Judges

Meet our esteemed panel of judges who will review each AIA Film Challenge submission and decide which films will win an award!

Karen Braitmayer, FAIA is the founder and managing principal of Studio Pacifica, an accessibility consulting firm in Seattle.  Karen provides an unusual combination of personal experience as a member of the disability community and as a registered architect.  She and her team provide consulting services to local governments, school districts, architects, engineers, companies and individuals concerned with complying with Federal laws and State codes, as well as simply creating spaces that work for the unique needs of individual users.



Ian Harris is an award-winning architectural filmmaker, media producer, and adjunct professor at Portland State University School of Architecture. He currently leads the creative brand team at DiscoverOrg, a business intelligence technology company with over a thousand employees, after founding and leading Arbuckle Industries, a New York City-based architectural video production company.



Wanda Lau is an award-winning editor and writer who oversees tech, practice, and product coverage at ARCHITECT magazine. She is also a host and producer for ARCHTECT’s podcast, which features thought leaders in an array of disciplines. Wanda has degrees in civil engineering, building technology, and journalism from Michigan State University, MIT, and Syracuse University, respectively.



Jimmie Tucker FAIA, LEED AP, is a co-founder of Memphis based Self + Tucker Architects. Jimmie is also an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis with a focus on design excellence and community engagement. Jimmie participated as a Filmmaker in the 2018 AIA Film Challenge in partnership with Obsidian Creative Studios.  Their film, “Universal Life – A Memphis Legacy”, was ultimately a Film Challenge Finalist.   Jimmie was a primary force behind the revitalization of the historic and iconic Universal Life Insurance Building, not only through architectural skills but also as a visionary developer.



Director Joseph Kosinski received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, before graduating from Columbia University with a graduate degree in architecture, where he then went on to teach Advanced Digital Design. He is currently directing his fourth feature film Top Gun: Maverick for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.