Dean's Council Welcomes Three New Members

Photograph of Dean's Council members.

Members of the Dean’s Council, leaders across the design and planning and real estate professions, recently sat down with students in a career networking session. Alumni can support our students as mentors through UB’s Career Connector Network, an online platform for one-to-one networking. Photo by Joe Cascio 




The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to welcome three new members to its Dean’s Council, a leadership group of friends and professional partners that supports the school’s efforts to build its global reputation, improve the quality of life in Buffalo and communities worldwide, and advance diversity, equity and inclusion across our student body and our professions.

Real estate developer George Gellman is one of three founding principles of The Benchmark Group, a Buffalo-based company with a portfolio including 6,600 apartments units in 12 states and 5 million square feet of retail space in six states. Gellman has extensive real estate experience as an owner, investor, developer and operator of real estate projects throughout the country.

Bradley Lukanic, AIA LEED AP, is chief executive o cer and lead strategist of CannonDesign, a global design rm with 16 o ces and more than 1,000 employees worldwide. An award- winning designer, Lukanic has been with CannonDesign since 2009 and was executive director of its education practice prior to his appointment as CEO. Based in New York, Lukanic recently re ected on his decision to join the school’s Dean’s Council:

“Working with students energizes me, and reminds me why I followed this career path. CannonDesign and I will always reinvest in educating students at all levels."

Lena Zhang is a principal at Z Studio Architects in San Francisco. After earning her MArch from UB in 1989, Lena worked on an international competition-winning project for the Tokyo International Forum with Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York. Prior to starting Z Studio Architects, she had been with San Francisco-based Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz, where she led many large-scale institutional and commercial projects domestically and in China. 


Madeline Burke-Vigeland (Chair), Gensler
Randy Asher (BS ’95), New York City Education Department
Louis Ciminelli, LP Ciminelli
Franklin Dickinson, (MArch ’85), LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
George Gellman, Benchmark Group
Diane Georgopulos (BA ’73), Massachusetts Housing Authority (retired) 

Peter Hunt, Hunt Real Estate
Bradley Lukanic, CannonDesign
Clark Manus (BA ’74), Heller Manus Architects
Alphonso O’Neil-White, Excelsior Business Strategies
Richard Perlmutter (BA ’76), Argo Development Company
Lena Zhang (MArch ’89), Z Studio Architects