Ric. Abramson, FAIA
In professional practice as a licensed practitioner for 28 years, Ric. Abramson FAIA established his small firm, Workplays studio*architecture, in 2003. Ric. has taught for over 18 years on the faculty at SCI-Arc and USC School of Architecture and has produced educational workshops and seminars at National AIA Conventions.
His professional service includes terms on the AIA|California Council, AIA|Los Angeles and Center for Architecture and Urban Design Board of Directors. Ric. recently completed a four-year term as the State of California's representative on the AIA National Small Firm Exchange and is currently serving as a California Regional Representative on the AIA National Strategic Council in Washington DC. Within his community, he has served as a Public Facilities Commissioner and chaired an affordable housing non-profit Board of Directors.
An active small firm advocate, Ric. spearheaded new California legislation signed into law by Governor Brown that protects the architect's creative work. He is also a recognized leader in housing issues, sustainable design, and innovative infill solutions.
Gwynne Pugh, FAIA
Gwynne Pugh AIA & Associates was founded in 1984 with a determination to create transformative architecture, not from a singular perspective of creating objects to be admired, but from a philosophical perspective that actively incorporates sustainable and urban design principles into architecture, and integrates architecture into the fabric of our daily lives.
With the addition of Lawrence Scarpa to the partnership in 1991, Pugh + Scarpa was formed. During Gwynne’s 22 years as principal, Pugh + Scarpa received numerous AIA awards and other honors. The firm was awarded the 2010 Architecture Firm of the year award at Both AIA and AIA California Council.
Douglas Teiger, AIA
Douglas began his career in New York City with Swanke Hayden Connel. Moving to Los Angeles in 1984, he worked with Arthur Erickson Architects. He opened his own practice in 1990 and in 2000 merged firms with Trevor Abramson, beginning the era of Abramson Teiger Architects. As managing partner, Douglas ability to effectively streamline the operations allows for more time to be spent on design and project research a major factor in the consistent high level of design associated with ATA.
Douglas has always believed that architecture should raise your soul to a higher spiritual level. He has traveled around the world discovering how to do this; spending time at monasteries, churches and temples in Nepal, India, Europe and the US. Husband and father, Douglas uses his free time to race motorcycles, heli-ski, play ice hockey and paint. He believes he will live to be 150 years old, healthy, creative, happy, spreading joy to the world and still constantly striving for a design that is large enough for silence to echo, yet small enough for intimacy to remain.
Kurt Hunker, FAIA
Kurt Hunker currently serves as the Acting Dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management at NewSchool. He has been associated with the school since 1989 and served as the Graduate Program Chair in Architecture for many years.
Consistent with his long-standing belief in the critical and beneficial linkage of academia and praxis, Hunker maintains a consulting practice in architecture and has won multiple design awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations. His projects have been published in state, regional and national periodicals.
Kurt Hunker has been a guest lecturer for local and regional organizations, and has presented papers at international conferences in Los Angeles, London, Vienna, Moscow and Jyvaskyla, Finland, among others. Topics have ranged from the literature of criticism to the phenomenon of “spectacle” in contemporary high-rise building to Alvar Aalto’s work. Hunker was recognized as NewSchool Teacher of the Year on two occasions and received the Architectural Education Award from the San Diego Chapter of the AIA. He is an Academic Regent of the California Architectural Foundation.
Fabian Kremkus, AIA
Fabian Kremkus has worked nationally and internationally on academic and research facilities, secondary schools, hospitals, and corporate headquarters, sports, and entertainment facilities. Since joining CO Architects in 1999, Fabian has served as a senior designer for major museum, performing arts, research, healthcare, higher education and justice facilities in Southern California and throughout the country. His enthusiastic devotion to the profession of architecture and craft of building is unsurpassed, and his approach to each project merges design sensitivity with great attention to detail and craft.
Gregory Mottola, FAIA
Greg Mottola is a Principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s San Francisco office. As lead designer for a diverse group of award-winning commercial, workplace, hospitality, academic, and civic buildings, he possesses a deep understanding of how buildings can shape and transform their environment.. He is keenly interested in the tectonics of building and how Modernism is shaped by the specific circumstances of place to create memorable, emotionally powerful architecture.
Greg joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1990, working in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices before relocating to California in 2003. His projects have been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has chaired and participated in design awards juries across the country, and regularly lectures on the topics of humane modernism, craft, and detail, and how these themes influence the work of the firm.