Virginia San Fratello draws, builds, 3D prints, teaches, and writes about architecture as a cultural endeavor deeply influenced by craft traditions and contemporary technologies. She is a founding partner in the Oakland based Make-Tank, Emerging Objects and she speculates about the social agency of architecture, particularly along the borderlands between the USA and Mexico, in her studio RAEL SAN FRATELLO. You can see her drawings, models, and objects in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Rosa T. Sheng – FAIA, Principal, Higher Education Studio Leader and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Smithgroup
Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA is Principal, Higher Education Studio Leader and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at SmithGroup. An accomplished architect, Rosa has led internationally acclaimed projects from the aesthetically minimal iconic Apple flagship stores, Pixar Animation Studios – Steve Jobs Building and several innovative projects at institutions of higher learning. Her most notable work champions design for just, equitable, and inclusive environments across disciplines. In 2019, Rosa was celebrated as a Metropolis Game Changer for her leadership as founder of Equity by Design (EQxD). The group’s advocacy is dedicated to minimizing barriers and providing just access to the resources that design professionals need to thrive – regardless of gender, socioeconomic, racial, or ethnic identity. Rosa and the advocacy work of EQxD has received critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ARCHITECT Magazine. She has presented at TEDxPhiladelphia, SxSW and the Cannes Lions Festival on Creativity.
Alda Ly is founder and principal of ALA. Born in New Zealand and raised in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles, she would watch her cabinetmaker father draw kitchen elevations and accompany him to open houses to see how other people shaped their spaces. From the moment she studied freehand drawing as a UC Berkeley undergrad, Ly knew she wanted to become an architect, and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. While still a student at Harvard, in 2008 she helped launch MASS Design Group, the award-winning nonprofit design practice dedicated to humanitarian and socially sustainable work. Since 2002, Ly has lived in New York City and has worked at Rafael Viñoly Architects, 212box, HWKN, and Leong Leong. In these tenures, she nurtured a curiosity in evolving work and cultural spaces, and discovered a talent for leading project teams with empathy. She also co-founded Designers Assembly, which supports young architects who aspire to ethical, creatively fulfilling entrepreneurship. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Rob, a tech product manager, and their son Simon.
Kristin Akin-Zimmerman – AIA, LEED GA, Designer, SOM Los Angeles
Kristin Akin-Zimmerman is a licensed architect and designer in SOM’s Los Angeles studio with design and technical experience in all project phases from zoning exercises through construction administration. Her project experience includes large-scale mixed-use projects, renovations and landmarked buildings. Kristin’s focus has been the design of urban conditions, streetscapes, playful environments and how people use the “ground” level—public spaces, landscape, programming and exterior details. With her interests in fabrication, Kristin has lead courses on subtractive fabrication processes and digital fabrication techniques at New York City College of Technology and acted as a studio instructor and mentor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Yunnan Allen – RA, LEEDAP, Senior Project Architect, HDR Architecture
Yunnan is a project architect with over 10 years of experience delivering diverse projects ranging from healthcare, science and technology, institutional, corporate, sports, and educational. Yunnan is relied upon by her clients and colleagues for her technical expertise, ability to leverage digital technology, and her experience with alternative delivery methods. Yunnan has been technical architecture lead on several complex design-built and IPD projects. She has lectured at USC on BIM technology, and has been an panel speaker at DBIA events.
Amy Anderson – Executive Director, PATH Venture
Most recently, Amy directed the work of PATH Ventures, the real estate development affiliate of PATH, a leading homeless services organization in California. With over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of urban planning and real estate, Amy is a well-respected leader in the development of high-quality, affordable apartment communities. Over the course of her career, Amy has participated in the development of over 2,300 affordable homes worth in excess of $500 million. Amy has played an active role in advocating for the production of more affordable homes for California’s most vulnerable. In 2017, Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed Amy to serve on the newly created Homelessness Coordinating and Financing Council, whose role was expanded in 2018 to oversee award of the Homelessness Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) funds. She recently served as Treasurer for the Board of Housing California, where she served since 2010. She previously served as President of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), where she was a Board member from 2004 – 2009.
Simone Barth-Auster – Dipl.Ing.Arch., Assoc. AIA LEED AP BD+C OMGIVNING
Simone was born near the shores of Germany’s Lake Constance and grew up in Billafingen, a 600-person village with no traffic lights, two fountains and one curve. As family tradition mandates, she apprenticed to a carpenter before graduating high school. Simone is thus bound by fate to an extraordinary focus on craft that affects her sense of detailing, project management and muesli. She obtained her degrees in architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart. Highly regarded for her work in carbon-neutral and climate- sensitive design, Simone has lectured at architecture schools all over the world, most fulfillingly at her alma mater. A resident of LA since 2003, she’s highly engaged in our design scene and is a past chair of the AIA Los Angeles’ Committee on the Environment. Ask her about vintage Porsches or Aston Martins and hang on tight.
1997 MA graduate from the University of Florence. Worked one year as an intern in a small architectural office of which she became partner in 1998 after obtaining her European architectural license. From 2000 to 2002 attended the Building Technology SMarchS program at MIT from which she graduated in summer 2002. From September 2002 until today, she has been working mainly at Gehry Partners, Gehry Technology as DP/Catia/ Parametric design expert as well as Façade coordinator. Her main projects at Gehry Partners include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Facebook MPK21, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Shantal Der Boghosian is a 2009 UCLA alumna, with a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a 2006 UCSB alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. When she couldn't find a job during the 2009 economic crisis, she taught herself a new trade and opened her own cake business, Shakar Bakery, in Los Angeles, California. Although she eventually worked full time as an engineer, Shantal wanted to fully experience being an entrepreneur and ran the cake business full time from 2013-2017. Shantal has appeared on Food Network several times, most recently in Holiday Wars, and is the winner of Food Network's Cake Wars Season 2! Having a background in engineering and chemistry, she incorporated all the technical knowledge into her cake designs and used her corporate project management skills to create a profitable business. In 2017, Shantal switched career focus and hired into Northrop Grumman as principal environmental engineer within the corporate environmental remediation organization. She now ties the business management skills she learned running Shakar Bakery into the corporate world. Shantal spends her free time giving motivational talks to elementary schools, high schools, and universities with topics such as “Women in Stem,” and “How I Survived in Los Angeles with a Cake Income” to encourage students to pursue STEM studies as well as entrepreneurial ambitions. Join Shantal in this session to hear about her non-linear career ascent and how to survive when you’re not being conventional.
Emmanuelle Bourlier – Founding partner, CEO, Panelite
Emmanuelle Bourlier co-founded Panelite in 1998 and is the company’s CEO. Emmanuelle is a creative, driven and collaborative leader who seeks opportunities for growth and positive impact. She has worked in Europe and the United States, demonstrating a forthright approach to leadership and an ability to balance visionary thinking with business fundamentals. Emmanuelle’s focus at Panelite is on material innovation, specifically on the energy saving, net-zero potential of honeycomb technology through daylighting, solar shading and greenhouse gas reduction. Having pioneered the first translucent composite in 1998, Panelite is a leader in the architectural application of honeycomb technology. The company’s ClearShade glazing is recognized by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs as an energy-saving glazing solution and is integrated into LBNL’s building performance software. Panelite works with leading firms including OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, Gensler, HOK, and Diller Scofidio Renfro, for clients such as JetBlue, Google, Garmin, and Audi. Applications include corporate offices, hospitals, schools, transit hubs and universities. Prior to founding Panelite, Emmanuelle was a designer at Groves & Co in New York and Christian Biecher Architectes in Paris. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, an M. Arch from Columbia University and a Certificate in General Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business (Executive Program).
Claire Bowin – Senior City Planner, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Since joining the Los Angeles Department of City Planning thirteen years ago, Claire has spearheaded the development of many of the Department’s most innovative documents including: the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles and Mobility Plan 2035. In her recent role leading the Department’s Citywide Policy Section Claire managed the development of numerous housing initiatives includes the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee and the Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance. Claire currently oversees the Department’s Urban Design Studio where her team is updating the Citywide Design Guidelines and has recently established a new “living street” typology for the Arts District. To add to her planning and urban design expertise Claire is currently expanding her education to include landscape architecture.
Francesca Carney – Designer, IBI Group
Francesca Carney is a designer at IBI Group in Los Angeles. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and Yale University, Francesca was engaged in community focused organizations throughout her academic career. This work continues today as an active member of SoCal NOMA assisting with summer camp preparation including sponsorship, volunteer and graphic coordination support. She has always been interested in the representation process of architecture and how this in turn is reflected experientially and physically.
Claudia is a Cities & Communities Leader and a Studio Director in the Los Angeles office, providing thought leadership and design management for a diverse portfolio of planning and urban design projects. As a licensed architect with many years of experience in landscape architecture, Claudia has an exceptional perspective on the interface of the natural and built environment. Her wide range of experience — from urban revitalization and academic campuses to entertainment destinations and healthcare centers — gives her unique insight into addressing complex issues. Claudia’s passion is using urban design strategies for social good. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including from the AIA and the American Planning Association for the Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community and the Santa Ana South Main Street Vision. Claudia earned a Master’s in Architecture from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Architectural Association.
Heidi Creighton is an associate principal at BuroHappold Engineering and is a registered architect, a LEED Fellow, a WELL Faculty, and a Fitwel Ambassador. Her work focuses on sustainability and wellness strategies and certifications for academic, healthcare, commercial, and residential projects. She provides sustainability consulting services at the building and masterplan scales, as well as 3rd party certification management (LEED, Living Building Challenge, and WELL), post occupancy evaluation, and health and wellbeing-focused design. Heidi is a passionate advocate for a restorative built environment, delivering socially, economically and environmentally sustainable developments.
Kishani De Silva is a FUSE Executive Fellow working with the executive office in the Los Angeles County Development Authority. Kishani has worked in the architecture and design industries for over twenty years in the project management arena, both in the U.S. and the U.K. Prior to her appointment with the LACDA she worked as a management consultant, which followed her time at Foster + Partners in London. Her Fellowship work for the LACDA focuses on finding solutions to both the challenges of homelessness and the shortfall in affordable housing; a defining issue of our time. A former president and Board member, she leads a “50:50 x 2020” gender equity initiative for the Association for Women in Architecture + Design and also sits on a Board related to social and economic justice. She has a MSc in Major Program Management from the University of Oxford, England, and a BArch from Woodbury University.
As a Certified Integral Master Coach, I am passionate about using my decades-long experience to support architects, designers, women entrepreneurs and creative professionals close the gap between their talents and achievement. The coaching work I do is backed by a professional degree in Architecture, a Doctorate in Creativity from the University of Massachusetts and twenty-eight years as faculty in the School of Architecture UCV (Caracas). The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning Editions of the UCV and the Polar Foundation published a book (2009) of my award-winning research on the life and work of contemporary Venezuelan architect Hélène de Garay.
Kate Diamond – FAIA, LEED AP, Design Director, HDR
Kate Diamond is HDR’s civic design director and a design principal based out of our Los Angeles studio. She brings a breadth of experience translating the aspirations of a diversity of public and private clients into beautiful, high performance projects serving justice, federal, state and local government, industry, education and urban design. Kate believes passionately in the power of design to help clients address the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental responsibility while meeting all of the requirements of their unique missions. Recent key projects include two net-zero projects for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a net zero embodied & operational carbon headquarters for the Orange County Sanitation District, a complex renovation/expansion courts project in Comal, Texas, a new high rise courthouse in Hidalgo, Texas, an innovative integrated Juvenile Justice Facility in Omaha, Nebraska. Recognized as a true advocate for design in the Los Angeles architecture community and beyond, Kate is respected by her for her commitment to elevating the profession through her work and engagement. She was the first woman president of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter and currently serves on the AIA-LA COTE Committee, the Board of USGBC, and has served on the National Peer Review Council for the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program since 1996. She was the lead designer for three major GSA Design Excellence completed projects, as well as the lead designer for a major GSA Design Build | Design Excellence competition. Committed to sharing with future generations, Kate has taught design studios at the USC School of Architecture and gives guest lectures at various schools of architecture across the country.
Phyllis Dubinsky – Principal Regional Development Director, TEECOM | the tech in architecture, Affiliate AIA|LA
Phyllis Dubinsky is Principal, Regional Development Director for TEECOM, a technology firm that engineers the User Experience for buildings. During her 25-year career, she has served as Principal for smaller regional architectural practices, as well as for multi-national architectural firms and has led practices in both Institutional Planning and Higher Education. Phyllis owes her success with service firms and end-users to her strengths in market research, strategic thinking and personal integrity. Her greatest successes have been in strategic market entry, often matching seemingly disparate components that create positive results. She is the recipient of the Leonardo Award, from SMPS, recognizing her as a Renaissance marketer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theoretical Linguistics from SUNY Buffalo (UB) with additional graduate studies in Linguistics. Over the years, Phyllis has taught SCI-Arc where she was part of the Applied Studies Faculty and has also held adjunct faculty roles at UCLA, Woodbury University and School of Visual Arts. She lectures frequently about all things related to business and market strategies. Phyllis has served on the Boards of Directors of the Architectural Guild of USC, the Southern Ca. Bio Medical Council, and the Board of the Westside Urban Forum in Los Angeles and on the Lean Community of Practice, while in NYC. A proponent of lifelong learning, Phyllis continues to expand her education. In 2010 she became a full time student for a semester while competing on the Santa Monica College Tennis team which won its division title for the first time in 30 years. She is an avid swimmer and sometime musician.
Kelly Farrell – AIA, LEED AP BD+C President & CEO CallisonRTKL
As President and CEO, Kelly sets the strategic direction for CallisonRTKL and has ultimate responsibility for the strength and health of the firm. She joined the firm in 2004 and has served as the Workplace Global Practice Group Leader and, more recently, Executive Vice President for the Western Region. She has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee since 2016, where she has helped CRTKL navigate through a series of management changes and transitions.Kelly continues to play an integral role in downtown L.A.’s redevelopment, working extensively on award-winning projects including 717 Olympic residential tower, 888 at Grand Hope Park and L.A. LIVE, as well as a number of future downtown Los Angeles projects. Looking beyond downtown, Kelly has worked on several projects in Pasadena and is currently working on the Four Seasons Los Angeles Private Residences.
Michelle “Ferial” Asadies – AIA, ARB (UK), LEED AP Senior Project Manager HDR
With 18 years of experience in design, programming and project management for healthcare facilities from the U.S. to the U.K., Ferial has focused her design philosophy on creating healing spaces that engage and inspire patients, their loved ones and caregivers alike. Both her work and reputation illustrate passion, motivation and a commitment to the clients with whom she partners, rooted in deep project involvement from inception to completion. As an integral team member of HDR’s Los Angeles healthcare practice leadership, Ferial nurtures new client relationships and spearheads project delivery efforts. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the AIA Pasadena and Foothill Healthcare Group.
Barbara Flammang – AIA, Partner, KFA Architecture, LLP
As a founding partner of KFA, Barbara has overseen the design and construction of housing and community projects for nearly 40 years, from the adaptive reuse of historic buildings in downtown Los Angeles to the recently completed Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood. Her inclusive management practices have tenaciously advanced gender equity and diversity. She has championed her firm’s achievement of 50% or greater female architectural staff, consistently, for the past 25 years. The example set by her steadfast mentoring of young professionals has become an essential part of firm culture, resulting in high rates of licensure. She encourages entrepreneurship and proudly acknowledges the successes of alumni of the firm. Her volunteer work includes past service on the boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Santa Monica Westside YWCA.
Anne Fletcher leads HOK Los Angeles as Managing Principal, where she is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the multidisciplinary practice. As an architect with over two decades of experience, she has led teams through significant projects including dozens of mixed-use, hospitality, residential and transportation projects. Anne is active in AIA Los Angeles, the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the Executive Board of the LAEDC and the LABC. She is also a member of HOK’s Global Board of Directors and Management Board. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2017, she ran the HOK New York mixed-use practice and led The New LaGuardia Airport Masterplan, guiding the complex design and implementation of over $9.5 billion of simultaneous redevelopment, while directly reporting to the Governor.
Melanie Freeland – Architect | AIA | LEED AP, Studio Director, Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Melanie’s commitment to delivering innovative design in demanding settings is evident throughout her portfolio. As a Studio Director at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, she is a valuable asset to a diverse set of projects from large scale workplace projects like Sunset Las Palmas to wellness-driven oncology experiences like the University of Southern California Ellison Institute. Her background includes work on residential projects and work with prominent artists on site-specific installations including the late Sol LeWitt, James Turrell, Jeff Koons, Robert Irwin, and Charles Ray. Melanie volunteers her time to numerous organizations including United Way and the Downtown Women’s Center. She is Director-at-Large for the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and is Past-Chair of the AIA/LA Women in Architecture Committee.
Petrina Gooch – Assoc. AIA, SPHR, SHRM SCP – Principal & Corporate Human Resources Leader, HED
Petrina Gooch has more than 20 years experience in the areas of strategic talent acquisition, competitive benefit analysis and implementation, regulatory compliance, HRIS, performance review, compensation, immigration, safety, employee/labor relations, rewards and recognition, as well as payroll processing compliance oversight in both union and non-represented environments. Since 2008, Ms. Gooch has held the Corporate HR Leader role at Harley Ellis Devereaux. She previously held HR Director roles with One Source Building Management and Nature’s Best. She’s earned a reputation as a positive difference maker that raises the bar for people and leadership processes and practices that impact internal and external interaction amongst colleagues and clients.
Kerenza Harris oversees advanced computational design and simulation for all projects at Morphosis. Her team focuses on research, development and integration of advanced technologies into the design and construction process, using software like 3DEXPERIENCE to model and rationalize forms, skins, and structures. She also guides the firm’s use of XR technology to create immersive environments for testing and communicating concepts through all phases. Kerenza is also faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where her teaching focuses on digital design tools and construction. She is a frequent lecturer on computational design and the intersection of architecture and XR.
Ashley Hastings is a BIM Manager in the Los Angeles office of Arup. With degrees in both International Business and Architecture, Ashley now combines her previous experience in project management with building design to coordinate multi-disciplinary projects across various markets. Ashley maintains a firm belief in transparency on projects and fosters open communication among all team members. She builds relationships that nurture collaboration and communication in order to achieve successful project outcomes. A recent graduate of SCI-Arc (2018), Ashley seeks to blend creative design with thoughtful planning and organization through BIM collaboration (with occasional project virtualization and digital fabrication).
Kathleen Hetrick – WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C Ecodistricts, AP B SC, Mechanical Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
Kathleen Hetrick is a sustainability engineer at BuroHappold Engineering and a LEED AP BD_C and EcoDistricts AP. As part of BuroHappold’s Sustainability and physics team, Kathleen combines her passion for human-focused sustainable design with a technical background in mechanical engineering. She has experience in a wide range of cutting-edge projects across all scales of work including multiple LEED platinum projects, Living Building Challenge projects, historical adaptive reuse, LEED Neighborhood Developments, and city and campus sustainability plams. Her most recent project work includes coordinating the Living Building Challenge process for the Santa Monica City Services Building, as well as leading the LEED v4 and WELL v1 certification of one of the largest mixed-use redevelopments in downtown Detroit.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Pearl Ting Ting Ho studied architecture at the University of Virginia and received her Masters from Yale University as a James Gamble Rogers Scholar and Tang Fellow. Her portfolio ranges from designing children's toys for the Imagination Tree, to working on the new Google headquarters in Los Angeles. She is currently a designer at Office Untitled where she works with an incredible team that pushes boundaries of what an architecture office could offer. Beyond that, she is the founder of Colossal Futures, a project that seeks to redefine the focus of books aimed at young girls, whilst being a platform for women in architecture to draw new worlds to believe in.
Helena Jubany – FAIA, LEED AP, CASp, FAIA, Principal, NAC
Helena Jubany is the Managing Principal of the Los Angeles office of NAC|Architecture. Throughout her career she has advanced her practice by developing a collaborative and inclusive process that promoted diversity and advocated for outstanding design with a focus on educational facilities. Helena was elevated to the College of the Fellows of The American Institute of Architects in 2013 for her contribution in advancing architectural practice by creating opportunities to empower minority and women architects, exemplifying the leadership position of the architect in the public realm, and elevating the architect’s role in the community. Helena currently serves as the Immediate Past President for Southern California Chapter of the international Association for Learning Environments, Chair of the Board of A Community of Friends (ACOF), a non-profit organization focused in providing permanent supportive housing for homeless people with mental illness. In the past, she served as President of the Commission for the Los Angeles Building & Safety Department, Chair of the Design Control Board for Marina Del Rey, President of the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association, Counsel Member of the Mayor of Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and as a Board Member for the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter. In addition to her practice, Helena teaches as an adjunct professor at Woodbury University to 5 th year architectural students.
Marisa Kurtzman – Architect, LEEP AP, Partner, Frederick Fisher and Partners
Marisa brings energy and focus to spearheading Frederick Fisher and Partners’ visioning, programming, planning, and concept design work. Recent projects include the Natural History Museum of LA County’s West-South Expansion, USC’s Iovine and Young Hall, and Crossroads School’s Science Education Building. A linguist and a “people person,” Marisa loves finding out what makes institutions and organizations tick, and then translating those values and goals into design strategies that are expressive of their distinct identities. As one of FF&P’s next generation of partners, Marisa firmly believes in equity in the design workplace. She actively participates in shaping her firm’s progressive hiring practices, outreach initiatives, and workplace policy implementation. Outside of work, she co-chairs the Advocacy Committee for the Association for Women in Architecture + Design. Marisa received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, and her Master of Architecture from Yale. She also enjoys seeking out quirky cultural activities around town, reading, listening to public radio, and travel.
Carol Lanham, AIA, Assoc DBIA is Justice Market Sector Lead and Program Manager at Kitchell CEM with a specialization in the design and construction of justice projects including courthouses, law enforcement buildings and correctional facilities. She is an active member of AIA, serving as AIA Pasadena & Foothills Chapter President in 2018, current member of the AIA|LA Practice Committee and Co-Chair of the national 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Conference scheduled for October 22-26 in San Diego, as well as, AWA+D, where she is organizing and co-chairing a new mid-career mentoring group which will kick off in January.
Since Andy joined Rios Clementi Hale Studios in 2011, his design perspective, style, and aesthetic have played important roles on numerous projects. Andy’s depth of experience in sensory deprivation and replacement informs his ability to design places and spaces that engage the complete sensory experience — sound, smell, and touch, in addition to their sight. As a result, his projects possess a textural component, from the grain of the custom sculptural wood reception desk at 600 Congress in Austin to the ephemeral softness of the felt that arrays the ceiling at the Hollywood Bowl Artist Lounge. While in graduate school, he helped design the Beverly School for the Deaf in Massachusetts, which required him to rethink learning environments that were visually and tactilely optimal for deaf learners. Upon graduation, Andy spent eight months working for a military contractor, analyzing and creating sensory-deprived environments for Black Hawk helicopter pilots. From 2011-14, Andy was an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Architecture, where he ran the Teen Architecture Studio program. Prior to that, he was an adjunct professor at Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture (2010-11). From 2008-10, he established and administered the Project Link program, an intensive immersion for high school students, at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Karen Mozes is the Director of Professional Development for the Gensler SW region. In her role she provides leadership trainings, guidance, and executive coaching to the Gensler community, while providing the leadership with strategic advice aimed at improving engagement, retention, and overall impact within the region. Prior to joining Gensler, Karen owned her own consulting firm, Cinco Consulting Solutions, providing trainings, leading offsite retreats, conducting conflict resolution, coaching and strategic consulting to architectural and engineering firms, as well as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies around the US. Karen is also the co-founder of The Business of Yoga, in partnership with Yoga Journal and is a professional licensed coach and EQi certified. Karen holds a Masters in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of California, Berkeley. Karen spent over 15 years working in the AE field prior to transitioning to training and professional development, in the capacity of architect, façade engineer and sustainability consultant. For more information, visit her website www.karenmozes.com.
A licensed Architect with experience at prestigious firms including Gehry Partners and Coop Himmelblau, with published articles and award recipient designs. Capable in all phases of project delivery: strong presentation and design skills, experienced in design development & construction documentation as well as construction administration. Highly motivational leader and enthusiastic attitude towards the work with strong decision making skills. Experience with interior and small scale projects as well as cultural and commercial large scale projects. Collaboratively managing teams, staff and stakeholders through the scope of the project from inception to completion. Architectural strengths include advanced facade and curtain wall design, construction technology, excellent computer design skills, deep knowledge of green building technologies, design innovation, modern architecture and project/client management.
Carissa Oyedele, AIA is committed to creating the highest level of design to better the built environment and provide spaces that improve the quality of life for others. Her expertise ranges from masterplans to competitions, mixed-use, campus, and civic work, and extends into local, national, and international communities. In addition, Carissa is an extraordinary leader and mentor in the community. With involvement ranging from AIA Board membership to active licensure development, motivating emerging professionals to obtain licensure and mentoring young students to pursue careers in architecture, Carissa’s commitment to giving back to the community is evident through her action.
Patti Harbug – Petrich – SE, LEED AP BD+C – Principal, BuroHappold Engineering
Patti Harburg-Petrich has a passion for community-centric work, adaptive reuse and seismic retrofit, sustainable design, and aviation and transportation projects. Patti is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California, LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program. She serves on the Executive Board of the ACE Mentor Program, the Executive Board of the Southern California Development Forum, and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute BPAD Executive Committee.
Peggy Rajski – Dean, Loyola Marymount University, School of Film & Television
Peggy Rajski brings the knowledge and leadership skills she gained as an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, activist, and academic to her role as dean of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, one of the top 10 film schools in the country. Her unique background makes her well-suited to guiding SFTV through an exciting era of growth, as it opens cutting-edge new facilities and builds on its strong academic programs to prepare students to thrive in the fast-changing world of media and entertainment. Rajski launched her career during the independent film movement in the 1980s. Her many credits include three of renowned writer/director John Sayles’s early films: The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, and Eight Men Out, as well as Stephen Frears’s film noir classic The Grifters, which she co-produced with Martin Scorsese. She also produced Jodie Foster’s directorial debut Little Man Tate and her second film, Home for the Holidays.
Stephanie Reich – AIA, LEED AP, Planning and Community Development, Design and Historic Preservation Planner, City of Santa Monica
Stephanie Reich re-joined Planning and Community Development in the City of Santa Monica as the Design and Historic Preservation Planner, leading the team that serves the Architectural Review Board and Landmarks Commission. Stephanie most recently served as Urban Designer for the City of West Hollywood, and has also served the cities of Glendale and Long Beach in a similar role. From 2003 to 2006 Stephanie held the position of Urban Designer for the City, and is happy to be returning to Santa Monica. Stephanie is continually excited by the enormous possibilities for excellence in architecture and urban design in Santa Monica and the Greater Los Angeles area. Stephanie is a licensed architect and prior to joining the City of Santa Monica in 2003 practiced architecture and urban design for almost 20 years with a variety of notable firms in Los Angeles and New York including Morphosis, and Daniel Libeskind, and larger firms of AECOM and NBBJ. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and her Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Stephanie chose Los Angeles to be a part of building a great city. As part of her commitment to the broader design community Stephanie is active in the local AIA chapter (AIA/LA), and has served on the Board of Directors, and has been on the Urban Design Committee for AIACC since 2006. From 2001 and 2010 she served as Chair of the AIA/LA Urban Design Committee, providing a forum for multi-disciplinary dialogue on key urban design issues. Stephanie is also an active member and past president of Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+D) for which she leads a monthly Salon discussion group, and serves as a mentor for young professionals.
Patricia Rhee, FAIA, is a Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, and has been practicing architecture for 20 years. Patricia was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2019, one of 21 women of nationally. She is the recipient of the 2017 Culver City Women in Business Council Visionary Award. Patricia was also a Founding Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture committee. In 2015, her firm received the 2015 National AIA Firm Award, one of the industry’s highest honors. Her project experience ranges from civic to institutional and commercial developments of all scales. Patricia believes that architecture should facilitate community gathering, bringing people together, encouraging dialog and exchange.
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter – FAIA, Dean, Woodbury School of Architecture
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter is an architect, educator, and design consultant specializing in the building envelope and the experimental architectural use of glass. She is Dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury University and has taught at Yale, Cornell, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, and SCI-Arc. Ingalill also serves as Director of WUHO, the Woodbury University Hollywood gallery, a venue for exhibitions, installations, and public dialogue, and serves on the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Advisory Board. In partnership with Roland Wahlroos-Ritter, her architectural practice WROAD, navigates transdisciplinary territory in the diverse type and scale of projects. She has collaborated on multiple award-winning projects including as façade consultant on Bloom with DoSu Architects, the Portland Aerial Tramway with AGPS, the Centre Pompidou exhibition Continuities of the Incomplete with Morphosis, and as project architect for the Corning Museum of Glass with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects. Elevated to AIA Fellow in 2018, she is recipient of the 2016 AIA California Council Educator Award, was honored in 2018 with the AIA|LA Presidential Educator of the Year Award, and recognized by DesignIntelligence as one of the nation’s Most Admired Educators in architecture and design in 2018.
Monica, a Senior Associate at KFA, celebrated 13 years with the firm in August 2019. As a native of East Los Angeles and second generation Mexican-American, she is especially proud of having worked on the Hollenbeck Terrace Apartments affordable housing project in Boyle Heights. The Ivy Station project in Culver City, her current labor of love, is set to be completed in January 2020. Monica enjoys exploring other forms of creative expression outside of work including jewelry design, improv, and her current favorite, stand-up comedy. You can catch her act in the Original Room at The Comedy Store this September.
Audrey Sato is the principal at Sato Architects, Inc., host of the XX|LA Architects Podcast, and Vice-President of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA+D). Her architectural work largely focuses on building strong relationships in order to create meaningful places. Audrey founded Sato Architects, Inc. in 2010, shortly after graduating with her MArch I from Cal Poly Pomona. She has specialized in residential design for over 10 years, with additional expertise in historic preservation. Audrey has a commitment to education and the advancement of the architectural profession. She previously served as a lecturer in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona for five years, and finds fulfillment in being able to support others in the industry through the XX|LA Architects Podcast and AWA+D.
Elissa Scrafano – AIA, Principal, Scrafano Architects
Elissa Scrafano, AIA, is principal and founder of Scrafano Architects. She has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years, and is a registered architect in Illinois, Michigan, and California. Elissa received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a concentration in art history, and a Master’s in Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Before establishing her own business, Elissa worked at the offices of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Narduli Grinstein Architects, and Landworth Debolske Architects. Scrafano Architects was established twenty years ago designing corporate offices, commercial retail boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and residential projects of all sizes and scales including new construction, renovation and restoration. Their work appears throughout the globe commissioned by clients from all over the world.
Julie Smith-Clementi – Partner & Creative Director, Rios Clemente Hale Studio, President/CEO, notNeutral
Julie Smith-Clementi has been integral in the development of countless award-winning projects at Rios Clementi Hale Studios. She is at her best when uniting her passions for buildings, spaces, and objects to create holistic environments. She regularly employs empathy in her role as a “disciplinary agnostic” working to curate great teams and challenge them to find new ways to work beyond their expertise to create unique client specific experiences. Her experience in crafting acclaimed interiors led to the formation of retail brand, notNeutral, with Julie as its President and CEO. Under her leadership, the notNeutral brand quickly developed a national reputation and presence worldwide.
With over 38 years in practice, Douglas has a wide range of experience. He started working for other firms after graduating in 1982 which led him to open his own firm in 1989. In 1999, Douglas formed a partnership, Abramson Teiger Architects (ATA), lasting 20 years and grew a 6 person firm into a 32 person firm. As managing partner, Douglas’ ability to effectively streamline the operations allowed for more time to be spent on design and project research – a major factor in the consistent high level of design associated with ATA. Douglas’s mission is to mentor young firms in order to accelerate their growth. Using his expertise, he acts as a sounding board for young principals as well as a guide through all aspects of a practice including Strategic Planning, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Business Development. His life coaching skills facilitate a work/life balance as an important part of a successful practice.
Kala Wahl – IIDA, Senior Design Consultant, Bespoke Careers
Kala joined Bespoke Los Angeles in 2017 having previously worked as an interior designer for HKS in San Francisco and LA. Kala’s corporate savvy transitioned into independent and contract design work with top architects and designers in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. In the interim, she directed the design development and branding for a start-up restaurant in LA and led collaborations with notable developers in the city. Through it all, Kala has built a vast network and genuine relationships within the industry; her resourcefulness and ability to listen, relate and connect helps her recruit the best talent in California.
Jennifer Noel Wong – LEED AP BD+C Designer, CO Architects
Jennifer joined CO Architects in 2018 as a designer with the firm’s education group. A native Angeleno, Jen has experience working on both renovations and new construction for a wide range of project types, including K-12 and higher education, civic, healthcare and retail projects. In her free time, Jen teaches after-school design workshops in and around LA through a non-profit organization, Oasis Center International, and also through a local creative space, Makers Mess. She has coordinated Speedtalks, a jointly hosted event amongst AIALA WiA, AWAD, SoCal NOMA and AAa/e since its inception.
Katy Wood – Sound Supervisor, Sound Editor, Freelance
Katy Wood is a freelance sound supervisor and sound editor originally from New Zealand. Her career in sound for film and television has spanned the last 20 years and four countries. She has worked extensively in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Katy has covered all aspects of sound production and post-production on projects ranging from large feature films, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, American Sniper, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ant-Man and the Wasp to compelling documentaries like Disarm, Girl Rising and No Dress Code Required. She has a Masters Degree in Film and Television Specializing in Sound from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In addition, Katy has taught courses on sound post production in Australia, Mexico, and Chile.
Jessica Yu – Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer
Jessica Yu is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer working in a variety of media and genres. Yu’s documentary Last Call at the Oasis, a bracing look at the water crisis for Participant Media, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically by ATO Pictures. Last Call also screened at Berlin Film Festival, SXSW, and won Best Documentary at the Bled Film Festival. Yu’s Misconception, a feature documentary about population issues for Participant Media, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Her latest films are You Who Look, a short portrait of the artist James Turrell, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and ForEveryone.net, a chronicle of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web within the context of the struggle over internet rights, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival before airing on PBS.