Trevor Abramson, FAIA – Abramson Architects
With over two decades of commitment to his craft, Trevor Abramson strives to promote the art of architecture by evoking a deeply felt emotional and spiritual response from clients, critics and the public. His creative architecture stands proudly across North America, promoting soulful complexity in the communities they inhabit by striking a balance between known and new. His multi-faceted practice, initially focusing on single-family residences, now encompasses ecclesiastical commissions, educational facilities, and varied commercial buildings. Abramson’s body of work certainly transcends the ordinary, carefully juxtaposing material and light to modulate surface and form. Pragmatic and purposeful in his design decisions, Abramson employs subtle and stripped down shapes to allow simplicity of mass and material to govern. His over 300 projects have gained significant acclaim from the international architectural community and have undoubtedly advanced the profession.
Mandi Roberts, AIA – Koning Eizenberg Architects
Mandi Roberts is a Senior Associate at Koning Eizenberg Architecture in Santa Monica, CA where she guides the firm’s development in the education sector. The firm is known for its exploration of the design potential of neighborhood with work that continues to set new benchmarks for housing, community, and educational settings.
Over the last ten years, Mandi has worked on a diverse range of projects from student housing to market-rate mixed-use development. Most recently she led Koning Eizenberg’s effort on the Geffen Academy at UCLA, a new model secondary school on the University campus and contributed to the design of two innovative projects for teens in Pittsburgh PA; the Museum Lab and Manchester Academic Charter School. Her ability to facilitate and realize ideas also makes her invaluable in her professional service roles: Mandi served as chair for the AIA Los Angeles Design Awards Committee and is currently serving as the local co-chair for the AIA National Committee on Design 2021 Conference.
Mandi grew up in Orange County and received her Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Takashi Yanai, FAIA - Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Takashi Yanai, FAIA is a Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and has been Residential Studio Director since 2004. Takashi is also currently leading the launch of EYRC’s San Francisco Studio.
Prior to practice, Takashi was a design journalist and editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where his work and travels provided the seeds for his design philosophy. Today his work is rooted in its contemplative relationship to landscape and is a continuation of the California Modernist ethos infused with reinterpretations of traditional Japanese elements. In 2017 he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of his residential work, which articulates how architecture can “connect man and nature through masterful siting and exceptional craft.” Takashi serves on the SFMOMA Photography Accessions Committee and has also been appointed the Chair of the National AIA Committee on Design for 2021. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a keen interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels, and personal inspirations are well-documented and widely followed (50,000 followers) on his Instagram account @t_yanai
Pablo LaRoche, Int’l Assoc AIA – Callison/RTKL
Pablo La Roche is an associate vice president in CallisonRTKL’s Los Angeles office and a leader for the firm’s Performance-Driven DesignTM initiatives, focusing on sustainable design for the commercial practice group. His expansive portfolio includes sustainable buildings all over the world designed with state-of-the-art tools. A tenured professor of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University, and interim director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, Pablo is also an accomplished author; he has written more than 130 technical papers for journals and conferences, and his book Carbon Neutral Architectural Design placed in the top ten in Amazon’s Energy and Buildings category. He is also a past president of the Society of Building Science Educators and chair of the solar buildings division of the American Solar Energy Society.
Stacey Hooper, AIA- NBBJ Design
Stacey Hooper has more than 20 years of design experience in health, science, higher education, corporate and transportation projects. Her love and expertise of building enclosures and sustainability, and their translation to an enriched human experience, have formed the cornerstone of her career.
Stacey regularly lectures on the relationship between façade design, performance and the principles of well building design at the University of Southern California (USC), Art Center College of Design. Most recently she co-chaired The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+ conference in Los Angeles. Her clients include the University of Southern California, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Alipay.
Patricia Rhee, FAIA - Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Patricia Rhee, FAIA has been a member of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects since 2000 and was named a Partner in 2013. She has served as Project Architect / Designer for several of the firm's most notable and award-winning projects, including The Culver Steps, Ivy Station, the United Arab Emirates' Federal National Council Parliament Complex and GSA's John M. Roll Federal Courthouse. She received her Master's degree in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Thayer Prize and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she recently completed USC's Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. She has served on design juries with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice, DBIA, University of Southern California and SCI-Arc.
Patricia was a founding Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture committee. She has lectured internationally, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Clemson University, the World Architecture Festival, at AIA Los Angeles’ POWERFUL Women in Design symposium and AIA Women’s Leadership Summit.