Six New Members Join AIA Vermont

Laura Bailey
Ed Keagle
Nicole Lee
Zac Ray
Austin Shaw
Teal Usher

ARCHITECTS 

Laura Cavin Bailey, AIA, returned from the west to her home state of Vermont five years ago to live in the Mad River Valley and work at Maclay Architects. She has diverse environmental design experience, ranging from work with a solar installation company to employment with an off-grid design/build company that makes their own biodiesel. Bailey actively engages with the larger community as a board member for the Vermont Green Building Network and as a teacher at Yestermorrow Design/Build School.  She holds a B.A. in environmental design from Williams College and an M.Arch from the University of Oregon, and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. When not working, Bailey can often be found on skis, bike, or foot—exploring the woods around her home with her husband and young son.

Edward Keagle, AIA, earned a master’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and joined Centerbrook Architects and Planners in Centerbrook, Connecticut in 1992, where his career flourished for seventeen years. Keagle’s work at Centerbrook extended over a wide variety of project types, including residential, religious, academic, retail and commercial. Major projects for which he served as project manager included Fairfield Science Center at Dartmouth College; Food Science Building 286 at Pfizer Research, Canton, Connecticut; Park Synagogue East, Pepper Pike, Ohio; and Steigers Restoration, Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Many of Keagle’s projects earned design awards from groups including AIA New England, AIA Connecticut, the Building Stone Institute, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and other. 

Since leaving Centerbrook in 2015, Keagle has been working with General Woodcraft, providing architects with information about the company’s rainscreen cladding systems and tropical hardwood decking. A former Vermont resident, Keagle recently moved back to the state and is now living in Addison. 

ASSOCIATES 

Nicole Lee, Assoc. AIA, recently moved to Lincoln, Vermont after living and working in the Washington, D.C. metro area for eight years. Her architectural experience includes working at Martin Reddy Architects (now Array Architects) on higher education and healthcare projects. She has managed projects for clients including Georgetown University, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Children's National Health System, and Kaiser Permanente. 

During her time in the National Capital Region, Lee volunteered at a number of community development-type organizations. This included serving as an educational mentor in youth programs for the National Building Museum and assisting in outreach events for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.  Lee also participated in a design charrette for a new art center organized by the Neighborhood Design Center and was a financial advisor for the AIA D.C. Emerging Architects Committee.  

Now that she’s in Vermont, Lee intends to continue making an impact within her community by creating tangible and meaningful solutions to complex issues. 

Zachary “Zac” Ray, Assoc. AIA, is employed by TruexCullins Architecture in Burlington, Vermont.  He and his wife, Paula, moved to Vermont over two years ago when she was hired by Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design in Bristol, Vermont. Prior to moving here, Ray worked for two New York City firms:  Ben Herzog Architect in Brooklyn and Miller & Wright Architects (now Douglas C. Wright Architects) in Manhattan. Earlier in his career, he worked for Reader & Swartz Architects in Winchester, Virginia.  Ray graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2001. In his fourth year, he split his time between Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland and the Berlin, Germany-based office of Chestnutt_Niess Architekten, where he interned.  Ray’s fifth year of architecture education was spent at the Accademia d’Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland—studying under the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. 

Austin Shaw, Assoc. AIA, joined Scott + Partners, Inc., in Essex Junction, Vermont in October 2017 as a designer.  Since joining the firm, he has worked on hospitality, multi-family housing, healthcare and religious projects from the programming through construction documentation phases of these projects.  Shaw received a B.S. in architectural studies from Norwich University School of Architecture & Art in 2011. Prior to his employment in Vermont, Shaw worked for several architecture firms in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

Teal Usher, Assoc. AIA, is an accomplished senior project manager at Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, Vermont.  She has over fifteen years’ experience managing multi-million dollar renovation and new construction projects in the U.S. and abroad for nationally recognized architecture firms, including Rafael Viñoly Architects and Kohn Pederson Fox Associates. Usher possesses extensive experience in collaborating with clients, contractors and engineers, as well as with coordinating design, schedules, budgets, contracts and staffing. She has knowledge of design and construction across a broad range of building typologies. Usher is passionate about generating innovative design solutions that enrich the public realm and empower communities.