Suma Spina, AIA

Suma is Principal and leads the firm’s Interior Design Studio. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience in interior design and architecture.  In her twenty years at Johnson Fain, Suma has been involved in all aspects of the design process through construction for a variety of building types including creative office, schools, hospitality, residential, and civic projects.  Suma attended California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where she received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree.  Suma is a CA Registered Architect.

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Vice Chair

Severine Tatangelo, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Séverine Tatangelo is a forward-thinker. French by birth, Angelina by adoption, Séverine has been working across the world as an architect for over 20 years, elevating her craft in the luxury sectors of high-end hospitality, and residential design. Through her work with Studio PCH, the boutique architectural firm she founded in Malibu, California, in 2008, Séverine engages in the social conversation, contributing to an ongoing change in lifestyles, while transcending rules, genres, and medium.

Séverine and her team have been providing dynamic designs, outstanding craftsmanship, and unparalleled building solutions for projects located around the globe.
Studio PCH’s stellar reputation was built on the many high-end hospitality projects (Nobu restaurants and luxury hotels) and upscale private residences that Séverine and her team excelled in creating and delivering.

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Past Chair

Tina Aghassian, Assoc. AIA

Tina is a Principal at HLB Lighting Design with over two decades of lighting design experience. Her passion for design is fueled by a profound empathy – an ability to isolate the metaphor of a project, consider the implications, and develop nuanced lighting solutions that resonate with the design intent. As a design leader she brings a remarkable attention to detail and commitment to quality that elevates the built environment and celebrates the finer points of design. Tina brings a passion for storytelling to her projects and is an avid believer in sustainable and humancentric design practices. She volunteers her time with various organizations, is a mentor to many, and is a firm believer in lifelong learning.

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