COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT 2019
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS
PHOTO: Carlo Caccavale

Chair
Tighe Lanning, Associate AIA
Associate, CO Architects

Tighe Lanning has been with CO Architects since 2015. Before joining, he worked at Architecture 2030 providing research and development for several national and international initiatives. He is driven by a desire to design efficient, bespoke buildings that harmoniously blend science with design. Tighe holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California.

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Vice Chair
James E. Donaldson, AIA
Principal, Johnson Fain

James is a Principal with more than 20 years of professional experience in designing diverse building typologies including creative office, residential and large scale mixed-use developments.  James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Master of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech.  James is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction (AP BD+C).

James’ knowledge of the building industry is complemented with his interest in green building technologies and advanced computer modeling.  James has co-taught architectural courses at both Berkeley and USC, an active studio critique at UCLA and USC and has been a guest presenter at USC’s BIM symposiums.  His commitment to green building technologies has led to speaking engagements and leadership positions with a number of organizations including AIA | LA COTE as the 2020 Chair and The Passive House Institute, California (PHCA) 2020 President.  He is involved in the US Green Building Council’s Building Decarbonization Work Group, the Abstract Review Committee for 2018 Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo and was a Co-Chair of the Greening Committee for the 2016 Greenbuild Conference.  In addition, James leads the Johnson Fain Sustainability and Resilience Lab within the firm.

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Past Chair
Simone Barth-Auster, Associate AIA
Senior Associate, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects + Planners

Born in Ueberlingen, Germany, following a family tradition, Simone completed a carpenter apprenticeship before she studied and gained her master of architecture and diploma of engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart.

Simone joined Moore Ruble Yudell in 2003, where she gained valuable experience with diverse project types. As project manager and integral member of the design team Simone contributed to the planning and execution of a wide range of award-winning civic, academic and educational buildings. Simone has been leading Moore Ruble Yudell’s sustainability and research portfolio group for over ten years and is responsible for education, implementation and administration of the firm’s sustainable principles and values.

With over thirteen years of professional experience and a strong interest in craft, stewardship and innovation Simone’s talent lies in the synthesis of management, uncompromising attention to detail, and strong design sensibility.

A dedicated collaborator, she has the enthusiasm and energy to develop and execute contemporary planning and design solutions appropriate to culture, site and climate.

During the recent completed UMKC Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Kansas City and the Brown School of Social Work Hillman Hall at Washington University in St. Louis, Simone effectively coordinated large client and consultant teams, fast – track schedules and complex programs with attention to design, constructability and budget.

Simone pairs her architectural expertise with in-depth knowledge of large – scale urban and campus planning projects. Her sensitivity to place, culture and client needs combined with the ability to coordinate and facilitate multi-facetted client, consultant team and user groups was applied on a variety of institutional, residential, and mixed use urban projects.

Nurturing a strong commitment to outreach, mentorship and teaching Simone taught a design studio at UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand and Jinan University , China in 2013 and participated as assistant at the 2010 Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Sydney. Since 2004, Simone has taught with James Mary O’Connor in the Architecture & Interior Design Program at University of California, Los Angeles Extension.

Simone lectured at UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand, UTS in Sydney, Australia and the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany and has been invited as a guest critic at Woodbury University , the University of Southern California and the 2013 Glenn Murcutt Master Class.

As Past Chair of the AIA|LA COTE (Committee of the Environment) and WIA committee member Simone maintains strong connections with the design community at large. She is an active member of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter as well as the USGBC – LA Chapter.

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Avideh Haghighi, AIA, LEED, LFA
Associate, Sustainability Specialist, ZGF

Avideh is a Registered Architect and a Living Future Accredited professional dedicated to creating a regenerative built environment through her role as a designer and A/E/C industry advocate. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from Woodbury University in 2011 and since then has been driven to transform the built environment towards a net-positive impact. She has a diverse portfolio of work spanning public and private sectors, including public schools, mixed use residential and institutional. As an architect and sustainability specialist at ZGF architects, she advises clients on global sustainability goals and real estate strategy, and works with design and consultant teams to identify unique opportunities in every project to create high performance buildings. 

Avideh’s career has been equally rooted in design and advocacy. She has been serving as a Facilitator and Steering Committee member of the Living Future Los Angeles Collaborative for the past three years. She has given numerous presentations at schools, universities and industry conferences on the topics of Living Buildings, Circular Economy and Healthy Materials. In her role as a member of the AIA|LA Committee On The Environment, she served on the planning committee for the 2°C Symposium on Climate Change to create awareness and empower the AIA community to take action.