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Jay Zapata, AIA, LEED AP BC+D
2019 President

Jay was born and raised in one of Latin Americas most significant and fastest growing metropolitan city, Panama City, Panama. In 2007, 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. In 2012, he joined 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. Jay founded in 2018 zprout /s-prout/ an architectural firm focused in helping clients germinate new ideas to help them grow the current value of their properties. He opened his full time studio in the city of San Gabriel and his practice focuses in multifamily, medical, commercial, residential, and outdoor spaces projects. 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 also believes in alternatives ways of commuting to work and play; the positive impact this practice brings to our communities, environment, and well-being.

 

Varoujan Movsesian, AIA
Vice President / 2020 President-Elect

Varoujan is an architect at FSY Architects and has served on the AIAPF board for two years as Director of Communications. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University, which included a semester of study in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having grown up in Pasadena, his time in Phoenix was a welcome exposure to a vibrant outpost of contemporary architecture. An after-hours woodworker, his passion for “capital-A” Architecture is fueled by a commitment to quality craftsmanship and the limitless potential of custom fabrication. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and enjoys seeing ideas change the world.

 

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

Andrea Cabalo is a Principal at 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.

  

Daniel Stein, AIA
Treasurer

Dan is Senior Vice President of Project Management and Development at Avison Young, he has more than 30 years of experience in architecture, project management and construction. He has worked with over 40 Fortune 500 corporations to provide a wide spectrum of project management services. He has a unique talent in assisting clients determine how to best use and maximize their spaces.

Dan most recently worked for the Robhana Group as Director of Construction, where he oversaw the renovation of the Historic Variety Arts Building at 9th and Figueroa. He also managed the construction of a 60,000 sf medical office building and nine level parking structure for Heath Care Partners in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to his time at Robhana, Dan founded PFM Solutions, a Project Management Consulting Firm.

Dan’s expertise in real estate, design and construction allow him to work effectively with company executives to develop strong project teams to ensure that the project objectives are achieved. Dan draws on the experience he has gained working for the real estate industries top companies to assist his clients in achieving their ideal results on schedule at or below the projected cost.

 

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.

 

  

Mark Gangi, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Director of Citizen Architect

Mark Gangi, AIA 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.

 

Victor Smith, Associate AIA
Director of Membership

I have been an AIA Associate for the last three years and have participated in a variety of events organized by the AIA Pasadena chapter. I received by Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona and I am currently an active Alumni member. I have worked at HMC Architects, for my former instructor Patrick Sullivan FAIA, John Cataldo AIA CSI, at the Los Angeles Housing Department as a Code Enforcement Habitability Building/Mechanical Inspector, and am currently an Architectural Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power since 2001. I would like to bring my interest and enthusiasm for architectural design and history to the chapter and to my fellow architectural members of the chapter.

 

 

Bowen Wu, AIA
Director of Emerging Professionals

Bowen obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Sci-Arc in 2014. Four years after graduating, he completed the Architectural Experience Program, Architect Registration Exams and California Supplemental Exam to become a licensed architect. With a strong desire to design sustainable buildings, he earned his LEED BD+C credentials soon after. Bowen has been an active AIAPF member and has assisted in planning and coordinating programs to engage emerging professionals.

 

Winston Thorne, AIA, CSBA
Director of Sponsorship

Winston Thorne is an accomplished design professional with two decades of U.S. and international experience. His efforts and knowledge with historic structures has earned him the Chair position on the historic advisory committee, after a decade of voluntary engagements. He was given opportunities to work on and realize a number of high profile developments such as the tallest hotel in Arizona and luxury condo residences adjacent to the Biltmore. When he is not glued to his computer screens, he is enjoying the beach, learning to play the guitar, and curiously creating flavorsome foods. He is currently exploring his context.

 

Tony Hambarchian, AIA, LEED AP+
Director of Communications

Tony Hambarchian is a licensed Architect with over ten years of experience in design and construction. He currently serves as a Project Manager for Disney’s Design & Delivery team under the Corporate Real Estate department, where he is responsible for turn-key project management on design and construction projects from inception to completion and hand off. Prior to this role, Tony was a Project Manager for Verizon’s Design & Construction team under the Global Real Estate department, where he led large-scale tenant improvement and campus consolidation projects covering the West Coast. Before his corporate real estate roles, Tony was a design professional at multiple architectural firms including LA Design Group, Gangi Architects and FSY Architects working on residential, multi-family, commercial and educational projects. He has also served as an Architect for various residential homes in the tri-city area of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena including ground-up builds. He has been a member of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter since 2011 and served as Director of Emerging Professionals in 2013 and Director of Sponsorship in 2014. As a member of the Citizen Architect Committee, Tony led the design efforts for Pasadena Community Gardens.

 

John Luttrell, AIA
Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy

 

  

Carol Lanham, AIA, LEED AP
Director at Large / Past President

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 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. Her 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 Los Angeles Public Works.

 

 
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