Tony Pleskow, AIA, is principal and founder of Pleskow Architects and has been practicing in Los Angeles for over 25 years. His firm’s practice areas range from single and multi-family projects to urban infrastructure. He is a recipient of New York’s Architectural League Prize, earned his master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, studied independently at New York’s Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies and was awarded the John Lawrence Memorial Design Excellence Award from the Tulane School of Architecture. Tony has taught architecture design studios at Tulane University, Woodbury University and the Art Center College of Design. He serves on the board of the Westside Urban Forum, a group that focuses on development issues effecting Los Angeles and was a planning commissioner in the City of Culver City.
Mario Cipresso, AIA
Mario Cipresso has over 20 years of experience working globally on a broad range of project types including higher education, laboratories, mixed-use supertall towers and large-scale urban masterplans along with institutional, office, and civic work. Mario’s award-winning design work has been published and exhibited extensively.
Mario is an Associate Principal at Hawkins\Brown Los Angeles. Hawkins\Brown is an internationally-renowned award winning architectural practice, creating places with personality & purpose that are well-made, well-used & well-loved. The practice consists of approximately 300 architects, interior designers, urban designers, and researchers, with studios in Los Angeles, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Prior to joining Hawkins\Brown’s Los Angeles office, Mario was Design Director at CO Architects. From 2001, for a period of seven years, he worked as a lead designer and project architect alongside Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis where he contributed to many of the firm’s most innovative and notable projects both nationally and internationally.
In addition to his work as a practitioner, Mario maintains a commitment to education and the critical discourse of contemporary architecture and design. He currently teaches architectural design at the University of Southern California where while investigating varied topics and typologies, Mario focuses on the comprehensive integration of progressive design and leading-edge building technologies.
In 2013, Engineering News Record California named Mario one of the “Top 20 under 40”. In addition to being a licensed architect in California, Illinois and Colorado, Mario holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a LEED accredited professional (LEED BD+C).
Prior to serving on the AIA|LA Board of Directors and Urban Design Committee, Alex Anamos led the Chapter’s Design Awards Committee for 3 years as Co-Chair and Chair. During his tenure, Alex spearheaded the transition to online design awards submissions – dramatically increasing the pool of international Jurors whom the Chapter could tap to judge its high-level pool of entries.
Prior to joining R&A ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN as Studio Director and Senior Architect, Alex was the Managing Director at LORCAN O’HERLIHY ARCHITECTS [LOHA], and a Principal at KAA DESIGN. His interest in Urban Design began during architecture school, where he studied at institutions that emphasized urban scale projects and city-making. However, real world experience with downtown Los Angeles design challenges – especially in the Arts District – inspired Alex to join the Urban Design Committee more than four years ago.
Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture form U.C. Berkeley and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA.