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Drake DillardDrake Dillard, AIA, NOMA

Senior project manager at Perkins+Will, Inc., architect, mentor and educator. Drake has practiced architecture for more than thirty years on a variety of public and private projects in United States, Africa and the Middle East.  Dillard has built his career advancing future architects.  As President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, (NOMA) and AIA LA Chapter Board of Director Member. As NOMA President I have been very fortunate to lead an outstanding group of professionals in many diverse disciplines. During my stay I had the opportunity to sign an agreement with GSA and NOMA, which proved to elevate the awareness of minorities in the profession of architecture in the United States.

I am a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a Bachelors in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Howard University. I sit on several boards and I have received several Honor Awards for my work in the field.

Pablo La RochePablo La Roche, PhD, Assoc. AIA

Pablo is Professor of Architecture and Interim Director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona University and a Sustainable Design Leader and Associate Vice President at CallisonRTKL. His teaching, practice, and research are dedicated to the design of buildings integrated with the environment. Pablo has a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles and more than 25 years of experience in professional practice, designing and implementing sustainable, low carbon strategies in projects of all sizes. He has authored more than 130 technical papers in journals and conferences, including the second edition of his book “Carbon Neutral Architectural Design” published by CRC Press in July of 2017. He recently chaired the 2016 Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference in Los Angeles, and was president of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and chair of the Solar Buildings Division of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).


Taal SafdieTaal Safdie, AIA

Taal, along with her partner Ricardo Rabines, is responsible for the overall design and management of the entire Design Team. She is the day-to-day point of contact between the Design Team and the Client. In collaboration with Ricardo and the entire project team, she is responsible for overseeing all activities of the Architect and Consultant Team, including schedule and budget control, at all stages of the project. She participates in all major design presentations and work sessions with the Client and Users. Taal received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked for a number of internationally recognized firms in New York. Taal is a principal founder of Safdie Rabines Architects, which she helped establish twenty-five years ago.


Linda TaalmanLinda Taalman, åAIA

Linda Taalman is a dedicated teacher who previously taught at Art Center College of Design, the Cooper Union, SCI Arc, USC and UCLA before joining Woodbury University. Taalman currently co-directs Taalman Koch Architecture based in Los Angeles, which has completed a number of award winning projects including the itHouse (AIA LA Merit Award 2008), the Small Skyscraper (LEF Fund) and Stabiae Archeological Park (ASLA Scraper Award). For 12 years, she has explored architecture as a collaborative practice, engaging in a wide range of projects including museum and exhibition spaces, public art, master planning and domestic architecture.

Linda Taalman earned a BArch in Architecture from the Cooper Union in 1997. Shortly after graduating she founded OpenOffice arts + architecture collaborativewith Alan Koch in New York in 1998. Under this banner Taalman was partner in charge for the Dia: Beacon museum (AIA NY Merit Award 2006) and a series of collaborative arts endeavors including Trespassing : Houses x Artists (NEA grant 2002). Currently she is working on a dozen small houses using the itHouse prefabricated component system. Taalman is a registered architect in New York and California. She has lectured on the collaborative nature of her practice at the Architecture League in New York, the Aspen Institute, California College of the Arts, Columbia University, the Sculpture Center, Yale University, and ARTFORUM Berlin. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world at MOMA, the MAK Vienna, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Vitra Design Museum


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