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Amanda Sigafoos
Amanda joined Woods Bagot’s Los Angeles Studio in 2019 as the Marketing Manager, and has been an A/E/C marketing professional in the city since 2003. She works closely with Studio leaders to build relationships with the local community, industry collaborators, and future clients in the Southern California region. In addition, she supports the North America Aviation Group.

Amanda is a Past President and current member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS/LA) and a member of the Urban Land Institute. She is an alumna of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Andy Lantz, Assoc. AIA
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.

Audrey Satto, LEED-AP
Audrey is Principal Architect at Sato Architects, Inc., President of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA+D), and host of the XX|LA Architects Podcast.

Audrey founded Sato Architects, Inc. in 2010, specializing in residential design, green building, and historic preservation.  Audrey gained an appreciation for nature and community while growing up in Hawaii. While at Brown University, Audrey discovered her love for architecture, realizing the potential for design to enrich lives.  She received her Masters of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, and spent 5 years teaching architecture. Audrey’s other interests include surfing, ikebana, and her dog.

Barbara Flammang, FAIA
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.

Carissa Shrock Oyedele, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Carissa is an Associate Principal 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 provides a solid foundation for solving creative design solutions to various project types, such as those with complex programs, schedules, and delivery methods. Carissa’s portfolio includes masterplans, civic, campus, and mixed-use projects locally, nationally, and internationally- with notable projects of the Santa Monica Public Library and US Embassies in Helsinki and The Hague. Carissa has been recognized as a leader in the architectural community as a recipient of AIA National Young Architect Award, Top 20 Under 40 by ENR (Engineering News-Record) California, and NextGen 10 in Real Estate & Finance by CSQ Magazine. Carissa is also a mother of toddler boy Kayden, who is helping keep this “New Normal” juggle interesting!

Carol Lanham, AIA
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.

Claudia Carol, AIA, LEED AP ND
Claudia Carol is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional in neighborhood development with many years of experience in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, Claudia has an exceptional perspective on the interface of the natural and built environment. Her wide range of experience – from urban revitalization to academic campuses to entertainment destinations and wellness centers – gives her a unique insight in addressing complex issues.

Claudia’s passion is using urban design strategies for social good, particularly as it relates to health and wellness. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including awards from the American Institute of Architecture and the American Planning Association. She has spoken on healthy communities in many forums including the Healthy City Design Conference in London, the Eco Districts Summit in Denver, California State University at Northridge and University of California Los Angeles. Claudia earned a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA's School of Architecture and Urban Design, a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Architectural Association in London.

Dawn Hicks, Assoc AIA
Dawn Hicks is an Enterprise Rose Fellow, currently working with Venice Community Housing in Venice, California as their Community Design Coordinator and Project Manager. With VCH, Dawn serves as a key member of the housing development team as VCH initiates new construction projects focused on increasing affordable and permanent supportive housing options in Venice, as well as reinvest in several older properties. She is also an integral part of their property management, resident services, YouthBuild and advocacy teams and engages a wide variety of other community members and stakeholders in an approach to community development and participatory project design.

Prior to the Fellowship, Dawn was a design professional in Richmond, VA, where she worked in construction and maintenance, and also served on the city’s Urban Design Committee. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she focused on the social and economic impacts of Hip Hop on Architecture. Dawn has a passion for enhancing urban environments through influences of social, economic, and cultural forces that help shape built environments and develop inclusive communities in affordable ways.

Elissa Scrafano, AIA
Elissa 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.

Emmanuelle Bourlier
Emmanuelle Bourlier is the founding partner and CEO of Panelite. The company pioneered the translucent honeycomb panel in 1998 and remains focused on material innovation, specifically on the energy-saving, net-zero potential of honeycomb technology through daylighting, solar shading and greenhouse gas reduction. Panelite’s ClearShade is recognized by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs as an energy-saving exterior 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, Illinois Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s Hospital. Applications include corporate offices, museums, 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). She is a Board Member of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and a member of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design. She lives and skateboards in LA with her ten-year-old son.

Heidi Creighton, AIA, LEED Fellow
Heidi 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.

Helena Jubany, FAIA
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.

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA
Ingalill 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.

Jeannette Diaz
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.

Jennifer Wong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Jeri Oka
As a Senior Design Principal for JERDE, Jeri brings over 35 years of experience and a wealth of creative knowledge related to urban mixed-use environments and spatial design. She is the founder and leader of the firm’s urbanCORE group, which is responsible for project pre-design, programming, and repositioning. Jeri had previously spent 20 years in the landscape design field as a partner and Landscape Design Principal at EDAW, after originally going to school and planning for a career in architecture. Jeri’s strong understanding of programming and placemaking, coupled with her extensive experience in site planning and landscape design have provided her with a special ability to integrate the aesthetic considerations, along with the pragmatic requirements of a project into innovative design solutions. While her work has taken her all over the world, most recently Jeri has completed programming and other types of conceptual studies for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA and the new home of the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, GA.

Judith Mussell
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.

Katherine Aguilar Perez
Katherine Aguilar Perez is the Los Angeles Cities Leader and Associate Principal with Arup. She is a seasoned professional in urban planning, transportation, and oversees the alternative procurement delivery team in Los Angeles. With her background in economic development, real estate development, transport and urban planning policy, she is recognized as a leader in the planning and development fields. Katherine leads the Advisory Services practice in Los Angeles, utilizing her 22 years of experience in planning and development to help public and private sector clients develop, optimize, and manage their assets.

Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA
Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA, has dedicated her career to revitalizing the rich stock of existing buildings in Los Angeles. In 1999, she worked on the very first projects under LA’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which launched her nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities of adaptive reuse. Karin is a thought leader in the downtown Los Angeles community and is active with city and county officials in crafting policies that ease the challenges of working on existing buildings. Her impact created the return of historic downtown LA as a livable, walkable neighborhood.

Karin is the founder and principal of Omgivning, the only architecture and interior design firm in Los Angeles that brings buildings and spaces to life through urban and historic revitalization, policy innovation, and custom design. Omgivning uses a macro to micro approach from the urban to the human scale.
At nearly 40 staff, Omgivning is a thought leader in adaptive reuse and touched more than 400 buildings in Los Angeles.

Kathleen Hetrick, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Kerenza Harris
Kerenza 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.

Kishani De Silva
Kishani 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.

Marisa Kurtzman, LEED AP
Marisa brings energy and focus to spearheading Frederick Fisher and Partners’, visioning, programming, planning, and concept design work. A linguist and a “people person,” she 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. 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.  As one of FF&P’s next generation of partners, Marisa firmly believes in equity in the design workplace, and she actively participates in shaping her firm’s progressive hiring practices, outreach initiatives, and workplace policy implementation.  Outside of work, she is a member of the Association for Women in Architecture + Design — this year she helped organize the AWA+D’s annual symposium, “Designing for Resilience.” 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.

Melanie Freeland, AIA, LEED AP
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.

Michelle “Ferial” Asadies, AIA, LEED AP
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.

Monica Rodriguez, AIA
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.

Patricia Rhee, FAIA
Patricia 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.

Patti Harburg-Petrich, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Pearl Ho
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 a project designer at Office Untitled where she pushes drawing as a tool to build story-telling and narratives into projects of many scales. Beyond that, she is the founder of Colossal Futures, a project that seeks to redefine the focus of books aimed at young girls, and draw fantastical new worlds for them to believe in.

Petrina Gooch, Assoc. AIA
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. In October 2019, Petrina received NOMA’s Leadership Award for working with NOMA Leadership on their approach to firm partnership.

Phyllis Dubinsky, AIALA Allied Affiliate
I am the sole (and often collaborating) practitioner of a strategic marketing and business development practice for service firms, institutions and end users. I am fueled by my insatiable curiosity and the desire to always learn more…about everything My specialty areas are: New market entry, market research and application of that research, strategic planning, client development, business development, and matching disparate components (successfully). Urban Design, Health Impact issues and Education for All are strong motivators for me and mission driven strategies, organizational strategies, unique strategic alliances are important drivers.

During the course of my multifaceted career, I have been in leadership/principal roles for smaller regional practices and multi-national architecture, engineering and architecture/engineering firms. I also had a very active consulting practice, helping firms capitalize on their strengths and passions, leading them to new discoveries and new areas of practice, often ahead of the emerging business waves.

My greatest successes have been in research driven market discovery, defining market entry solutions and jump-starting and positioning firms in markets either previously untapped or dormant or about to be discovered.

I’m an avid swimmer and tennis player and I love to play jazz piano.

Schumetta McLendon, Assoc. AIA
Schumetta McLendon began her design career as a Project Manager at Burdge & Associates Architects. She then went on to work with Scott Halley & Associates Construction to gain hands on experience in the construction industry.

Years of working with the best architects, builders and consultants have given her a strong base for her own design firm. Her ability to understand a project from design to completion makes her a valuable asset to any project team.

Prior to working in architecture, Schumetta held several positions at The Walt Disney Company in film & television casting, production and international corporate alliances. It is from this vantage point that she identifies with her clients’ demanding schedules and their need for privacy.

Schumetta is an avid international football fan, following the English Premiere League and UEFA Champions League.

Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Susan Nwankpa Gillespie
Susan Nwankpa Gillespie, RA is an award-winning, Nigerian-American architect and interior designer. In 2016, she founded Nwankpa Design and has since been focused on delivering residential and commercial projects throughout California. With over 17 years of experience, Nwankpa Gillespie’s time as an artist, activist, and qualitative researcher – often in parallel with her design work – informs and enriches her process of design and approach to leadership. Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University, and her Master of Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles.

Tughela Gino
Tughela Gino is an accomplished UK licensed architect (RIBA ARB) with over 20 years in both architectural design and education. She also serves as the Director of Membership at the Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA+D).

Before founding her practice Tughela worked for Nicholas Grimshaw and Arup. Her experience spans a wide range of projects including private residences, adaptive reuse, infrastructure, art galleries, and public artworks. Tughela also has experience collaborating with professional artists on several built projects. Artists she has worked with include Shezad Dawood and Haroon Mirza in London and has most recently worked with artist Sabrina Gschwandtner on the design of a Cinema Sanctuary for Women due to be installed at the Smithsonian Museum of Art DC in Spring of 2021.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017 her focus has been modular prefabricated housing with a mission to find an affordable high-quality housing model. Working with Connect Homes Tughela was involved in rebuilding the homes of numerous victims of the 2017 Woolsey Fire, as well as other SoCal residents looking to improve their living environment within a constrained budget.

Her work has been published in The Telegraph, Interior Design Magazine, The Architects Journal, Building Design Magazine, Time Out, and Taschen's 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings. She has lectured on Architecture at the University of Westminster in London and the University of Nottingham. Tughela graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCLA, with and BA(Hons), MSc, and Certificate in Professional Practice.

Besides architecture, her interests include surfing, reading, gardening, and exploring new places.