Student and Alumni Board Members


See the biographies below to learn more about the student and alumni architecture representatives on the Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB).

DSAB Architecture Member Leila Farias

Leilen Farias

Pre-Architecture Student
Class of 2018
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina

I decided to join DSAB to become a more active member not only in the College of Design, but also in the architecture field. I am eager to contribute and learn from the many opportunities that the board offers to their members, while enhancing a working environment in which design students and alumni can be involved and interact.

DSAB Architecture Member Emily Seifert

Sarah Gastler

Master of Architecture Student
Class of 2018
Hometown: Durham, CT

I’m excited to serve on the DSAB because I believe it is an opportunity to collaborate with different disciplines and professionals to enrich our education. I hope to bring my enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary events. I look forward to helping build on the already strong student and professional community here at the University of Minnesota.

DSAB Architecture Member Francis Bulbulian

Francis Bulbulian, FAIA

B.Arch 1967, Architecture
Vice President, Parker Design International

I joined DSAB to become reacquainted with the Minneapolis design community, expand my personal design network, and provide real-world design expertise for students as they move on to their next professional chapter.

DSAB Architecture Member Rebecca Celis

Rebecca Celis

Associate Vice President, HGA
M.Arch 2006, Architecture

I feel honored to be a part of a design community where the professional community is so closely linked to the academic community. I joined the DSAB to help keep those connections strong – for both students and alumni alike. As a professional, I benefit from staying current with issues our students are facing, and I am eager to help students make the transition from college to career.

DSAB Architecture Member John Cook

John Cook

B.Arch 1983, Architecture
Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

I applied to be a member of the DSAB because I believe that a student’s training to become an architect should include a deep understanding of the profession from the perspective of a practicing architect.

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