About us - 2022 Board of Directors
Winston Thorne, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, CSBA
Winston is President of Winston Thorne Architect, an architecture and planning firm based in Pasadena serving the growing California and Arizona markets. Works include single and multi-family residential, restaurant, laboratory, historic structures, and commercial type developments. President of Thorne Construction, LLC, a licensed general contracting business in Arizona. His accolades include awards from AIA Central Arizona Architecture Foundation, Resolution Award with Historic Preservation Advisory Committee to RED Awards, and design competition accomplishments.
Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; he excelled in athletics, leadership, and music. Attended Ryerson University’s School of Architecture in Toronto, where his design interest in the built environment was founded in architecture. Following his curiosity with American architecture, it led him to Phoenix, Arizona where he spent the last seventeen years working on notable historic preservation, luxury condominium project types to the tallest hotel in Arizona. Actively participated with the design community, associations, and volunteered with charitable organizations.
Rachel Adams, AIA, LEED AP
Vice President / 2023 President-Elect
Rachel Adams is Architecture for Education Inc’s (A4E) managing principal and partner. Rachel leads the firm in planning, programming and implementation to achieve a “student & faculty-focused” solution for her clients. Her passion is to create architecture that enhances and inspires learning. For almost 20 years, Rachel’s work encompasses institutional master plans and facilities that outline strategies for change and growth. Under Rachel’s leadership, A4E’s practice has delivered multiple innovative educational environments that support and improve the quality of education. Rachel’s expertise includes District Facility Master Planning, Campus Modernizations, Renovation to New Construction, and Additions. Some of her most recent projects include Rio School District’s new K8 STEAM Academy, Rancho del Paso’s K-12 Campus, and Master Planning and Ed Specs for Alhambra Unified School District. Rachel has committed more than a decade of volunteer leadership for the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentorship organization and established a successful mentorship program at Washington High School. In recognition of her dedication to the community, Rachel was awarded the 2016 ACE Mentorship of the year award.
Andrea Cabalo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA
Andrea Cabalo is the Higher Education Studio Principal with AC Martin. She has over 25 years of experience managing programmatically complex buildings on college and university campuses in California and Hawaii. She 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 with the DBIA. Andrea has the unique ability to absorb and retain details discussed during project development which ensures the clients’ needs are met, and the design intent is realized in the completed work. Her main strength is team building, which gives her the ability to navigate challenging issues to a successful outcome for all involved. As a strong advocate for licensure, Andrea founded the “areU” committee at AC Martin focusing on supporting licensure, accreditation, certification, and intern development through mentoring.
Daniel A Stein AIA, LEED AP
Dan 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 has managed the development and construction of a diverse group of projects. Most recently he completed a 60,000 sf medical office building and nine level parking structure for Heath Care Partners and the renovation of the Variety Arts building in downtown Los Angeles.
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.
Member Opportunity Available!
Director of Programs
James Spencer, FAIA
Director of Citizen Architect
James Spencer FAIA graduated from USC School of Architecture in 1965. After two years of active duty in the Navy, he began a 13-year career at Neptune & Thomas working mainly under its co-founder, Joseph Thomas FAIA. During his Neptune & Thomas career, he became licensed in 1970 and was primarily a designer developing community college projects such as an entirely new community college in Marin County and a theater at Los Angeles Pierce College. Other projects included one of the largest full-care retirement homes in the state, a middle school, a music building at UCLA, and a theater at Pepperdine University. Leaving Neptune & Thomas in 1980 he founded his own firm that eventually became Spencer/Hoskins associates with a staff of 24 in Altadena. The firm became an expert in the field of community colleges and when sold in 2007 was working with 15 colleges, three of them entirely new campuses.
His work was honored with four AIA PF design awards plus two state-wide preservation awards and two state-wide community college design awards. He became preeminent in the master planning of colleges and universities, having written over 30 master plan documents for campuses throughout the state, including the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, an AIA PF Award winner. It is for his planning that he was honored in 2019 with Fellowship in the AIA.
Jim served on the AIA PF Board from 1979 through 1985 and chaired our honor awards programs in 1980 and 1986.
John R. Byram, AIA, NCARB
Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy
Mr. Byram is the founder of Byram Architects, a design-oriented, multi-disciplinary architecture and planning practice in Pasadena, California. Byram Architects projects are intentionally shaped by the uniqueness of each client and the places where they have chosen to build. Cultural, historical and environmental concerns are seen as opportunities—opportunities to enrich and add relevancy to architecture. Mr. Byram holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies from Arizona State University and Masters of Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, has NCARB certification and is licensed to practice architecture in the state of California and Arizona.
Fariba S Shantiyai, AIA, CCS, LEED AP
Director of Membership
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.
Genevieve Enriquez, Assoc. AIA
Director of Emerging Professionals
Genevieve Enriquez works with Adamson Associates, Inc. She received her Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from Woodbury University and also her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State of East Bay. She was heavily involved with AIAS - Woodbury Chapter and was the Chapter President for 2020-2021 and received the Chapter Leader Honor Award from AIAS Nationals. While she was in school, she was able to gain her AXP hours and continue her path towards her licensure.
Combining her background with business and architecture, she wants to contribute her time and effort in supporting emerging professionals to provide self-development, resources and encouragement. Genevieve started her involvement with the AIA Pasadena/Foothill Chapter by joining the JRD Scholarship Fundraising Committee. She is looking forward to expanding her leadership role as the Emerging Professional Director in her community.
Kuo-Hung "Henry" Tseng, AIA, NCARB
Director of Communications
A native of Taiwan, Henry is the founder and architect of Seikun Architects, which is named after his dogs. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona. After graduation, he spent some time living and working in Tokyo, taking in all the awesome experiences Japan had to offer. It was there, that he fell in love with minimalist design and efficient small spaces, and wanted to bring that back to the US. A firm believer that "Less is More" and "Form follows Function," Henry is fascinated by how buildings affect human behavior and psychology and aims to unite these theories of proxemics with an uniquely Taiwanese aesthetic.
In line with his obsession with efficient small space design, he was on the board of Los Angeles's tiny house advocate group and dreams one day of building a tiny house himself and living in the forest with his dogs.
In his free time, Henry enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hugging his 3 dogs, and being active in the Volvo "brick" community.
Member Opportunity Available!
Director of Sponsorship
The Director of Sponsorship is a Board position with a two-year term. As Director of Sponsorship, the Board member acts as a strategic organizer of sponsorship activities on the Sponsorship Committee as well as an enabler of sponsorship efforts of various members who are engaged in this activity. This position carries basic obligations of Chapter governance, requiring that s/he attend the monthly Board meetings on the evening of each month.
Charles Bryant, AIA
Director at Large / Past President