2x8 Committee 2018
PHOTO: Tibby Rothman

Francisco Arias, Associate AIA

Francisco is an associate at STIR Architecture, an internationally recognized architectural practice with offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Manila. He is actively involved in a series of green field and adaptive reuse projects and has been an integral part of design teams working on large-scale mixed-use projects in Asia and the Americas.  As design leader, Francisco provides 10+ yrs of expertise to a diverse portfolio of projects, he embraces their respective communities and takes pride in helping them thrive.


  • Associate Member -The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
  • United States Marine Corps 1995-2003
  • Active Juror, JRD Scholarship, Community College and University, 2011-current
  • Volunteered to be a Spark Mentor
  • AIA 2×8 Committee Member 2014-Current
  • Mentor for the AIA LAIAC
  • 21st Annual Student Competition 2013-2014
  • Ace Mentor 2016
  • USC Legend 2017

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Joice Kuo, Associate AIA

Joice Kuo started her involvement with AIA|LA 2×8 Committee since 2017 to fulfill her passion in exhibition design and art installation.

Joice currently works as a job captain at NAC Architecture and is a registered LEED AP. With previous work experience at Torti Gallas + Partners as a designer, she has worked on a range of projects from K-12 education, multi-family housing, affordable housing and market-rate housing, senior housing, mixed-use projects, recreational facilities, and master planning in the US and overseas. Joice received her Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland at College Park, and Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from the same school with a focus on sculpture and set design. As a student, she has done summer internships in the US and overseas in Shanghai and Taipei. The rewards of working in this profession of architecture are the chance to learn the culture and meet the people at wherever the projects take us to. Aside from work, Joice has a special interest in paper sculpture and woodworking. On her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains surrounding Southern California and beyond.

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Voice Chair
Derek Wong, Associate AIA

Derek Wong graduated from USC with a Master of Architecture in 2015. He is currently employed at STIR Architecture, an internationally recognized architectural practice with offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Manila. Derek is actively involved in projects both domestically and internationally. He has been a part of the design team on larger-scale mixed-use projects in China, Amsterdam and locally here in the U.S., with the NOHO West project in North Hollywood. Derek is an associate member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles Chapter and a committee member for the AIA 2×8. He is member of the Emerging Professionals Committee and mentor for the USC Architectural Guild and a mentor for ACE Mentoring.

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Voice Chair
Jenda Michl, Associate AIA


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