2018 AIA Los Angeles Committees

The committees which comprise AIA Los Angeles are the lifeblood of the Chapter. Collectively, their events, programs, communications and initiatives thematically shape the discourse of architecture & design in the Los Angeles region and help AIA|LA fulfill its mission to provide the leadership to improve the built and natural environment. Together with informing our members and the public about the latest developments in the industry, the committees also provide value through offering continuing education credits. The chapter staff liaison for each committee reports continuing education credits for all members who attend committee meetings and sign in on the attendance sheet.

The committees operate through their individual leadership groups which typically comprise of a Chair, a Vice Chair and a Past Chair.  Implementing term limits is intended to encourage a clear framework of succession in committee leadership with designation of vice chair, chair & past chair. The Committee Chairs serve a 2-year term as Chair, while the board has the ability to extend terms in exceptional cases.

Following is a list of active committees for 2018 with the contact information for committee leadership and staff liaisons. If you are interested in joining a committee or require more information please contact the appropriate staff liaison for the committee.

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The 2x8 Committee organizes, produces and curates the annual 2x8 Exhibition and Scholarship Competition. The 2x8 Exhibition's goal is to celebrate California's schools of architecture, while honoring top students of design and architecture. The program provides two students from each school, selected by faculty to represent the program, with an opportunity to showcase their best work at a public venue and with potential to receive scholarships to further their education as tomorrow's top architects and designers.

In 2018, the 11 participating schools were as follows: California College of the Arts; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Long Beach; East Los Angeles College Department of Architecture; Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design; NewSchool of Architecture and Design; Otis College of Art; Southern California Institute of Architecture; UCLA Architecture and Urban Design; USC School of Architecture; and two entries from Woodbury School of Architecture.   

The group of young professionals that comprise this committee meet regularly throughout the year to strategize the exhibition, conceive the theme for the competition, design the logo and all graphic materials, coordinate communications with the schools and students, collect the students’ work, conceptualize and implement the exhibition, fund raise for the scholarships, contact a jury of professionals to evaluate the exhibited students’ work and award the scholarships and organize the exhibit opening reception. 

Chairs: Francisco Arias, Assoc. AIA & Joice Kuo, Assoc. AIA

Vice Chairs: Jenda Michl, Assoc. AIA & Derek Wong Assoc. AIA

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The Building Performance and Regulations Committee (BP&R) reviews issues affecting building performance and current building codes. The committee is most concerned with regulations and ordinances that affect architectural practice and is the primary venue for evaluating pending or newly enacted revisions to the building code.   

The committee aims to provide the most up to date analysis of issues that effect building performance and will continue to evaluate and discuss all new building code regulations and revisions.

Chair: Mark Savel, AIA

Vice Chair: Rhoden Skyles II, AIA

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Mission: The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that enhance the design quality and the environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community as the local voice on behalf of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) architects regarding sustainable design.

Principles: COTE is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capacity to sustain a shared, high quality of life, and reflects the architecture profession’s commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, while preserving our natural resources.  The committee’s directive is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.

Activities: As committee of the AIA COTE strives to educate and inform the (design) community about environmental and preservation issues, and advises the Institute on policy matters affecting the practice of architecture.  
Advocacy and outreach for educators, students, public and private institutions through is provided through various formats, including symposia, lecture series, architecture tours and educational programs.

COTE AIA|LA Reference Materials and Sustainable Resource Library

Please contact the staff liaison for information on the next monthly program.  

Chair: Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA / LEED BD+C

Vice Chair: Tighe Lanning, Assoc. AIA

Past-Chair: Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA. CO Architects

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The Design Awards Committee organizes the annual AIA|LA Design Awards Program and supports the production of the annual Design Awards Party & Ceremony. The Design Awards recognizes excellence in architecture and design as submitted by AIA members for projects either in the Los Angeles area or designed by members of the LA Chapter anywhere.

An engaged group of professionals, the Design Awards committee meets regularly from February through October to review and generate the annual Call for Entry, discuss and select the juries, organize jury day, conceptualize and install the program’s exhibition and provide input in regard to the production of the awards ceremony in October. 

Chair: Ashley Richardson, AIA

Vice Chair: Becky Cohen, Assoc. AIA

Past Chair: Leslie Young, Assoc. AIA & Deena Weiner-Widran, AIA

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Fellowship is the highest honor that can be accorded AIA Architect members. Candidates must have ten years membership and demonstrate excellence and influence in one of five particular categories. The Fellows Committee, on behalf of the chapter, identifies, invites, and nominates qualified members for elevation to Fellowship. The committee also mentors and assigns mentors to assist the nominees in preparing their submittal portfolios.

The committee meets a minimum of five times to discuss and review the work of potential candidates, determine nominees to put forward from AIA Los Angeles, mentor candidates through the submission process and ensure that submittals are completed by the deadline. Staff emails committee members and program attendees and maintain/update the committee mailing list.

Once AIA National announces the annual list of Fellows, the Fellows Committee host a reception for newly elevated Chapter members. More information may be obtained from the co-chairs. Specific rules, deadlines and frequently asked questions are available online at www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAS075320.

Co-Chair: Andrea Cohen Gehring, FAIA - Partner, DLR Group

Co-Chair: John V. Mutlow, FAIA - John V. Mutlow Architects

Co-Chair: Marvin Taff, FAIA 

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The AIA|LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare (CAH) facilitates networking in the architectural community in Los Angeles by acting as a focal point for sharing information relating to health facility planning, design and construction. The committee meets to discuss changes in regulatory trends and to update members on the latest developments in delivery of care, allocation of resources and to collaborate in developing opportunities.

One of the most active committees in the chapter, the highly attended CAH monthly presentation programs focus on continuing education, the future of healthcare design, delivery improvements and required disabled access learning units. In 2016 the committee will continue their monthly presentation program with an aim to provide a “view of the future” to its members and will ensure that the committee continues to provide “added value” to the healthcare delivery process.

The Committee is supported by steering group comprised of multiple stakeholders who devote their time and energies to meet; discuss topics; help organize sessions and find venues and funding sources for committee initiatives. 

Chair: Parini Mehta, AIA, CO Architects & Chai Jayachandran, AIA

Past Chair: Richard Houston, AIA, HKS Architects

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The AIA|LA Historic Resources Committee (HRC) seeks to raise the awareness and the appreciation for Los Angeles’s exceptional architectural and design heritage, with enhanced access to exemplary historic precedents, and to provide educational resources for their preservation.

The AIA|LA Historic Resources Committee (AIA|LA|HRC) is pleased to announce its Resiliency Initiative, a multi-year effort to inform and engage the profession in how to preserve and adapt Los Angeles’ cultural resources in light of environmental, economic, and social change. Topics to be covered include: Seismic, Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Economics.  The first of this series brought attention to Mayor Garcetti’s plan to improve Los Angeles’ seismic resiliency.

Chair: John Margolis, AIA

Vice Chair: Vacant

Past Chair: John Lesak, AIA - Page & Turnbull

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The committee’s mission is to increase awareness of significant interior architecture within the greater Los Angeles area among the architecture and design community, as well as the supporting manufacturer, vendor and construction community. 
LiveWorkPlayEat was the committees program guide for 2016. Special events to bring together the community included a Spring Tour, Happy Hour at an AIA LA Restaurant Design Award Winner, Los Angeles Design Showroom Spotlight and an Interior Architecture Enrichment Event. 
The Spring Tour provides access to several exclusive projects that feature stellar examples of interior architectural design. The Restaurant mixer at a local AIA LA Restaurant Design Award Winner will provide an opportunity to meet and greet the Restaurant Designer and networking opportunities during a fun happy hour event. The Showroom Spotlight would highlight an influential designer or line at a local Design Showroom.  The IA enrichment event would coincide with another Los Angeles event that is not specifically architecture but related to Interior Architecture. The goal is to engage the interior architecture community with the greater LA art and design community. 


Chair: Colleen Peach, AIA

Vice Chair: Amy Rangel, AIA

Past Chair: Brandon Guzman, AIA - SmithGroupJJR

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The Political Outreach Committee (POC) mission is to help establish a political voice for architects and perform leadership outreach to policy makers and elected officials on matters of importance to AIA|LA and its membership. The POC’s goals and objectives are to develop policy positions on matters related to the built environment, urban design, and the practice of architecture. The POC can serve both as a catalyst that initiates new policy and as an advocate and advisor that encourages and promotes proposed City policies already in development.

The POC meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month and all AIA|LA members are welcome to attend. By contributing pro-actively to the discussion, volunteers help the committee develop a legislative agenda for the Chapter, which forms the thesis of the annual Legislative Day at City Hall. In addition to scheduling meetings with Council Members, Planning Deputies, the Mayor's Office and numerous General Managers and Directors of the vast array of City departments, the POC works closely with key staff members in the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety, LADOT, the Planning Department, LADWP, LAWA and Bureau of Engineer/ Public Works. 

Chair: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA - Rockefeller Partners Architects  

Vice Chair: Manny Gonzalez, FAIA - KTGY Architecture + Planning

Past Chair: Gwynne Pugh, FAIA - Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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PRACTICE COMMITTEE (currently inactive, see 


Representatives from architecture and engineering firms in Los Angeles originally organized the AIA|LA Practice Committee with a focus on large-scale public and institutional building projects. Their purpose was to create an effective interface with various agencies and significant client entities to facilitate exchange of information and ideas in technical, design and business issues that affect our industry. Concurrently, in 2017, the AIA|LA International Practice Committee was working on promoting the unique talents of Los Angeles Architects in the Global community and crafted events that would facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise concerning the international practice of architecture amongst our members.

In 2012, the AIA|LA International Practice Committee was merged with the AIA Practice committee to form one unit that will oversee all aspects of architectural practice at the city, state, federal and global level.  

The committee will focus on business issues relating to Architecture and Engineering contracting practices at home and abroad with emphasis on lectures, programs and events that highlight technology related to the delivery of Architectural and Engineering services.

Chair: Vacant

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The Urban Design Committee (UDC) serves as an advocacy group supporting legislative initiatives and public and private investments that improve urban design in Los Angeles. The committee hosts regular information meetings and initiates workshops and programs to address a variety of current urban design issues.   

Chair:  Alex Anamos, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C

Vice Chair: Tony Pleskow, AIA

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In 2016, the Women in Architecture Committee developed from a strong desire to empower and promote positive change for women in the field of architecture, heavily fueled by the influential POWERFUL: Women Leading Design conference series. The committee's mission is to promote Gender Equity in the profession.

The committee meets monthly for a series of lectures, networking opportunities, and workshops.  WiA leads the organization of the annual POWERFUL event in the Fall.

The Women In Architecture will maintain a focus of embracing diversity through inclusion, encouraging professional growth through networking and interactions, promoting leadership and offering career guidance, endorsing community outreach, and providing support to women in their career development in architecture.

Chairs: Jenna Knudsen, AIA & Melanie Freeland, AIA

Vice Chairs: Lani Lee, AIA & Annette Wu, AIA

Past Chair: Pooja Bhagat, AIA

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09-May-2018 04:11 PM
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