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Mae ChinnMaeKeng L. Chinn, AIA
Associate Principal with ONYX Architects

Mae has had over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of a wide variety of projects. Mae’s portfolio includes an extensive array of market rate and affordable housing developments. She has designed commercial facilities as well as multifamily residences for several different populations. Her design and development experience extends to the creation of housing communities for families, transitional populations, those with special needs, students, and seniors, including projects for active and ambulatory seniors, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. She has also been involved in the master planning, design and development of higher education and civic facilities. Over her career, Mae has completed multiple sustainable projects that have achieved ZNE, LEED Platinum, Enterprise Green, and Green Home rated certification. She is well versed in all phases of the design process, ranging from predesign through programming, space planning, design development, and construction.

Mae design experience is reinforced as a former Project Construction and Design Manager. Mae’s experience and expertise have added tremendous value and leadership to the ONYX Team. Mae holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California with a minor in Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing and Design BARCH 2000. She is a member of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter.

Mae has a passion for affordable housing, as a community supporter, volunteering as a community leader with non-profit housing advocacy groups such as LA Voice PICO. Mae has also served as Architect Mentor in 2019 for the Howard and Irene Levine Affordable Housing Development Program, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.


Joon-Ho ChoiJoon-Ho Choi, Ph.D., LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
Associate Professor of Building Science
Associate Dean of Research and Creative Work
Director, Center for Wellness in the Built Environment
School of Architecture, University of Southern California

Dr. Choi, Joon-Ho is Associate Professor of Building Science and Associate Dean of Research and Creative Work in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to taking the position at USC, he earned his PhD degree in Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Choi's primary research interests are in the areas of bio-sensing controls, human-building integration, intelligent building systems, including systems integration, advanced control systems, and environmental sustainability; and Comprehensive POE (post-occupancy evaluation), healthy indoor environmental quality, and human health/work productivity.

He has participated in numerous research projects financially supported the U.S. Government (Agency), non-profit research grant organizations, and industry partners, such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), General Services Administration (GSA), Green Building Alliance, American Institute of Architects, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), BOSCH, SIEMENS, and AECOM. He is an active (board/committee) member of ASHRAE, IAQVEC, ISIAQ, ARCC and KSEA since 2003. He also serves as a referee/member of the editorial board of the International Journals of Building and Environment, Energies, and Energy and Buildings, and has been appointed as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society.


Drake DillardDrake Dillard, AIA, NOMAc
Senior Project Manager, Perkins + Will
CCDA Commission Member

At an early age, Drake began studying to become an artist like his father, but as his training ensued, he started to crave structure within his artistic practice. In architecture, he found that the opportunity to challenge himself creatively lay not only within the physical design, but within the agencies, codes, and constraints that are inherent in every project. It s within these boundaries that Drake began to creatively thrive, and he knew he had found his calling.

Drake considers himself to be a citizen s architect, one who works to better society through culture. He has dedicated his career to giving a voice to those who find it difficult to advocate for themselves. Everyone deserves good design. Everyone.” he says, and he works tirelessly to ensure that the communities he serves transform physically while remaining sensitive to the residents and users the project serves.

Drakes dedication to supporting his community extends far beyond his profession. As a passionate volunteer, he works with organizations such as the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and AIA Los Angeles Chapter, serves on the Destination Crenshaw Design Review Board, and volunteers with the Crenshaw YMCA just to name a few.


Ann GrayAnn E. Gray, FAIA, RIBA
Principal at Gray Real Estate Advisors

Ann Gray founded Balcony Media, Inc. in 1994 to showcase the work of California architects and designers with a focus on progressive design and lesser-known practitioners. Its award-winning books and monographs are published under the Balcony Press imprint. Additionally, Ms. Gray is a licensed real estate broker and, as Principal at Gray Real Estate Advisors, consults to property owners, appraisers, and attorneys on strategic land use. She was formerly studio architect at Paramount Pictures where the architectural work under her tenure was recognized by TIME, Progressive Architecture, and Interiors magazines. Ms. Gray has guest-lectured and served as visiting critic at several universities. She is a frequent speaker and has been widely published in industry media. She has chaired the design awards committees for CCAIA as well as California Preservation Foundation. Ms. Gray has been recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners for entrepreneurial endeavors. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architect and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Bob MurrinBob Murrin, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal Emeritus, AC Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Bob’s career spanned over 45 Years with AC Martin, as Designer, Project Manager and Principal. He led the firm’s Education Planning and Design Studio, which specializes in the design of innovative higher educational projects. He was responsible for many award-winning architectural designs at Colleges and Universities throughout California, Including the Molecular, Life Sciences Building at CSULB, the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC, USC Fertitta Hall Business School, The Madden Library at CSU Fresno, Chico State’s Sutter Hall, UC Irvine Humanities and Fine Arts Complex, CSU Stanislaus Student Union, along with the design of Chapman University’s Kennedy Law School, Wallace All Faith’s Chapel, Leatherby Library, and Keck Center for Science and Engineering.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Architecture Degree from USC; his educational experience included being a Scholar in Residence at the Gamble House, Pasadena, CA. He received his LEED accreditation in 2002, and his Fellowship in the AIA in 2014. He has led or participated in a number of Boards. These include:

  • AIA California Secretary/Treasurer 2019-2021
  • Board Chair and board member YMCA of Greater Long Beach 2009- Present
  • President and Board member, USC Architectural Guild 2003-2008
  • USC Alumni Association Board of Governors 2010
  • President and Board member AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter 2009-2018
  • ACE Mentor volunteer
  • President Friends of the Gamble House 1977


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