Following a national search, Stacey Pfingsten has been named AIA Illinois’ incoming executive vice president. Pfingsten, an Illinois native, will begin her tenure in September 2019. She is replacing Mike Waldinger, who announced earlier this year he would be stepping down in October from the position he’s held for the past 18 years to take on a similar role with AIA Colorado, based in Denver.

Pfingsten is currently the executive director of the Louisiana Architecture Foundation and in that capacity, organized the South’s first ever Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New Orleans.

Pfingsten was a 2015 candidate for 2nd Ward Alderman in Chicago and has served as the communications director for Preservation Chicago. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and studied historic preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as the next executive vice president of AIA Illinois. I will be a tireless advocate on behalf of our members, for the betterment of the profession of architecture and for Illinois’ exemplary built heritage past, present and future,” said Pfingsten.

“Stacey was the unanimous, enthusiastic choice of the EVP search committee,” said Mark Schwamel, who served as president of AIA Illinois in 2017. “Stacey’s experience in government affairs, advocacy and her deep respect for the value of architects and architecture made her the clear choice as our new EVP. She is highly respected for her leadership skills and association management experience, and her ability to communicate and build consensus across all tiers and membership categories will have a positive impact on our organization.”