Genelle Brooks-Petty, NOMA, Assoc. AIA
Principal designer – BPC Interior Design
Genelle Brooks-Petty is the principal designer of BPC Interior Design, a Los Angeles-based interior design firm servicing contract, and residential clients. After years in the fashion industry, her clients in that realm pushed her into interior design. While studying interior architecture at UCLA, she honed skills under a famed designer, and serviced residential and boutique scale commercial clients of her own, developing a unique perspective. Her work bridges gaps as she aims to build community through design.
Genelle is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Business, and she holds a Master of Interior Architecture from the UCLA Extension/ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona joint study program. She is an associate member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), Allied ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), AWA+D (Association for Women in Architecture and Design), and a current board member of SoCal NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) as well as SCOPE-LA (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education).
Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA
Principal, Good Project Company
Carmen Suero is a Principal at Good Project Company (GPCO). GPCO’s work is focused on developing projects that are clever, conceptually clear, and highly specific to the opportunities of each project while delighting in efficiency, unexpected experiences, and ways in which the work can improve daily life. Carmen has over 20 years of experience in the industry, having worked with award-winning architecture firms, local and national construction firms, and interior design offices across various sectors, including rail, aviation, civic, education, and residential. Some of the projects she has been involved with include MTA’s Gold, Expo and Crenshaw transit lines, LAWA’s Landside Modernization Program, City of Long Beach Civic Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Alongside her practice, Carmen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Southern California University, focusing on the practice of architecture and the relationship between career development learning and representation in the industry.
Johanna Hauser, AIA
Project Architect, Page & Turnbull
Johanna Hauser is a Project Architect at Page & Turnbull, a historic preservation firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. With over 10 years of experience in design ranging from small, painstaking residential reconstruction to large scale institutional rehabilitation, Johanna is drawn to the most complex inner workings of the existing urban fabric. As the ever-present call for environmental and social justice within the Los Angeles region reaches a crescendo, she has honed a passion for remaking old, sometimes broken systems through her work with the JEDI Committee. Johanna received and Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature from Bard College.
Joshua A. Foster, NOMA, Assoc. AIA
Founder & CEO, JAF Creative Solutions
Joshua A. Foster, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, is a Los Angeles County based award-winning architectural designer and Community Design Consultant. He is the Founder and CEO of JAF Creative Solutions, LLC— a community-impact focused strategic partnership and design consultancy firm — and an Adjunct Architecture Professor at East Los Angeles College while currently serving as the NOMA National Historian. A native of the Philadelphia area, Joshua is also a graduate of both Columbia University and the University of Southern California.
Leslie Sydnor, AIA
Leslie is a director at Cumming. Currently an owner’s rep at Hacienda La Puente School District she has over 25 years of experience in the design of education, aviation, industrial and low income housing projects. Leslie has been a member of the Design Awards committee and is on the Board Nominating Committee and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee. She was a panel moderator at the 2019 Encompass conference on equity and diversity.
Leslie was interviewed on Audrey Sato’s XXLA podcast which features LA women in architecture and was a guest interviewer on the podcast as well. Realizing the importance of representation in the profession she has served as a juror at Woodbury University, Cal Poly Pomona and USC.
Leslie is one of the fewer than 500 Black women licensed architects in the U.S. She is a LEED A.P. and has a B.A. in Architecture from Yale and an M.Arch from UCLA. She believes mentorship and visibility are the keys to the diversification and future of the profession. When not in zoom meetings she’s in the kitchen cooking Italian food.