CACM Advising Team Welcomes a Director of Advising and Two New Academic Advisors

Hilary Cuevas
Hilary Cuevas
The college welcomes Hilary Cuevas as Director of Academic Advising with our CACM Advising Team. This new position for the college provides strategic planning and direction of advising operations and ensures that the advising team supports the success of students in meeting academic and graduation goals. Hilary earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration degree from Valdosta State University and her bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations and Advertising from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. She became Director of Advising in November 2022 and first joined the team in January 2020 as a Senior Academic Advisor and Transfer Specialist. Hilary has eight years of previous education related experience, including roles as a Transfer Advocate Gateway Graduation Coach, an Admissions Coordinator, Manager of tutoring services, and as a Residence Life Coordinator. Her background in higher education administration includes expertise in higher education policy development and her research interests include retention, students in transition, and public administration. 
Please join me in also welcoming two new Academic Advisors to the CACM team.

Amy Martin
Amy Martin
Academic Advisor Amy Martin earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana. In addition to her previous teaching and advising experience, Amy has a background in admissions, disability services, and inclusive excellence. Amy is passionate about helping students be successful both in and outside the classroom and about teaching them how to be their own best advocate.


Jerry Boswell
Jerry Boswell
Academic Advisor Jerry Boswell received his bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also received his Masters of Education in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jerry has previously worked as a Child Protective Services Social Worker with Person County Department of Social Services, and as a High School Counselor with Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has developed a wealth of experience working in the human services field. Jerry specializes in building and sustaining relationships with diverse student populations and values helping and empowering students to become the best versions of themselves. 

Congratulations to Hilary and welcome, Amy and Jerry. 

KSU Construction Management and Architecture Students Shine at ASC Region 2 Competition

ksu Commercial Team and Design Build TeamPlease join me in congratulating the KSU students and faculty advisors for this year’s ASC Region 2 Competitions.

KSU College of Architecture and Construction Management students competed again this year at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 2 competitions in November. Again, KSU students performed exceptionally well with the Commercial Team placing First, and the Design-Build being edged out of the 2nd place position by another school.

Commercial Team Members

  • Temi Aladegbemi
  • Thomas Birkholz
  • Jason Galmon
  • Holden Looper
  • Fortino Padilla
  • Brianna Thomas
  • Oreando Watson

Commercial Coaches

  • Dr. Stephanie Vereen
  • Dr. Lance Holtzhower

Design-build Team Members

  • Monica Silva
  • Dennis Bradish
  • Hunter Peterson
  • Ian Willis
  • Aldrin Muschamp
  • Ryan Mattox
  • Chandler Marshall

Design-build Coaches

  • Jacqueline Stephens
  • Michael Collins
  • Keif Schleifer

Michael Carroll becomes PI for the next phase of the KSU Mini-Pavilion at Cobb County Safety Village

Mini PavilionThe Mini-Pavilion at Cobb County Safety Village is a multi-stakeholder collaboration between KSU, the Cobb County Safety Village, and Cobb County Schools, and has been designed to provide new safety training and information using virtual and augmented reality experiences. The facility will provide faculty research opportunities and new middle school and high school STEM activities for Cobb County Schools. 

Michael Carroll designed the building during the first phase of work while serving as Co-PI 1 and will now become PI for the project. In this next phase, Dr. Billy Kihei, an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering who previously served as PI, will serve as Co-PI 1. They are joined by Dr. Sanjeev Adkikari (Co-PI 2), Dr. Sandip Das (Co-PI 3), Amaal Al Shenawa (Co-PI 4), Dr. Ronkai Guo (Co-PI 5), Allison Carter (Ext. Co 1), and Dr. Sally Creel (Ext. Co 2). 

Please see the Phase 1 presentation for more details on the project here

Dr. Marietta Monaghan Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Marietta Monaghan
Dr. Marietta Monaghan

Marietta Monaghan began as an adjunct professor in 2005 at SPSU, in Marietta, GA. Now on her seventeenth year on this campus, she teaches or has taught: First Year Studio, Design Foundation Introducti

on, Summer Workshop, Cultures I, Cultures II, Cultures III, Design Communication I, and GRE Prep courses for foreign and non-traditional students.

Marietta is interested in sustainable development in architecture and applies those same ideas to the mentoring of high school students who might be interested in becoming architects. She attends workshops and lectures on sustainability to broaden her knowledge of the ever-expanding subject. She participates in various committees, notably Marietta High School’s Career Path Discovery, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Architecture Boards and their Engineering Pipeline Extravaganza held twice each year. This helps Marietta to recruit architecture students from local high schools. To that end, she developed and ran (since 2014) the Summer Academies for the ACCI SPIKE Studio, an introduction for middle and high school students to the college courses they will encounter, one held at Georgia Tech and one at KSU. It has been a resounding success and is ongoing again after a COVID hiatus. The last year at KSU (2019, before the pandemic), our Summer Academy students designed homeless shelters and built one to donate to the Mad Housers group, so that a homeless person now has a place to call home. Marietta is a firm believer in hands-on learning; Summer Academy students had an introduction to hand tools and construction techniques that will positively influence the rest of their lives. She and her colleagues were presented with the AIA Bronze Medal Award for community outreach later that same year.

Volunteer work is at the heart of community participation and involvement. Marietta feels it is imperative that she give back to the educational and social organizations which helped to nurture her, so she is delighted to serve on committees like the University wide Education Abroad Advisory and Standing Committees, and the smaller Department of Architecture Study Abroad committees over the years. Marietta regularly volunteers as a docent at the local art museum and reads for conference acceptance and review for the proceedings of conferences such as NCUR and SESAH.

Zamila Karimi Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Zamila Karimi
Zamila Karimi
Zamila Karimi is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State University. She teaches architectural studio and theory courses, including Thesis, Urban Lab, Tactical Urbanism, and Urban Theory, expanding her research in the public space.

Her work explores the intersection between art, architecture, and design to transform how we engage with one another to inspire dialogue across cultural, ethnic, and geographic boundaries in contemporary Public Space.  She uses her interdisciplinary background to question current public spaces as sites of actions, possibilities and promises through spatial and social justice issues. She believes in the power of design to build bridges amongst diverse communities and architects/designers’ role as social agents of change to question the norm, whether through place-making strategies or addressing challenges around shelter | homelessness. Her numerous temporary interactive installations within the public space and community organizations nationally and internationally help disseminate her research. Zamila has collaborated on projects with Atlanta Streets Alive, Liveable Buckhead, MODA, Trust for Public Land – City of Atlanta, Modern Atlanta, City of Clarkston and the Ismaili National Council and Aga Khan Development Network AKDN.

Professor Zamila Karimi is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State University. Her courses on Tactical Urbanism interrogate issues of spatial justice in our Public Spaces through design-build projects.

Enfold Pavilion, a collaborative work with her former student Farhaan Samnani, had a recemt showing at the beltline.

Kathryn Bedette, AIA Promoted to Professor of Architecture

kathryn bedette
Kathryn Bedette

Kathryn Bedette, AIA, is an award-winning architect in the State of Georgia and Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University.  Professor Bedette has extensive experience coordinating across the curriculum of KSU’s Bachelor of Architecture degree program, having coordinated First-, Second- and Fifth-Year Architecture Studios, as well as the program’s Architecture History and Theory course sequence.  She also served as the Architecture Department’s first Academic Engagement Coordinator.  Her professional experience includes a broad range of institutional projects as well as adaptive reuse office, retail and high-rise mixed-use projects and her design studios have prioritized the cultivation a meaningful and responsible built environment by foregrounding interrelationships between architectural technologies and program in design advocacy and posthumanist design. 

Kathryn has an accomplished record of advocating for the profession of architecture and the built environment through her work as Advocacy Chair on the AIA Georgia Board of Directors and served as the 2018 President of AIA Georgia.  As President, she led a successful national campaign to create a new leadership development pipeline that encourages a range of ethnically diverse women to pursue national AIA leadership positions.  She has also made a positive impact on the profession in multiple national professional service leadership roles and currently serves as the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisor for Georgia and as a Subject Matter Expert for ArchiPrep, the AIA’s ARE study platform.

Professor Bedette was awarded the 2003 Emerging Voices Award from the Young Architects Forum of AIA Atlanta for her built design work and the 2016 AIA Atlanta James Gant Fausett, FAIA, Service to the Profession Award for her advocacy accomplishments.  In 2018, Kathryn was named one of Engineering Georgia’s  “100 Influential Women to Know” and her work and scholarship have been exhibited in multiple venues and presented internationally.  Professor Bedette earned her B.S. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she studied abroad at the Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Tolbiac, and her Master of Architecture from Arizona State University, where she studied abroad at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany.

Bedette serves the college by focusing administrative efforts on all things related to student success. Her focus has been on establishing the Albion Student Success Headquarters which houses all academic advising services and provides workshops and training on student related issues and aid in developing meaningful pathways to graduation. Bedette is also the point of contact for all accreditation and assessment processes.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Bedette.


Dean Andrew Phillip Payne, July 2022

Dr. Parminder Juneja promoted to Professor of Construction Management

parminder juneja
Parminder Juneja

Dr. Juneja, is a Professor of Construction Management in the College of Architecture and Construction Management. As a result of her comprehensive educational background and years of multi-industry, multi-disciplinary, and international professional experience, she brings a holistic and integrative perspective to approaching and solving problems which is a key to success in today’s complex and transforming education and work environment. She is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary approach to systems thinking and decision-based design. She conceives built environment as a mass of complex systems interacting constantly to provide a productive and healthy living environment.  

Her key teaching interests include facilities management; finance and accounting; human decision-making; research design and methods. She has successfully designed and taught many graduate and undergraduate courses in different formats: online, face-to-face, and flip classrooms.  

Dr. Juneja’s research is interdisciplinary and collaborative. She is interested in high performing, healthier, smarter facilities. Her research focus is on improving health, safety, and performance in work environments, be it indoors such as, office, classrooms, or outdoors such as construction sites. Her overall research objective is to facilitate strategic alignment between work environment and goals of high performance and overall well-being for occupants, thereby, optimizing the whole lifecycle costing of respective environments. She believes that in informed decision making, an informed tradeoff analysis is performed, and the decisions are not restricted due to cognitive limitations of information processing of human brain but are guided by data and analysis.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Juneja.


Dean Andrew Phillip Payne, July 2022

Christopher Welty promoted to Professor of Architecture and appointed to serve as Interim-Chair for the Department of Architecture

christopher welty
Christopher Welty

Chris Welty is a Professor in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State University, where he is serving as the Interim-Chair for the Architecture Department. Over his academic career, he has coordinated the professional program sequence, the thesis sequence, second-year design studios, and the design communication sequence. His research centers on learning by making, integrating digital technologies within the design process while embracing the craft of making. His design studio projects have covered a wide range of topics from light and materiality to virtual computer environments and design-build. His professional practice class provides graduates with a road map for setting up and managing a design firm. In 2014 Chris was awarded an outstanding faculty award for his teaching excellence and was honored as the SPSU Teacher of the Year for the 2014-15 academic year.

Chris is a registered architect in Georgia and an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2015, he was awarded the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal for his service as State Treasurer for developing the strategic investment policy and the long-term strategic investment plan for reserve revenue, leading to the current Innovation Grant Award Program. Chris served as the 2019 President of AIA Atlanta and is an active member of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia Board. 

He is a graduate of the Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program.

When not teaching, Chris heads his small multimedia design firm, weltyWORLD, which consults in the architecture and construction field. Their work specializes in creating and analyzing spatial experiences linking virtual computer environments and physical installations.  

Please join me in congratulating Professor Welty.


Dean Andrew Phillip Payne, July 2022

Dr. Giovanni Loreto promoted to Associate Professor of Architecture and appointed Associate Dean for Faculty/Staff Affairs and Research

Giovanni Loreto
Giovanni Loreto

Dr. Giovanni Loreto is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at the Kennesaw State University (KSU), where is also currently serving as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty/Staff Affairs for the College. He earned both my Master in Architectural Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy. Dr. Loreto conducts research across different disciplines with a particular focus on novel construction materials and structural performance evaluation. His research focuses on the advancement of high-strength/high-performance sustainable cementitious materials, steel composite (SC) structures, development of advanced composites-based systems for repair and strengthening existing structures, and correlation between traditional on-field analysis and novel-monitoring techniques for structural health monitoring. At KSU his efforts focus on the integration of structural concepts within the architectural design process.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Loreto.


Dean Andrew Phillip Payne, July 2022

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