Gabriella Bermea, AIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate and Design Architect with VLK Architects with a passion for philanthropy, education, and advocacy practicing in Austin, Texas. Her architectural specialization is in the K-12 sector, with a focus on long range facility planning, design, and construction of educational institutions. Gabriella is an advocate for public education students, currently serving as a board member for her local education foundation and as the SchoolsNEXT Regional Coordinator for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), focused on creating the ‘School of the Future’ as designed by partnering K-12 schools. A champion for bringing new voices to the profession, she serves as the Director of Student Recruitment with ACE Mentor Program of Austin and is the Communications Director for the Young Architects Forum and Editor-in-Chief of Connection Magazine. This overlap of mentorship, advocacy, and service influenced her to further her knowledge and skills in architecture, philanthropic service, and K-12 design.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Gabriella is an active member of the American Institute of Architects on the national, state, and local level serving on numerous committees, including 2023 Membership Commissioner with the AIA Austin Board of Directors, and as a contributor for Texas Architect Magazine. As the Chair of the Texas Society of Architects EDI Committee, she is leading the charge of conversations around equity across the Texas architectural field. She also serves as an NCARB Licensing Advisor and is in her second year in the Experience Committee. Gabriella is a LEED Accredited professional and holds a license to practice architecture in the state of Texas.