Throughout her career, Tania has always sought out opportunities to expand her knowledge, volunteer and serve as a mentor. In describing the beliefs that define who she is, she states “It’s really simple. Give back, make a difference in the communities where we work, collaborate, and innovate.” Tania is honored to be serving as the current President for the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA and looks forward to advancing the Chapter’s mission.
As Corporate Systems Leader for Harley Ellis Devereaux’s Los Angeles Office, Tania is responsible for the operation of the firm’s key systems: Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology. With experience in the technical, management and business development areas of the practice, she is the Corporate Treasurer for the firm and has served on the Board since 2006.
With over 20 years of experience in architecture, Tania has overseen the firm’s Operations in the design and construction of K12 Education, Higher Education, Healthcare, Corporate & Commercial and Science & Technology projects.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tania earned a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, followed by a Masters of Architecture I, all earned at UCLA. Tania is the past chair of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA-LA, a past graduate of the 2013 Southern California Leadership group, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
Barbara is Co-Managing Director and Principal of Gensler’s Los Angeles office and a leader of the global Health & Wellness practice. Through her collaborative leadership role, she brings strategic design management to highly innovative clients such as Netflix, JPL/NASA, Amgen, Kaiser Permanente and the City of Hope. As a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Barbara has been an influencer elevating human wellbeing through design excellence. She was featured on the internationally televised National Geographic Channel documentary, “Origins: The Journey of Humankind – Building the Future.” A proven advocate, Barbara has been a leader with the AIA LA POWERFUL: Women Leading Design series, active with Girl’s Inc, Dress for Success and the National Organization of Minority Architects.
In the community, Barbara was recognized by The Los Angeles Business Journal as the Executive of the Year: Women Making a Difference. This honor recognizes women who “lead by example,” successfully blend effective business vision with passionate commitment to positively “making a difference,” both in the world of business and in the communities they serve. She has also been named by Real Estate Forum magazine as a Woman of Influence: California. Barbara is on the Board of Directors of Imagine LA, a leading not-for-profit dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty and is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Passionate about Gensler’s strong design culture, Barbara’s career has also been influenced through her work with Foster + Partners and Morphosis. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and studied in the Graduate Diploma Program at the Architectural Association in London. Barbara’s work has been published nationally and internationally.
Greg Verabian AIA is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with over 27 years of experience as a design leader. He is an Associate Principal and Design Director/Commercial Practice leader in the Los Angeles office of HKS Architects.
Greg is currently the Treasurer of AIA/LA, a member of the Executive Committee and has previously served on the board of directors of the AIA/LA Chapter, USC Architectural Guild, the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and Design Awards Committee for the AIA California Council. He is actively involved in academia, as visiting faculty for several design studio courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Wade Killefer is a founding Partner of Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), a practice dedicated to designing great places in Los Angeles. Wade was born in San Francisco and grew up in Washington, D.C., before receiving his B.A. in English from Stanford and his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Founded in 1975, KFA designed its first Los Angeles library in 1983, first school in 1985, first affordable housing project in 1988, and first mixed-use residential project in 1990. In the late 1990’s, Wade was a driving force in the development of LA’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which sparked the resurgence of Downtown’s historic core. Under Wade’s leadership KFA designed the first three efforts under this ordinance in the Old Bank District, and have since rehabilitated over 40 historic buildings throughout the City.
In addition to the adaptive reuse work, KFA has completed dozens of new mixed-use, market-rate housing projects, hotels, creative office, and campus master plan projects. They have also designed over 4,000 units of affordable housing in 57 different buildings for 27 different affordable housing developers in Los Angeles County. Twelve of these projects, containing over 1,000 units, are on Skid Row. KFA has received numerous awards and recognition for its forward-thinking architecture, and in 2016 was honored with the prestigious AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award.
“Architecture should raise your soul to a higher spiritual level.”
Douglas has always believed that architecture should raise your soul to a higher spiritual level. He believes in creating spaces that are sculpted by light to make people feel good and at home. Douglas began his career in New York City with the Swanke Hayden Connel firm, where he worked on the Statue of Liberty Renovation. Moving to Los Angeles in 1984, he became a Project Designer with Arthur Erickson Architects where he was instrumental in designing the San Diego Convention Center, Brentwood Library, and the renovation of San Francisco’s historic Stockon Street Hotel. After becoming Project Architect at Waldo’s Design and later, Project Manager at Munselle Brown Partnership, he opened his own practice in 1990. In 2000, he merged firms with Trevor Abramson, beginning the era of Abramson Teiger Architects. As managing partner, Douglas’ ability to effectively streamline the operations allows for more time to be spent on design and project research – a major factor in the consistent high level of design associated with ATA.
Prior to serving on the AIA|LA Board of Directors and Urban Design Committee, Alex Anamos led the Chapter’s Design Awards Committee for 3 years as Co-Chair and Chair. During his tenure, Alex spearheaded the transition to online design awards submissions – dramatically increasing the pool of international Jurors whom the Chapter could tap to judge its high-level pool of entries.
Prior to joining R&A ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN as Studio Director and Senior Architect, Alex was the Managing Director at LORCAN O’HERLIHY ARCHITECTS [LOHA], and a Principal at KAA DESIGN. His interest in Urban Design began during architecture school, where he studied at institutions that emphasized urban scale projects and city-making. However, real world experience with downtown Los Angeles design challenges – especially in the Arts District – inspired Alex to join the Urban Design Committee more than four years ago.
Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture form U.C. Berkeley and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA.
Drake Dillard specializes in managing large, multimillion dollar programs in the design and construction phases. Some of his projects includes: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interiors Medical Facilities (MOI), Los Angeles Unified School District School Bond, New Orleans School Parish School Bond, Chicago Public Building Commission, Kaiser Permanente Health Care, Los Angeles County Hospitals, and Medical Centers in Iran. He has worked on projects in the United States, Middle East and Africa. Drake has assisted in successful negotiations of complex construction disputes and has provided expert testimony in arbitration. Mr. Dillard severed as President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) in 2003. During this time he signed a contract with GSA which proved to elevate the awareness of minority architects in the U.S. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Graduate of Howard University, Masters of Architecture, University of Illinois, Bachelor of Architecture. He serves on many boards. He is a mentor and a Big Brother. Mr. Dillard has received the US Congressional Honor Award.
Douglas Hanson is a Los Angeles based architect who has worked with some of the world’s leading architectural ﬁrms designing major cultural, commercial, and residential projects in Asia, Europe and North America. With over three decades of professional experience, Hanson launched his eponymous ﬁrm, HansonLA, in 2010.
Early in his career at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hanson collaborated on major European projects from design through construction. In Barcelona, Hanson managed Vila Olimpica, a collaboration between SOM and Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Hanson then joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates in 1992 as a Senior Associate and Project Architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He worked closely with the Guggenheim Foundation and the local Basque developer as the project took shape. Hanson then had the opportunity to collaborate with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the California Academy of Sciences. In 2004, Hanson became principal at DeStefano & Partners, and led the Los Angeles ofﬁce in designing and building a number of cultural, commercial, and residential projects. In Hanson’s current role as President of HansonLA, he is the Design Principal on various residential and commercial projects, and the Master Plan Architect for City Market of Los Angeles, a 10 acre, mixed-use development in the Fashion District, and the Mail Order District, located in Boyle Heights.
Hanson’s commitment to the arts is evidenced by HansonLA’s Support DTLA Arts campaign. Proceeds from merchandise sales go to non-proﬁt organizations; Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, City Ballet of Los Angeles, District Gallery, and Arts for LA. Hanson has served as an AIA|LA board member since his nomination in 2015. He was also recently nominated to become a part of the leadership group for AIA’s Knowledge Community—The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Hanson remains an active member of the NDSU alumni with a seat on the Advisory Board for NDSU’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Hanson has also spoken on multiple panels.
Sarah maintains one foot in practice and one in academia. She is a partner at TOLO Architecture (previously Peter Tolkin Architecture), architecture professor and former chair at Cal Poly Pomona (2013-2017), and resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.
Sarah spent her first eighteen years living in Mexico City. At 18 she left Mexico to attend college in the U.S. to pursue a BFA in Drawing at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art. After graduating art school, she broadened her interest to architecture, receiving an M.Arch I from Georgia Institute of Technology and later an M.Arch II in Metropolitan, Research & Design from Sci-Arc. During her early career, Sarah worked on the design of research and technology buildings at Lord, Arch and Sargent Architecture in Atlanta and at MBT Architecture (now Perkins + Will Architecture) in San Francisco. Sarah has taught urban design and architecture courses at Cal Poly Pomona (2005-present) and at Georgia Tech (in 2000). In 2011-12 Sarah spent a sabbatical at TU Delft in the Netherlands conducting research on the influences of technology on mapping and urban development. In 2015 Sarah was honored by AIA LA with educator of the year.
Jason E. Morris, AIA, NOMA, is an Architect at Los Angeles based firm Gruen Associates. As an Associate of the firm he specializes in managing large-scale Luxury Retail projects for exclusive high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Morris is an active member of the AIA|LA chapter as well as other local organizations; and with his involvement in the SoCal NOMA chapter has taken special interest in increasing diversity in the profession and improved opportunities for minority-owned architecture firms. He was recently awarded by the AIA California Council the 2016 Associate Award. He was an invited speaker at the AIA|LA Encompass conference on equity and diversity, as well as featured a number of times on NPR radio stations for his work promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession. Morris is licensed to practice architecture, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Carissa Shrock Oyedele, AIA, LEED BD+C is a Senior Associate at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Her education provided a solid foundation for solving creative design solutions to various project types, including those with complex programs, schedules, and delivery methods. Since joining MRY in 2003, Carissa has worked on masterplans, competitions, civic, campus, and mixed-use projects locally, nationally, and internationally.
For over 20 years, Clay Holden has been designing and producing award winning, progressive projects around the world for several well-known architects in Los Angeles and Chicago, including: Moore Ruble Yudell, Chu+Gooding, and Pugh+Scarpa. Clay has contributed design, technical expertise, and leadership on a variety of cultural, civic, campus, mixed-use, planning, transit, commercial, housing, residential, and exhibition design projects, including a number of international design competitions.
His interest in design and architecture evolved through his experiences with art and construction while growing up in the Midwest. Throughout his schooling he explored freedom of expression and innovative ways of designing. Clay also spent time learning specific construction trades. This combination has made him into a well-balanced designer who is always looking for creative ways to tackle design issues with an understanding of the fundamental basis of the profession.
Clay Holden received a Master of Architecture degree in 2000 from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and Vico Morcote, Switzerland; and a Bachelor of Science of Design degree from Clemson University in 1995. He was awarded the SCI-Arc Vico Fellowship in 2002 to administer SCI-Arc’s European campus in Switzerland.
Clay is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, and has served as the Chairs of the AIA|LA Academic Outreach Committee and the 2×8 Exhibition Committee. In 2007 he was awarded with the inaugural AIA|LA Associate of the Year Award. Clay is also a frequent guest critic at several architecture and design schools in Southern California. Clay is a Licensed Architect in the State of California and a LEED® Accredited Professional.
Coupled with his knowledge of architecture and passion for policies that support excellence in the built environment, Carlo Caccavale brings 15 years of experience at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter to his position as its Executive Director.
Carlo has initiated a number of AIA|LA conferences that contribution to the profession and surrounding region. They include Encompass, the AIA|LA Conference to Actualize Diversity and Inclusion; Design for Dignity, the AIA|LA conference focused on homelessness and housing affordability; and Powerful, Women Leading Design. To facilitate greater recognition for design excellence and widen the spectrum of offices participating in design awards programs, Carlo launched the Restaurant Design Awards in 2005 and the Residential Architecture Awards in 2016. In 2017, he started the chapter’s Architectural Photography Awards to celebrate those who translate three dimensional design to the single plane while capturing its intent.
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Rachel Martinelli, Assoc. AIA, is a recent graduate, holding a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Southern California (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University (2013). Through her studies, she gained a great interest in how users with varying needs interact in architectural spaces and how design can enhance their experience. Rachel is passionate about accessibility, emerging technologies, and discussing issues relating to diversity and equity in the profession and the community. She is currently working at Price Architects, Inc., where she is gaining a better understanding of the construction process and how she wants to make an impact on the profession.
Anne Williams is a Senior Project Manager with Psomas’ Los Angeles Land Use Entitlements Team. Anne has strong relationships with elected and appointed officials at City Hall and far-reaching connections to all stakeholders in Downtown Los Angeles, combined with a deep knowledge of the needs of the development community. With an emphasis on urban infill projects, she is responsible for guiding zoning and subdivision entitlement applications for developers, as well as representing them before public agencies.
Previously, Anne was Vice President of Legislative & Legal Affairs for the Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA) where she was the business organization’s chief lobbyist, managing the CCA Political Action Committee (PAC) and organizing various industry sectors around emerging land use and economic development issues in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Her achievements include drafting a comprehensive citywide housing production policy as well as a visionary development plan for the continuing evolution of Downtown Los Angeles.
Anne began her legal career as a Sacramento-focused lobbyist for a major Los Angeles law firm, subsequently working as a corporate lawyer, focused on mergers and acquisitions, for a New York law firm. Building on her broad-based perspective, Anne has become a valued business and political strategist who has been asked to serve as an advisory member of the Los Angeles chapters of both the Building Industry Association (BIA) and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Political Action Committees. She was also elected to the Board of the American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles Chapter (AIA-LA), and serves on the Board of Project Restore, a public/private partnership charged with stewardship of City-owned historic buildings.
Anne holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College. She was a founding Member and Vice President of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and served on its Planning and Land Use Committee.
Dafna is responsible for overseeing the strategy, direction and execution of MATT Construction’s marketing and PR initiatives. She brings over 20 years of experience in strategic branding and marketing, half within the A/E/C industry and half in the consumer products industry for design-focused companies. Prior to her tenure with MATT Construction, Dafna directed marketing and PR activities for a well-known modern architect. She is on the Management Committee for ULI Los Angeles, has co-chaired ULI’s Urban Marketplace event, and serves on the boards of the Western Museums Association and the AIA | Los Angeles. Earlier in her career Dafna sat on boards for the LA Stage Alliance and the Consumer Electronics Association.
Dafna also has extensive experience collaborating with the entertainment community in Los Angeles. During her time in the consumer products industry, Dafna forged strategic branding alliances and produced joint events and/or promotions with Red Bull USA, Universal Music, Warner Brothers Music, EMI, Interscope, Island Def Jam, Sony, Izze, Corzo, Herradura, Pearl Vodka, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and the X-Games. As a private consultant, she spearheaded numerous PR campaigns, including a global launch of the Johnny Carson Archive in its current digital form.
Dafna has served as a freelance journalist and author. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Oregon, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Lisa is an architect and sustainability expert, nationally-recognized for her commitment to deep green design in the building industry. Her diverse experience ranges from LEED project management on individual buildings to policy development and sustainable master planning. For more than 20 years she has passionately led teams to achieve high-performance results at every scale. She has led the successful certification of more than 20 projects for academic and institutional clients, including the University of Virginia, the Cooper Union, UCLA and Kaiser. She is a strong communicator who understands the perspectives of team members, from clients to cost planners to architects and engineers, successfully managing the cost implications of high performance design. As the National Sustainable Design Director for Hammel Green and Abrahamson (HGA), Lisa is responsible for developing processes for the delivery of sustainability across market sectors and disciplines for this 800+ person national design firm.
Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, has been practicing architecture for 38 years, building a base of knowledge and expertise that spans the creative demands of the design process to the technical and managerial requisites for construction and business. Prior to establishing Rockefeller Kempel Architects, Mr. Rockefeller was Managing Partner at Rockefeller / Hricak, an award winning design firm in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2002. Rocky has a varied repertoire ranging from sophisticated and refined residential estates to the complex and challenging engineering requirements of a critical service telecommunications facility. He has coordinated and managed teams of consultants and design professionals using his forward thinking and highly touted “cradle to grave” project management approach that provides for seeing projects from conception through construction and beyond. One of the firm’s major areas of focus has always been the design of residential estates.
Upon graduation from Lakewood High School, in 1971, Rocky began an apprenticeship for the Case Study firm, Killingsworth, Brady & Associates, first as an office boy and soon thereafter as a draftsman. He assisted on custom residential, hospitality and mixed-used projects, all while attending Long Beach City College at night. He received an Associate of Science degree in Construction Technology from LBCC in 1974. Shortly thereafter, with the strong support and assistance by his mentor, Ed Killingsworth, FAIA, Rocky was accepted to Cal Poly’s School of Architecture in San Luis Obispo, where he eventually received a Bachelor of Science in 1979.
Rocky is also a well-respected member of the architectural and academic community. For nearly 30 years he has taught at UCLA and at Cal Poly Pomona’s Interior Architecture Masters Degree Programs. A registered architect in California since 1984, and is an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture where he currently serves on the Board of Directors as the AIA|LA Representative for AIA California Council. His dedication to the community is firmly in place as he has served on several Los Angeles City Commissions and is currently a Board appointed Member of the LA StreetCar, Inc. Rocky is CEO and President of Rockefeller Kempel Architects, headquartered in the Smoky Hollow neighborhood of El Segundo, California. He resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Amy, of 29 years. They enjoy scuba diving, travel, sailing and hiking in the high sierras.