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 19 years of professional experience in designing large scale projects.  His experience includes the architectural design of diverse building typologies including office buildings, 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.  Prior to joining Johnson Fain, James was practicing in San Francisco with a focus on high-end residential and tenant improvements during the ‘dot-com’ boom.  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 with Scott Johnson at both Berkeley and USC and has been a guest speaker at USC’s BIM symposium.  His commitment to green building technologies has led to speaking engagements and leadership positions with a number of organizations including The Passive House Institute and AIA Committee on the Environment.

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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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