PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE 2021
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS
PHOTO: photo: Tibby Rothman

Chair
Naoko Milano, AIA
Senior Associate, AC Martin
Naoko Miyano is a licensed architect and Senior Associate at AC Martin. She has over 18 years of experience in a wide range of projects including higher education, mixed-use, residential, and hospitality. Her unique approach to design allows her to work across disciplines and at a variety of scales and programs. As a senior project designer, she has lead and worked on a number of award winning projects. At AC Martin, she also leads the social responsibility committee and advocates for community outreach as a part of our practice.

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Vice Chair
Janvi Kanani, AIA
Janvi Kanani, AIA, LEED AP is an architect and BIM professional with over 15 years of architectural design and planning experience. She specializes in educating clients and consultants in the use of technology to address project issues, and brings her diverse experience in design, technology and sustainability expertise to deliver integrated design solutions for her clients. With a current focus on educational facilities, she has worked across all typologies for public institutions.

Apart from her passion for design and technology, Janvi is very ardent about community engagement. She regularly volunteers with different agencies across the Los Angeles community, and actively participates in teaching/mentoring students about the architecture industry.

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Past Chair
Jessica L. Orlando, AIA
Architectural Design Manager & Strategist, AECOM
Jessica brings together the threads of design process; in her current role as Design Manager & Strategist, she works across disciplines and traditional roles to deliver highly integrated solutions that are both technically feasible and also anchored in the needs and experiences of the people she serves. She draws on her past experiences as Project Manager, Project Architect, Planner and BIM Manager to bring a cohesive workflow and management style to every project she works on. Her focus on Higher Education is inherently rooted in client relationships and engagement, and she understands the critical nature of building consensus across complex user and stakeholder groups.

Though Jessica currently specializes in Higher Education project types, she has worked across typologies from healthcare to research laboratories, corporate commercial to high-rise, mixed-use, as well as civic and hospitality. She received her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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