2020 AIA LA Board of Directors Election Platforms and Bios

Architect, Associate, Fellows & Emeritus Members-in-good-standing of AIA|LA are eligible to vote for one (1) Vice President/President-Elect, one (1) Secretary, two (2) Directors, and one (1) AIACA Representative.

Only Associate Members in-good-standing of AIA|LA are eligible to vote for Ex Officio Associate Director.

Voting will be open from Tuesday, October 1, 2019 until Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM Pacific time, at which time the votes will be tabulated. Results will be made public at the Board Meeting on November 12, 2019. Voting results will be broadcast via email to the AIA|LA membership on Thursday, November 14, 2019 and  posted on

Voting has closed for the 2020 Board election and Bylaws revision.

To conform with the EDI Guidelines adopted by the AIA|LA that support Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in the chapter, 2020 Candidate Bios and Platforms will not include candidate headshots. This step also helps focus attention on candidate platforms. Thank you for taking this step with us.

AIA Los Angeles Proposed Bylaws Revision 2020

AIA|LA last made changes to our Chapter’s bylaws in 2016. Since then, our Governance Task Force has reviewed and revised the document extensively, and the new bylaws have been approved by AIA National and by AIA|LA’s Board of Directors. The final revision of the bylaws was completed on March 19, 2018.

Along with nominations for officers on our 2020 Board, Architect and Associate members of the AIA|LA in good standing will be voting this fall on ratification of the new bylaws. Voting will be open from October 1 – November 12, 2019 at 12:00 noon PT. Results will be announced to the membership on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

You may review the revised document at the link, which will be available throughout the voting period. If you have questions, please contact the Chapter Office at





Vice President/President Elect (one position available in 2020; 3-year term)

Wade Killefer, FAIA

Wade started KFA in 1975 and it has been his only job since he quit framing houses to attend architecture school. Wade was born in San Francisco and grew up in Washington, D.C., before receiving his B.A. in English from Stanford. He attended UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he met Barbara Flammang, his partner for 40 years; they were married in 1977 and have two adult children. Barbara and Wade received a special City Re-Builder of the year from the AIA/LA in 2004 for their work igniting adaptive reuse in DTLA. Wade was elected to the College of Fellows in 2006.


The strategic plan goals of Inspiration, Inclusivity, Advocacy, Value and Relevancy that the Board set for itself in 2018 are going to be channeled into the Conference on Architecture 2020. We have a City rich in historic and progressive architecture that we will share with our fellow professionals from throughout the country; we will be highlighting our successes and treasures but also our evident failure to adequately house all our citizens. If elected Vice President of the chapter, I will work hard for a successful Conference as we celebrate our City and educate our citizens in the value of Architecture.

Secretary (one position available; 2-year term)
Kevin M. Holland, FAIA


Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, NOMAC, has practiced architecture for over 25 years, and from 2015-16, served as the 30th National President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan, Kevin holds, or has held, architectural registrations in Delaware, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.  As a recent transplant to Los Angeles, Kevin now serves as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles studio of Perkins and Will.  In this capacity, Kevin was instrumental in establishing the first Annual Perkins and Will Visiting Scholar at Tuskegee University.


I was raised with the understanding that there are many that are less fortunate—most due to circumstances beyond their control. I find myself at the intersection of life experiences and the opportunity to engage with united forces capable of affecting change.  Addressing these circumstances: Diversity, Homelessness, and School Safety–as a policy-influencer, outside of the legislative process—and identifying and developing Citizen Architects—policy-influencers within the legislative process—is a calling, in which, I truly believe. I am seeking the AIA|LA Board Secretary position because of the contribution that I believe that I can offer to the organization’s mission.

AIA California (AIACA) Representative (one position available; 2-year term)
John Egan, AIA
EGAN | SIMON architecture

As Principal of EGAN|SIMON architecture, John Egan’s 24+ years of practice has focused on affordable housing, education, hospitality and mixed-use projects. Being a licensed architect, and well‐versed in both design and construction management, his work is recognized by many organizations including the Clinton Global Initiative, US Green Building Council and the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH).  He is routinely called upon to speak at events including the Annual Housing California Conference and California Affordable Housing Development Association.  John believes in environmentally responsible architecture and his practice borrows from the past, and current technologies, to create progressive architecture.

Serving as a representative for the AIA California Representative for the Los Angeles Chapter, I will be able to further expand the reach of environmental. affordable housing in California. I believe that during our lifetime, we are docents to our family, colleagues and community so to leave the next generation something better. Affordable housing is at a crisis point in all major metropolitan areas across the country.  In addition, the future of the A/E/C industry is changing, and ‘green’ innovation leads the charge. My goal is to lead an agenda by which California continues to be leaders in both areas.


Director (two positions available; 3-year term)
Ziba Ghassemi, AIA
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group

Ziba is Vice President of Airport Design at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a global developer focused on making positive social, cultural, environmental and economic contributions to users and communities. She has led the experiential design of airport terminals across the country, including LAX Bradley International, Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6, Chicago O’Hare, and Boston Logan. Her approach to design brings local architects and experts from private and public sector together with an internal team of multi-disciplinary experts, to foster an investigative and explorative process where smart products, technology, sustainable features and strategies for resiliency all contribute to creating a more connected transportation facility and traveler experience.

At URW, I am an active member of our CSR committee, Women Network, Internship Program and a mentor for our intern’s annual ‘Innovation Project’. My ability to organize diverse, multi-disciplinary project teams, both internally and externally, gives me the foundation I need to be an asset to the AIA|LA. Together, we can help shape the future of this industry and ensure it’s more inclusive – with more ideas, more perspectives and greater diversity. It would be an honor to collaborate with the AIA|LA Board of Directors to find innovative ways to showcase Los Angeles as the America’s hub for diverse, award-winning architecture.

Director (two positions available; 3-year term)
Dan Herman, AIA, LEED GA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

A native of LA, Dan has been active in LA’s architecture world for over 20 years. After graduating from Harvard GSD (1998), he worked for SOM, Fred Fisher, DMJM and AECOM. He is currently Associate Director at SOM, focusing on large-scale mixed-use projects including Sunset La Cienega, 100 West Walnut and 1111 Sunset. He was on the Board of the LA Forum from 2003-2007 and on the City of Glendale’s Design Review Board from 2011-2013. Dan has taught studio at USC and has been a guest critic at UCLA, SCI-Arc, Woodbury and Art Center. NCARB member. LEED Green Associate.

My interest is our collective future. This is a transformative moment for our city. Climate change is here: in 20 years, “78 and sunny” may be “100 and humid”. How will we adapt? We are seeing a shift away from the single-family house to multi-family, live/work, communal spaces. LA is going vertical—more towers. LAX and Metro are expanding and endlessly upgrading. Are freeway cap parks the answer to our need for open space? Architects are uniquely well-positioned to probe our collective future. LA’s architecture community needs to get organized or be left behind. The AIA|LA can be the forum.

Director (two positions available; 3-year term)
Carol Lanham, AIA
Kitchell CEM

For most of my career, I’ve specialized in justice projects including courthouses, jails and correctional facilities. People think that’s weird but I’ve always found them to be fascinating. I am Program Manager and Justice Market Sector Lead at Kitchell CEM consulting in the LA County CEO office. Since moving to LA in 2016 I’ve been active in AIA serving as 2018 Pasadena & Foothill Chapter President, member of AIA|LA Practice Committee and co-chair of the national 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Conference, as well as AWA+D, where I’m organizing a mid-career mentoring group kicking off in January.

Face it. Architecture is changing fast! AI, VR, immersive architecture, Big Data, smart buildings, smart cities, net-zero, carbon neutral, climate change, sustainability, resiliency, Design/Build, Progressive Design/Build, modular construction, 3D printed construction, affordable housing, ADUs…the list goes on. And somehow, architects still have to worry about profitability, staff retention and training their replacements. As AIA, we should be leaders in the industry and also the voice, promotor and advocate of our profession. I want to help this chapter provide programs, educational opportunities and present technologies that enhance our businesses, make us better architects and enable us to lead industry change.

Director (two positions available; 3-year term)
Cory Taylor, AIA
Belzberg Architects, LLP

Cory Taylor, AIA, received his Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He has a broad and extensive background in architecture, construction, industrial design, and digital fabrication techniques, and processes. In his over 20 years of practice, he has designed and built public schools, libraries, multi-family complexes, high-rise condominiums, hospitals, cultural centers, and art galleries across the U.S.A. His work has received numerous accolades including several AIA Design Awards, and, as a Partner at Belzberg Architects, he maintains professional licensure in New York, Colorado, and California.

Commercial and residential development continues to be a driving economic force in Southern California. In my experience as both architect and developer, the architect’s influence and role in this realm is significantly compromised for a number of reasons. In becoming an AIA LA Director, I will help set an agenda that will provide support, direction, and advocacy for architects, helping to educate and empower our peers to take a larger role in the responsible and sustainable growth of our built environment.

Director (two positions available; 3-year term)
Warren Techentin, AIA 
Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]


As founder of Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH] and Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Architecture, Warren’s practice is a balance of research and applied design strategies informed by his long standing interest of urban environments, multi-family housing, performative systems, material assemblies and pop culture and the effect they have on the making of form, space, and the participatory dimension of architecture


Before founding his own firm, Warren worked at Techentin Buckingham Architecture, Morphosis, Selldorf Architects, and Architecture Studio in France. Warren received his BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley, and both a MArch and MAUD from Harvard University.


As a practitioner and faculty member at the USC School of Architecture, I have been deeply invested in the study, design, and construction of housing. If elected I will be a proponent for housing in all its various forms and will continue all efforts to build affordable and equitable housing in our city and beyond.


Additionally, as a Board member of Materials&Applications and former LA Forum President, I have been an advocate for alternative and diverse voices within architecture culture and design. I will continue to push for an architecture which engages inter-disciplinary boundaries and gives voice to future design advocates and practitioners.

Associate Director Ex Officio (one position available; 2-year term)
Francisco Arias, Assoc. AIA 
Ware Malcomb

Francisco is a Senior Project Designer at Ware Malcomb, an international design firm providing planning, architecture, interior design, branding, civil engineering and building measurement services to commercial real estate and corporate clients throughout North America. He is actively involved in a series of projects in various stages of design and has been an integral part of design teams working on large-scale mixed-use projects internationally. As design leader, Francisco provides 11+ yrs of expertise to a diverse portfolio of projects, he embraces their respective communities and takes pride in helping them thrive.

I believe the future of our industry is directly intertwined with that of our communities. In order to maintain this relationship, we need to create both collaborative and informational opportunities with our communities and invest and develop future leaders within our very own ranks. I aim to continue to support and develop programs that seek to bridge the gap between the AEC community and the public which we vow to serve. I believe that by providing mentorship and collaborative opportunities we are investing in the future of our industry and our built environment.

Associate Director Ex Officio (one position available; 2-year term)
Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA
Clark Construction

Discussions on the practice of architecture and the role of the architect should expand to include conversations on alternate paths of practice and career. I see the platform of Associate Director at AIA LA as an opportunity to diversify the conversation on career and practice with a focus on unlicensed members and their career paths.

I hold a Master’s Degree from SCI-Arc in Metropolitan Research and Design and have had the opportunity to work with architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firms. My career path has provided invaluable exposure to diverse approaches to project management, delivery and construction locally, nationally and internationally.
Helping set up the next generation of architects and expanding the discussion on the role of the architect has always been important to me, leading to my involvement through the years with ACE, NOMA Project Pipeline, and ASCE.

Voting has closed for the 2020 Board election and bylaws revision.

The following are the current Board Members who will continue their terms in 2020:

• President: Greg Verabian, AIA
• Past President: Barbara Bouza, FAIA
• Treasurer: Mitra Memari, AIA
• Director: Pooja Bhagat, AIA
• Director: Fabian Kremkus, AIA
• Director: Sarah Lorenzen, AIA
• Director: Jason Morris, AIA
• Director: Leslie Sydnor, AIA
• AIACA Representative: Carissa Oyedele, AIA
• Public Director: Christopher Hawthorne
• Associate Director: Hector Puga, Assoc. AIA