Keene, NH – The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that Bonnie Kastel has been selected as its new executive director, to begin October 1. The current executive director, Carolyn Isaak, is retiring from the position after 17 years with the association.
Kastel joins AIA New Hampshire after many years as an independent consultant working on branding, marketing, and communications projects for a range of nonprofit and corporate clients, with a focus on online media assets. She brings a wealth of experience in design initiatives and project management from engagements with museums and universities to startup software companies.
She also has significant experience as a fundraiser. She served as development director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Kastel began her career in Paris as a photography conservator at the Musée Carnavalet.
It was during the time in Paris that she first worked with architects, providing graphic design and presentation services to firms. She is looking forward to getting back to these earlier roots as a public champion of building design in the state of New Hampshire.
Jay Purcell AIA, Board President, said, “One of the characteristic traits Bonnie projects is enthusiasm, and the Board noted her background as a self-starter and good communicator as important qualities that will make this a good fit. As we went through this search process, we realized more than ever the multifaceted nature of the position. Carolyn Isaak has been wearing many hats all these years, and we are extremely grateful that she will be facilitating this transition.”