Elizabeth Parker, Chief Creative Officer, Shimahara Visual
Elizabeth Parker has gracefully navigated her career though the worlds of art, photography, film, and architecture for nearly 20 years. As Chief Creative Officer at Shimahara Visual, a full service creative agency with studios in Los Angeles and New York, Elizabeth leads a dynamic team of artists and designers to produce award winning visualization, design, and branding assets for the built environment. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Elizabeth leans on her education and passion as a photographer to deliver projects for clients such as Toyota, Yahoo, JLL, Gehry Partners, in addition to her own productions.
Ashok Sinha, Architecture Photographer
Published by The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Interior Design Magazine, Ashok Sinha specializes in photographing architectural and interior spaces. He fell in love with architecture while photographing Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s masterpiece Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro on a travel magazine assignment.
Ashok Sinha’s work depicts the design elegance of built environments and conveys a strong sense of place. He is always observing light, making mental notes, and looking at the shadows. The use of color is a prominent feature of his work, which he often uses to convey the underlying gesture of a scene.
Ashok’s first book Gas and Glamour published by Kehrer Verlag (Germany) in 2020 is a celebration of car culture and roadside architecture of mid-century Los Angeles and was chosen as one of the top picks of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Magazine. Sinha’s work has also been recognized by The American Institute of Architects, The Society of Publication Designers, Architecture Masterprize and exhibited at The Museum of the City of New York, and the Royal Photographic Society among others.
Aside from his commercial work, Ashok is the founder of Cartwheel Initiative, a community based nonprofit organization that uses photography and art to connect and collaborate with marginalized youth.
David Montalba, FAIA, Founding Principal, Montalba Architects
David Montalba, FAIA, SIA, LEED AP is a Swiss-American architect based in Santa Monica, California. He is the founding principal of Montalba Architects, established in 2004. His background as an architect includes over 26 years of professional practice with architectural firms in the United States and Europe.
Montalba was born in Florence, Italy and raised in both Lausanne, Switzerland and Carmel and San Diego, California. He attended grade school at Carmel Missions and Junipero Serra High School before going on to attend Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1996. He completed his Master of Architecture at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000. Upon graduating from UCLA, he started his career with Fehlman Labarre Architects and has worked with design driven practices in Los Angeles including Frank Gehry, Rios Associates, and Pugh Scarpa, before establishing Santa Monica-based Montalba Architects, Inc. in 2004. He was also an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture.
In 2008, David was the recipient of American Institute of Architect’s National Young Architect Award, and in 2016 elevated to the College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a recipient of AIA Institute Honor Award in 2011 and 2019. Overall, he has received over 30 AIA awards, including the 2013 AIA LA Presidential Honor Award for Building Team of the Year. He was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 winners by ENR California in 2012 and listed as one of the 40 Under 40 architects by Building Design + Construction in 2012. In 2020 and 2021, AN Interior named him one of the Top 50 Architects of the year and The Architect’s Newspaper included his firm in a list of the best practices of 2021.