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When: 4/7/2018
Where: Parsons
100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, California  91124
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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Join AIAPF emerging professionals for this one day event. Explore broader the possibility as an Architect, Builder, Educator and Influencer. This year, Emerging Professionals of AIAPF highlight the contrast between traditional architects working in private practice to the other Architects who took path to academics, client representation and contractor. Join us to hear our panels’ talk about how and why they took that unique career path and what kind of impact they are making or hope to make to the field of Architecture. Before the panel discussion, get informed about the latest NCARB and ARE. After the panel discussion, get your resume/portfolio reviewed and have your interview skills evaluated.

Saturday, April 7
9:30am - 2:00pm 

  9:30-10:00 Welcome/coffee
  10:00-10:55 NCARB / ARE 5.0 & What is the AIA?
  11:00-11:55 Panel Discussion
  12:00-12:30 Break / Social
  12:30-2:00 Portfolio / Resume Critique & Speed Interview

100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124

Parking: Participants shall enter Parsons lot from Walnut Street manned gate (north side of property). Guests should pull a ticket and enter the lot. Tickets will be validated at the Security station upon initial entry to the building and at no cost. Tickets will be required to exit the parking lot.




Carol Lanham, AIA, LEED AP

Carol has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and planning with a specialty in Justice Design. She has worked on numerous jail, detention and courthouse projects during her career and started specializing in justice projects at HDR in Dallas, Texas. She most recently worked in St. Louis, Missouri as the Assistant Circuit Executive for Space and Facilities for the Eighth Circuit, United States Courts providing professional guidance in programming, design and construction for all Federal Court Units (Court of Appeals, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Magistrate Court, Probation and Pretrial Services) in the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Courts. Carol acted as the liaison between the Federal Judges, Federal Court agencies and four GSA Regions in renovation and new construction projects.

Carol and her husband, JP, moved to Pasadena in 2016 so he could better pursue his work with start-up companies and the tech community. Carol’s experience has run the gamut of small firms, large firms, private practice and County, State and Federal agency and she currently works for Kitchell CEM sitting on the Owner’s side as the PM//CM for detention projects for the LA County Department of Public Works.


Sarah Lorenzen, AIA

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA maintains one foot in practice and one in academia. She is a partner at Peter Tolkin and Sarah Lorenzen Architecture (TOLO), architecture professor and former chair at Cal Poly Pomona, and resident director of the Neutra VDL House. Sarah grew up in Mexico City, leaving at 18 to study fine arts at Smith College/Atlanta College of Art (BFA in Drawing). After graduating art school, Sarah broadened her interest to architecture, receiving an M.Arch I from Georgia Tech and later an M.Arch II from Sci-Arc. During her early career, Sarah worked on the design of research and technology buildings at Lord, Arch and Sargent in Atlanta and at MBT Architecture (now Perkins + Will) in San Francisco. Sarah is on the board of AIA LA and was honored by AIA LA with educator of the year in 2015.


Stacey Pray, AIA

Stacey H. Pray is the Founder and President of SHP Project Development, Inc. She is a registered architect in the state of California with over 27 years of experience performing healthcare construction project management services. She has a strong knowledge of all phases of master planning, budgeting, design review, and construction administration. Stacey is additionally a Certified Access Specialist (CASp-130), with over 25 years in accessibility analysis and ADA compliance. Her unique background of having worked as an architect, facility representative, and as a corporate level owner’s representative has enabled her successfully manage her own company and her current projects. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). She currently resides in Pasadena, CA with her husband, happy that her two children are living close by on the westside.


Jiho Yoo, AIA

Jiho Yoo is an architect and project planner at Facilities Planning, Design and Construction (FPD&C) department in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jiho is managing over $30 million of capital projects including inpatient and outpatient clinical spaces, radiology, research, and administration projects throughout the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and off-campus properties. Prior to his time with CSMC FPD&C, Jiho worked in the architectural industry, servicing healthcare clients for more than 16 years. Jiho is California registered architect and a member of American Institute of Architects. He graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.


Jay Zapata, AIA, LEED AP BC+D

Jay was born and raised in one of Latin Americas most significant and fastest growing metropolitan city, Panama City, Panama. He began his professional career as an architect in one of the most prestigious architecture firms, Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos, assisting in the design development & construction documents phases of high rise buildings. As the years passed by, Jay became an important part of the team of architects designing the innovative F&F Tower, a 52 floor cork screw designed skyscraper. As fate would have it, in 2010 Jay’s path led him to the City of Angels to work as a consultant architect for The Getty Institute in Brentwood. The following year, Jay worked as the architect in charge of all the technical and project coordination aspects for Season 4 of HGTV’s show The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, and also worked as a consultant architect for many architects and engineers in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Jay recently joined the firm MVE + Partners. Prior to that he was with Togawa Smith & Martin, an architecture firm that specializes in high density multifamily residential and mix use buildings throughout Southern California. At TSM, Jay had the opportunity to implement innovative technical solutions to deliver sensitive design with thoughtfully composed and cost effective planning, among many other things. Outside of work, you can find Jay doing different types of outdoor activities but more importantly spending time with his wife and young children. He resides in the architecturally historic city of Pasadena. He believes in alternatives ways of commuting to work and play; the positive impact this practice brings to our communities, environment, and well-being.


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