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Angela Brooks, FAIA, LEEDTM Accredited Professional, BD+C, ENV SP, Principal, Brooks + Scarpa

Angela Brooks is a recognized leader in the field of environmental and sustainable design and construction and is responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall design staff management.

Angela believes that it is not enough to create great buildings and has worked to create complete neighborhoods- she co-founded a non-profit that worked with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department to change zoning to promote density and livable communities, she served on the board of Solar Santa Monica promoting renewable energy on all development until the city integrated this work into their Office of Sustainability and last year she was Chair of the National AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), developing programs and advocating for policy changes at the Federal level-promoting design that achieves high levels of performance.

Ms. Brook’s firm BROOKS + SCARPA has received over fifty major design awards including five AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards. In 2010, Angela’s firm was awarded the National and State Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects and she received the USA Network “Character Approved” Award for her innovative work in the field of architecture.  In 2009 Ms. Brooks received the National American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award. 


Anthony Brower, AIA, LEED Fellow, Director of Sustainable Design, Senior Associate, Gensler

Anthony is a LEED Fellow focused on Gensler’s sustainable design practice, within which he champions the craft of high-performance and net zero energy building solutions. His work spans all of Gensler’s market expertise, and includes a primary focus on office buildings, education, civic and culture, mixed-use, sports, and media projects. As a co-author of Gensler’s Impact by Design publication, Anthony has the unique ability to see big picture while working through the details. Anthony is currently on the board of directors for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter and Los Angeles METRO’s Sustainability Council. He is also a content editor for Green Building & Design magazine.


Avideh Haghighi, AIA, LFA, LEED GA,  Associate, Sustainability Specialist, ZGF 

Avideh is a Registered Architect and a Living Future Accredited professional dedicated to creating a regenerative built environment through her role as a designer and A/E/C industry advocate. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from Woodbury University in 2011 and since then has been driven to transform the built environment towards a net-positive impact. She has a diverse portfolio of work spanning public and private sectors, including public schools, mixed use residential and institutional. As an architect and sustainability specialist at ZGF architects, she advises clients on global sustainability goals and real estate strategy, and works with design and consultant teams to identify unique opportunities in every project to create high performance buildings. 

Avideh’s career has been equally rooted in design and advocacy. She has been serving as a Facilitator and Steering Committee member of the Living Future Los Angeles Collaborative for the past three years. She has given numerous presentations at schools, universities and industry conferences on the topics of Living Buildings, Circular Economy and Healthy Materials. In her role as a member of the AIA|LA Committee On The Environment, she served on the planning committee for the 2°C Symposium on Climate Change to create awareness and empower the AIA community to take action.


Azya Jackson, P.E., Environmental Engineer & Project Manager, Water LA

Ms. Azya Jackson, P.E. (pronounced “Asia”) is an Environmental Engineer and Project Manager for One Water LA Team in City of Los Angeles with 14 years of experience in LA Sanitation & Environment. For the past few years she has led the One Water LA 2040 Plan which is a collaborative, integrated approach to managing the City’s watersheds, water resources, and water facilities. Azya has also worked on stormwater in City of Los Angeles for over 10 years supporting Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance, green infrastructure development for the Cities waterways. She graduated from USC with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an environmental emphasis, is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California, and Envision certified sustainability professional.


William Leddy, FAIA
William Leddy, FAIA, is a Founding Principal of San Francisco-based LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects (LMSA), the 2017 recipient of the national AIA Firm Award. For over 30 years, he has been a national leader in the design of environments that celebrate our place in the natural world. LMSA has received over 175 regional, national and international design awards and has been recognized by numerous organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the French Institute of Architects, the Norwegian Association of Architects, the U.S. Department of Energy, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Building Museum. The firm is one of only three in the nation to have received ten or more national AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project awards. Leddy has lectured widely and served as visiting professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California College of the Arts, as the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon. He was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2003 and has served on the national AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group (as chair in 2013) and currently, the AIA California Committee on the Environment.


Bill Walsh, Founder & Board President, Healthy Building Network (HBN)

Bill Walsh is the Founder and President of the Board of the Healthy Building Network (HBN).  Since 2000 HBN has been defining the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing.   HBN has played a leading role in the phase-out of harmful chemicals from building products, including arsenic in pressure treated wood, plasticizers in vinyl, and formaldehyde.  Among the firsts introduced by HBN: the Pharos Database that screens over 100,000 chemicals and materials used in building products; the Health Product Declaration, the first standard format for reporting contents of building products, and HomeFree, a program dedicated to accelerating the uptake of healthier materials in affordable housing.  He has been Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, is a Fellow of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, and a founding board member of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative.  Bill and HBN have been awarded the Design for Humanity Award by the American Society of Interior Designers (2019);  WEACT for Environmental Justice Leadership Award (2018); Healthy Schools Network Hero (2013); US Green Building Council’s Leadership In Advocacy Award (2012). Previously he served as a national campaign director at Greenpeace USA, and held staff attorney positions with the US Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center.  He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.


Brendan Bailey, AIA, NCARB

Brendan is a registered architect in the State of Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Architecture from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, he worked as a graduate research assistant for the Coastal Sustainability Studio, a center dedicated to trans-disciplinary design research in the Lower Mississippi River Delta. He conducted design research on a grant supported by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences known as Inland from The Coast. This project studied the effects of inland flooding on issues such as community health and well-being, resiliency, and storm-water management best practices. He collaborated with fellow graduate and doctoral students from the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, and Coastal Engineering on a wide range of community projects affected by the August 2016 flood events. Some of his case studies included the City of Baton Rouge, City of Denham Springs, City of Baker, Town of Sorrento, and the Town of Campti, as well as extensive research into the flooding of communities located in the Amite and Comite River Basins.

Since moving to Los Angeles this summer, Brendan has been researching EcoDistricts and exploring ways to incorporate these principles into cities located in Southern California. He hopes to apply his knowledge of the challenges associated with climate change and sea-level rise to communities along the West Coast.  He is an active COTE committee member and is excited to contribute to this year’s 2°C Symposium.


Bruce King, Co-Founder & Director, Ecological Building Network (EBNet)

Bruce King is a registered structural engineer with 30 years of private consulting experience, and 25 years of leadership in the green building movement. He has served as a Green/Clean Tech advisor to numerous startups and other organizations.

He has worked on high-rise structures in San Francisco, aircraft remodeling in Miami, Tahitian resorts, Buddhist monasteries in the Colorado Rockies, passive solar designs all over the world, and hundreds of houses of ever shape throughout North America. He has lectured and taught ecological building practices in international settings, in addition to keynoting and speaking at numerous international conferences.

He is co-founder and Director of Ecological Building Network (EBNet) a non-profit coalition of engineers, builders, and architects developing and disseminating best technologies for the built environment He is also co-founder of Green Building Press, a small publishing enterprise. He is the author of three books, Buildings of Earth and Straw (1996), Making Better Concrete (2005), and Design of Straw Bale Buildings (2006).


Chris Naso, Legislative Assistant, Berkeley Councilmember

Chris Naso is a Legislative Assistant to Berkeley Councilmember Kate Harrison. His legislative portfolio includes climate and environmental issues, including helping Councilmember Harrison pass the first natural gas ban in the United States and implement the first citywide climate emergency declaration in California. He is an active participant in the climate movement in San Francisco and across the Bay Area.


Cristian Ahumada, Executive Director, Clifford Beer Housing

Cristian was born in Chile and came to the United States in the 70s. His passion lies in the evolution of cities, community building, and the integration of land uses and economic and social groups. After receiving a BS in urban and regional planning, he prepared community plans for areas impacted by Los Angeles’ civil unrest of 1992.

Since then, Cristian has been involved in housing and commercial development, tax credit syndication and asset management in Los Angeles. He has overseen the development of more than 774 affordable apartment units, primarily apartments with support services for residents with special needs. He has secured over $289 million in loans, grants and equity from both private and public sources.

During his time at CBH, Cristian has successfully transitioned the organization from the parent company into an independent housing developer, diversified the organization’s income stream, doubled the operating budget and completed the rehabilitation of CBH’s newly-purchased offices. Cristian is currently innovating new non-LIHTC tools to develop permanent supportive housing more quickly and economically.

Cristian brings to CBH a unique approach of creating homes, not units; creating communities, not projects. Cristian loves to spend time with his son, train tae kwon do, play chess, garden, barbeque, and look for UFOs.


Debra Scacco, Artist, curator and creative strategist, Founding Director of AIR at LACI

Artist, curator and creative strategist Debra Scacco studies contemporary and historic structures of permission. With cartography and archives at the heart of her practice, her work lives at the intersection of history, culture and ecology. Scacco connects policy to people by highlighting stories of individuals impacted by entrenched political structures. Public works include: Origins: Los Angeles River 1815/1825, Los Angeles State Historic Park and The Letting Go (based on research from Ellis Island Archives), LAX Airport. 

Scacco is the Founding Director of AIR at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator: a residency connecting research-led artists working with the climate crisis with access to learning and technology, and the brightest minds working in climate science today. 

She was a member of the founding team for NELA Stories: an ongoing storytelling archive for long-term residents of Northeast Los Angeles. Her accompanying exhibition, Compass Rose, inaugurated Oxy Arts: Occidental College’s new community art space. The archive and exhibition were a collaboration with five departments at Occidental College and 31 local community members; and featured public programming including a community dinner, historic neighborhood walks, and documentary screenings discussing local cultural movements. 

She has produced free cultural events at sites including Arts District Park, CicLAvia, and Sony Pictures. Curatorial projects include La Reina de Los Angéles (Descanso Gardens, 2018), and On Going Home (Charlie James Gallery, 2017; part of Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA). 

She is the recipient of a 2019-20 Cultural Trailblazer award by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (LADCA).


Dominique Hargreaves, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles

Dominique is dedicated to a life of service to the community and serves as the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of LA. The vision of sustainable buildings for all within this generation keeps her inspired to move sustainability forward in a holistic way. Dominique studies sustainability rating systems and holds credentials in LEED, WELL, Envision, and EcoDistricts. She is particularly interested in the intersections between high-performance, Net Zero buildings and health and wellness initiatives. Before joining the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Dominique served as the executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council in Los Angeles for over five years.


Dylan Jones, AIA, Senior Associate, Leader Mobility Lab, Gensler

Dylan is a globally licensed architect and urban planner with nearly 20 years of experience in planning and design for both the private and public sector clients.

Dylan works at the intersection of private development and public infrastructure, believing mobility is a core building block of the 21st-century, sustainable city.

Dylan leads Gensler’s Mobility Lab and leads multi-disciplinary design teams across a broad range of projects that seek to help our clients navigate mobility in a context of rapid disruption. Projects have traditionally centered around value capture at transit nodes, transit facility design, and first last mile planning, and are now including multi-modal analysis, and visioning for future new mobility experiences. Dylan has been leveraging Gensler’s global design research platform to help LA Metro focus on the user experience in this changing context and through on-going project work. Dylan has been working with Metro for the past decade.  

Dylan led the preparation of Los Angeles Metro’s First Last Mile Strategic Plan which focuses in the design of streets for people. The First Last Mile plan has been adopted by Metro, and outlines a number of best practice options for improving mobility within transit districts. The First Last Mile plan has been widely applauded as a blueprint for leveraging public transit infrastructure and has won a number of awards including the 2015 APA National Planning Excellence award, the 2014 SCAG President’s Award and a 2014 APA Los Angeles Award.


Greg Kochanowski, AIA, ASLA, Studio Director, RCH Studios & Educator, State of California

Greg is a licensed architect, landscape architect (anticipated 2020), and educator in the State of California. He has been practicing and teaching for over 23 years, and is currently a Studio Director with Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles, bringing strong design and critical thinking sensibilities on a wide range of project types of varying scales, complexities and disciplinary orientations. Specifically, his work and research seeks to holistically combine the techniques and strategies of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism to create sustainable, equitable, forward thinking environments that build upon and enhance the specific qualities of a place. In addition, he co-leads RCHS’ Research Committee which explores new initiatives and thinking on transdisciplinary design. His current research focuses on resilient environments within the Wildland Urban Interface to create synergies between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development.

Greg’s work has been recognized and published nationally and internationally within all three disciplines – architecture, landscape, and urban design, and exhibited in both the Venice and Rotterdam Biennales, as well as other venues, and he has received recognition from prominent organizations including the Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. He has led education sessions at both the ASLA and AIA National Conventions on his research regarding the fire, flood, debris flow weather cycles experienced in Southern California on a recurring basis. This research seeks to engage the unique challenges of climate change within the Southwest United States, as well as Central and South America.

Since 2002, Greg has been a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, where he teaches design studios focusing on the relationship between landscape and architecture, as well as seminars on structures and material systems. He has previously been on the faculties of the Boston Architectural Center, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Woodbury University and UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.  He holds a Masters in Architecture from UCLA.


Hasti Khodabakhsh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ND

Hasti Khodabakhsh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ND, Fitwel Ambassador, has been engaged in the built environment for a decade as an architect, urban designer and an environmental steward. Her experience in the US, prior to joining Gensler, includes working at HOK and SOM on a variety of local and international projects of different types and sizes. She also helped establish and run DIG, an architectural visualization studio, and developed her skills and interest in Project Management and Business Development. She currently serves as a Registered Architect at Gensler LA.

Hasti seeks to improve the quality of life through sustainable built environments and is interested in the impact of architecture and design on health. She was an active member of AIA DC | Design + Wellbeing Committee for two years and organized, led and attended many educational programs and events on this subject. She continues to promote design strategies that improve occupants’ health and well-being and are environmentally-friendly as a member of AIA LA COTE. She is one of the Design Resilience Synergy Group Leaders of Gensler LA office and contributes to Gensler’s  educational materials and presentations that help designers and architects design environmentally friendly and resilient buildings.

Hasti received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tehran and her Master of Architecture (Urban Design Track) from the Pennsylvania State University.


Jill Edelman AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, ZGF

Jill Edelman is an architect and sustainable design advocate with over 20 years of experience. In her seven years at ZGF Architects, Jill has played a key role in the Los Angeles office’s Project Performance Team, an in-house sustainability working group responsible for developing and carrying out both local and firm-wide sustainability initiatives. 

Since ZGF signed onto the 2030 Challenge, Jill has been the Los Angeles lead, strategizing with the other office leads to facilitate on-going implementation with staff education, project onboarding, and simplified tracking and data collection.  Jill is passionate about demystifying the 2030 Challenge, and she firmly believes that the Challenge provides a solid starting point for architects to understand, take responsibility for and ultimately doing something about climate change by decarbonizing buildings.

Jill is driven by the conviction that architects are uniquely situated to balance ever-advancing technical needs, client program requirements, and placemaking that is beautiful, inspiring, and healthy for both the environment and for occupants.


Joshua Fisher, Research Scientist, JPL NASA

Dr. Joshua B. Fisher is a Climate Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Science Lead of the ECOSTRESS Mission. He focuses on terrestrial ecosystems, water, carbon, and nutrient cycling using a combination of supercomputer models, satellite and airborne remote sensing, and field campaigns throughout the Amazon to the Arctic. He has been named one of the world’s most influential researchers, in the top 0.1% of scientists for multiple papers that rank in the top 1% by citations. Dr. Fisher received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and his postdoctoral work from the University of Oxford, where he also taught for a few years before coming to JPL in 2010.


Kate Harrison, Councilmember, City of Berkeley

Kate Harrison was elected to the Berkeley City Council in March 2017 after a decades-long career in the public sector. In office she has been a champion for the climate, most recently authoring legislation phasing out natural gas in new buildings. She is also involved with local politics outside of the Council as a founding member of the Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club.


Kevin Davis, Regional Manager, Western US

Kevin Davis is responsible for the developing the Concrete Ready Mix and construction channels for CarbonCure Technologies in the western US.


Davis has 15 year’s experience in the concrete construction and concrete admixture segment and has managed sales and technical teams on major projects throughout North America and Asia Pacific.


Kevin is based in Vancouver, BC where he and his wife Cynthia enjoy golfing and wine throughout the pacific North West.


Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Concrete


CarbonCure Technologies is on a global mission to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by 500 MT annually.


CarbonCure has developed a technology that can retrofit to existing ready mix concrete facilities to supply concrete for a wide range of residential / commercial and industrial project.


Through the use of commercially available CO2 that is captured from large industrial emitters the concrete provider is able to reduce the carbon footprint of their ready mix concrete by approximately 25 lbs / yd3. For a large project there is the potential to avoid up to 3,000 tons of CO2 emissions.


This technology is available in >175 plants across North America and has locations throughout California.

Lenise Marrero, Civil Engineer (P.E.), State of California

Lenise Marrero is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. She is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer with City of L.A. Sanitation, with over 15 years of experience ranging from sewer infrastructure and facilities planning to policy development. She helped implement the City’s Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) through inter-agency collaboration, stakeholder and public engagement. More recently, Ms. Marrero led the development of the City’s One Water LA Plan which is a collaborative, integrated approach to managing the City’s watersheds, water resources, and water facilities. Her work has been focused on Community Engagement and Interagency Project and Policy Coordination in planning for Wastewater, Recycled Water, and Stormwater systems emphasizing multi-benefit, sustainable solutions and climate resiliency.


Matthew Porreca, Principal, BNIM

Matthew is a Principal at BNIM and leads the firm’s presence in San Diego. In his experience, Matthew’s leadership with integrated design teams allows him to produce award-winning designs and high-performance buildings. 

Matthew has acquired a comprehensive range of relevant skills, knowledge and expertise integrating sustainability throughout all aspects of design. His involvement in large, complex projects has allowed him to hone his ability to creatively solve challenging project issues related to functional design, technical integration, use of innovative materials, long-range scheduling and overall project management. Additionally, his experience with smaller projects has shaped the way he responds effectively to budgetary and scheduling conditions.


Michael Bulander, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal & Design Leader, HED

Michael is a licensed architect with 25 years of professional experience with a focus on performance driven design. He is a Principal and Design Leader with HED architects and engineers. His work develops design solutions that originate from strong sustainable design practices and lead to building forms shaped by innovative performance strategies.  After successfully designing Zero Net Energy buildings he directed his attention to the idea of mining material resources in the urban environment.


Mikhail Davis, Director of Technical Sustainability, Interface

Mikhail Davis is Director of Technical Sustainability at Interface, a world-leading modular flooring company with a fully integrated collection of hard and soft flooring.  Interface’s mission, Climate Take Back™, invites industry to commit to making a profit in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.  Mikhail is responsible for advancing Interface’s mission in the Americas by building internal leadership capacity, facilitating strategic alignment of efforts, and creating external partnerships that shift the marketplace toward sustainability.


An expert in sustainable materials, he leads Interface’s product transparency efforts in the Americas and was lead author and editor of the Radical Industrialists column at GreenBiz.com. He also chaired the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group for the US Green Building Council (2016-2019).  


Previously, he served as manager to environmental icon David Brower and spent five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Staples, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist (Arizona State University).


Nick Saponara, Deputy Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities

Nick Saponara is the Deputy Executive Officer of Transit Oriented Communities at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) where he oversees a wide range of planning and development strategies and programs to foster transit oriented communities around Metro’s growing transit system, including real estate development, first/last mile and systemwide design projects aimed at enhancing access to and use of transit. Prior to joining Metro in 2013, Mr. Saponara was a project manager at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles where he led various geographically targeted community revitalization efforts.  Mr. Saponara holds Master of Urban Planning and Master of Real Estate Development degrees from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council.


Raquel Ranieri, Principal, Walter P Moore

Raquel Ranieri is a principal in the Los Angeles office of Walter P Moore. She has been practicing structural engineering for 14 years and currently focuses on managing projects and mentoring younger staff. She has been active in various local and national sustainability committees for structural engineering associations over the last decade in order to emphasize and understand how the structure contributes to material and energy efficiencies, and to encourage projects and practitioners to look more holistically at the system.


Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Principal, Perkins+Will

Robin Guenther  is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Robin works at the intersection of health care architecture, health and sustainable policy and participates in a wide range of leading edge advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice. She coauthored the Green Guide for Health Care and served on the LEED for Healthcare committee.

She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and the author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture.  Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business.” She led one of the winning teams in the Kaiser Small Hospital Big Idea Competition. She was a TEDMED 2014 speaker.  She served as the Project Director for the expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Simone Barth-Auster, Dipl. -Ing. Architekt, Associate AIA, LEED™ AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Born in Ueberlingen, Germany, following a family tradition, Simone completed a carpenter apprenticeship before she studied and gained her master of architecture and diploma of engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart.

Simone joined Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners in 2003, where she gained valuable experience with diverse project types. As project manager and integral member of the design team Simone contributed to the planning and execution of a wide range of award-winning civic, academic and educational buildings. Simone has been lead Moore Ruble Yudell’s sustainability and research portfolio group for over ten years and is responsible for education, implementation and administration of the firm’s sustainable principles and values.

With over sixteen years of professional experience and a strong interest in craft, stewardship and innovation Simone’s talent lies in the synthesis of management, uncompromising attention to detail, and strong design sensibility.

A dedicated collaborator, she has the enthusiasm and energy to develop and execute contemporary planning and design solutions appropriate to culture, site and climate.

Simone pairs her architectural expertise with in-depth knowledge of large – scale urban and campus planning projects. Her sensitivity to place, culture and client needs combined with the ability to coordinate and facilitate multi-facetted client, consultant team and user groups was applied on a variety of institutional, residential, and mixed use urban projects.

In 2019 Simone joined Omgivning where she focuses on adaptive – reuse of existing and historic buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. Omgivning’s work amplifies local histories, supports current uses and enables future traditions and objectives.

Nurturing a strong commitment to outreach, mentorship and teaching Simone taught a design studio at UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand and Jinan University, China in 2013 and participated as assistant at the 2010 Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Sydney. Since 2004, Simone has taught in the Architecture & Interior Design Program at University of California, Los Angeles Extension.

Simone lectured at UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand, UTS in Sydney, Australia and the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany and has been invited as a guest critic at Woodbury University, the University of Southern California and the 2013 Glenn Murcutt Master Class.

As current Past – Chair of the AIA COTE (Committee of the Environment) and WIA committee member Simone maintains strong connections with the design community at large. She is an active member of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter as well as the USGBC – LA Chapter.


Vikas Shrestha, PhD, AIA, LEED AP, LFA, Associate Principal, Steinberg Hart

Vikas Shrestha received PhD in Architecture with a focus on Sustainable Design from UCLA in 2001. Originally from Nepal, he combines practical design experience with technical expertise in sustainable design. For the last 18 years, he has been leading the sustainability initiatives within Steinberg Hart. As the Director of Sustainability, he leads CoLab, the firm’s Sustainability Team that provides sustainable design analyses including energy modeling, and daylight analyses to inform design. In addition to providing guidance to design teams, he has completed a number of award-winning green building projects. He also leads the firm’s educational and training programs on sustainable design.