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About Us - 2018 Board of Directors
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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.


Jay Zapata, AIA, LEED AP BC+D
Vice President / 2019 President-Elect

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.


Andrea Cabalo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA

Andrea Cabalo is a Senior Associate and Director of Project Management with AC Martin. She has over 20 years of experience managing programmatically complex buildings on college and university campuses in California and Hawaii. Her skills in communication and collaboration have guided teams through many successfully completed projects. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii, and is currently a licensed architect in the State of California, a LEED AP in Building Design + Construction and a designated Design Build Professional (DBIA). As a strong advocate for licensure, Andrea leads the “areU” committee at AC Martin focusing on supporting licensure, accreditation, certification, and intern development through mentoring.



Mitchell E. Sawasy, AIA, FIIDA

Mitchell has been a Pasadena resident for over 35 years and a practicing architect for over 35 years. He has held local and international office at the International Interior Design Association, IIDA, as well as participating at strategic events with the LAAIA Chapter. He has juried design competitions and has been the recipient of a number of design awards. Mitchell was AIAPF Chapter President 2015. He attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. During his career he has had offices and worked in Los Angeles, San Diego, Beijing, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.


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 and as a member AIA|CC Advocacy Advisory Committee. 



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.


John Luttrell, AIA
Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy



Harry Drake, AIA, CASp
Director at Large / Past President

Harry is a principal with Gonzalez Goodale Architects. He has over 35 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 the new Caltech Student 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.


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