PHOTO: Broadway Affordable Housing. Kevin Daly. Detail of image by Iwan Baan.

Flora Lee
Associate Partner, MAD Architects
Flora Lee, Associate Partner at MAD Architects, has over 12 years of design and project management experience and has overseen several of the firm’s award-winning complex and large-scale projects. A Korean-American architect and Georgia Tech alumna, Flora has been part of realizing MAD’s projects around the world. She was based in MAD’s Beijing office from 2007 to 2012, relocated to Paris to manage MAD’s UNIC residence project from 2012 to 2014, and has been in Los Angeles since 2014 to help establish a new office and lead MAD’s first U.S. project, Gardenhouse.

As Associate Partner, Flora is an integral part of the executive project management team and oversees all projects at MAD’s Los Angeles office, which include Gardenhouse, an 18-unit luxury condominium in Beverly Hills; Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a new world-class museum in Los Angeles; 8774 Santa Monica Boulevard, a mixed-use residential development in West Hollywood; and a confidential single-family residence in Bel Air.

Flora’s ambition is to design innovative architectures while enhancing people’s lives and experience with the built environment. She is a strong advocate for MAD’s design visions and works alongside MAD’s architects and designers to develop futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a humanistic connection with nature. ‘

Gisela Loehlein
Head of Architecture Department, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Prof Gisela Loehlein is the new incoming University President for the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, USA. She has an extensive global experience in both academic, practice and government. Gisela’s versatile nature and keen interest in cultures has expanded her portfolio across the America, Europe, Australasia and Middle East. Prof Gisela Loehlein has more than 2 decades of Higher education experience. During that time, she has spearheaded new initiatives in architecture and higher education. Having worked in practice on over 30 of the renowned projects that Dubai and its region is synonymous with. As an experienced senior academic executive, she led policy alignment, international quality assurance initiatives, recruitment, retention, and campus development initiatives. She has been for 5 years now Head of Architecture and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou just north from Shanghai in China.

Her graduates have gained international acclaim, winning the Aga Khan Award, as well as scholarship recipients of top international architecture schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Delft university to just name a few. She is well versed in diverse higher education and systems and frameworks.

Prof Gisela Loehlein is a thought leader and regularly serves as advisor to senior leaders, organization, and colleges across the world on capacity building and internationalization, future proofing higher education and architecture and design. A natural international networker that always strive to surpass expectation and providing colleagues and students a cohesive enabling environment.

In higher education administrative roles, she helped to drive meaningful change in higher education as advisor to sheikhs in the UAE or in her role as advisor to the German Bundestag as part of the higher education reform in Europe.

Raised in a brick manufacturing dynasty family in Germany, she initially went to a management school in Germany before going to the UK for her Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Architecture.

Stacy Williams
Bunche Center Librarian, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
Stacy R. Williams is the Librarian for the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a librarian, she works with students, faculty, staff, and other researchers to access collections, archives, images, and databases that will support scholarly interests in African American/Black Diaspora Studies. Previously, she was the Head of the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library at the University of Southern California, where she was the subject liaison for the School of Architecture, Roski School of Art and Design, and Art History. She received her MLS in Library Science from Queens College/CUNY, a BA in Social Sciences from New York University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Heritage Conservation from the School of Architecture at USC. Her research interests include the preservation of vernacular architecture, local mural conservation practices, and ethical approaches to using archives, data, and other resources in academic research.

PHOTO: Banner: Broadway Affordable Housing. Kevin Daly Architects. Detail of image by Iwan Baan.