Alek Zarifian, AIA, LEED AP is a Vice President of HDR Los Angeles. Previously, he has worked for such firms as The Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, CO Architects (Formerly known as Anshen+Allen LA), and Panos Koulermos Architect. He has also been a visiting critic at the University of Southern California, SCI-Arc, Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and Otis School of Design. Alek has over 20 years of experience in the design of science and technology, healthcare, and institutional projects. He is a recognized expert in the planning and design of research facilities with many highly regarded projects to his credit. Alek’s work emphasizes a creative process that melds together context, program, and theory with clearly defined client goals and objectives. He served the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter as the chapter secretary and is also a member of the AIACC SALC committee as the liaison to Office of State Wide Planning and Development (OSHPD). His recent projects include the Global Vascular Institute at The University of Buffalo for Kaleida Health, the Medical Sciences Building for Loma Linda University, and Medical Office Building-1 of Kaiser Permanente’s Anaheim Medical Complex
Nazanin Zarkesh, AIA, LEED AP Vice President, President-Elect
An associate and Project Architect with La Canada Design Group, Nazanin designs and manages all kind of projects from new developments, renovations, and feasibility studies. She embodies the essential skills of a manager and job captain: strong technically, thorough, and an exceptional communicator with all disciplines. LEED certified, Nazanin applies the principles of sustainable design to each of her projects from design through construction. She is currently managing three projects: Altadena Town and Country Club Fitness Center, LA County + USC Canopy and Our Community School in Chatsworth.
Dan Stein, AIA, LEED AP Secretary
Dan brings over 25 years of hands-on experience to the table. Through intensive involvement in each phase of construction on a wide variety of projects, he has developed a unique and varied skill set that has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in savings, while maintaining the full integrity of each client’s vision. Dan’s client base includes Xerox, Verizon, Occidental Petroleum, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, UCLA, Bradley & Gmelich Lawyers, Lakeside Community Medical, and FSB—a division of S1 Corp. Before founding PFM Solutions, Dan worked at a senior management level at Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects, Trammell Crow Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, Transamerica Financial Services, Wells Fargo Bank, and Ahmanson Commercial Development Company. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Arizona State University and also received an advanced degree in Hazardous Materials Management from the University of California Los Angeles.
Chauncey F. Jones, AIA, NCARB
After spending the first years of his career as an architect and urban designer in New York-based architectural firms, Chauncey Jones has spent the last twenty five years representing corporations. This work has included new buildings and interior architecture for the manufacturing, telecommunications, financial, internet technology, and consulting services industries. His involvement has included all aspects of corporate real estate from strategic planning, developing capital budgets and scheduling, through real estate transactions, design, construction, and occupancy.
With experience in design, consulting, and corporate initiatives he has a unique ability to evaluate issues and make justifiable decisions satisfying both corporate objectives and end user requirements. He is known for his ability to create and manage high performing teams comprised of internal corporate as well as external real estate, consulting, and construction project members.
Eric Parlee, AIA Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs
A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UCLA, Eric has served two terms on both the Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission in the City of Santa Monica and is active on the Advisory Board of the Santa Monica YMCA. As a sole practitioner, his work has been primarily focused on custom single family residences in the Westside area although his roots are in the Pasadena and Altadena area for three generations. Eric is committed to the role of an architect as advocate for design and planning responsive to the complex needs of livable communities as well as promoting to a wider audience the specific skills and insights that the architectural profession uniquely offers to that end.
Ulises Gonzalez, AIA Assosiate HDR, Inc. Director of Prorams/Monthly Meetings
Ulises Gonzalez graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Southern California, and began working at HDR Architecture as a Project Coordinator in 2010. Constantly searching for methods of involvement with community service and office culture, he co-founded and serves as the chair for the Young Professionals Group in HDR’s Pasadena office. Just recently, he was appointed local chair of the employee driven and employee run Pathfinders Awards program. These endeavors have definitely made sure Ulises never has an idle hour, especially as they tack on to his responsibilities as President of his Toastmasters club, a club dedicated to improving leadership and public speaking skills. Ultimately, however, it is in Architecture that Ulises finds his passion. If he finds himself in need of unwinding, Ulises looks to sports, whether that means playing basketball with coworkers and friends, or watching the Trojans cover the spread against other college football teams. His other, more recent, hobby is homebrewing, which allows Ulises to flex his design muscles in a completely different method. Ulises is currently pursuing licensure, and looking forward to taking his fifth ARE.
Tony Hambarchian, AIA Associate
Director of Emerging Professionals & Outreach
A graduate of Woodbury University's School of Architecture, Tony serves as a design consultant at FSY Architects and Gangi Development. He is an IDP Auxiliary Coordinator for the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter at NCARB and continues his involvement and leadership in various chapter programs such as Emerging Professionals and First Friday Forum. He currently serves as a Project Designer on the Pasadena Community Gardens on behalf of the Citizen Architects Committee. Tony views design as a catalyst for social and cultural growth and uses the built environment as an opportunity to educate its user.
Brian Lee, AIA, CASp
Director of Membership
Brian Lee has been involved with the design and development of governmental facilities, Class A medical and professional office facilities, specialty retail and the custom-luxury housing market throughout southern California. He is a licensed architect in the State of California and has been designated as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) by the Division of the State Architect. His practice focuses upon sustainable product and accessibility in design. He serves as a Director for the California Building Officials in Sacramento and has been chair of CALBO’s State License Boards Committee, Board liaison to the Access Committee, Commissioner with the CALBO Training Institute. He is a graduate of the School of Environmental Design at Cal Poly, Pomona and is a professor at Mt. San Antonio College in the Architectural and Construction Technologies programs. Additionally, he has also taught at the University of California, Riverside in the Business and Technology Construction Management and Interior Design programs and has provided consulting education to private industry and the California Building Officials and American Planning Associations
Tiffany TingTing Dell’Aquila, AIA Associate
Director of Communications
Tiffany has been an active member in the AIA Pasadena and Foothill Chapter since graduating from the USC School of Architecture in 2009. Currently she holds the position of Chair of Communications and has collaborated with the Board to improve and promote the quarterly news Bulletin. She is actively pursuing licensure by designing for Gangi Architects in Burbank, CA.
She finds the AIAPF to be a welcoming and open-minded organization, and enjoys bringing a new perspective to the Chapter. She looks forward to promoting Chapter events across varying mediums.
Mark Gangi, AIA, LEED AP
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 as a guest lecturer since 2006.
Julie Arcelay, Sub-Zero/Wolf Appliances
Director of Sponsorship
Julie Arcelay is currently an Architecture Student at College of the Canyons with expectations of transferring to USC School of Architecture after completing her studies.Her background includes: Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, tile design, marketing and promoting.As the Trade representative for Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances she has applied her education and vast knowledge of trade clients within her market place.
Julie has been an active affiliate member of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill chapter for the last two years. As co-chair of the sponsorship committee, Julie’s passion for working with the trade and sponsorship of the chapter has clearly shinned this year. She has assisted with the Prospective - Women In Architecture Program, the Design Awards Gala and chapter house renovation on behalf of the sponsorship committee and looks forward to what 2013 holds within the AIAPF chapter.
Fariba Shantiyai, AIA, CCS, LEED AP
Past President, Director at Large
Fariba has enjoyed a career that has included a number of leadership positions culminating in her most recent position/venture as the President and CEO of LA Design Group, a full-service architectural firm based in Diamond Bar, California. She has over 25 years of experience in architectural design, master planning, programming, and management of a variety of commercial, educational, institutional, and residential projects. For the last 15 years, Fariba has devoted the majority of her professional experience to K-12 education and higher education projects.
Fariba has been a very active member of AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter. She has served on the Board of Directors and held the positions of 2012 President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary in the last few years.
Amy J. Hellmund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Director at Large
Amy has worked for both large A:E firms and has also owned her own small architecture firm. Her eclectic experience ranges from multi residential, commercial, science and technology to correctional work.
Amy has been involved with the AIA since her days in college and enjoys taking an active part in making the AIA an organization that informs and contributes to others in our community and profession. She co-developed the IDP program in the Idaho Central AIA Chapter to help emerging professionals navigate the requirements of licensure and obtain the required experience they need.
Her latest kudos was as Project Architect of the Banner Bank Building in Boise, Idaho. This building achieved the highest award of certification from the USGBC as LEED Platinum Core & Shell. She is featured in “Green is the Color of Money” DVD documentary about the building, and speaks to the benefits of Energy Efficient design and how it relates to the Banner Bank Building.
Dr. Hofu Wu Director at Large
Dr. Wu has been teaching sustainable designs and conducting researches in building energy performance for over thirty years at Cal Poly Pomona's School of Architecture. As member of ASHRAE's several technical committees, he has been involved in developing building energy codes and system testing standards. He has published more than 100 technical papers in conferences' proceedings and has given numerous invited lectures on green and passive solar building designs around the world. Currently he serves as one of the seven members of the National AIA's Strategic Initiative Discussion Group on Sustainability. He specializes in building energy modeling, solar design applications, and natural and electrical lighting systems evaluation.