Seven alumni from the College of Environmental Design were elevated this year to American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellows, the highest membership honor for AIA members for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Only three percent of AIA’s 90,000+ members have this distinction.
We are proud that this year’s College of Fellows -- a cohort of over 100 architects across the country -- included seven CED alumni:
Maria T. Ciprazo (BA Arch ‘81), the Regional Chief Architect for the General Services Administration
As Regional Chief Architect for the General Services Administration (GSA) for the Pacific Rim Region, Maria Ciprazo is responsible for all facets of design excellence in all types of space that the region designs, constructs or leases, totaling over a billion dollars in annual funding. Encompassing California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii as well as the Pacific Territories, The Pacific Rim portfolio consist of over 1,100 properties and reflects over 40 million square feet of space. Ciprazo is one of the National Design Peers for GSA and has been the chairperson for the Lead Designer selections for projects such as the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, the new Port of Entry in San Ysidro, CA and the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, NV. She was the GSA National Design Peer in the Lead Designer selection for the large development of the St. Elizabeth's Campus in Washington, D.C for the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining GSA, Ciprazo was a Campus Architect for the University of California at Davis and a Project Architect for the Department of the Navy.
Scott B. Hunter (BA Arch ‘90), Principal and the Los Angeles Office Director at HKS Architects
Enjoying a distinguished architectural career, both domestically and internationally, Scott Hunter has most recently led the design teams on the transformation of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and the Student Services Center at Los Angeles Mission College. He has also been responsible for architectural projects with Microsoft, Dreamworks, Columbia University and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is passionate about regional smart growth and how this will foster economic diversity and a better environmental future for the evolving metropolis, and has led a wide range of award-winning design efforts, including master planning, workplace environments, super high-rise towers, commercial mixed-use, hospitality, academic and sports facilities.
Jonathan Kanda (BA Arch ‘91), Principal at CO Architects
Jonathan Kanda has 20 years of experience with new schools of medicine and health, research facilities and academic buildings across the country. Since joining CO Architects in 2003, Jonathan has led medical and health education projects in 12 states for institutions that are re-envisioning their curricular and pedagogical approaches. He is a nationally recognized specialist and frequent presenter on innovations in simulation and collaborative learning environments for higher education and academic medical programs. Kanda has served as a design studio instructor at Boston Architectural College and for the UCLA Extension Interior Design program.
Peter Kasavan (M.Arch ‘81), President of Kasavan Architects
Peter Kasavan is the president of Kasavan Architects, which has been a leading architectural firm in the Monterey Bay area since its founding by his father Jerome Kasavan in 1949. Kasavan has a background in the Fine Arts, having earned a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. He was then a Journeyman Carpenter with the UB of C and J of A Local 925 working on educational projects and serving as superintendent on a new school library. That experience gave him an uncommon understanding of the nature and character of materials, tolerances, staging, sequencing and constructability. He has been recognized with many design awards, including local state, national and even international awards. Kasavan was recognized by the AIA Monterey Bay for his contributions to the field of architecture with its Robert Stanton Award.
Dennis Thompson (M.Arch '74), founder and President of Thompson Naylor Architects
Dennis Thompson, the founding principal of Thompson Naylor Architects, has been a speaker, teacher, and advocate for green building and sustainable design in the Santa Barbara region since he moved there in 1974. He has been a participant in, and leader of, organizations such as the Community Environmental Council, The Sustainability Project, Santa Barbara Architecture 2030, and the Mesa Architects. He was a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review and was founding president of the Green Building Alliance. His firm has designed many residential and institutional projects, including several award-winning and LEED-certified buildings.
Takashi Yanai (BA ‘91), Managing Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Takashi Yanai has been the Residential Studio Director at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects since 2004, where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Yanai’s projects have been published extensively in the national and international press. He brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. Prior to practicing architecture, Yanai was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world's finest residential architects. Heis very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the A+D Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world.
Willy Yu (M.Arch ‘80), a Senior Partner at KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Willy Yu joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 1990. He supervises the firm’s management and contracts and is the technical director in detail design, construction documentation, technique and construction administration. Significant projects of which he has overseen include Fubon Banking Center, Continental Engineering Corporation Headquarters, and Lite-On Headquarters. Yu is also in charge of creating the firm’s architecture resource sharing program through a platform where seminars, professional knowledge and construction site visits can be provided online.