2017 AIA LA Board of Directors Election

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

For the 2017 Election, please note that following the open solicitation period – during which AIA|LA Chapter Architect-Members-in-Good-Standing were invited to submit additional names for any of the open offices – only one additional name was received. As such, the elections for Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, and Directors are uncontested. Only the AIACC Representative position is a contested election.

Voting will be open from Tuesday, October 4, 2016 until Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM, at which time the votes will be tabulated. Results will be made public at the Board Meeting on November 22. Voting results will be broadcast via email to the AIA|LA membership on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 and also posted on www.aialosangeles.org.




Tania Van Herle, AIA   Harley Ellis Devereaux


As Managing Principal for Harley Ellis Devereaux, Tania Van Herle is responsible for the operation of the firm’s Los Angeles Architecture & Engineering practice. With experience in the technical, management and business development areas of the practice, she is the Corporate Treasurer for the firm and has served on the Board since 2006.

With over 20 years of experience in architecture, Tania has managed the Los Angeles Practice in the design and construction of K12 Education, Higher Education, Corporate & Commercial and Science & Technology projects.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tania earned a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, followed by a Masters of Architecture I, all earned at UCLA. Tania is currently serving as past chair of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA-LA, she is a past graduate of the 2013 Southern California Leadership group, and is serving on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

People are at the center of everything we do: they are our clients who commission our projects, they are our employees who execute design, and they are the community at large who enjoy our work. Living and working in Los Angeles we enjoy a diverse community unlike any other. Diversity is of great value to all professions leading to positive impacts to the bottom line. It is particularly important to the architecture profession: expanding our talent pool, driving greater creativity and innovation, and enriching our project team’s solutions.

As a founding co-chair of the Women in Architecture committee of AIA|LA, the mission to promote gender equity in architecture has found a strong and engaged following. Through the AIA|LA, great strides can be made through advocacy, education, networking and outreach to further drive gender equity and diversity within the profession. It will be an honor to serve the chapter and its constituents in driving this issue forward.


Greg Verabian, AIA   HKS

Greg Verabian AIA is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with over 26 years of experience as a design leader. He is an Associate Principal and Design/Practice leader in the Los Angeles office of HKS Architects.

Greg has served on the board of directors of the AIA/LA Chapter, USC Architectural Guild, the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and is currently Chair of the Design Awards Committee for the AIA California Council. He is actively involved in academia, as visiting faculty for several design studio courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Southern California.

While fulfilling my responsibilities as Treasurer of the AIA|LA Chapter, and with a continued focus on design outreach, I will encourage the chapter’s leadership to continue promulgating the groundbreaking work of our local design firms.  

The Chapter needs to continue to enhance connections with organizations linked to the Los Angeles real estate/economic development community so we can collectively demonstrate that thoughtful and sustainably designed projects will enable our clients to achieve their business goals.

Alex Anamos, AIA   R&A Design

Alex Anamos is currently the Studio Director/Sr. Architect at R&A Architecture + Design in Culver City. The firm’s projects include seaside resorts, high-rise hotels, master planning, ski villages, large-scale commercial developments and multi-unit housing.

Prior to R&A, Alex was the Managing Director/Sr. Architect at Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA) and a Principal at KAA Design. His 20-year career includes projects like corporate headquarters, high-end residential projects and cultural institutions - allowing Alex to successfully collaborate with a variety of prominent business leaders, celebrities and artists.

Alex served on the AIA|LA Design Awards Committee for 5 years, and Co-Chaired that group for 2 years. He orchestrated the conversion of the Awards Committee submissions to digital format. Alex is currently the Co-Chair of the chapter's Urban Design Committee, where he has served for 3 years. He holds a Master Degree in Architecture from UCLA, and a BA in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.

After a long stint on the Chapter’s Design Awards Committee (2 years as Co-Chair), I’ve had the privilege of Co-Chairing the Urban Design Committee (UDC). Recent work by the UDC to battle the anti-growth “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” fostered intense collaboration among Planners, Writers, Educators, Developers, Planning Commissioners - and a host of allied design professionals. We had an inspiring dialogue about this metropolis’ accelerated growth and “densification”. It’s a powerful reminder that AIA|LA’s membership cannot act in a vacuum if our expertise is to influence L.A.’s built environment. We should always believe that great design can solve a host of urban dysfunction but should shift our thinking to embrace policy-making as an equally powerful tool for shaping our city’s next iteration. It should be the next Board’s mission to strengthen alliances with city hall, academia, neighborhood associations AND developers - and have them looking to us as the place-making experts.


Clay Holden, AIA   Clay Holden

For over 20 years, Clay Holden has been designing and building award-winning projects for renowned architects in Los Angeles.  Prior to founding his own practice Clay Holden Architecture in 2016, he contributed to the work of two of the three National AIA Firm Award winners from California, Moore Ruble Yudell and Pugh+Scarpa, as well as Chu+Gooding.  Clay has served as co-chair of the AIA/LA AOC for 7 years, and helped to build the recognition of the 2x8 show for over 10 years.  His AIA contributions garnered him the 2007 inaugural AIA/LA Associate of the Year Award.  Clay received his Bachelor in Science in Design at Clemson University, received his Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc, and was awarded the 2002-2003 Vico Fellowship to co-teach, research, and administer SCI-Arc’s European program in Switzerland.

I am particularly interested in engaging, supporting, and recognizing both the students and practicing faculty from the various design schools in the Los Angeles region.  In the past, I have been successful in leading this effort via the now dormant Academic Outreach Committee (AOC), 2x8 Student Exhibitions and Scholarships, the annual Academic Summit with school deans and students, and by creating ArchitecTours, a program that opened the doors of design offices in LA to provide tours to students.  I look to reinstitute and/or reinvent these committees and programs and consider other ways that the AIA can collaborate with this next generation of design practitioners, as well as the diverse group of those that teach and inspire them, a vast majority of which are practicing themselves.  Since playing an integral role in the first annual 2x8 Student Exhibition in 2002, Clay went on to lead the development of the next eleven exhibitions - designing six and advising five.  


David Brotman, FAIA   Sunset Consultants

David J. Brotman is founder and principal of Sunset Consultants, a firm that provides strategic, integrated services to developers, architects and other professional real estate-related firms. Prior to founding Sunset Consultants, David served as Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of RTKL Associates Inc. David has earned a worldwide reputation as an authority on mixed–use and commercial architecture. David has served as an expert witness and has provided litigation assistance. David holds a B. S. in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and he has taught at the university level. He is frequently a speaker at real estate development conferences and is a regular contributor to national and international journals. David is a former President of the American Institute of Architects California Council and has served as a California Regional Director on the National Board of the American Institute of Architects.  Currently, David serves as a Planning Commissioner in the City of Malibu, California.

As a Candidate for the position of AIALA California Council Representative I bring to the AIALA Board active involvement in the AIA for my entire 48-year professional career. I have served in leadership positions with AIA Baltimore, AIA Dallas, AIA Los Angeles, AIA California Council, and the American Institute of Architects National Component. I have contributed to local, state, and national components, serving in many different capacities including President of the AIA California Council.

My most recent involvement was as a member of the AIA’s Culture Collective, which focused on the AIA’s repositioning.  I am currently serving on the Center for Civic Leadership and as member its Leadership Institute Planning Committee, working with a group of energetic young professionals. At the other end of the spectrum I am one of four College of Fellows Regional Representatives for California.

Because of my background, and understanding of the workings of the AIA on all levels, I am in a position to hit the ground running and I am eager to do so. 


Lisa Fay Matthiessen, FAIA

Lisa Matthiessen has leveraged her architectural training to champion sustainable design, regionally and nationally, for over 25 years. Lisa was named a Fellow for her groundbreaking work; her Cost of Green reports provide statistical analysis of the cost implications of building green at every aspirational level. Lisa works at every scale – with cities and campuses to develop effective and realistic policy, and with individual project teams working to deliver high performance buildings. Working in various aspects of our industry – as a contractor, owner, architect, cost planner, and engineer – Lisa has developed a firm grasp of the respective needs and abilities of teams, especially in service of high performance design. Lisa has held leadership positions at local firms, including Davis Langdon, Buro Happold, and Integral Group. She has served on the AIA COTE National Advisory Group, the USGBC Board of Directors, and as the chair of LA-COTE.

As Representative to the AIACC, I will commit to bringing the interests and perspectives of the Los Angeles region to the state level. In particular, I hope to focus on the specific challenges, and opportunities, that come with this particular time. Climate change is here, and its impacts – drought, energy shortages, economic disruption - are making themselves felt in the LA region. The State is moving to address these issues, with huge implications for all of us, and at a speed which entails its own challenges. As architects, we can be swept along by the changes, or we can use our skills and abilities to lead our profession, and our State into a sustainable future. With my holistic understanding of our industry, my deep experience in delivering high performance projects, my reputation and credibility in this field, and my collaboration skills, I believe I can help AIA LA make the most of this historic moment.

Newly elected board members will join the following existing board members who have terms continuing in 2017:

Douglas Teiger, AIA   Abramson Teiger Architects
Michael Folonis, FAIA, Ph.D   Michael W. Folonis Architects
Debra Gerod, FAIA   Gruen Associates
Jeffrey Averill, FAIA   UCLA
Drake Dillard, AIA   Perkins+Will
Douglas Hanson, AIA   HansonLA
Rocky Rockefeller, AIA   Rockefeller Partners Architects
Carissa Shrock, AIA   Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
Jeanette Hattan, Assoc. AIA   Jeanette Hattan Design
Jason Morris, Assoc. AIA   Gruen Associates
Jenny Scanlin   Housing Authority of the City of LA

Gwynne Pugh, FAIA   Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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