

Webinar Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted intense review of workplace design considerations and solutions. In the A&D community, there is growing conviction that occupant well-being and engagement must be supported through concern with equity and applied to real-world needs such as acoustical privacy. This webinar will discuss how to reliably design buildings to function acoustically for their users (i.e., provide adequate speech privacy, allow freedom from distraction, reduce sound annoyance, provide a good night’s sleep, and so on) through the establishment of a known and consistent level of spectrally neutral background sound.


Viken Koukounian, Acoustical Engineer, Ph.D., P.Eng.; LogiSon Acoustic Network


Jose Matute, Principal/Owner, Gurri Matute

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Urbahn Medal Recipient: Captain Dan Cook


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Education Opportunities

Monthly APC Meeting

When: Second Wednesday of Every Month at 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

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“I love to serve the Society with my fellow SAME architects for such a good cause and along the way develop a strong bond both professionally and personally with these people. I can truly call them my friends.”

-J.J. Tang, FAIA, F.SAME, Chair, SAME Architectural Practice Committee 2013-2016