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 Darville, AIA, PMP, Deputy Commander, USACE Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, AL

Vice Chair for Professional Education Programs: Jose Matute, AIA, Miami, FL

Vice Chair for Communication:  Laura Lavelle, AIA, PMP, Jacobs, Dallas, TX

Vice Chair for Collaboration among SAME local posts: Catherine Otis, AIA, NCARB, exp Federal, Chantilly, VA

Vice Chair for Collaboration among SAME Communities of Interest: Yvonne Lee, R.A., AIA, NCARB, M.SAME, U.S. Space Force, 50 CES/CEN,
Colorado Springs, CO

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Education Opportunities

Transforming Libraries to Meet Users' Changing Needs

March 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Cost: No cost for SAME Members | $25.00 for Non-members

Format: Big Marker (Login information will be sent to you separately). This quarterly call will include an update on committee focus area initiatives, open discussion, and the following Webinar.


Libraries have responded to the changing needs of communities they serve and are seeking to create more flexible, open, and technology-rich spaces. Architects and designers are required to design for flexibility and openness within existing and limited spaces. In this course, architects and designers will learn how to combat these challenges by using furniture, fixtures, and equipment that are able to reduce the amount of space being used for book storage and increase the availability of space with flexible FF&E. Through the proper design and use of mobile FF&E, designers will be able to design libraries that respond to up and coming trends.

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain awareness of trends and challenges impacting library design and space planning.
  • Identify furniture, fixtures, and equipment that create flexibility and reduce space used for book storage.
  • Learn how FF&E can contribute to occupant wellness by integrating lighting solutions and safety features into shelving and storage solutions used in public entities.
  • Understand how storage solutions can be used in adaptively reused buildings and how they can contribute to LEED certification efforts.


  • Laura Waltman Parker, Market Development Manager, Spacesaver Corporation

Learn more about the event and register

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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

United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073

Dial In: United States:  +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code:  921-502-013


“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