Anne Laird-Blanton, AIA
AIA California Council President 2011
Anne Laird-Blanton, AIA, is Principal and Owner of ALB Designs, a small, personal Architecture and Interior Design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1988, the firm specializes in providing high quality service to local nonprofit and residential clients. Many of AIA's key initiatives are embodied in the firm's culture: serving diverse clients, working collaboratively, incorporating energy efficient technologies and green building materials as well as designing sustainable new construction projects.
In addition, Anne is currently serving as the Executive Director for the California Architectural Foundation (CAF). CAF operates as the educational and research arm of the AIACC with the mission to promote healthy and sustainable communities through the support of research and education. Bridging the academic and professional worlds, CAF facilitates public programming, including exhibitions, workshops, competitions and symposia; shares knowledge through publications, forums, and diverse media; supports scholarship through research and dialogue; builds strong partnerships and collaborations; and awards academic and professional excellence.
Anne believes that service is important not only in her relationships with her clients but also with her community and the AIA organization. Since joining the AIA in 1991, she has served the membership in numerous capacities: on committees at all levels of the organization, as AIA San Francisco President, as President, First Vice President and Secretary of the AIA California Council and as a California Regional Director on the AIA National Board.
Clark Manus, FAIA
AIA National President 2011
Clark Manus, FAIA, is CEO of Heller Manus Architects and served as the 87th President of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The convergence of these two leadership areas has enabled Clark to champion broader design thinking on issues pertaining to resilient, healthy and sustainable communities in the urban and regional context. In his role as a design principal and citizen architect, Clark’s 30-year career has influenced the character of San Francisco’s built environment. Following the 1989 earthquake, Clark chaired successive Mayoral Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) over two decades, beginning with orchestrating the catalytic Embarcadero Design Assessment Team (DAT). The DAT resulted in the removal of the damaged Embarcadero Freeway in 1992, thereby enabling the reclamation of the Central Embarcadero, and setting the stage for the visionary Transbay CAC that enabled the rebirth of the downtown Rincon Hill neighborhood and the adjacent Transbay residential and transit district. Clark's experience encompasses a wide range of new and reconstruction projects including residential, commercial, civic, rehabilitation/ adaptive re-use, performance facilities, retail, and urban design plans in the San Francisco Bay Area and China. Clark is recognized for his expertise in complex urban, mixed-use buildings and master planning projects, especially in difficult approval environments. Some noteworthy San Francisco projects include the renovation/restoration of San Francisco City Hall, the Infinity residential towers, and Hotel Vitale.
Philip K. White, AIA
AIA Honolulu President 2012
Philip K. White, AIA, otherwise known as “Pip,” is president and founder of Philip K. White & Associates (PKWA), a Honolulu-based architecture firm dedicated to innovative and environmentally conscious, green design. Founded in 1984, the firm has developed a reputation for creating beautiful and livable spaces that embrace the way clients think, work and play. Pip specializes in signature commercial and residential projects that combine regional forms with new technologies. His designs communicate a sense of accessibility and sophistication and this is particularly evident in his award-winning residential projects, which link living spaces to the outdoors in a way that reflects the more relaxed aspects of the local lifestyle.
PKWA has received numerous awards and accolades, including the American Institute of Architects, Honolulu’s Jack C. Lipman AIA Member’s Choice Award in 2010 as well as an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Interior Designers in 2009, for the company’s work on its Silver LEED-certified offices at 40 S. School Street.
In addition, PKWA dedicated themselves to the environment as well as supporting local nonprofits. In 2010, PKWA received the Hawaii Green Business Award from the state of Hawaii for its dedication to conserving resources and protecting people and the environment and they have also partnered with the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, dedicating more than 450 hours to designing plans for new homes for families in need.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Pip is a sixth generation kama’aina. He is currently serving as the 2012 AIA Honolulu President and is a board member of the Hawaii Architectural Foundation.
Peter Barsuk, AIA, LEED AP
“Savings by Design”
Barsuk brings almost 20 years of experience in the design industry as an architect and green building expert. He has been involved in a wide variety of project types including commercial, education, civic architecture, health care and entertainment. A Studio Leader, Project Manager, and LEED expert at Gensler, Peter often gets called in to assist clients with LEED certification and documentation processes for various project types. As a leader in Sustainable Development, Peter continues to serve as a board member for the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and educate his colleagues at Gensler on the LEED rating system and the practices of sustainable design.