For over 40 years Arthur Dyson has been exploring new and innovative approaches to creative architecture. He studied Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, and Urban and Regional Planning at California State University, Fresno. He received a Master of Architecture degree at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. He served his architectural apprenticeships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, and William Gray Purcell.
As an educator, Dyson taught advanced architectural design at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. He created and taught the Design-Build Studio at CSU Fresno combining the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Humanities. In 1997 he was awarded the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture by the University of Oklahoma. He served as Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture from 1998 to 2002, at its two campuses at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of California State University, Fresno (CSUF) College of Arts and Humanities, Fresno City College School of Architecture, is Chair of the CSUF School of Art and Design, and is President-Elect of AIA San Joaquin.
Paul Halajian, AIA, LEED AP
Paul has been practicing architecture for over 25 years and has developed a portfolio of award winning projects in both the public and private sectors. He values a well-rounded approach to architecture that places equal importance on design, constructability, sustainability, project parameters, and client service. Collaboration with all project stakeholders and mentorship of emerging professionals define his approach to practice. He earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to returning to Fresno, he was an associate in the internationally acclaimed San Francisco firm of EHDD Architecture. Paul serves as the Campus Consulting Architect for Fresno State University, is a member of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Fresno and served as President of the American Institute of Architects San Joaquin. He is passionate about improving the quality of life through the art of Architecture for all who live and work in the communities of the San Joaquin Valley.
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA
President at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, California
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, was elected as First President/President Elect (2008-2009) of the American Institute of Architects and in 2009 served as the professional association’s National President. President Malecha also received the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education from AIA in 2003 and was recognized as a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in 2002.
Amit C. Price Patel, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Principal, David Baker Architects
Amit C. Price Patel a Principal at David Baker Architects, a San Francisco architecture firm known for combining social concern with a signature design style. Amit oversees the firm’s Urban Design Studio, leading teams for multifamily housing and urban planning projects and representing the firm nationally as a design resource.
Deeply committed to high-quality design for affordable housing and neighborhoods, Amit is particularly interested in creating spaces that support human connection.
His recent projects at DBA include the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building—affordable urban housing for seniors with an incorporated senior center and community hub—and the Master Plan for Lee Walker Heights, a new vision for Asheville, N.C.’s, oldest public housing community.
Amit holds Masters degrees in both architecture and urban planning from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002, he received the Branner Travelling Fellowship to study high-rise social housing worldwide.
From 2011 to 2014, he served on the executive board of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR). Continuing his dedication to equity and inclusion in architecture, Amit has recently consulted for Common Thread, an international social enterprise dedicated to building local capacity for community-focused development.