AIALA GO | GOVERNMENT OUTREACH COMMITTEE 2021
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS 2021

Chair
Sarah Lorenzen, AIA
Principal, TOLO Architecture and Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
Sarah Lorenzen, AIA is principal at TOLO Architecture and an architecture professor at Cal Poly Pomona (where she was chair from 2012-2016). Sarah has practiced architecture for more than 20 years, working on a variety of building types including residential, institutional, and arts-related projects. Prior to TOLO Architecture, Sarah worked as a project architect at a number of award-winning firms in Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is chair of the AIA LA GO! Committee and is on the ACLA Board.

Sarah grew up in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. to attend college. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Drawing at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art, and has two Master of Architecture degrees, the first from Georgia Institute of Technology and a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design from Sci-Arc. Sarah has published and edited numerous articles on architecture and urbanism, and she has received multiple design awards and grants including several Graham Foundation grants, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a six-week travel fellowship to China. From 2007-2020 Sarah was director of the Neutra VDL House overseeing the restoration of this National Landmark and developing cultural and arts programming.

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Vice Chair
Casey Shenton Hughes, AIA
Principal, Casey Hughes Architects (CHA)
Casey Hughes is the Principal of Casey Hughes Architects (CHA). He has worked on a wide range of architectural projects including design, construction management, and documentation of single and multi-family residences, retail and restaurant spaces, as well as educational and cultural facilities. CHA’s work has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in Architecture and an AIA Merit Award for Residential Architecture.

Hughes received a Bachelors of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), graduating valedictorian. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the work of CHA work was selected to appear in has been featured in various book and periodicals such as Dwell Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

Hughes is a committee member of the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Committee, reviewing planning projects in Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, and Sycamore Grove. He was also appointed to the SCI-Arc Alumni Council, where he is spearheading a publication that celebrates Alumni achievements for SCI-Arc’s 50th anniversary.

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Vice Chair
Carol Lanham, AIA, Assoc. DBIA, CCM
Program Manager, Kitchell CEM
Carol has over 35 years of experience working in the architectural industry specializing in large capital construction projects for county, state and Federal agencies. Her experience includes 5 years working for the Federal Court as circuit architect for the Eighth Circuit, US Court. She believes in highly collaborative, interactive teams and gets really jazzed talking about mentorship and staff development. Carol served as 2018 President of AIA Pasadena & Foothills and is 2020-22 Director of Mentorship for AWA+D. She believes actively participating and volunteering in professional organizations are the best ways to give back, improve and enhance our A/E/C community.

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Past Chair
Jose Herrasti, AIA
Principal, MUTUO
Jose is one of the principals at M u t u o, established in Los Angeles in 2014. Jose’s professional experience includes work in small studios & large corporate firms both in Mexico & the United States, including the office of Roberto Sheinberg in Mexico City, HOK in Mexico City & San Francisco, and Eric Owen Moss Architects in Los Angeles. Jose moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to work at Eric Owen Moss Architects where he participated in several international cutting-edge projects, competitions & exhibits.

Jose is interested in blurring the lines of our profession’s boundaries to proactively create meaningful impact through architecture. Through M u t u o, he has been searching for opportunities to foster collaborations and expand the traditional roles of the architecture firm into a more dynamic role with bigger influence on creating built environments and solving complex city challenges.
One of Jose’s interests is to use design as catalyst for social impact, believing that small, organic interventions have the potential to alleviate big social challenges.

Jose graduated with a Master in Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York in 1997 and Bachelors of Architecture from Universidad Cristobal Colon, Veracruz, Mexico in 1993.

Jose is a registered architect in Mexico, California and Texas and taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 2015 to 2017.

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