Hosted by AIA Pasadena & Foothill 
Local Contact: Zelda Wong

local program

Blurb on Pasadena programming. Highlights from our program include:

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3

*More detailed schedule coming soon!


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The event will take place on Friday, November 16, 2017. The schedule below subject to adjustment. Download a PDF version of the schedule here.

Local hosts


Je'Nen Chastian, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
Je'Nen is a Designer with Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco, and Chair of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership. Through her leadership with the AIA, Je'Nen lead the development and implementation of the re-imagined AIA Leadership Institute, resulting in a new national training model for architects and emerging professionals. She is also the content editor for Living Your Life as a Leader, 2nd and 3rd Edition workbooks. 


Christopher Crowe, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
Chris is a Designer with AECOM in San Francisco, and Chair of the AIA Leadership Institute San Francisco Regional Venue. As a past officer of the Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA), Chris has supported the development of AIA San Francisco professional development programs for architects and emerging professionals across the Bay. 


Amélie-Phaine Crowe, Assoc. AIA - Moderator
Amélie is a current board member on the AIA California Council, and a former associate director at AIA San Francisco. In 2012 Amélie served as chair of Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA), where she developed resources for associate and young architect members of the AIA. She continues to gain experience in client relations, project design/documentation, and construction administration as a designer with Kwan Henmi Architecture & Planning as a designer with Kwan Henmi Architecture & Planning in San Francisco.


Cliff Moser, AIA
Cliff began his career in the design and construction industry exploring different models of practice through the delivery of new and innovative business processes. Practicing with small and large firms in Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, he joined Stanford Healthcare to support their leadership in building innovative systems in the design, construction, and facility management processes through the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Cliff is the author of Architecture 3.0; the Disruption Design Practice Handbook and has written for the AIA’s Handbook for Professional Practice and for other publications on using BIM processes for managing quality in design and construction.



Albert De Plazaola
With over 14 years of experience in people-centered design, Albert De Plazaola brings a wealth of industry knowledge and professional experience to his role as Global Strategy Leader at Unispace. Leveraging design thinking and a user-centric approach, he explores how meaningful change can foster greater organizational responsiveness, adaptability, and innovation.

emerging leaders Panel: professional & industry leadership


Garrett Jacobs
Beginning an architectural education in the wake Hurricane Katrina opened Garrett’s eyes to the real impact of the decisions we make when forming our built environment. With a passion for social justice and a natural inclination to connect people, Garrett focuses his energy on organizing the allied professions that help form our cities and rural places. Garrett is the founding Executive Director of the Open Architecture Collaborative, working to inspire, rally and support designers to challenge the status quo for more equitable architectural services.


Bonnie Russo, LEED AP
Bonnie Russo is an exemplary leader at MBH Architects, and has accrued an impressive array of project experience ranging from retail spaces to complex commercial projects and tenant improvements to large multi-family housing projects. Her tenacious efforts have seen her advance to Project Architect at MBH in four short years, with appointment to Associate in three. Bonnie’s ambition extends to the success of the company, primarily through encouraging the advancement of its people.


Amanda  Loper, AIA, LEED AP
Amanda  Loper  was promoted to Principal at David Baker Architects, a progressive award-winning firm  known  for  combining  social concern  with  a  signature  design character.  For nearly  10 years, Amanda has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area on projects ranging from housing  for  the  formerly  homeless  to  market-rate  communities  to  custom retail spaces. Amanda works to bring social awareness to issues of housing and density within the urban setting and has a particular interest in designing the ground level for an active, public realm. 


Orrin Goldsby, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Growing up in a small town nestled in the Redwoods of Northern California, Orrin, gained an appreciation for local ecologies and natural beauty. Studying architecture at the University of Oregon, he honed his skills acting as the Professional Outreach Coordinator of The Ecological Design Center, woodshop supervisor, and participated in a preservation field school in Oira, Italy.  After school he moved to Australia to further progress his sustainable design practical knowledge. Orrin is currently an Associate and Director of Sustainability at Kerman Morris Architects, LLP.



Patrycja Dragan, Assoc. AIA - Moderator
Patrycja has made her mark as a leader in the Bay Area architectural community since graduating with her masters from Washington University in St. Louis. She was elected to the board of Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA) for 2016 and serves as Finance and Membership co-chair. Her work with BAYA has allowed her to leverage her collegial affiliations to bring the communities of LiA, NOMA, and APX together with other engineering, construction, and planning organizations to examine and celebrate the reach of the architectural community.  She most recently championed efforts to bring the AEC community together to raise several thousand dollars for Bay Area schools through the non-profit LEAP Arts in Education.  At MBH Architects, her professional experience has focused on retail design, and her proven dedication to the craft has allowed her to be entrusted with working in-house on the client-side.






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