2024 Board of Directors
El is a wellness designer and sound practitioner who helps to balance internal and external environments. After 20+ years of holistic practice, she sought to apply concepts of well-being to built spaces. She is certified in Feng Shui, accredited in WELL and Fitwel, and is a realtor.
Mandi is an architect and the Director of Education at Steinberg Hart. Her work focuses on design for spaces for learning and student environments and is a thought leader in Education and Interior Architecture, leading the design of sustainable and award winning projects that shape the way students learn and engage.
Quynh is a writer specializing in brand identity and content strategy. She hones authentic and nuanced narratives in lieu of traditional PR/branding practices and creates messaging tailored for target audiences. Her practice includes coaching clients--architects, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs, on how to talk about themselves and their work.
Lorena is a landscape architect and founder of PuenteAlameda, a studio with bases in Madrid and Los Angeles, which explores creatives and collaborative designs that address the complexity of the nature processes. She is a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona and Madrid School of Design.
Donatella is an architect and educator. She grew up in Sicily where history influenced her appreciation of the cultural palimpsest and fostered a curiosity for foreign cultures and local oddities. She is co-founder of Claret-Cup, and a Board member of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture.
Kelly is the Director of Marketing at HMC Architects. She is dedicated to making a positive impact for all in the built environment. A fifth-generation Californian, she believes there is no better place to help shape skylines or celebrate communities than LA.
Louie Weiss splits his time working at Taalman Architecture and on his own architectural projects for residential clients. In his work, he is wholeheartedly committed to producing healthy and sustainable architecture while also a steadfast believer in beauty as a form of sustainability in and of itself.
Roman is a graphic designer and web developer. He is the principal of the design studio Yay Brigade and teaches at CalArts. Roman finds delight in baking hearty loaves of bread, contemplating the etymology of English and German words, and finding a printed newspaper by his front door every morning.