F. Michael Ayles, AIA NCARB is currently Principal of Business Development at Antinozzi Associates in Bridgeport, CT, a mid-sized architectural and interior design firm. He assumed this role in 2006 and became one of the firm’s two new principals in 2008. Michael is responsible for the oversight of the firm’s business development and marketing direction, as well as human resource issues – notably staff recruitment, development, and retention strategies.
Mr. Ayles has served almost 25 years as a local, regional, and national leader with the AIA as member/chair of the AIA/CT Associates Committee (1991-1996), AIA Intern/Associate Committee (1997), cocreator of the AIA/CT Emerging Architectural Community (1999), AIA Young Architects Forum (1998-2004), AIA Committee on Leadership Education (2005-2008), the Civic Engagement + Leadership Network (2009-2010), and the AIA Center for Civic Leadership (2011-2015). He has participated as a panelist, moderator, and lead speaker at numerous local, regional, and national conferences regarding the architectural licensing process, business development, and leadership.
Mr. Ayles has not limited his professional involvement to AIA. He is an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), serving as Connecticut’s IDP State Coordinator/Licensing Advisor since 2004. He is actively involved with the University of Hartford Construction Institute’s Marketing Committee and Fairfield County Council, as well as the Connecticut Building Congress Industry Practices Committee.
Mr. Ayles received two 40 Under 40 awards from the Fairfield County Business Journal and Building Design + Construction, and was a 2005 recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award. His passion for the ACE Mentor Program and Mentoring Institute of Coastal Fairfield County resulted in his induction to the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership in 2012.
In June, Mr. Ayles received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Roger Williams University, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He was a member of the school’s AIAS chapter, and was a member and Cocaptain (1990-1991) of the University’s baseball team.
Ned Cramer is editor-in-chief of Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, and group editorial director of design and commercial construction at Hanley Wood Media. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Mr. Cramer served for five years as the curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and for eight years as an editor at Architecture magazine. Mr. Cramer is a trustee of Archeworks, the Chicago–based alternative design school, and a member of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence National Peer Registry, the selection committee for the National Building Museum’s Scully Prize, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art National Advisory Committee. He was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mr. Cramer received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University, where he also did graduate work in art and architecture history. He now lives in Washington, D.C.