Ric. Abramson, FAIA
Urban Design + Architecture Studio
City of West Hollywood
Ric. Abramson FAIA led his design firm, Workplays studio*architecture until 2019 when he joined the City of West Hollywood in the role of City Architect and helped established its new Urban Design & Architecture Studio.
A former Fulbright scholar to Italy, Ric. has taught at universities for 18 years. He served a three year term representing California on the AIA National’s Strategic Council, led professional and built environment legislative efforts resulting in two bills signed by Governor Brown, and is currently serving as Chair of AIA|California’s Housing Congress exploring design-inspired solutions to the state’s housing challenges.
Barbara Bestor, FAIA
Los Angeles, CA
Barbara Bestor, FAIA is founding principal of Bestor Architecture. Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Increasingly, the firm applies L.A.’s lessons to national undertakings. She explores the architectural form through experiments in spatial arrangements, graphics, and color, which is evident in her projects from custom residences to headquarters for international companies. Her varied and progressive body of work connects with people on many levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture. She believes that good design creates an engaged urban life and embraces the ‘strange beauty’ that enhances everyday life experience.
Barbara’s career is punctuated with inventive projects in a wide breadth of typologies. She has designed new ways of creating accessible urbanism in her “stealth density” Blackbirds housing, retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context.
She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied at the Architecture Association in London and received a MARCH at SCI-Arc. She is the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.
Lance Collins, AIA, NOMA
Director Partner Energy
Mr. Collins is a Director at Partner Energy, in charge of the Sustainability team for projects pursuing green certification such as LEED, GreenPoint Rated and others; energy modeling, commissioning, and HERS verifications. A licensed architect with over twenty years of experience in architecture, urban design, and sustainable design consulting, his experience includes design, construction administration, building energy / water benchmarking and analysis, resource conservation measures, and green certification project management. Mr. Collins has provided design and consulting solution for various types of buildings including institutional, office, mixed-use, retail, schools, and multifamily residential properties. Lance has led the completion of more than 50 Green certified projects including LEED Platinum and Net-Zero projects for new buildings and existing construction for Partner Energy clients.
In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Collins is the President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, on the Homefree Champions Advisory Board for the Healthy Buildings Network, a member of the AIA-LA committee on Affordable Housing, and was the founding Co-Chair of the US Green Building Council Long Beach Branch. He also is a guest lecturer at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and a design juror at the USC School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and at Cal Baptist University. He has also been an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College and has been a guest speaker at many local colleges, for professional organizations, and at national conferences teaching green building principles and sustainable design strategies. His work and writings have been featured in multiple publications including, Metropolis Magazine, Sustainable Industries, and Commercial Observer.
Mr. Collins was born and raised in Seattle Washington and is a graduate of the Cornell University school of Architecture, Art, and Planning and the University of California Los Angeles School of Architecture and Urban Design. He currently resides in Long Beach, California.
Michael Enomoto, FAIA, NCARB
Michael joined Gruen Associates in 1973 and became the Managing Partner of the firm in 2009. Throughout his tenure with Gruen Associates, Michael has successfully managed a broad spectrum of public and private projects of various sizes and types. His ability to solve complex problems of a technical, managerial and administrative nature has served projects where the diverse needs and interests of the various entities involved are often incompatible, and where the ability to develop creative solutions, which encompass these diverse interests, can be invaluable.
He is an internationally recognized mentor, leader and visionary who organized new and innovative standards for collaborations between architectural firms from across the nation. Since 1980, Michael has led dozens of collaborative teams totaling over $1.5 billion in construction costs for projects including the Los Angeles Convention Center Expansion, the Pacific Design Center (a more than 40-year engagement with PDC), the Robert E. Coyle US Courthouse in Fresno, the United States Embassy in Berlin, the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa and several other landmark projects throughout California.
Michael is a registered Architect in California and 15 other states, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is a Fellow of the AIA, the 2018 AIA Los Angeles Chapter Presidential Honoree Gold Medal Awardee, the 2012 President of AIA California, and the 2010 President and current Board Member of the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association.
Andrew Goodwin, AIA, NCARB
Owner/Founder - AGD (Andrew Goodwin Designs)
Andrew holds a Bachelor in Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed architect in California and Hawaii and has worked on projects in the United States and internationally. Andrew began his career as an architect within the humanitarian realm. Andrew created RED Studio Foundation, which became part of Journeyman International in 2013. His Sunzu Yacu Community Center in Rwanda won multiple awards around the U.S. In 2014, Andrew became one of the youngest architecture faculty members at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He moved on to form his own design firm, AGD (Andrew Goodwin Designs) in 2015, an award-winning design consultancy providing full architecture, interior design, and planning services.
Andrew has also been incredibly active in the AIA and has been in leadership as the Vice President, President, and Board Executive of the AIA Central Coast Chapter. He recently received the 2017 Norma Sklarek Award from the AIA California. Andrew remains hopeful about the future of design, and continues to write about projects, people, and ideas that excite and encourage him and hopefully help others. Communicating this to the rest of the world will remain his life's mission.
Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, LEED AP, CASp
Helena Jubany is a Principal at NAC Architecture. She has advanced her practice for the last 28 years by developing a collaborative and inclusive process that promoted diversity and advocated for outstanding design on public facilities. Her interest in homelessness resulted in her position as a Board member and past Chair for A Community of Friends (ACOF), a non-profit organization focused in providing permanent supportive housing for homeless people with mental illness. Helena was the founding president of the Association for Learning Environment, Southern California Chapter. She served as a Juror for the 2016 American Institute of Architects | Committee of Architecture for Education (CAE) Design Awards, an internationally recognized awards program, as well as Jury Chair at the 2008 AIA Albuquerque Design Awards. She also served as the Board Chair for the Design Control Board for Marina Del Rey. Helena holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.