David Hart, AIA
David Hart is the President and CEO of Steinberg Hart, a multi- disciplinary design firm practicing Architecture, Planning, and Interiors. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has offices in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, San Diego, and Shanghai. Joining in 2002, David developed the firm’s reputation as a leader in Higher Education design by focusing on aspirational, student-centered projects for California’s public college systems and private universities. David now leads the firm’s large-scale mixed-use projects in urban cores with a focus on transit oriented development, affordability, community building and value creation for clients. Assuming the role of President and CEO in 2014, David continues to evolve the practice by building diverse, highly-talented teams and successfully expanding Steinberg Hart’s geographic influence.
An internationally award-winning designer himself, David has been recognized for projects including the University of Otago Information Services Building in New Zealand, the Library at Golden West College, UCLA Hitch Suites, and the Griffith Observatory Renovation and Expansion in Los Angeles. Passionate about sustainable design and the longevity of the built environment, he oversaw Steinberg Hart’s completion of Cal State Fullerton Student Housing, the first LEED Platinum student housing project in the nation.
David is a member of the ULI Urban Revitalization Council, the LABC Board of Directors, and BAC Board of Directors. Widely recognized by business leaders, educators and peers as an industry expert in design and place-making, he regularly shares his approach to creating innovative, client-driven solutions as a sought-after speaker and juror, both in the United States and abroad.
He graduated as valedictorian from Texas Tech University where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the Academic-Citizenship Award.
Ed Ogosta, AIA
A second-generation native of Los Angeles, Ed Ogosta, AIA LEED AP is Principal of Edward Ogosta Architecture in Culver City. Specializing in modern dwellings and creative workspace design, the office’s mission is to craft an intelligent architecture with clarity and experiential depth. In 2018, the office was chosen as the AIA Los Angeles Emerging Practice Presidential Honoree, and was selected for Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard award. Other accolades include: nine American Institute of Architects design awards, two of which are national AIA Small Projects Awards, design awards from the journals Residential Architect, Metropolis, and Interior Design, and finalist award nominations from ArchDaily, Architizer, and Azure magazine. The work has also seen wide publication, in magazines such as Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, Interior Design, and Metropolis, as well as on numerous design websites.
Ed graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and received a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding his own office, Ed worked for eleven years in local design offices including Michael Maltzan Architecture and Clive Wilkinson Architects, gaining experience on numerous nationally and internationally recognized projects.
In addition to being a practitioner, Ed teaches comprehensive studios and systems integration at Woodbury University in Burbank. He began at Woodbury as an invited Visiting Professor in 2014, doing research that culminated in the 2015 solo exhibition Dwelling Without a Plan, held at the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard.
Ed also serves in local government as Chair of the Planning Commission for the city of Culver City. Culver City has long had a reputation as a thriving center for the architectural avant-garde, and is home to a high concentration of renowned design offices. As a resident and the only architect on the Commission, Ed balances the responsibilities of protecting Culver City’s unique architectural heritage while calling for future development to push the boundaries of sustainability and architectural innovation.
Jonathan Segal, FAIA
Over the past twenty years Jonathan Segal Architect has created architectural work as a completely unique architectural practice of “ Architect as Developer.”
Jonathan’s firm prototype has eliminated the client and general contractor completely from the place making process. Our firm provides the development, architecture, ownership, construction and property management all in house.
Jonathan is considered downtown San Diego’s most successful and pioneering residential architects and has completed the highest number of buildings by one individual in downtown San Diego’s history. His variety of work ranges from low to medium density buildings that typically include pedestrian oriented housing, affordable housing, mixed-use sustainable design, and historic preservation.
One of Jonathan’s main goals is to promote his form of architectural practice to other architects so they also can have control, pride in their work and financial independence. Through his practice Jonathan has become an educator, co-founding the Masters in Real Estate Development program at Woodbury University in San Diego to educate student’s architectural development practices. In addition, Jonathan has lectured on urban design and the “Architect As Developer” concept to AIA members and Architectural schools internationally.
Jonathan has won seven National AIA Housing Honor Awards, National AIA/HUD award for affordable housing, seven Residential Architect Magazine Honor Awards, sixteen local AIA Awards, and numerous builder/community awards. In 2003 Jonathan was selected as the youngest San Diego architect to be selected as a fellow of the AIA. Most recently Jonathan’s project, The Charmer, was awarded Project of the Year 2012 from Residential Architect and in 2013 was awarded Distinguished Practice Award by the AIA California.
This year Jonathan was awarded two of AIA California Chapter’s seven Honor Awards, and the Mr. Robinson project was just selected as project of the year by Custom Home & Builder magazine. This is the second consecutive project selected for the same accolade
John Friedman, FAIA
MArch (Harvard) | MA Philosophy, Politics, Economics (Oxford)| BS Architecture (MIT)
With over 30 years of experience in the field of architecture, John co-founded JFAK in 1996. John was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he studied hard, played water polo harder (3-time NCAA D3 All-American). He’s since traded in his Speedo for a sketch book, and the Beatles for Radiohead, and you'll find him most days at his desk drawing.
John has served on the Board of Directors of AIA Los Angeles and has taught design studios at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and USC. He is an appointed member of MIT’s School of Architecture +Planning Visiting Committee. Both partners were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York in 2004, and in 2007, John was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Sarah Lorenzen, AIA
Sarah Lorenzen is principal at Peter Tolkin + Sarah Lorenzen Architecture (TOLO) and is a tenured architecture Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Since 2007 she has also served as director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles, where she develops cultural and artistic programs and has overseen the restoration of the site.
Sarah has significant experience overseeing the production of art and architectural installations and exhibitions, and designing institutional and R&D projects. Prior to joining Peter Tolkin Architecture, Sarah was a principal at Plasmatic Concepts, and she worked as a project architect at MBT Architecture in San Francisco, and as a designer at Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears Architecture, and at the Farrington Design Group in Atlanta, GA. She has taught architecture at Cal Poly Pomona for the last twelve years and she served as chair of the department from 2013-2017.
In addition to practicing and teaching Sarah regularly writes and lectures on issues related to architecture and urbanism. She has received multiple design awards and grants including several Graham Foundation grants, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a six-week travel fellowship to China. She has been invited to participate on design juries for the AIA, the LA Chamber of Commerce, SCI-Arc, Syracuse University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, UCLA, USC, Woodbury and ELAC. In 2015 Sarah received the Presidential “Educator of the Year” award from AIA LA.
Sarah grew up in Mexico City and moved to the United States. to attend college. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA in Drawing, 1992), and received a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (1997) and a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design from SCI-Arc (2004). In 2011 Sarah spent a year-long sabbatical conducting urban research at TU Delft in the Netherlands.
Ashok Vanmali, AIA
Ashok joined Gruen Associates in 1984 and was promoted to Vice President in 1996. He became a Partner in 2002 and developed and shaped Gruen’s Luxury Retail Group, borne out of his first high-end retail commission for Barneys New York in Beverly Hills more than 25 years’ ago. Though retail is his primary focus, he has also led many private institution, fitness centers and studios, office, commercial, mixed-use, restaurant and residential projects performed in collaboration with design architects or Gruen’s designers. Ashok works directly for the client, as well as provides full architectural and design services with a commitment that exceeds expectations. He continues to repeatedly work with several luxury retail clients including Barneys New York, Christian Dior, Celine, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Elie Tahari, De Beers Diamonds, Harry Winston, Lladró, Escada, the Swatch Group, Roberto Cavalli, Tourbillon, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Rolex, Patek Philippe and BVLGARI. Ashok’s success is due to his hands-on approach on each project. He works directly with the Owner, Designer and Contractors throughout all phases of his projects.