Women in Architecture Committee
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS 2020
PHOTO: La Moraleja Villa. XTEN. Detail of Photo by Miguel de Guzman

Chair
Chiara Bonsignori, Assoc. AIA

Chiara Bonsignori was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where she earned her architectural license and master’s degree in Architectural Design and Restoration. In Rome she worked on several commercial renovations and urban planning projects. In 2012 she moved to Texas where she earned a Post Professional Master in Sustainable Design from UT Austin while working as a technician in the School Technology Lab.

She joined Corgan Architects in 2014 were she had the opportunity to work on several aviation modernization projects for American Airlines, and Delta Airlines. She is currently involved with various projects of Data Centers facilities.

Chiara is an advocate for sustainability and community involvement, she leads a volunteering committee and contributes to the social responsibility research team within her firm. She spends most of her free time in the ceramics studio of Otis College of Arts in Los Angeles.

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Chair
Marine Maroukian, Assoc. AIA

Born and raised in Uruguay, South America, Mariné has earned her architectural license and master’s degree in her native country. For the last 14 years, she has been part of the Los Angeles community, working for firms like HMC Architects, Buro Happold, Hatch & Colasuonno, Gensler and DLR Group & volunteering in organizations like AIA LA, USGBC LA, Fuller center for Housing for Armenia, Rose & Alex Pilibos & Homenetmen LA.

Her experience ranges from affordable housing to sports venues, from theme parks to educational facilities.

She has bring to each of the firms she has worked for, the software knowledge of a BIM manager and the construction and documentation knowledge of a PA & PM. Sustainability, Resilience and NetZero projects are her passion and that has make her be part of the USGBC Building Resilience LA Steering Committee for the past few years as well as a sustainability leader for the firms she has worked for.

Her biggest pride are her two kids, Max (11) and Aline (8); with whom she enjoys baking with and going for wall climbing mornings. Marine’s mission is to share with the world how women can have a successful career, a successful family and marriage. She mentors young woman and shares with them how with hard work, perseverance and good attitude all is possible. Currently she is the proud Vice Chair for WiA, AIALA.

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Past-Chair
Lani Lee, AIA

In her role as Architect in SOM’s Los Angeles office, Lani Lee serves as the client liaison for the project team. Her primary responsibilities include the coordination of services for the project – as well as daily communications between the team, consultants, and clients. Lani brings to life institutional projects that emphasize sustainability and maintain a positive impact on the environment. Her work extends across a broad scope of project types including: large institutes of higher learning, affordable housing, performance spaces, mixed-use urban structures and the restoration of historic buildings. During her two decades of professional experience, Lani has designed school buildings, classrooms, and laboratories where those who learn and teach can flourish.

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Past-Chair
Annette Wu, AIA

Annette Wu has over 24 years of experience as a designer, project manager, and architect. She has worked internationally on projects including a new corporate headquarters building for BMW in Beijing and the joint-use offices of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Architects’ Registration Board. In that fast-paced environment, Annette gained experience developing strong design concepts. Due to the nature of project realization in a short timeframe, Annette’s focus upon returning to Los Angeles was learning from a firm dedicated to the execution of the work through attention to detail in both documentation and construction administration. Today, Annette brings both these emphasis together in project types which transform and engage the lives of the greater community.

As an Associate Principal at NAC, Annette’s focus is on best practices and the processes which ensure a holistic approach to design and execution. She received her BARCH from the University of Southern California and MARCH from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Her award-winning projects include the 110,000 SF Pre K-12 Accelerated School of South Central Los Angeles, the SMMUSD John Adams Middle School Measure BB Administration and Classroom Buildings, the Los Angeles City College Life Science and Chemistry Building Modernization and a LEED Gold Certified Child Care Center in Glendale.

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