URBAN DESIGN COMMITTEE 2021
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS 2021
PHOTO: Tibby Rothman

Co-Chair
Tony Pleskow, AIA
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. Tony was a planning commissioner in the City of Culver City and was on the board of the Westside Urban Forum, a group that focuses on development issues effecting Los Angeles.

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Co-Chair
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 master plans along with institutional, office, and civic work.

Mario recently joined DLR Group as a design leader focusing on higher education projects and campus master plans nationally and abroad. 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.

In addition to his work as a practitioner, Mario teaches architectural design at the University of Southern California where he focuses on the comprehensive integration of progressive design and building systems within dense urban contexts.

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Vice Chair
Diane Thepkhounphithack, Assoc. AIA
Diane is a Project Manager at Hawkins\Brown Los Angeles. With more than a decade of leadership on award-winning projects in Los Angeles, Diane has extensive knowledge and experience working across a variety of project types. Prior to joining Hawkins\Brown, Diane was a Designer and Project Manager with Brooks + Scarpa Architects, working on projects with aggregate construction costs nearing $1 billion. This work included The Six, an affordable housing project for formerly homeless veterans, which garnered national recognition for design and sustainability.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a Masters of Architecture, both from UCLA.

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Past Chair
Alex Anamos, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C – Studio Director / Laney LA

Alex Anamos previously served on the AIA|LA Board of Directors and 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 Laney LA, Alex was at R&A ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN as Studio Director and Senior Architect. He 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.

 

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