CAED Dean's Leadership Council

The CAED Dean's Leadership Council was formed in September of 1988 to aid the college in fulfilling its mission and goals. The Council consists of individuals who are leaders in the respective professions that are represented in the CAED as well as business and community leaders who share a profound interest in furthering the mission of the CAED. Council members assist the college in the following ways: they provide advice, advocacy, access and resources for the college and its Dean.

Council Members

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Kurt Buxton

Vice President
BrightView Design Group

Kurt Buxton is the vice president of BrightView Design Group in Irvine, California. His project experience includes multi-family, mixed-use, resort, sports, recreation, and civic examples with an expertise in master planned communities. Kurt is highly respected for his innovative design leadership and for fostering a highly collaborative studio environment. He is passionate about motivating his design team with thoughtful creativity by understanding the context and purpose of projects and applying an iterative design approach of solution testing.

Kurts interest in sustainable, community-centric design developed his passion for local community agriculture, art and discovery in the landscape. He received his degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1987, and is now a LEED Accredited Professional and a Licensed Landscape Architect in California, North Carolina, and Florida. Kurt is a member of The Urban Land Institute, the American Society of Landscape Architects, US Green Building Council, Design-Build Institute of America, Home Builders Council and serves on the programs committee for the local Building Industry Association of Orange County. In addition to this, he is on the landscape architecture advisory boards for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Saddleback College, and is a member of the national and local Sustainable Community Initiative Councils for The Urban Land Institute.


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Guy Conversano, P.E, S.E.

Principal and Co-Founder
DCI Engineers

Guy Conversano is principal and co-founder of DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm founded in 1988 providing consulting engineering throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has been an integral part of taking DCI Engineers from a firm of two people to a firm with more than 250 employees. He has extensive project experience gained over 36-years as a structural engineer. He designs and manages projects for clients in commercial, medical, residential, industrial, and marine sectors. Guy’s expertise lies in the design of post-tensioned concrete and steel framed structures. His special areas of interest include high-rise building design and vibration analysis of concrete structures and design-build projects. His involvement and innovation in the construction process led to several patents including the development of a proprietary precast stair, Redistair that is installed to the live deck on a construction project increasing safety and access within construction projects.

In addition to this, Guy was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. His volunteer work with non-profit group Childhaven led DCI to receive the Mark Matthews Service to Children award in 2012. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1980 with a degree in civil engineering and in 1989 earned his master’s in structures and mechanics at the University of Washington.


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Michael Corrick, AIA

Nacht & Lewis

Michael Corrick is president of Nacht & Lewis, a Sacramento firm that has provided planning and architectural design services for over 90 years. As a licensed architect in California, Mike has worked on a multitude of project types for public and private clientele. His portfolio includes civic, justice and public safety projects for numerous Federal, State, county and local government entities as well as senior living and commercial office work in the private sector. A number of his projects have used design-build as the delivery method and he has spoken at conferences about the process.

With his background in finance, he has led Nacht & Lewis' efforts in public-private partnership projects and pursuits. He has held leadership positions with professional, not-for-profit and community organizations including the American Institute of Architects, East Bay and Central Valley Chapters, Eskaton Foundation Board of Directors and San Juan Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Cal Poly in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration in 1993 from Saint Mary's College.

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Bruce E. Danziger, S.E.

Associate Principal
Arup, Los Angeles

Bruce Danziger is a licensed structural engineer in California and Associate Principal with Arup. He has worked in Arup's offices in London, Seville, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. While in London, he worked on multi-disciplinary engineering teams designing innovative structures. His work includes the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, the Sony Center Roof in Berlin, and he supervised construction for the Pavilion of the Future at the 1992 Universal Exposition in Seville, Spain. His broad range of experience includes commercial construction projects, lightweight structures, project management, non-linear structural analysis and computer graphics.

Bruce has been the lead structural engineer for several performing arts and cultural venues, and leads Arup’s Structural Skills Network in the Americas region. He is a member of Arup’s Professional Practice Executive supporting the continued development of skills within Arup, allocating research funds and promoting design excellence and innovation. Bruce has taught structural engineering to both architecture and engineering students at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and Pratt, and has been a visiting professor at the University of San Juan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly in 1988.

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Charlene J. Dekker, AIA, SCUO, LEED AP


Charlene Dekker is a Studio Operation Leader with twenty years of extensive experience in design and project coordination and management. Her portfolio includes projects of diverse size, scope, and program varying from large-scale civic and educational projects and master plans, to housing and international resorts. Charlene’s past AECOM experience includes multiple projects at Loyola Marymount University including the new William H. Hannon Library and the Lincoln and Edmunds Science and Academic Building for Pomona College in Claremont.

In addition, Charlene has extensive experience with the California State University system as project manager for the James Welch Hall on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus and multiple projects for the CSU Long Beach campus. Her contributions as project manager have been consistently recognized for their elegant resolution to complex issues and client goals. She is a member of the AIA, SCUP and is a LEED AP. Charlene earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1988 from Cal Poly.

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Martin Flores

Director, Urban Design/Planning
Rick Engineering Company

Martin S. Flores is the Director of Urban Design and Planning at Rick Engineering Company in San Diego. Rick Engineering Company is a multi-discipline planning design, landscape architecture and engineering firm with 430 current employees and seven offices. It has been in business for over 50 years. As the Director of Urban Design and Planning Martin coordinates directs and manages an array of large and small-scale land planning developments, project and land entitlements, master planning, redevelopment, streetscape, neighborhood, river and urban park projects in Arizona, San Diego and throughout Southern California. His team has extensive experience in public outreach and participatory design support, especially with public realm improvements, civic buildings, community centers and parks development.

Recognized as an experienced urban planner and landscape architect, Martin has guest lectured at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and San Jose State University. He is a member of the San Diego Downtown Urban Design and Planning Committee, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Associates and American Society of Landscape Architects. Martin graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture and achieved an advanced degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University.


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Scott Gaudineer, AIA

president and ceo
Flewelling and Moody

Scott F. Gaudineer, AIA, is president & CEO of Flewelling & Moody Architecture in Pasadena. As a chief strategist for business solutions, Scott develops creative, cost-effective designs for educational and housing environments and is a veteran facilitator of school district design committees. Scott is a member of ACSA, CASH, AIA, the California Association for School Board Officials, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Small School Districts Association and the Council of Educational Facilities Planners, International. He received a Bachelor Science in architecture from Cal Poly in 1979 and his Bachelor of Architecture in 1980.

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David J. Gilmore, AIA, LEED AP

Principal Architect
LPA Inc.

With more than 30 years of experience in the architectural design industry, David Gilmore has played a key role in the implementation of sustainable California K-12 schools. He’s left his mark on more than 200 educational projects including work at Paramount High School, Grossmont High School, Newport Harbor High School, and Laguna Beach High School. He has expertise in urban planning, commercial, retail, institutional, mixed-use and public architectural design. Dave is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H). He received his Bachelor of Science in architecture in 1976 from Cal Poly, and as an alumnus, continues to mentor students through the Professional Studio Program–a partnership between LPA and Cal Poly. David received the College of Architecture & Environmental Design Honored Alum award in 2011

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Kelly Givens

Executive managing director            Savills Studley

As Senior Transactional Consultant, Kelly’s primary responsibility is to assess all workspace and facility requirements and to uncover, explore and analyze the costs, timing and feasibility of all potential, existing and to-be-built occupancy solutions. 

Active in the real estate and construction industry since 1980, Kelly has experience as project architect, construction manager, asset manager, contractor and developer.  He has designed, built and managed a broad range of product types including corporate headquarters, telecommunications and broadcasting facilities, data centers and research and development facilities.  Mr. Givens has been directly involved in the design and procurement of more than $2.5 Billion of construction and development services over the past five years.

Kelly has been the lead professional and cost engineer on some of the largest commercial Real Estate Transactions in the country.  Recently completing the two largest transactions in California in the last 25 years and is arguably the most experienced real estate professional in the country when it comes to BTS construction projects.

Kelly received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  His credentials include registration and license as an Architect, AIA, General Building Contractor and Certified Property Manager (CPM).


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Rebekah G. Gladson, FAIA

president of rggroup

As president of RGGroup, Rebekah Gladson provides consultation to owners on intelligent design and process management. In her past role at the University of California, Irvine, Rebekah Gladson oversaw the design, construction, inspection and contracting on all major capital projects at both the Irvine campus and UCI Medical Center. At UCI she was responsible for overseeing $4.9 billion in design and construction for patient care, research, instruction and campus life, and has spearheaded the acceptance of Design-Build processes for the UCI campus and Medical Center. Under her leadership, UCI has received many awards for design and building excellence including Owner of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

Personal awards include the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Client Achievement Honor Award from the AIA California Council, and the S.I.R. Award from Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California. Rebekah frequently lectures on alternative construction delivery methods, managing the implementation of capital programs, and leadership and strategic problem solving. Immediate past chair of the National Board for the DBIA, she serves on the boards of various professional and academic institutions.

Rebekah earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1977 and a Master of Architecture in 1980 from Cal Poly, and certificates from the Institute for Executive Leadership and Management at Stanford University and the UC Management Institute. Gladson was recognized as our honored alumna of 2008.

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Wallace B. Gordon, AIA

Deems Lewis McKinley (DLM), Architects

Wallace B. Gordon, AIA, is president of DLM Architects with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento. The majority of his work has been for corporate and public agencies, including a wide range of high technology, municipal and educational projects. During the past several years DLM increased its focus on educational facilities design and has been honored with several AIACC/CASH educational facility design awards. Wally started with DLM's San Diego office in 1981 and became a principal of the firm in 1988. His project efforts have included the full range of project involvement such as community and committee meetings, to the execution of construction documents and construction administration.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing. Wally’s experience also includes the technical coordination and execution of construction documents and construction administration for many K-12 school facilities for schools in Newark, Pleasanton, Roseville, San Francisco and Santa Ana school districts as well as municipal work in Pacific Grove, Westlake Village and San Diego. Wally received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1980.

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David Grigsby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

ZGF Architects LLP

David Grigsby is a principal at ZGF Architects and brings his experience as a project architect—coordinating the team, establishing goals and best practices—to his current role in professional staff development. His focus on building high-performing teams includes recruiting design talent, guiding teams on project planning and staffing, and developing strategies for mentorship and professional growth. His involvement with complex design projects over the past 20 years, including his understanding of details within the larger project and its context, applies equally to balancing staffing and talent development across the firm. His ability of consensus-building and collaborating with teams and clients inspires his daily work.

His notable project experience includes the Oregon Health & Science University Biomedical Research Building; expansions to Portland International Airport; and award-winning projects for Providence Portland Medical Center. Mr. Grigsby has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the Portland AIA Board of Directors.  He represents ZGF as part of NCARB’s Architects Licensing Advisors Community, diligently promoting internship development initiatives within the firm. 


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Rick Gunter, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Associate Principal and Senior Vice President
HKS Architects, Inc.

Rick Gunter is associate principal and senior vice president of HKS Architects, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, managing large hospitality and residential projects. He is responsible for Los Angeles commercial and sports group operations, with a focus on employee development. Rick has more than 26 years of experience in both large and small firms leading industrial, commercial, aviation, interiors, non-profit, residential, hospitality, and retail projects. Prior to his time with HKS Architects, he opened and led multiple offices in California, Colorado, and New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has consistently been involved in his surrounding community, most recently as chair of the La Canada Planning Bede, member of the West Hollywood Seismic Advisory Committee, liturgical leader at St. Bede, and a board member for the LCHS Boosters. In 2016, his son Andrew started at the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business.


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Alan Hanson

Training/Outreach Coordinator
Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.

Alan Hanson is the Training/Outreach Coordinator for Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc., located in Riverside, California. He started with the company shortly after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, following a 10-year stint as a distributor of Simpson products. His responsibilities include supervision of the Southern California connector sales force, as well as coordination of the Brea lead generation and pricing programs.

Alan was previously a Senior Sales Representative handling the north Los Angeles, Central Coast and Kern County areas, calling on local architects, engineers and building officials. He is a member of SEAOC, BIA and ICC, among other trade associations and has been active with Cal Poly University for many years. His association began with the Structural Forum and was cemented with Ken Kohlen, long-time architectural professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Ken and Alan initiated the first Simpson Strong-Tie/ Cal Poly symposium in 1996, in which Poly alums come back to conduct career fairs and hands-on training for the students. Simpson’s relationship with Cal Poly culminated in their donation to the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab, an interdisciplinary training center adjacent to the new Construction Management Building.

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Peter Hendrickson, AIA

Associate Vice Chancellor, Design and Construction
UCLA Capital Programs

Peter Hendrickson is the associate vice chancellor of design and construction for UCLA Capital Programs. He is a licensed architect with thirty years of experience in the practice of architecture, facilities planning, design and construction. His leadership skills, complemented by progressive experience in architectural design, project management, and staff development, has enabled Peter to work successfully both in the public and private sectors for some of the nation’s leading healthcare and educational institutions.

As the associate vice chancellor, design and construction for UCLA Capital Programs, Peter is responsible for managing the design and construction of the approximately two billion dollar capital improvement program for the campus. Current major activities include the seismic mitigation and infrastructure improvement of the Center for the Health Sciences and a number of ongoing research, education, housing, athletic, and auxiliary facility construction projects. Peter is also involved in the planning and development of new projects to renovate or replace the existing health sciences facilities, as well as managing other new and continuing campus academic arts, administrative, and seismic renovation projects.

Prior to joining UCLA, Peter served as the director, facilities planning, design, and construction at Cedars-Sinai Health System and as the chief of facilities planning for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Peter spent the first ten years of his career in private practice serving the Long Beach South Bay areas of Southern California. He also served those communities as an AIA California Council director, President of AIA Long Beach South Bay, and as an economic development commissioner for the City of Long Beach. Peter is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and the California State University International Program.

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Chris Hong

Associate and project architect
Group 70 International

Chris Hong is an associate and project architect of Group 70 International, a multidisciplinary design firm located in Honolulu specializing in master planning for major urban land holdings, conceptual design and development of resort communities and housing developments. He specializes in project innovation and rebranding, overseeing a wide range of projects from commercial and institutional facilities to healthcare architecture. With an emphasis on sustainability and integrated collaboration, he has managed all phases of project delivery ranging from schematic design through construction administration. Mentoring is also one of his passions.

Chris has working relationships with the University of Hawai’i, the University of Oregon and has led design-related high school mentoring programs over the past decade. Along with being vice president and president elect of the AIA’s Hawai’i chapter, he is also involved with NCARB, Habitat for Humanity, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 2005 and is a registered architect in the state of Hawai’i. 

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Larry R. Kaprielian, S.E.

Co-Founding Principal
KNA Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Larry Kaprielian is a co-founding Principal of KNA Consulting Engineers, a consulting structural engineering firm located in Irvine specializing in the design of educational, healthcare, and civic facilities. Larry oversees the firm's collaboration efforts with members of the design team to develop creative solutions to the challenges in building design. He also takes the lead role in directing the business functions of the firm. Larry has been involved with hundreds of diverse projects with emphasis on K-12 school facilities for more than thirty years. He has been Structural Engineer of Record and/or Project Manager for more than 120 new K-12 school campuses throughout California.

Larry is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) having recently served on the Board of Directors of SEAOC. He is also a member of the ASCE, EERI, and CASH. Larry is active with Beach Cities Interfaith Services, a local organization which provides aid and support for the homeless and those in need. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly in 1979, and is a licensed Structural Engineer in California, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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Karen A. Kuklin

studio director

Karen has extensive experience leading complex projects across a variety of practice areas, with particular expertise in academic research facilities.  Her management skills have been applied in all phases of project development, from programming and feasibility studies through construction administration.  Karen excels in assisting multiple client organizations and multi-disciplinary user groups to coalesce around shared goals and win-win solutions for resource allocation.  Having participated in extensive leadership training, she is highly effective in managing interdisciplinary groups seeking answers to difficult challenges.  Karen received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1982.

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Christopher Manning

C. Overaa & Company

Christopher Manning is president of Overaa Construction and is responsible for all operations including hands-on oversight of all preconstruction, project management, field and administrative operations.

Founded in 1907 and headquartered in the East Bay, Overaa conducts operations throughout Northern California. The firm continues today as a fourth generation, family-owned and operated general contractor. Overaa is ranked top largest General Contractor in the Bay Area. Nationally, Overaa is ranked #226 in the ENR’s top 400 national contractors. Overaa’s services include design-build, and design-assist, all areas of general construction, preconstruction, budgeting services and construction management. These services are performed by personnel with engineering knowledge, technical expertise using Building Information Modeling, enhanced scheduling software and lean construction techniques and a personal commitment to excellence.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Cal Poly in 1988.  He served on the Advisory Council for the Architectural Engineering Department at Cal Poly from 2009 – 2011 and is a member of the Design Build Institute of America.

Daniel Margulies

Daniel Margulies, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Margulies Hoelzli Architecture, PLLC

Daniel Margulies is a principal at Margulies Hoelzli Architecture. He has extensive and varied experience in project management, design, detailing and construction administration services of all building types with a heavy concentration in industrial, educational, residential sectors and facilities planning. He is experienced in site evaluation and selection, master planning, space layout, programming, preliminary planning, specifications and overall interdisciplinary coordination for more than $1.5 billion worth of completed projects. Managing the firm in a supervisory capacity, Mr. Margulies is thoroughly versed in and cognizant of latest construction management concepts with particular emphasis on value analysis, cost controls and project coordination. He attended the City University of New York City College, and has 34 years of experience in his profession. ​

Daniel Margulies

Geoffrey Neumayr, SE

Deputy Airport Director
Design and Construction San Francisco International Airport

Geoffrey Neumayr is the chief development officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design & Construction Division. In this role, Geoffrey is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all the airports maintenance and capital projects.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1984. He holds both a civil and structural engineer license in California, Nevada and Florida. He has more than 30 years in design and construction and as a Project Manager was responsible for the some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prestigious projects including the San Francisco International Airport BART Station and the newly completed Terminal 2 project.

He is a big proponent of the team concept for the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, and is a supporter of the use of Progressive Design Build as an implementation approach for integrated project delivery. Geoffrey currently serves on the advisory board for the Cal Poly College of Architectural and Environmental Design’s Architectural Engineering Department, serves as chair for the Airports Council International Project and Construction Delivery Group, is a member of Airports Council International Operations and Technical Committee, and serves as a member on the International Partnering Institute’s Board of Directors.


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Kenneth D. O'Dell, S.E.

Partner & vice president
MHP, inc. Structral engineers

Ken O’Dell is vice president and partner of MHP structural engineers, leading design groups on a diverse projects including commercial office buildings, K-12 schools, higher education, big box retail, multi-family housing and hospitality. He is the partner in charge of staff resources and provides guidance on the firm’s corporate marketing efforts and business direction. With years of experience in the structural engineering field and a creative approach to business and design, he provides the firm with invaluable leadership in realizing creative solutions to meet clients' needs. Concurrently, Ken is a member of Cal Poly’s Architectural Engineering Advisory Board. He received his Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from Cal Poly in 1989. He holds a Structural Engineering license in California and Oregon as well as professional engineering licenses in several other states. He is also an active member in several engineering organizations including SEAOSC, ASCE, AISC and ACI.

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James M. Ostrom

Senior Vice President
Forest City Development

As senior vice president of Forest City Development, James Ostrom manages all design and construction operations in the western region. Recently completed projects include the 161 unit Presidio Landmark project in San Francisco’s Presidio, an adaptive reuse of a 1930’s historic hospital building into a high-end residential project, and the 665 unit mixed-use Uptown project in Oakland. He supports Forest City’s development team with feasibility studies on prospective projects, including density studies, initial design studies, and cost studies.

Prior to joining Forest City in 2004, Jim was an independent consultant for three years, and executive vice president for Tishman Realty and Construction for seventeen years, heading their Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience on a wide variety of projects including hotels, office buildings, private schools, parking structures, an amusement park, and others. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in 1985 from Cal Poly. Additionally, he is a LEED AP since 2000 and an active member with ULI and SPUR.

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John R. Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA

Consulting Partner
NBBJ, Seattle

John Pangrazio is regarded as one of the country’s leaders in healthcare architecture for the breadth of his understanding of the issues affecting the healthcare industry and the practice of medicine, his determination to reach the highest standards in the planning and design of healthcare facilities, and for his leadership and visionary work in healthcare.

John was partner in charge on numerous projects including Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle; Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Catholic Healthcare West, twelve Southern California campus master plans; and UC Berkeley, Hearst Memorial Mining Building. He is a Founding Fellow and regent of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and member of the AIA, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Health Environmental Research & Design Journal, American Association for Hospital Planning, Lambda Alpha International Society, Association for the Care of Children’s Health, Health Insights, Health Research and Development Institute (HRDI), and Group Health Association of America.

John is involved with the Hope Heart Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His award-winning work and articles have appeared in many publications including Architectural Record, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and Engineering News-Record. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at several universities including Washington State, Texas A&M, and Cal Poly, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1967.

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Steve W. Riano

Bechtel Group

Steve Riano is Aviation Practice Leader for Bechtel's Project Planning & Development group, which provides technical support for all of Bechtel's airport projects worldwide. In this position, he manages a group of airport planners, engineers and architects from Bechtel headquarters in San Francisco. Steve has nearly thirty years of professional planning and architectural design experience in virtually all building construction types and occupancies. His experience encompasses airport terminals and support facilities, theme parks, offices, residential, retail, recreational, industrial, research and development, manufacturing, and parking facilities as well as land-use and master planning.

He has served as strategic planning manager for London Gatwick Airport, concept design manager for Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru, architectural services coordinator for Juan Santamaria International Airport, the largest airport in Costa Rica, and project manager on the New Tokyo International Airport. Steve also worked with the Government of Brazil to develop a long-range development strategy for the nation's aviation infrastructure. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1983.


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John P. Shoals

Mayor Grover beach 

John P. Shoals was recently elected to a fifth term as mayor of Grover Beach.  He served on the Grover Beach City Council from 2002 to 2012. During his time in office, John was the leader and catalyst on many significant city initiatives including street improvements, the formation of the Five Cities Fire Authority, and an economic development strategy to attract and retain businesses. He also laid the groundwork for a citywide broadband network, helped secure funds for the Grover Beach train station expansion, and led efforts to advance a project to build a beachfront lodge and conference center.

Shoals earned a B.S. in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly. He has more than 15 years experience as a City Planner with the cities of Atascadero, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. While working for local agencies, he became adept at analyzing complex projects, developing alternatives, identifying positive solutions, engaging the community and objectively presenting relevant information to city councils, planning commissions and advisory committees. For eight years, Shoals worked as a Principal Planner with EDA Design Professionals and RRM Design Group managing land planning and development projects from diverse group of public and private clients throughout the state.


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Bob Stephens

Project Executive
Morley Builders

Bob Stephens is a project executive at Morley Builders with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry specializing for the last 20 years in constructing large cast-in-place concrete structures. His projects range from multi-use/multi-family residential projects, to hospitals, parking structures, residential, commercial, aerospace, institutional, entertainment, and seismic retrofit and renovation. In Bob’s 25 years with Morley Builders, he has managed the construction of more than 6 million square feet of space and placing of more than 400,000 cubic yards of concrete. He also has extensive experience in estimating, preconstruction, managing client contract negotiations, subcontract awards, cost control, scheduling, and documentation.

Prior to joining Morley Builders, he worked as a project engineer and superintendent for Tishman Construction after graduating from Cal Poly, SLO with a Bachelor of Science in construction management. Bob is also a graduate of the Anderson School at UCLA, Graduate School of Management, Executive Program. He is a Certified Professional Constructor by the American Institute of Constructions and serves as a member of the Constructor Certification Commission, Exam Committee. In addition, Bob serves as chair of the Cal Poly SLO Parent and Family Programs Advisory Council, and is a member of the Construction Management Advisory Council at Cal Poly.

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Fred L. Sweeney, AIA


Fred Sweeney is now retired from his role as principal in charge of design and marketing at Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore Architects. Fred’s chief interest as an architect is in advancement of education how architecture affects and enhances the teaching and learning environment. Fred has more than twenty years of experience in designing higher education projects and almost forty years in designing public projects throughout California. He as presented at professional conferences such as the Society for College and university Planning and the Community College Facilities Coalition. Fred was chair of the first capital campaign for the George Hasslein Endowment Chair and is the past president of the Cal Poly alumni Association Board of Diets and past president of the CAED Foundation Board of Directors.

He has been a member of the Santa Barbara Hispanic Achievement Council, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collectors Council. He currently sets on the CAED Foundation Board, is a member of the City of Santa Barbara’s Single Family Design Review Board, and is president of his neighborhood association. He is the founding president of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara and has served as pas president of the Santa Barbara Chapter AIA, past director of the California Council AIA. He mentors middle/high school and college students who aspire to be architects. 

Fred graduated from Cuesta Community College and is the 2000 Honored Alumnus, and graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree in 1974 from Cal Poly. Fred is also an avid watercolor scene painter with many of his paintings in private and public collections including collections of Cal Poly’s Alumni Association.

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James L. Taylor

Vice-President, Landscape Architecture
The Lightfoot Planning Group

Jim Taylor has almost two decades of experience managing the Landscape Architecture division of The Lightfoot Planning Group. He became a partner of the company in 2005. Since joining the firm, Jim has provided design team management as well as preparation of site plans, restoration and recreation plans, view analysis, and landscape construction documents for a wide variety of public and private development and design clients. His work experience includes developing successful large-scale landscape designs for residential, commercial, recreational, educational and institutional projects throughout San Diego and Riverside Counties.

Currently, Jim consults with close to fifty major Homeowner Associations; including Aviara in Carlsbad, San Elijo Hills in San Marcos, and The Summit @ East Lake in Chula Vista. Jim has served as an expert grader, and later as a writer and preparer, for the Professional Examination for Landscape Architects. He also received a Bachelor of Science in biology at San Diego State University. Jim is a past chair of the Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he received a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Vice President of the San Diego Chapter of ASLA.

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John P. Tully

ktgy Group inc.

Founding Partner/Principal, the "T" in KTGY Group Inc., John has been a visionary for community design from infill to large scaled planned communities for more than thirty years. His work with public regulatory agencies and processing various land use entitlements has benefited developers and property owners alike. His expertise has been most widely recognized in the Las Vegas market, which has led him to work on more than fifty master planned communities and several million square feet of infill projects. John received his Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from Cal Poly in 1979.

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