MEET THE COMMISSIONERS
Douglas R. Walega, AIA, NCARB is principal and founder of Douglas R. Walega, Architect, PC, established in 1994 and located in Berwyn. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and certified through and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is a lifelong area resident of Berwyn, and as such, feels a strong commitment to the community and historic preservation. He is a charter member of the Berwyn Historical Society, serving as its President from 1988 to 1989. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Berwyn, serving as President from 1997 to 1998. He is a current board member of the Berwyn Development Corporation. He was awarded the Pav YMCA in Berwyn Annual Robert W. Teeter Award for outstanding community service in 2006. Doug is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology with a five year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree along with a minor in City & Regional Planning. Professionally, he has consulted on and has executed numerous architectural facade renovations and redevelopment projects in Berwyn.
Rebecca Houze is Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University, where she teaches courses on the history of architecture, graphic design, and the decorative arts. Her own research on Central European design in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries has taken her to Vienna and Budapest, where she was awarded two Fulbright fellowships, and lived for a year while writing her doctoral dissertation. After receiving her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago in 2000, Rebecca has embarked on many research projects both at home and abroad. Her academic articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Design History, Design Issues, and Studies in the Decorative Arts. She was drawn to Berwyn because of its rich Central European heritage and unique architecture, and has lived in a 1920s American Foursquare home in Berwyn with her husband and two boys since 2001.
Nasri Abi-Mansour joined the BHPC in 2011. Himself an owner of a Berwyn bungalow, Nasri helped organize Berwyn’s historic bungalow initiative, City of Homes, Inc., which seeks to help homeowners preserve their Chicago-style bungalows as historic landmarks. The City of Homes hosts many events, including Bungalows on Tap and Berwyn Bikes and Bungalows. In May 2012 Nasri traveled to Springfield to meet with legislators and helped to pass a measure declaring Bungalow Appreciation Week in Illinois.
Michael Plummer is the Historic Preservationist and Facilities Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2009, Mike has served as a commissioner on the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission and remains an active participant in its Education/Outreach Committee. Mike is a board member for the Pleasant Home Foundation, which operates a George Maher-designed National Historic Landmark as an historic house museum. Public programs and events at Pleasant Home seek to draw in new audiences and expose them to the rich architectural heritage in Oak Park and the surrounding area. Mike’s work at the Hull House Museum has been public-focused, including: research and exhibit creation featuring the museum buildings as the “largest artifacts” in its collection, assisting in the design and implementation of a preservation-themed tour for middle school groups, and planning public events that discuss preservation issues among audiences of diverse backgrounds.
Michael DeRouin, CSI, CCCA, is President of FitzGerald Associates Architect, where he provides professional design and consulting services on a myriad of project types – multi-family housing, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and urban planning. Holding both a Bachelor of Architecture in Design and a Bachelor of Architecture in Structures from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mike works from a strong and unique foundation of both aesthetic architecture and engineering training. Believing that historic buildings add value to the community by preserving the historic story and retaining the urban fabric, Mike contributed to project teams that the firm as added to the National Historic Register, including Storkland Furniture Company, Vesta Battery Corporation Factory, The Sutherland Hotel, Trustees System Service Building, Davis and Rankin Building, and The Silversmith. Mike is a licensed architect in Illinois and Iowa, certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Past-President of the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and a Registered Energy Professional with the City of Chicago. Mike and his wife, Robin, moved to Berwyn in 1996 and have enjoyed raising their family in an atypical bungalow in the Depot District. Mike is active with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 32 at St. Leonard providing leadership and guidance as Eagle Coach and Merit Badge Counselor.
Emilio Padilla is a licensed architect in Illinois and currently practices architecture at a Chicago based firm, Bauer Latoza Studio. Emilio provides architectural design and consulting services on a number of project types including institutional, government, hospitality, and historic restoration with an emphasis on sustainable design. He has extensive experience with exterior building envelope and adaptive reuse design. At Bauer Latoza Studio Emilio has worked on a number of restoration projects including at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and on historic structures for the National Park Service. Emilio and his wife, Daisy, moved to Berwyn in 2011 and live in a early 20th century bungalow.
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