MOBIUS LA 2010 Presenter Bios: Saturday June 26th

MOBIUS LA 2010 Presenter Bios: Saturday June 26th

4th annual MOBIUS LA @ Dwell on Design
June 24-26, 2010 | LA Convention Center
One Place. One Event. All of your Continuing Education Units.



[listed in alphabetical order by last name]

Michelle Baylor - Clark Construction Group
(Mitigating Methane per Los Angeles City Code)

  • Michelle Baylor graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She started with Clark Construction as an Office Engineer working on the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD. Afterwards, she joined Clark Foundations where she worked at the Dulles East APM project. From there, she moved to California and worked on the LAC+USC Replacement Hospital in Los Angeles. Currently, she is an Assistant Superintendent with Clark Construction working on the University Gateway project.

Marianne Brown - LAUSD “Greening our Schools” Committee
(Food for Thought: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture in the Era of Sustainability)

  • Marianne Brown is a leader in the urban agriculture movement within Los Angeles schools. Ms. Brown received her Master Gardener Certificate from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program, is an active member of the California Instructional School Garden Network and LAUSD’s “Greening our Schools” Committee. Ms. Brown teaches gardening/sustainability issues in several LAUSD schools. She has assisted students in establishing a monthly booth at a farmer’s market, developed and pilot tested garden-based curricula for high school students, and assisted in a small learning community where sustainable agriculture is a core element. Prior to working in the school agriculture movement, Brown was a lecturer for twenty years in the UCLA School of Public Health. Brown has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, K-8 Teaching Credential and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Chase - City of West Hollywood
(Massive Media: Real Estate Development and Urban Mythology in Southern California)

  • For the past 14 years John Chase has been the Urban Designer for the City of West Hollywood. His book, Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving, received a PEN nomination for best book on the visual arts in 2001. Other books include Everyday Urbanism with co-editors John Kaliski and Margaret Crawford, and Exterior Decoration. He is a former architecture critic for the San Franciso Examiner, and former Disney Imagineer. Mr. Chase has also worked in various architecture and design offices in Southern California and had his own design firm.

Charles Cross, ASLA - Detroit Collaborative Design Center, University of Detroit Mercy
(Food for Thought: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture in the Era of Sustainability)

  • Charles Cross, ASLA is Adjunct Professor and the Research and Design Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He holds a BS in Agriculture from Western Michigan University, a BS in Urban Landscape Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from City College of New York. Currently, Mr. Cross is working on a master plan for a large-scale organic urban agriculture project in Detroit. This project will include several vacant houses reused as greenhouses, with others to be used for mushroom production. In an effort to extend the growing season, a series of hoop houses will be constructed on vacant lots. An assortment of crops will be grown on vacant lots, which will be assembled in 25-50 acre pods. An urban aquaculture center is also being planned in a vacant industrial building.

Glen Dake - LA Community Garden Council
(Food for Thought: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture in the Era of Sustainability)

  • Mr. Dake is a landscape architect in private practice, serves as secretary of the LA Community Garden Council, and is board president of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust. The LA Community Garden Council works to support the 70 gardens growing in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) facilitates the creation of small, accessible community open space, such as parks and gardens, to address the inequity of open spaces in Los Angeles' underserved neighborhoods, and to ensure community participation and collaboration in every step of the process of creating these parks and community gardens.

Paula Daniels - Food Policy Task Force, City of LA
(Food for Thought: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture in the Era of Sustainability)

  • Paula Daniels is a commissioner with the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, which is responsible for the infrastructure of the City of Los Angeles. She provides leadership in the area of sustainable water policy, including watershed and urban runoff management, groundwater recharge, and water re-use. Most recently Commissioner Daniels was appointed to the City of LA Food Policy Task Force, which will provide a report and recommendations on city food policy and a foodshed assessment. It will conduct research on a number of topics, including food access, sustainable agriculture and pesticide use, nutrition education programs, and urban/rural community relationships. For over 20 years, Daniels has been actively involved in California environmental policy issues in large part due to her longtime and close involvement with Heal the Bay, an environmental group whose mission is to improve and protect Southern California coastal waters and beaches. Daniels was also commissioner with the California Coastal Commission, and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority.

Dave Dazé - Cetco
(Mitigating Methane per Los Angeles City Code)

  • Dave Daze is the Southwest Regional Technical Sales Manager for CETCO Remediation Technologies. Dave has been with CETCO since 2007 working extensively with environmental engineers, consultants and architects to provide technologies to mitigate methane and vapor intrusion.

Ezequiel Farca, Mexican Architects Association - Ezequiel Farca Corporation
(Tradition Goes Modern: Modern Design that Reinvents a Traditional Palette)

  • One of Mexico's most prominent designers, Ezequiel Farca has obtained iconic status for his clean, modern, and uniquely warm aesthetic. Sought after for his innovative take on everything from interior architecture to product design, Farca has worked on everything from Aeromexico's plane interiors to urban renewal projects in the heart of Mexico City. Farca's many accolades and design awards include the Red dot award for Stanza bath products, Quorum Prize for the best designer in Mexico, the Good Design Award for his iconic Zihua Lounge Chair, the Best of Year Product Design award from Interior Design Magazine, and the International Design Award in 2008. Farca was nominated Best Designer of the Year by Ambiente magazine, won Architectural Record's Design Icons Award, and has been featured in architecture and design magazines throughout the world. Farca is perhaps best known for his design collaborations with Mexico's most celebrated architects. He was commissioned to develop the furniture and interior architecture on Mexico's famous Habita Hotel by Enrique Norten, and on Reforma 222 by architect Teodoro Gozalez de Leon, both in Mexico City. Other well known commissions include Ventanas as Paraiso in Los Cabos and the Veneros development by ICON group in Puerta Vallarta. Commercially, Farca's studio has designed high profile products or environments for a host of industrial clients, including Corian Dupont, Stanza, Comex, Nouvel Studio, Res-In, Cocinas Olimpic, and now Aeromexico airline. The Ezequiel Farca Design Studio opened in 1995, and shortly afterwards its flagship furniture showroom opened in Polanco, the most upscale neighborhood of Mexico City. In this posh location, the showroom shares a sidewalk with the world's most recognizable fashion, jewelry and other luxury brands. In 2007 RM, along with Arquine jointly published the book, EZEQUIELFARCA, which was distributed by R.A.M. publications in the United States and Canada, and by Actar D in the European Union. The book is available at architecture, design and art bookstores worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) bookstore in New York.

Mike Gehring, FAIA, LEED AP - Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
(Architects Should Develop...Not Developers)

  • Mike Gehring was the recipient of the AIA California Allied Professionals Honor Award in 2007, recognized for his support and contribution to the practice of architectural design. He has lectured multiple times at Lightfair, the international lighting convention attended by more than 15,000 people. As an architect and a LEED accredited professional, Mike has the ability to seamlessly integrate his architectural training with his lighting design expertise. Mike's lighting projects have been published in Architectural Record, Interiors, Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Architectural Lighting, Lighting Dimensions, LD+A, Professional Lighting Design, International Lighting Review, and Retail Image.

Eric Haas, AIA - DSH
(Massive Media: Real Estate Development and Urban Mythology in Southern California)

  • Eric Haas, AIA is a non-native Angeleno and Principal of DSH, whose recent awards include an AIA Los Angeles Design Honor Award and a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award. Haas teaches design studios at the University of Southern California, and is a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, where he teaches history & theory. His interests range from design theory and urban histories to material research and tectonic logics. He received a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and holds an M.Arch from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Amber Hawkes, AICP, Affiliate AIA|LA - Torti Gallas and Partners
(Why Mixed-Use Isn't Always the Answer)

  • Amber Hawkes, AICP is an urban designer at Torti Gallas and Partners, managing Specific- Master- and Vision-planning projects around the nation. She has written and lectured about urban design and planning issues, and recently led the LA 2.0 think-tank event and panel with GOOD Magazine that brought together a select group of urban practitioners from Los Angeles, to strategize about how to improve the physical urban environment. Ms Hawkes has her masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Amer Hazboon, P.E. - Miller Brooks Environmental, Inc.
(Mitigating Methane per Los Angeles City Code)

  • Amer Hazboon, PE is the Senior Engineer for Miller Brooks Environmental. He has practiced as a Licensed California Civil Engineer in the Environmental Sector since 2003. Being a City of Los Angeles Registered Deputy Inspector for Methane Mitigation Systems and a certified Liquid Boot Inspector and having a background in vapor intrusion studies and gas collection design has helped him successfully address his clients vapor mitigation needs.

Tom Henschel - Essential Communications
(The Look & Sound of Leadership: Presentations That Rock)

  • Tom Henschel has been coaching business leaders to achieve "The Look & Sound of Leadership" since 1992. An energetic, charismatic speaker, Tom helps professionals polish their executive presence at companies such as Amgen, Disney, Symantec, Toyota, Warner Bros. and Wet Design. His ability to engage his audiences comes naturally: he trained as a classical actor at The Juilliard School and went on to perform in over 100 professional plays and episodes of television during his 20+ years as an actor and director. He currently runs Essential Communications, an executive development firm, and was a founder of Corporate Coaching International.

Mia Lehrer, FASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates
(Food for Thought: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture in the Era of Sustainability)

  • Mia Lehrer, FASLA, is the president of Mia Lehrer + Associates, known for its design and development of a wide spectrum of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects. Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Under the leadership of Ms. Lehrer, the firm has been a leader in creating award-winning designs and distinctive venues for a diverse range of public and private projects.

Martin Leitner, Assoc. AIA - Urban Studio
(Why Mixed-Use Isn't Always the Answer)

  • Martin Leitner, senior designer at Urban Studio, has worked on architectural and urban design projects in Southern California and Europe. His experience includes sustainable design practices, commercial and residential developments, and developing urban design and feasibility studies for private developers and public agencies. Martin has a particular interest in the design of cities seeing our built environment as the spatial embodiment of life. Martin studied economics at University College London, UK and holds a professional degree in architecture from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany.

Tom Marble, AIA - Marble Architecture
(Massive Media: Real Estate Development and Urban Mythology in Southern California)

  • Tom Marble, AIA is a native Angeleno who studied architecture at UC Berkeley and Yale. After working for firms as diverse as Morphosis and SOM, Rios Associates and The Irvine Company, Tom opened his own practice, Marble Architecture in 2001. Focusing on the design of buildings, cities, and stories, Marble Architecture is concerned as much with what buildings mean as how they are built or how they function. His recent book, After the city, this, was published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

James Mary O'Connor, AIA - Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
(Urban Campus Strategies: Bridging Academic and Civic Communities)

  • In 2007, James Mary O'Connor, AIA, received the AIA Young Architect Award, cited as a virtual ambassador for American architects he brings excellence, humanity, and honor to his profession. As Principal-in-Charge at Moore Ruble Yudell, James has provided design leadership for academic, campus, residential, and mixed-use urban projects, including the Grangegorman Masterplan in Dublin, Ireland and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Masterplan. James has taught design studios, lectured, and been invited as guest critic at various institutions including UCLA and numerous institutions in China including Tongji University in Shanghai. James has served as juror on several major architectural competitions.

Seyie Putsure, Allied Member ASID - Seyie Design
(Designing the Luxury Retail Brand: Secrets to Creating Successful In-Store Branding and Merchandising)

  • Seyie Putsure has over 10 years of experience in high fashion and interior design. She began her career as an executive with Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel in New York City. In 2003, Seyie pursued her career in interior design at UCLA's Professional Interior Design program. She has worked with renowned firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Seyie Design was founded in 2007, focusing on luxurious residential and retail interiors. Seyie was Fendi Casa's Designer of the Month for August 2008, participated in DIFFA's Dining by Design in September 2008, and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Display, Design Ideas Magazine and more.

Dwain Russell, Affiliate AIA|LA - Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
(ADA As Related To Openings)

  • Dwain has over thirty years in the Door Frame and Hardware Industry with a focus on Architectural Marketing for the last 17 years.

Sandie Samuells - Curly Buddha, Business Development & Brand Consultant
(Designing the Luxury Retail Brand: Secrets to Creating Successful In-Store Branding and Merchandising)

  • Sandie Samuells is a retail and brand development expert with 18 years of experience in luxury fashion. As President of Gucci's Sergio Rossi division, she revitalized its brand awareness in the U.S. She spearheaded Sergio Rossi's pop-up shop in 2005, the first by any Gucci division in the U.S. Sandie has also held positions as Vice President of Bally North America, Executive Director of Dior, and Director of Sales at Chanel. In 2007 she launched Curly Buddha in Los Angeles and New York, offering business development and brand consulting. She is a contributor to The SCAR Project, a not-for-profit photography project.

Georgia Sheridan - Torti Gallas and Partners
(Why Mixed-Use Isn't Always the Answer)

  • Georgia Sheridan works as an Urban Designer and Project Manager at Torti Gallas and Partners. Her work focuses on the linkages between urban design and economic development. Georgia has written for Planetizen and The Next American City and lectured at national conferences on planning and design issues. Georgia is the co-creator of the City 2.0 Project, a collaboration with GOOD Magazine and The Public Studio to create innovative, informal think tanks around the nation focused on the design of cities. She received her Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, where she was awarded the CAUPD Fellowship to work in Shanghai.

David Sloane - USC School of Planning
(Massive Media: Real Estate Development and Urban Mythology in Southern California)

  • David Sloane, Ph.D., is the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, where he teaches courses in urban planning, policy, and history, and community health planning and policy. His research examines urban planning and public health, neighborhood dynamics of public safety and crime, and public and private commemoration. He has served on the board of advisors to the Journal of the American Planning Association and as a director of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He currently serves as moderator for the Medicine and Public Health Work Group sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute for the Study of California and the West.

Mike Tadros - Igloo Studios
(Create Stunning Architectural Presentations in Google SketchUp)

  • Mike is the principal and co-founder of Igloo Studios (, an AEC Industry Media Company, established in 2004. His work experiences have been focused on the uses and implementations of CAD applications and digital media throughout all stages of the design + build process. Mike is also the lead educator for School (, Igloo's Continuing Education Studio. Mike is a proud alumnus of University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Edward K. Takahashi, FAIA, CCS - Edward K. Takahashi Architectural Corporation
(What My Mother Didn't Tell Me About...Design and Construction)

  • After 28 years of design/construction administration practice involving commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, religious, medical and residential projects, Mr. Takahashi has spent the past 28 years as an architectural expert consultant in over 700 litigation assignments, regarding architect's standard of care, construction industry inter-relationships and construction technology. He developed a nail gauge for field measuring nails, involved in testing fireblocking material in concealed spaces, fire tested SBS cap sheet underlayment for cement and clay roof tiles, and had strength of plywood and OSB tested for shear capacities.

Reba Toney - Morning Show Host, The Fish 95.9 FM
(Designing the Luxury Retail Brand: Secrets to Creating Successful In-Store Branding and Merchandising)

  • Reba Toney can be heard daily on Los Angeles' family-friendly morning radio show, The Fish 95.9 FM. Her dating book, THE RATING GAME (St. Martins Press, June 2009) made Amazon's Best Sellers List, for which she appeared on The Early Show, Today Australia, and Morning TV in Miami, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Reba has traveled with World Relief Organizations to Central America, Ecuador, Africa, Haiti, The Bahamas, and Jamaica, to raise millions of dollars on behalf of needy children. She resides in the Hollywood Hills with her daughter.

Mario Violich, AIA, ASLA - Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
(Urban Campus Strategies: Bridging Academic and Civic Communities)

  • With his background in landscape architecture and architecture, Mario Violich's professional and academic experiences blur the traditional boundaries between building and landscape. Mario's design leadership has influenced a spectrum of projects at Moore Ruble Yudell, ranging from master planning and mixed-use urban projects, to institutional buildings and single-family homes. His design approach is rooted in the exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of the design process. Mario has been an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UCLA Extension since 1993, and has been invited as a guest critic and lecturer to institutions including UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and the J. Paul Getty Museum.



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