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  • 05/08/2024 9:35 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Fariba S. Shantiyai, AIA, is based in Diamond Bar,  is an AIAPF Past President (2012) and has   been on the Board for AIA California as well.

    Specialties: Commercial, Retail, Mixed Use, Residential with focus on Educational projects.

    Professional Highlights: Now at LA Design Group (founded in 2011), a family-oriented boutique design firm dedicated to providing the highest level of personal service to our clients. All of our projects have a special place in my mind and my heart as we aspire to bring a fresh, innovative perspective to all of our projects.

    Shantiyai has been fascinated with buildings and their impact on our lives since a very early age and has successfully pursued her vision and has a remarkable experience working with significant education architectural firms in California. She became the president and co-founder of LA Design Group, a full service architectural and planning firm, in 2011. Fariba is a licensed architect in California, Arizona and Texas, as well as LEED Accredited professional and CSI certified, with 40 years of experience in a variety of building types. These include educational facilities, institutional, retail & commercial, Mixed-use, and single and multi-family residential projects. Though varied, she has focused the majority of her architectural practice on educational facilities.

    Her professional goal is to shape environments that create inspiring places and consider the unique cultural and social context of the community through results-oriented approach to design. Her professional work over the years include gymnasiums, libraries, science labs, and multimedia centers for higher education campuses as well as a brand new high school for 3200 students.

    Ms. Shantiyai has been a member of AIA since 1995 and served on the board of directors for local chapter as well as the AIA California. She has also served as president of AIA Pasadena and Foothill Chapter in 2012 as the 4th female president in the 70 years history of the chapter. 

     Highlighted project: The School of Art +  Enterprise in downtown Pomona. A California State Accredited, non-profit Charter School for ART + DANCE + DESIGN + MUSIC + PHOTOGRAPHY + THEATRE. Transformation of an existing office building to a unique art school for grades 6-12 with a finishing touch of the whole building murals by a local graffiti artist. A Pomona Landmark.


  • 01/10/2024 9:46 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

    Joe Catalano, AIA, is based in Sierra Madre and is an AIAPF Past President (2008) as well as an award-winning Historic Architect.

    Specialty: Historic preservation 

     Pictured: An example of his work is the Historic Reconstruction of the previously-demolished wing of the Pio Pico Mansion in Whittier, using authentic adobe construction of the period (circa 1830-1880).
    It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a California Landmark, and is open to the public as an Interpretive Museum.

    Professional Highlights: As a qualified Historic Architect, whose consulting practice is a combination of research and craft in the service of restoring or reconstructing historic buildings.

    Recognition of his work includes the California Preservation Foundation Design Awards and the Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards, as well as a number of awards from the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles.

    His research includes studies and reports, and also the studied drawing development of very accurate, and beautifully drawn, historic reconstruction work. He works as an architect of record himself, and as a consultant to contractors and other architects. Most of his work is for National Register or State Landmark buildings. though he believes that many of the same principles apply to sustainable adaptive reuse of other older buildings.

    Joe is also an AIA Citizen Architect. He has served on Sierra Madre’s Planning and Cultural Heritage Commissions, two General Plan committees, the board of the local historical society, and the facilities masterplanning committee for a major Pasadena Unified School District bond issue. He is also a Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona.

    Why are you a member of AIAPF? The collegiality of the Chapter is very important to me as a sole practitioner.

  • 10/31/2023 1:21 PM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Current Firm: Precision Property Measurements (PPM)

     Specialties: As-Built Surveying, Drafting     and Modeling 

     Professional Highlights: Cameron has diligently served his clients in the Southern California AEC community for over 15 years. With PPM’s headquarters in Long Beach, he has been instrumental in expanding our services across the region, while leading an ever-growing team of Surveyors and Project Managers to support the hundreds of projects he has managed. When you work with Cameron, you can expect a true partner on your project. He is committed to fulfilling PPM’s Worry-Free Promise – to deliver your As-Built Plans with accuracy, timeliness, and strong communication.

    In his spare time, Cameron enjoys country music concerts, LA Kings games, and traveling with his wife and their newborn daughter.

  • 10/17/2023 3:57 PM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Education: George Mason University

     Current Firm: Roof Resources

     Professional Highlights: I have been in the   roofing & waterproofing industry for 7 years.   I started with a major in Biology but quickly   realized my passion is in the construction   industry. My family has a construction   background so this industry felt natural.

    This industry is evolving and I enjoy constantly learning and honing my craft. I thoroughly enjoy and excel in helping the design community obtain the best information to help them with their project delivery. With extensive experience in roofing, waterproofing (below grade/above grade), and plaza decks, I am your go-to resource.

    The journey to a successful project is rewarding!

     Why I Joined AIAPF: To foster meaningful professional connections, it is essential to actively participate in advocacy efforts, contribute to policy discussions, and make a positive impact within the local community. As a designer, I relish the chance to connect with peers, stay informed about industry trends, and engage in initiatives that shape our profession while benefiting the community.

  • 08/15/2023 3:28 PM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Education: Master of Architecture, University of Massachusetts

     Current Firm & Position: Golden Sun Enterprises, AIA Associate, LEED AP BD+C, General Contractor B License

     Favorite Project: My master's thesis project on humanity in a children's cancer hospital, which I completed in 2017, continues to hold a special place in my heart. It served as a profound inspiration, driving me to pursue a career that focuses specifically on designing spaces for children, especially those in need, such as hospitals and orphanages. I firmly believe that my purpose in this world is to utilize design as a catalyst for change and to aid children in need. Building upon my academic background and recent work experiences in a construction company, where I was involved in projects related to schools and playgrounds, I have decided to embark on a new journey. Alongside my current job, I am committed to dedicating my efforts to designing spaces for children, aiming to prepare our future creators for a better world through the transformative power of play.

     Why I Joined AIAPF: To foster meaningful professional connections, it is essential to actively participate in advocacy efforts, contribute to policy discussions, and make a positive impact within the local community. As a designer, I relish the chance to connect with peers, stay informed about industry trends, and engage in initiatives that shape our profession while benefiting the community.

  • 08/08/2023 3:50 PM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

      Education: BA Architecture, Tuskegee University; MDE, Anderson Graduate School of Business, UCLA

      Current Firm & Position: Masbuild Design Solutions, Principal

      Industry Leadership: Past President, AIA Pasadena & Foothill (2021); Past president, NOMA So. Cal. chapter, et al. 

    What you really want to know: With 30+ years of experience in the design and construction industry. he has served clients including the US Department of HUD, U.S. Navy; Air Force; the State Department; Caltrans; Los Angeles, Pasadena, Lynwood Unified School Districts; and Mt. Vernon School District (NY).

    As a design builder, a licensed architect, and a licensed contractor, Mr. Bryant has worked on projects of various sizes and complexities for private and government agencies providing design solutions to complex and challenging tasks. Most notably, Mr. Bryant served as developer, architect and general contractor for his own 12,500 square foot award-winning commercial office building at 751 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.

    Mr. Bryant is an NCARB - certified, licensed architect in California and numerous states 

    Dedicated to improving the urban landscape, inside and out, Mr. Bryant has provided architectural design service for many non-profit agencies developing homeless shelters and single room occupancy hotels for the elderly and the physically challenged.


  • 07/12/2023 7:51 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Education: BA Architecture, UC Berkeley; MA, Harvard University

     Current Firm & Position: DOMM, Principal and Co-founder

     Favorite Project: Of all of our projects, the AGBU Innovation Studios distinguishes itself as one of my favorites. Despite working within the stringent spatial limits of a traditional mid-century school building interior, the project was able to create an unexpected, yet practical space. A cross-shaped circulation core with equal sized openings is situated within a larger classroom footprint, creating the 4 discrete, equally sized studio spaces required by the program. Yellow, operable welding curtains transform the circulation core into an otherworldly realm, while also acting as partitions which allow the 4 studios to function independently, or as a singular space for the exhibition of student work..

     Why I Joined AIAPF: To work towards elevating the value of Architecture within the community with like-minded individuals.


  • 05/24/2023 8:55 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Current Firm: Xia Structural Engineers

     In Brief: 

    “A skilled person can make bold moves.” (Loose translation of a Chinese proverb, and a guiding thought for Ji Xia)

    Focusing on single-family and multi-family residential (often mixed use and podium design) Ji understands the architect is the “agent” of the owner, representing the owner’s needs to the other consultants. A knowledgeable structural engineer sees the bottom line, the building code, materials, carbon footprint, construction. With a deep understanding of code and construction methods, each structural component can be designed with minimum materials waste, directly reducing cost. Ji is highly skilled and actively applies Value Engineering processes in his work.  The payoff -- developers are asking architects to use XIA.  He’s building a practice with repeat clients.

    Why I joined AIAPF: Architects are key players in the build environment and AIAPF is the best place to connect with local architects.

    Why I support the JRD Scholarship Fund:  As an international student in structural engineering, I pursued my master’s degree in the US. SUNY-Buffalo was the least costly and ranked in the top 30 structural engineering colleges.  Money was tight. Now, I am privileged to support students in our industry.

    See Xia's portfolio:

  • 05/10/2023 8:53 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Education: B.Sc in Architecture, from RWTH Aachen, Germany; M.Arch, from USC.

     Current Firm & Position: Arcadis IBI Group, Project Designer / Living +

     In Brief: I think the power of architecture is its ability to so directly shape and improve the world around us.

    In my work, I strive for socially-conscious and sustainable design and thus outside of my day-to-day job, I also volunteer as a designer at an architectural nonprofit "Journeyman International", where I can bring this thinking to other parts of the world. 

    Why i joined AIAPF: At AIA I hope to connect with other like-minded architects who can inspire and guide me.

    See the project portfolio: 

  • 03/22/2023 9:35 AM | AIAPF Admin (Administrator)

     Education: Woodbury University

     Licensed: Since January, 2018 in the State of California

     Current Firm & Position: WET Design, Project Architect / BIM Manager

    Bio in Brief: For the majority of my professional career, I have been involved in the design and construction of many Water Features across the globe and have had the opportunity to travel to several countries as a result. My proudest achievement to date is a project called Surreal located at the EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Being an Architect at WET has given me the opportunity to collaborate with various Architectural firms across the globe and being part of several mega-projects has made me quite a stickler for file management, record-keeping and being organized in general. Working at WET as an Architect puts me in the middle of Designers, Product Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Landscape Architects, etc. and I welcome the daily challenges that I am faced with. Besides Water Features, I was involved with the design of office buildings and outdoor shopping malls located in India and was also involved in Institutional projects in Southern California.

    Why i joined AIAPF: Word of mouth through Genevieve Enriquez. We both went to Woodbury and she was already part of AIAPF on the Emerging Professionals Committee. At this point, I have done enough ARE and CSE study sessions/lections for AIASF and AIAPF and I am ready to move on to other things.

    I have a YouTube channel with travel videos and here's a Highlight Video of my trip to Dubai in Dec, 2021 where you can see my project Surreal >

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