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Quarterly Newsletter - March 2011
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President's Message

John B. Luttrell, AIA, NCARB

In early February, I was honored to represent our chapter at the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. I was accompanied by our Vice President, Fariba Shantiyai, AIA, Executive Director, Jill Nicholson, and Director of Knowledge, Chauncey Jones, AIA.

The Chapter was highlighted in Mark Gangi’s panel discussion on the Citizen Architect. After speaking with the various chapter members around the country, we have been recognized for our leadership in local advocacy issues and programs.

I was also able to attend multiple lectures with focused lectures from components all over the U.S. Significant programs that shared our chapter’s goals were found in the Emerging Professional lectures, presented by the San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Chicago chapters. I have encouraged our Director of Emerging Professionals to model our restarted program after their examples.

My experiences at Grassroots have inspired me to take this opportunity to share with you, the members, and to report on our progress with the goals put forth at the Fall Installation and Gala:

  • ADVOCACY: First Friday Forum Programs have increased in attendance by 10-20% this year, and have engaged both state and local topics. The Citizen Architect Committee has had one meeting, and its members are engaged with topics within local cities.
  • KNOWLEDGE: The ADA Educational Series have continued this year with newly updated content by Greg Izor. Our first session dealt with the changes in code for the CBC 2010 and Federal Standards. In addition, the AIA 2030 Series is identifying relevant lectures and is anticipating its first program in June.
  • COLLABORATION: Currently the Board of Directors is working with neighboring chapters to create a passport to programs where both parties may benefit from a broader range of topics and all at the same member pricing. In addition, I am on the AIACC Steering Committee for the Future of the AIACC. This Committee’s goal is to develop ways to utilize best practices of the state and local components for efficiency in operations. I will report again later this year on our efforts.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: I believe that our webpage and Bulletin have been vastly improved this year in content and execution. All my thanks to our interns, webmaster, directors, and of course Jill our Executive Director. However, content could be more engaging if you, the members, better utilized a specific tool we have made available on the webpage-the AIAPF forums.
  • SUPPORT, STRENGTHEN & MENTOR: Our Director of Emerging Professionals has taken the first quarter of the year in outlining and planning programs which will better engage our architectural students, interns, and recently licensed architects.

In closing, my ultimate presidential mission is to continue to reinforce the chapter as the local branch of the Institute and AIA California Council. I once again call on you to assist my Board in working toward this goal. Be good stewards and support the AIA as it continues to support you.

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2030 Challenge

R.F. McCann, FAIA

Pasadena & Foothill AIA+2030

AIA+2030 is on schedule to begin in late spring. This series of programs is open to professional members of architectural, engineering, and consulting firms throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange Counties.

Comprised of a curriculum of ten sessions, the series is a related sequence of programs-a product of AIA Seattle in partnership with Architecture 2030. AIA Pasadena & Foothill has recently become the 6th Chapter in the U.S. to join the list of licensed providers of the energy design workshops. The multi-event series consists of ten, four-hour offerings to be held monthly, except for sessions that may be preempted during the Christmas season or over late summer vacation times. Additional series are being planned with staggered start times through December 31, 2012.

Presentation details will be announced soon dependent upon the outcome of partnership funding with Southern California Edison.


was realized out of the 2030 Challenge, developed by “Architecture 2030,” an organization that promotes the reduction of fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions below regional 2007 averages. Ratings of fossil energy usage in building operation have been developed by the U.S. government's Department of Energy. Reduction totaling 50% of the 2007 averages is targeted to cover various categories of building occupancy between years 2007 and 2030. The total 50% reduction corresponds with D.O.E.’s findings that the U.S. building industry is now responsible for approximately half of all energy consumed and greenhouse gases emitted in the United States.


The AIA Pasadena & Foothill series emphasizes strategies for reaching target levels of the 2030 Challenge through a range of design technologies:
1. Strategic building design influences,
2. Development of on-site renewable energy systems and uses,
3. Incentives for developing renewable energy offsite.

Monthly sessions will feature internationally prominent presenters with credentials covering architecture and engineering education as well as extending into research over a range of energy issues and technologies.

Course content includes instruction for online energy design programs. Calculations of expected design results for specific technologies and products will be demonstrated along with techniques for measuring effects of considered design applications.

The AIA Pasadena & Foothill website will soon be identifying the names and relevant experiences of the AIA+2030 team of presenters. Content to be delivered over the full sequence of the ten-session course is also to be announced on the website. Attendance at each session qualifies for four (4.0) HSW/CES credits. Stay tuned.

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Citizen Architect

Mark Gangi, AIA

The 2011 AIA Grassroots Leadership conference was attended by AIA leadership from across the entire country. The first session to sell out was "Civic Engagement and Leadership," hosted by my national committee, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership. It was an honor to be asked to speak at this session. I provided guidance on how to initiate a Citizen Architect program at local components. I went on to explain on how this committee has created more depth at the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter. 

AIA Pasadena & Foothill was the first chapter to create a Citizen Architect committee at the local level. It is one of many firsts in our storied chapter, but it continues to develop as we see Citizen Architect committees forming at components throughout the nation. This month, John Luttrell and I are leading a program with Brooks Rainwater from National AIA at AIA Palomar to launch their Citizen Architect committee. The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is completing a white paper on the subject, and we will be assisting AIA chapters across the nation follow the lead of AIA Pasadena & Foothill. 

The Citizen Architect Committee meetings are open to all members. The next meeting is on April 14 at 6:00 PM at the chapter office. There is something for every member in this program. One may have suggestions for the AIA and be interested in leading a task force, or an emeritus member might be interested in mentoring an emerging professional. Possibly, one might be interested in how dedication to service can be manifested in architecture or by pursuing an appointed or elected position. Whatever the reason, the power of the AIA depends on your involvement. Please come on the 14th to find out how the Chapter can launch and foster your leadership and how we can advocate to the public the value of architects through actions rooted in service to our community.

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Foundation Development Continues

Joe Catalano, AIA

Our foundation efforts move forward as we continue to establish the specifics. This development is thanks to the collaboration of Lance Bird, John Luttrell, Fariba Shantiyai, Richard McCann, Steve Lewis, Mark Gangi, and Joe Catalano.

We have been anticipating applying the foundation’s benefits to the Chapter itself for some time now. Such needs include increased visibility as well as an improved facility where we can meet and provide a gallery space for our members. Also, we have been talking about it generally in terms of our mission as stewards of the environment.

The purpose of local chapters has changed in the digital age. Much of what used to require an office (paper, mail, and fax) now happens electronically via Washington and Sacramento in an efficient manner. What will not change is the bond of fellowship and connecting with our colleagues. The Chapter works at improving face-to-face professional education between architects and instructors on top of its professional advocacy at the local and regional levels.

As the Chapter hones these services for our members, we expect the foundation to reach out into the public arena. In order to solve many of the professional challenges that face us now (design, environment, sustainability), we need an efficient symbiosis with other local and regional organizations to provide public education.

Why a separate, educational foundation? Such an organization will be able to attract additional sources for funding. Also, it can have a diverse board comprised of community, educational, and technical leaders (and rainmakers!) who would not normally sit on an AIA chapter board.  This will then enable the Chapter’s board to better focus on service to the members.

To get this off the ground, we are looking for people to get involved with issues and programs focused on our stewardship of the environment. We can provide a vehicle for these concepts if there is energy and support from members such as yourself. It will likely take a number of programs and funding sources to sustain this foundation, and we are looking for input from all our members and friends in identifying these. Some of the broad areas include:

  • The education of young people in regards to design, environment, and scholarship.
  • Design of underserved communities and the associated energy and sustainability issues.
  • Outreach education in energy and sustainability.
  • Building restoration and conservation.
  • Increased advocacy for public interest matters.

Let’s hear from you. Contact us through Jill Nicholson at the Chapter office.

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Membership Committee

Groucho Marx once said, “I won’t be a part of any organization that would have me for a member." Although we can laugh and perhaps appreciate what he was inferring, it is the collective strength of all the chapter's members, the diversity of practices, and the unique qualities of its rich history gained while tucked beneath the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that make this Chapter unique. This coupled with the programs and opportunities offered its members place the Chapter among the most cutting edge chapters statewide and nationwide.

Despite these challenging and unprecedented economic times for the field of architecture, the goal of the Membership Committee is not only to maintain the current membership but
to grow it. Now more than ever, architects must stay connected to their colleagues and industry professionals in order to band together and work toward a strong recovery.

The goals of the committee include increasing current membership, especially in the Associate membership group. These individuals are the lifeblood of the next generation of licensed professionals and the future leadership of the chapter. Further, this committee will work to cultivate Emeritus members as mentors and a resource for young, emerging architects.

Goals for Membership:
Campaign for new members.

  • Focus on the Associates member group.
  • Retain existing members and create awareness of the value of membership.
  • Campaign for new Allied and Corporate members.
  • Focus on and strengthen the “eastside” members and firms of the chapter.
Current AIA P&F Membership Statistics:
  • 226 Architect Members
  • 82 Associate Members
  • 59 Emeritus Members

Benefits: What does mean it mean to have "AIA" or "Associate AIA" after your name?

  • Connection to the invaluable resources member firms and individuals can offer.
  • Up-to-date industry news via newsletters, publications, technical articles, creative design work, and unique programs.
  • Continuing education programs.

The Membership Committee wants you to remember the three R’s–rigor, relevance and relationships. Add three more R’s, as it is a great time to reconnect, rejuvenate and respond by participating in the functions within your local chapter. AIA Pasadena and Foothill Chapter needs everyone to voice their thoughts, share their successes, and collaborate in order to make the profession of architecture stronger than ever.

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Get Involved

Call for Interested 
Potential Fellowship Candidates

Lance Bird, AIA

The Chapter Fellowship Committee held its first meeting this year on March 15th.  We are committed to mentoring members interested in the program and will evaluate and assist with the application process. If you are attending the AIA Convention in New Orleans this year, see the “Demystifying Fellowship” seminar.  

For those interested in submitting this year, please respond by noon, April 8, 2011.

The AIA Fellowship program honors architects who have contributed significantly to architecture and society on a national level, in a specific category, and have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  

Eligible AIA architect members may be nominated by either their local chapter or may be nominated via a petition signed by any five Fellows in good standing or any ten AIA members in good standing. Once nominated, nominees are required to submit their portfolio online through AIA National’s website with the required submittal fee by mid-October (date to be announced). Visit the AIA website for additional information and useful resources.  The following link is from 2010 and should be updated shortly:

For chapter consideration, interested members are required to submit the following information no later than noon, April 8, 2011 to AIA P&F’s Fellowship Committee, attention Lance Bird, FAIA, Fellowship Committee Chair at

  • One page Summary following the Fellowship submittal guidelines
  • Object
  • Additional information to support why you are best suited for the “Object” you have selected.    

Our Fellowship Committee has scheduled several meetings over the next few months to help nominees prepare their submittal.  We expect AIA/LA will also invite AIA P&F nominees to participate in their fine Fellowship candidate program.  We look forward to helping you prepare a successful submittal.  

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Call for National Convention Delegates

AIA 2011 National Convention
New Orleans
May 12-14, 2011

The upcoming convention in May will bring architecture professionals and building industry consultants together from across the country. The AIA National Convention is the time of year during which definitive focus is placed on the specific conditions and events currently shaping the profession of architecture.

Convention registration is currently open on the AIA National Convention's website. The National Convention is also the annual occasion for electing national officers of the Institute by vote of delegates that represent AIA chapters across the U.S. and worldwide. The Pasadena & Foothill Chapter is allotted up to 22 delegates who may cast votes for officers of the National AIA for coming year 2011.

Qualifying and Voting
Convention site voting will be through computer terminals located in an area called “Town Square” located off Exhibit Hall D (refer to plan of exhibit areas on the National Convention website). Special computers will be set up to verify delegate membership status, generate accreditation reports, and automatically count votes. Note that delegate cards are required to complete the automated delegate accreditation process.

Delegates will be required to present one signed delegate card to the staff at the accreditation desk during the specified accreditation hours on Thursday, May 12, or Friday, May 13, in order to become accredited and vote.

Obtain Delegate Cards from Chapter President or Secretary
Anyone interested in attending the Convention and serving as a delegate should notify John Luttrell, Chapter President or Alek Zarifian, Chapter Secretary (both through before end of business on Tuesday, May 5th and obtain an authorization card signed by either the President or Secretary.

By becoming a Chapter Delegate you are required to attend Saturday’s 8:00 AM general session in order to vote. Last year, some votes were lost (not cast) due to our delegate accredits not attending and voting.

A delegate packet of the candidates and proposed bi-laws/resolutions will be posted as soon as they are made available, so stay tuned.

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AIA P&F Fellowship Announcement

Ewing and McCann Elected to the College of Fellows


January 27, 2011—AIA’s College of Fellows announced that chapter members Doug Ewing, FAIA and Richard McCann, FAIA have been elected to the College of Fellows for their notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. They will receive their Fellowship medals during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans on May 13, 2011.

Richard McCann’s seminal work in adapting and renewing old theaters in aging cities has unleashed the potential of vintage palace- style theatres for live performance, catalyzing urban redevelopment and historic preservation. He is a longtime board member and the immediate past president of AIA P&F. This year, he is responsible for educational programs.

Doug Ewing’s extraordinary work has been recognized in publications and honored by the AIA. Ewing’s notable creativity and design skills were developed early on at the nationally acclaimed South Pasadena office of Smith & Williams and have been strongly influenced by the California Arts & Crafts vernacular. He has a lifelong respect for the environment and a love of craft. He is a leader in developing new technology and aesthetics for log and heavy timber construction for recreational structures and environments. Doug is a longtime member of the Chapter, a mentor for architectural students, and responsible for his firm’s
construction apprenticeship program.

AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter celebrated these remarkable achievements at Design Within Reach Pasadena on March 8th. To see the presentation given at the event, please right click here and save the PDF.

For additional information, contact Lance Bird, FAIA at

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Firm Supplemental Dues Report

Jill Nicholson, Executive Director

With great appreciation and thanks, the following firms have assisted the Chapter by paying their Firm Supplemental Dues.


Sole Proprietor* Principal
Arbel-Henderson & Associates Aaron Henderson, AIA
Buff Smith & Hensman Architects Dennis Smith, AIA
CMC Architects & Engineers Myung Chul Chung, AIA
gkkworks Noel Petrosian, AIA
Heaton & Zartl & Associates Thomas Zartl, AIA
Suzanne Covington Architect Suzanne Covington, AIA
SHP Project Development Stacey H. Pray, AIA
Ward R. Helman, AIA, Architect, Inc. Kari J. Helman, AIA
Small Firm*  
Gangi Architects Mark S. Gangi, AIA
Crux Studio Architecture + Interior Design Mark E. Smeaton, AIA
Medium Firm*  
FSY Architects, Inc. Vijay Sehgal, AIA
Simon Lee & Associates Architect Simon Dong-Tsair Lee, AIA
Onyx Architects Dale W. Brown, AIA
La Cañada Design Group Lance Bird, FAIA
Large Firm*  
NTD Architecture Michael Elia, AIA
RTKL Associates, Inc. Eric S. Weeks, AIA
Thomas D. Nott, AIA Tom D. Nott, AIA
WLC Architects, Inc.  James P. DiCamillo, AIA
TDM Architects John L. Tegtmeyer, AIA


Our AIA Chapter is a medium-sized component that has been able to adapt to the economic challenges of recent years. Despite operating with only a part-time staff, we are still able to deliver a full schedule of significant programs and events. The AIAPF works tirelessly to address issues of importance to our members and the community at large  while also addressing your membership requirements and needs.
For your membership in 2010, the Board of Directors approved the implementation of Supplemental Firm Dues to assist the Chapter’s funding operations. Members who own or manage architectural firms pay Firm Supplemental Dues in addition to individual member dues. The amount is based on the number of licensed architects, including both those with and without AIA membership, AIA Associates, and technical and administrative staff employed by the firm. Larger firms, with greater means, contribute more while smaller firms contribute proportionately less.

In preparing this report, we have found an inconsistency in National's online payment system, which does not allow firm principals to pay their FSDs. This could be a contributing factor as to why some firms have yet to fulfill this essential obligation; as of March 1st, approximately 40% of our firm owners have paid their Firm Supplemental Dues.

The Chapter expects 100% participation in order to meet our annual budget, and with the deadline for returning membership dues set for March 31st, 2011, we will be proactive in reconciling your accounts and in answering your questions on how much your firm owes. If we do not hear from you before the end of the month, we will proceed in preparing your firm’s Supplemental Dues invoice, based on the below baseline definitions and the final 2011 March Membership Report.  Please contact the Executive Director via telephone at (626)796-7601 or via email at with any questions.

*Baseline definitions of Sole, Small, Medium and Large Firm based on number of architects, technical support staff, and clerical help as defined in previous AIAPF Voluntary Dues.

Firm Size Architects Technical Staff Clerical Staff
Sole 1 0 1
Small 2 3 1
Medium 3 10 2
Large 4 20 6

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ARC Pasadena Announcement

To Our Valued Customers,

Thank you very much for using the services we offer. Your business is greatly appreciated. We are pleased to inform you that on January 1, 2011, we adopted our parent company’s name. You will notice the new name and logo on our shops, business cards, and important documents.

ARC began its consolidation of reprographics organizations in 1988. Since that time, we've added tremendous capacity to our facilities. We’ve introduced innovative technology solutions to help you manage your projects and your documents. We’ve also exchanged best practices and experience with hundreds of our sister locations throughout North America and around the globe, creating greater opportunities for our local employees.

Not only have we brought the world to the local market, but we’ve also brought the local market to the world!

The new name includes the consolidation of Blair Graphics, Reliable Graphics, and Ford Graphics under a single operating unit with 18 branches. We have always had tremendous pride in serving this community. That won’t change. Our people and their commitment to you won’t change, either.

We will make sure to check in with your accounting department as well to ensure a smooth administrative transition.

We’re excited to bring the name ARC to our market and we hope you will be, too.

Robert S. Bonfiglio
Account Executive
ARC Pasadena

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New Committee Chair of Affiliates & Sponsors

Please helpwelcome Julie Arcelay to the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter as Committee Chair of Affiliates and Sponsors. Julie Arcelay brings many contacts and talents to AIAPF.

Julie Arcelay is the Trade Contact at Snyder Diamond Pasadena. Her responsibilities at Snyder Diamond include building and maintaining relationships with trade clients and facilitating CEU events at the three stores. She has a degree in interior design and has returned to school to further her education in architecture. Julie’s interior design background includes but is not limited to tile design and kitchen and bath design in residential homes throughout Los Angeles County. She is passionate about great design that keeps the environment in mind.

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In Memoriam Patrick M. Sullivan, FAIA

Patrick M. Sullivan, FAIA
September 14, 1944 - January 24, 2011

Patrick M. Sullivan distinguished his practice through innovative planning approaches and correctional facility design for the past twenty-five years. His extensive background encompassed projects in California, Colorado, Washington, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Canada. Since 1975, his firm has been recognized as a national leader in the fields of juvenile and correctional shelters, rehabilitation projects, and assignments related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition, Mr. Sullivan was a professor and former Chairman of the Department of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He presented papers and lectured at the ACSA administrator's conference, EDRA conferences, Southern California campuses, AIA chapter presentations, and numerous professional seminars. Publications included "Professional Ethics: The Changing Practice of Architecture," "Empowering the Disabled, Architectural Barrier Removal: A Process," "Environments for Kids in Trouble: Changing Typologies," and "Residential Care: Equitable Habitats for Youth." In addition, he was one of the authors of the American Correctional Association's Handbook for Facility Planning and Design for Juvenile Corrections.

Mr. Sullivan received numerous awards for excellence in architecture including the 1977 Rotch Family Traveling Scholarship. He presented his work at the original Monterey Design Conference. Mr. Sullivan's firm was honored with sixteen awards from the AIA/ACA Exhibition of Architecture for Justice. In addition, his firm received a 1977 and a 1982 Progressive Architecture Award for applied research; a 1978 Citation from the Santa Barbara Chapter AIA; a 1980 Plywood Design Award from the American Plywood Association; three 1982 Design Awards from the AIA California Central Coast Chapter; a 1988 Citation from the AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter; a 1988 Commercial Development Award from the Claremont Chamber of Commerce; the Claremont Architectural Commission Award of Excellence in 1991; and Honor Awards from the AIA Pasadena and Foothill Chapter in 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1994.

A registered architect, Mr. Sullivan held a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. His interest in correctional architecture began with his thesis project which studied confinement issues, behavioral responses, and corresponding requirements of the built environment for confined juveniles.

He was a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Correctional Association (ACA), and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Mr. Sullivan served as chairman of several design awards programs for the American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, California Council, and nationally, including the AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice. He was also a member of the AIA Documents Committee's Education Task Force, a national assignment. As a member of the national AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice, Mr. Sullivan was active in professional affairs and was current in contemporary correctional philosophies.

To see the presentation given in Patrick M. Sullivan's memory at Design Within Reach on March 8, please right click here and save the PDF.

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Future Architect; Future Olympian

Tiffany Dell'Aquila, Associate AIA

Excitement occurs when diligent hard work transforms a previously unsteady wish into a solid, tangible reality. With architecture, it happened upon my graduation, and with the employment that I sought thereafter. Over the course of the past year, my service to and relationship with the AIAPF has impacted me in a truly positive way, and I feel fortunate to have met all the excellent individuals that comprise our small community. My architectural career continues to proceed, with steady confidence and unwavering commitment, despite all odds. I am sure this is a sentiment not unknown to you.

A new chapter has opened in my life, which I would like share with you today. In addition to my architectural pursuits, I am also a competitive fencer. Initially, I used this activity to cope with the stresses of school and work. Over time, I have become an accomplished athlete, and after earning notable national titles, I have been approved to represent Taiwan at the international level. It is an honor for me to proudly represent my heritage this way, and I am grateful to the Chinese Taipei Fencing Association for supporting me.

This means I am now competing at World Cup and Grand Prix events in an effort to qualify for the London Olympic Games, 2012. I never thought I would have this chance, but now that I have it, I am doing everything in my power to achieve it. By the time you read this, I will have returned from my third international event, a Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia.

I am asking for your help and support. I will need to draw strength from my community to achieve this goal, and I am teaching myself what to do every step of the way.

Please visit my website and donate; even the smallest amounts can contribute toward my equipment fees, all the way up to expensive airfare and lodging costs.

Tiffany Dell’Aquila

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An Emerging Professional from the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter: Tony Hambarchian

Jill Nicholson, Executive Director

As an active member of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, you may have seen Tony Hambarchian volunteering at chapter workshops and First Friday breakfasts. What you may not know about this emerging professional is that he has been involved in the design community for several years now. Since graduating from Woodbury University’s School of Architecture, Tony has been involved in a number of projects including retail conversions, affordable housing, adaptive reuse, and environmental rehabilitation. He continues to work with remarkable industry professionals, and most recently has had the unique opportunity to work with Oyler Wu Collaborative on an installation that is currently on display at the Nokia Theatre.

Tony began his design endeavors at ARPA Design + Build as a Junior Designer collaborating with various industry professionals on custom residential homes. While in school, he also worked as a Design Consultant for TAP Construction Co. and has since been promoted to a Project Manager working on several adaptive reuse residential and retail projects. Through these roles, he has developed experience in computer modeling programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino and SketchUp, and has cultivated a knack for building models, detail mock-ups, and an overall understanding of the built environment.

Tony views architecture as a practice and states, “Understanding the cyclical yet ever-changing nature of this profession, I value every opportunity. I apply the lessons learned from each experience toward new collaborations and continue to evolve with each project.”

As a student, Tony made several contributions to Woodbury University. Seven of his design projects were selected to represent the university during its NAAB accreditation process. He also participated in a study abroad program at Southeast University in Nanjing China and also studied in Japan and Germany. He also encouraged a healthy studio culture through a key role as Woodshop Supervisor, where he collaborated with both students and teachers to create design solutions together.

“In academia and my professional career, I have always strived to create architectural designs of purpose and necessity as well as beauty; one that takes full advantage of its historic context, surroundings, and programmatic requirements to serve as a catalyst for social and cultural growth.”

Tony plans to continue serving the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, hopes to become more involved with the organization, and, one day, have the opportunity to serve as a board member.

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  • 4/1   
    First Friday Forum - MMLB & CargoWay (Brookside Country Club)
  • 4/5
    EXCOM Meeting (Virtual)
  • 4/9
    Architecture Week Events & Programs
  • 4/15
    Board Meeting (Chapter Office)
  • 4/15
    Citizen Architect Meeting (Chapter Office)
  • 4/21
    Chapter Social Program (Snyder Diamond)
  • 4/28
    Educational Program - ADA (Brookside CC)
  • 4/30
    Steering Committee Meeting (Mi Piace)


  • 5/3
    EXCOM Meeting (Virtual)
  • 5/6
    First Friday Forum
  • 5/12-14
    2011 AIA National Convention
  • 5/12
    Citizen Architect Meeting
  • 5/19
    Board Meeting (Virtual)
  • 5/19
    Chapter Program
  • 5/26
  • 5/28
    Steering Committee Meeting (Mi Piace)


  • 6/3
    First Friday Forum
  • 6/7
    EXCOM Meeting (Virtual)
  • 6/9
    Board of Directors Meeting & AIA Fellowship Committee Presentation of Nominees (Chapter Office)
  • 6/9
    Citizen Architect Meeting (Chapter Office)
  • 6/16
    Chapter Program
  • 6/23
    Educational Program - ADA
  • 6/25
    Steering Committee Meeting (Mi Piace)


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