Matt Dwyer

Matt Dwyer Matt Dwyer is an intuitive, award-winning architect. Since 2005, he has led a team of committed creatives as Director of Y2Architecture. Matt has helped hundreds of clients around Australia, Asia and the Middle East realise their design dreams and create ‘community’, using a unique blend of industry insight, ingenuity and vision.

Well-received within the industry, Matt’s teams and projects have been internationally and nationally recognised in the areas of design innovation and Environmental Sustainable Design. Fostering a culture of collaboration, affords both a key ‘process’ and ‘outcome’ for his team. He values highly the input of his clients and colleagues during the design process.

Matt looks forward to sharing his Australian based insights, dedication and humour with his ALEP Commission colleagues and expanding the reputation and recognition of the accreditation.

Qualifications and Affiliations:
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), RMIT (1999)
  • Associate Diploma in Building Design, Holmesglen TAFE 1996
  • Accredited Learning Environment Planner
  • ALEP Commission
  • Australian Institute of Architects member
  • Architects Registration Board of Victoria registered member
  • Association for Learning Environments member
  • Be. Bendigo (Bendigo Business Council) member
  • Bendigo Heritage Advisory Council


Brad Kiehl The Midwest is my home. I grew up in St. Charles; Mo (suburb of St. Louis) and graduated from Kansas State University in 1991 with a degree in Architecture and emphasis on Community Development/City and Urban Planning. After a short stint on the east coast, I returned to Kansas City in 1992 and have been a part of this amazing City ever since. In 2008/09, I was involved with one of the first cohorts participating in the Advanced Certificate Program for Educational Facility Planning, Education and Instructional Planning through A4LE and received my REFP designation (now ALEP).

Much of my career has been spent in Overland Park, KS with DLR Group as a Principal and Southeast Regional Practice Leader. In my leadership role, I had the privilege of working on projects across the nation, ranging from a few thousand dollars to just over a billion in project costs for a wide range of clients. Being involved in teaching and learning environments along with the diversity in designs, has given me the opportunity to work with outstanding people/teams and afforded me amazing opportunities to develop and expand my experience as an Architect in this field of Education. In May of 2019, I joined HTK Architects after spending some time working in construction, fulfilling this concept of “Lifelong Learning” and giving me a more wholistic view of our profession. As a Director with HTK Architects, I am working with our teams to expand our expertise in the relationship of the built environment to teaching and learning.

My experience spans from project management and master planning, to community engagement, public speaking, construction administration, cost estimating and being an owner’s representative. I have nearly three decades of experience and have been instrumental in the development of strategic management planning, organizational structure and team processes.

My affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), A4LE Kansas City Chapter Board Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Volunteer (2014 to present), Raymore Public School Foundation (Past Board Member), Volunteer Fire Fighter – South Johnson County Fire and Rescue (Past), American Correctional Association (Past), Past President of the Kansas Correctional Association, American Jail Association (Past).

I enjoy working with our clients and their communities to plan and strategize for the long-term development of their school districts. This work includes helping educate their patrons / community as to what the County Commissions, School Districts and the various Boards may feel is in the best interest of its facilities and users. I enjoy the public speaking that goes hand and hand with this process and helping these communities build consensus for successful planning and bond solutions to provide for our next generation of leaders.

Rob Pillar, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP

Rob Pillar Rob is the Director of Educational Architecture at Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates in Pittsburgh PA and has over 30 years of experience planning and designing educational environments in the Northeast, Canada, and the Middle East. Rob received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University, and a Certificate of Educational Facility Planning from San Diego State University school of Educational Leadership. His work has received recognition from the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). He has been an active member of A4LE since 1999 and has served on the NE Region board since 2011.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Rob voluntarily utilizes his talents to plan and improve educational facilities in developing countries, completing planning, design and volunteer construction projects in Honduras, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Haiti.

Liz Katz, AIA, ALEP, NAC Architecture

Liz Katz Liz is an educational planner and architect based in Seattle, Washington. She is deeply passionate about educational architecture and believes that human-centered research is one of the keys to effective space design. Throughout her career, she has worked on all levels of K-12 projects on the West Coast, Texas, Nebraska, and Iowa. True to her passion for integrating architecture and social understanding, she received her ALEP designation in June of 2021.

Gary Armbruster

Armbruster Gary Armbruster is a Principal Architect and Director of Development for the architecture firm of MA + Architecture, LLC in Oklahoma City. A 22 year veteran of the firm he began as an intern and was advanced quickly to Principal/Partner. Mr. Armbruster is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture. He also holds a Certificate in Educational Facility Planning from San Diego State University.

Mr. Armbruster is the Education Studio Director and is responsible for programming, design coordination and review of safety design for all education projects. He uses his listening and communication skills to document the project requirements and see that your expectations are incorporated in the design drawings and construction documents and most importantly in the building during construction. An Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) through the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), he is one of only three in ALEPs in the State of Oklahoma. He is also the only architect appointed by the Lt. Governor to serve on the Oklahoma School Security Commission and chairs the A4LE sub-committee on School Safety and Security Policies and Procedures. He speaks nationally on design related issues and topics and has spoken at LearningSCAPES and other A4LE regional conferences and most recently spoke at the AIA National Convention in New York City on his design for a new school for homeless children in Oklahoma City.

David Henebry, AIA, NCARB, ALEP, LEED

Henebry Mr. Henebry has established himself as an expert in the planning and design of Education Facilities and has provided industry leadership over the course of his career. His design work is aesthetically pleasing with a focus and commitment to quality, efficiency and functionality. He continually pushes architectural practices to new design excellence as efficient concepts built on quality of environment and best practices. He has served as moderator and panelist at leading architectural conferences including cost efficient and sustainable business practice and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and School Security: An Architectural Approach to Securing Our Schools. Mr. Henebry graduated from Ball State University with Bachelor of Architecture. He is a licensed architect in the states of Illinois, North Carolina and Indiana, a member of the American Institute of Architects and is NCARB certified. He has served as an IASB Executive Committee Service Associate Member and served on the Master Facility Planning Committees for Peoria and Rockford Public School Districts. Mr. Henebry rewrote the IASB EEE judging criteria for Architectural submissions to focus awards for the best education environments viewing schools not as buildings but as flexible spaces used as tools for teaching. Mr. Henebry has completed the SDSU/CEFPI Advanced Certificate Program in Planning Education Facilities in December 2011. He has served on several A4LE committees and was a MacConnell Award Juror in 2015 and 2016. He served on the Illinois School Security & Standards Task Force that created baseline recommendations for schools in the State of Illinois. Most recently Mr. Henebry is serving a 3 year term beginning January 2018 as an at large position on the ALEP Commission.

Kimberly Coffeen, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP, Perkins Eastman

Kimberly Coffeen Kim's architectural and educational planning career spans over 26 years with an expertise in master planning existing schools and programming new schools (over 350), facilitating district-wide facilities master planning processes, community engagement working sessions and educational specifications that reflect each District’s unique mission and vision. She graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from The Cooper Union. She brings a deep understanding of process and research from Perkins Eastman’s Design Strategies resources to her stakeholder groups to positively influence the impact each project has on the students and educators. Kim received her ALEP designation in 2008; was a member of the second cohort that attended the San Diego State University’s Distance Learning program. Recently she completed the interiors and furniture design for a new 300,000 square foot TK-12 school in Hanoi, Vietnam in which she was able to create innovative spaces to reflect the vision of the educators, the mission of the school and the cultural influences of the place. Kim is the Secretary of the Southwest Regional Board until 2025.

Ty Taylor, ALEP, Brailsford and Dunlavey

Ty Taylor Ty joined the Brailsford and Dunlavey team in 2013 and is a Director in the firm’s Northern California office. Ty has managed the design and development of over $1B in capital projects including PK-14 educational facilities, municipal parks, and recreation facilities in California. Most recently he served as an advisor to both San Jose-Evergreen Community College and Oakland Unified School District on their multiple bonds.

Ty is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP). He currently serves as the Chair on the Southwest Region Board of Directors of the Association for Learning Environments. His portfolio of planning work includes approximately $30 billion in long term capital programs, capacity and school utilization planning, and district-wide master planning across the U.S.

Ty lends his unique DeafSpace and Universal Design expertise to all projects typologies covering the full range of academic, municipal, and quality-of-life spaces. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Dakota State University School of Architecture, where he earned his Masters of Architecture. His thesis encompassed the philosophy of DeafSpace Architecture and universal design theories for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of science in environmental science.