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Harry Drake, AIA, CASp

Harry is a principal with Gonzalez Goodale Architects. He has over 30 years of experience focusing on K-12 educational and civic/institutional projects.  Recent projects include the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools at the site of the famed Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove, Huntington Park High School Modernization, LADOT Bus Maintenance Facility, and Calabasas Senior Center.  Harry is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and an associate member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  He also heads up the firm’s quality assurance program and holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.



Carol Lanham, AIA, LEED AP
2017 Vice President / President-Elect

Carol has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and planning and specializes in Justice Design. She has worked on numerous jail 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. HDR recruited Carol to rejoin the firm in January and she is a Civic Principal and Vice President in HDR”s Pasadena office. Carol and her husband, JP, are adjusting nicely to life in California, getting involved in the local community and enjoying everything Los Angeles has to offer.



Jay Zapata, AIA, LEED AP BC+D

Born and raised in Latin Americas most significant and fastest growing metropolitan city, Jay began his professional career as an architect in one of the most prestigious architecture firms in Panama City, Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos, assisting in the design development & construction documents phases of high rise buildings. As the years passed by, he 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 lead him to the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Upon arrival, he hit the ground running and began working as a consultant architect for various organizations such as The Getty Institute in Brentwood, 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 is currently an architect at Togawa Smith & Martin, an architecture firm that specializes in high density multifamily residential and mix use buildings throughout Southern California. At TSM, he has 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 family. Jay resides in the architecturally historic city of Pasadena. He is also a believer of alternatives ways of commuting to work and the positive impact this practice bring to our communities, environment, and well-being.



Amy Chang, AIA, LEED AP, BC+D

Amy Chang has more than 17 years of experience in the architecture design profession. She is experienced and knowledgeable in all phases of A/E services including programming, planning, schematic design, design development, construction document management, and construction administration. Her strength comes from numerous programming, strategic planning, field evaluation studies and reports performed on a variety of project types that include defining project scope and establishing cost models for rehabilitation, new construction, and strategizing execution plans. Amy’s most recent role included managing L.A. design studio for a Fortune 500 A/E company. She was in charge of everyday design operations as well as developing working relationship among other design offices, consultants nationwide and internationally. Amy was also heavily involved in business development to expend the group’s clientele. Amy is actively engaged with professional organizations such as A.I.A and Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAa/e) keeping her teams informed about new building technologies, relevant codes and market needs.


Fariba Shantiyai, AIA, CCS, LEED AP
Director of Programs

Fariba is the President and CEO of LA Design Group, Inc., a full-service architectural firm with offices in Diamond Bar and Pomona, California. She has over 30 years of experience in architectural design, master planning, programming, and management of a variety of commercial, educational, institutional, and residential projects. Fariba has been an active member of AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and held the positions of 2012 President, 2011 Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director of Legislative and Government Affairs in the last few years. She has served on AIA California Council Board of Directors in 2012 and 2013 and continued as a member AIA|CC Advocacy Advisory Committee since 2013.



Director of Citizen Architect

Mark Gangi founded Gangi Architects in 1990. He designs and constructs buildings for the late 21st century, from zero energy houses to LEED Platinum museums. Mark formed the citizen architect committee at AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, and is a member of the Center for Civic Leadership committee at AIAN. He was the 2009 President of AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapter, and started the ‘No Architect Left Behind’ initiative for ecological literacy. Mark is the AIACC liaison to the California Department of Water Resources. He is a graduate from the USC School of Architecture in 1990 where he has taught sporadically as a guest lecturer since 2006.



Dora Barrientos, Associate AIA
Director of Membership

Dora is an Associate member of the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter. She is a graduate of CalPoly, Pomona with a degree in Architecture. She has worked for the City of LA, Planning Department and L.A. Airports. Additionally, she has worked for Carde-Ten Architects, Tetra Design and most recently for Cal. Quake Construction. Dora has had the pleasure of living in Pasadena for the last 25 years and looks forward to contributing to the Chapter in 2017.



Erica Im, Associate AIA
Director of Emerging Professionals

Erica was born in Seoul and grew up in the densest city in Korea. She traveled to more than a dozen cities in several different countries. She made the move to Toronto, Canada in order to learn English when she was 16, and from there relocated to Burbank, California to study architecture at Woodbury University. Erica completed her Bachelor of Architecture in May 2014. Her passion for studying and practicing architecture was greatly influenced by her experience traveling and living in different cities where she witnessed the parametric patterns of human living embraced by each culture and distinctive architecture. She is currently as junior designer at HDR, Inc.



Mason Ng, Associate AIA
Director of Sponsorship

Mason is a designer at Gangi Architects and is integral to the firm’s practice, design and daily operations. He specializes in multifamily design and urban mixed use projects. Prior to joining Gangi Architects, Mason spent three years abroad in China designing multiple urban mixed use projects in various cities across China. Since his return to Los Angeles, he is an active member of AIAPF creating various programs to engage emerging professionals. Mason is a graduate from the USC School of Architecture and is working toward licensure in California.



Varoujan Movsesian, Associate AIA
Director of Communications

Varoujan is a designer and Intern Architect at StudioMA, Inc. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University, where he served as the 2012 AIAS Chapter Secretary and spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having grown up in Pasadena, his time in Arizona exposed him to a vibrant outpost of architectural modernism. His passion for “capital-A” Architecture is driven by a fascination with the craftsmanship and fabrication techniques that lend themselves to custom built environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California. Currently training to become a licensed architect, he continues to explore the power of ideas in all facets of human life, from the local to the global.



Farzin Torbati, AIA
Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy

Farzin Torbati is currently a Senior Managing Architect with Parsons. In his more than 25 years of professional experience, Farzin has designed, managed and delivered significant large scale projects, both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Parsons, Farzin enjoyed being part of SOM LA office where he contributed to several architecturally significant projects. He is an active supporter of AIA Pasadena and Foothill chapter and deeply involved in community mentoring and social programs with disadvantaged high school students. Farzin also serves as an industry professional connection for USC school of Architecture students and recent grads.



Michelle Acosta, AIA
Director at Large / Past President

Michelle has twelve years of experience specializing in healthcare design. She currently serves as a Project Manager at SmithGroupJJR. Prior to that, she was a Project Architect at HDR, Inc. Her other work experience included stints at The Orcutt Winslow Partnership and NTD Architecture. She has extensive involvement with the AIA over the past thirteen years, from serving locally to sitting on the Western Mountain Regional Executive Committee, and representing Young Architects and Associates at the National level. Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.S.D. in Architectural Studies.


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