Past Board Members

Katinka Read

Board Member

Katinka Read is an Alumni of NewSchool of Architecture + Design. She currently serves on the NewSchool Alumni Advisory Board and is a Project Architect at Stephen Dalton Architects Inc.

Tracy Addis

Hay Fund Committee

Tracy Addis is the Construction Manager for new double decker Fuel Pier P-1306 at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego. Prior to that, she managed the replacement of the largest defense fuel terminal on the West Coast, P-401, a mission critical, 5 year, $195 M Defense Logistics Agency project, completed ahead of schedule and under budget in December 2013. Tracy has progressed upward within Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) during the last fifteen years after initially starting with the Naval Acquisition Intern Program in 2002. She is a California Registered Architect C31681 and a United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. Tracy serves as Member on the New School of Architecture Construction Management Advisory Board and volunteers with the California Architects Board on their Supplemental Exam Development Workshops. Prior to NAVFAC and working with Safdie Rabines Architects,  Tracy was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa, from 1998 – 2000, where she taught Math and Geography at an all girls’ high school level boarding school on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Julia Cota

Board Member

Julia Cota is an Alumni of NewSchool of Architecture + Design. She graduated at the top of her class from NSAD in December, 2015 with a Magna Cum Laude Master of Architecture degree as well as receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from NSAD in 2013.

Julia was awarded the Dr. Steve Altman Pillars Scholarship in 2015 for her work with Yantalo Peru Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives towards enhancing the quality of life of the residents in a small community in the northern Andes Mountains of Peru. The foundation selected her student design projects to be built, which includes a Higher Education Facility geared towards the medical field and an Eco-Hotel Project that will cater to volunteers and tourists from around the world (projects awarded in 2013 and 2014). (

Julia’s recent work includes a Master of Architecture Thesis book entitled: The Tijuana River Restoration Project Integrating Architecture +  Planning + Nature (to be published in 2016). Her year-long research study focused on investigating an area of design in dire need of design solutions. The design work and research outlined in her book attempt to inform and inspire design professionals to champion for the most difficult problems facing humanity, through the efforts of the creative collaborative class of students and professionals.

Since her graduation, Julia has entered the architectural profession with the architectural firm Lord Architecture, Inc. in San Diego, CA.

Cynthia M. Malecha


In 1994, Cynthia M. Malecha, accepted a position at North Carolina State University, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science to serve as an Administrative Assistant. She was promoted to Assistant Director of Finance in 2001. Cynthia also served as the University Fiscal Officer for the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development (an initiative of the Kenan Institute Engineering, Technology & Science). Her duties included special events for both the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science and the Kenan Fellows Program. Cynthia retired from North Carolina State University after almost 22 years of service.

Gil Cooke



Gil Cooke has enjoyed a long and varied career in the architectural world. He has been a draftsman, designer, principal architect and president with 8 different companies and holds his architectural license with the state of Maryland. Gil is a founding member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, President of the Baltimore Chapter of AIA and has served as President and Dean of NewSchool. Gil joined NewSchool in 2002 and served the Foundation for many years.

Nick Kawamoto

Exofficio Student Member

Nick is a class of 2018 alumni at Newschool of Architecture & Design. Along with being a board member for the Newschool Foundation, he also served as Student Council President in 2016. Having grown up in Seattle WA, Nick finds a lot of design inspiration in the beauty of nature. Spending a lot of his free time outside, he is pursuing an architecture career emphasizing the importance of nature within architecture. During his academic career at NewSchool, Nick was active in the planning and organization of student activities, as well as assisting in administrative tasks to further the growth and development of the school.