ACLA Board of Directors

Ziba Ghassemi, AIA

Ziba is Vice President of Design at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a global creator and operator of sustainable destinations that connect people and communities through
meaningful shared experiences. As an architect committed to making impactful contribution to advancing diversity, engaging communities, and advocating for good design, she serves on the board of Architecture for Communities Los Angeles (ACLA),AIA-LA.

In her role at URW, she is recognized for her expertise in shaping the overarching vision of projects through the art of storytelling, which inspires, unites, and guides collaborative efforts across disciplines. This process transforms visionary ideas into tangible realities with the help of an internal team of multi-disciplinary experts. Ziba fosters an investigative and explorative approach rooted in the historical, cultural, and ecological identity of projects. This approach explores strategies that promote green-living, well- being, and a sense of connected community. She firmly believes that best solutions emerge from diverse participation. The dynamic design solutions that result from her guidance and collaboration with cross-disciplinary thinkers, local architects and experts are highly relevant and responsive to their communities. These solutions also offer the flexibility and versatility needed to meet future demands.

She has led the experiential design of airport terminals across the country, including LAX Tom Bradley International, LAX Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 6, Chicago O’Hare International and Boston Logan Terminal C. Her current projects involve the transformation of shopping malls into sustainable destinations that foster community connections through mixed-use development, urbanization projects and the adaptive reuse of existing structures.


Pooja Bhagat, AIA

Pooja is an architect with over 20 years of experience in award winning mixed-use and multi-family housing projects. She has designed, detailed and managed diverse built projects that have demonstrated innovative design which have contributed positively to the urban fabric, engage the community, transformed the lives of those who occupy them and have enjoyed exceptional economic success.


Francisco Arias, Assoc. AIA

Francisco brings over 13 years of architectural design expertise to the Ware Malcomb team. As Senior Project Designer, he is responsible for design concept, project design and coordination development and designing proper detailing for the project.

Francisco is an active member of the AIA currently serving as Ex-Officio Associate Director for the Los Angeles Chapter.


Mark McVay

Mark has over 30 years of experience in architectural design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD. His experience includes work in several internationally recognized architectural firms on projects ranging from the Universal Headquarters (unbuilt) in Los Angeles to the Getty Center in Brentwood, CA, and the New England Aquarium addition in Boston.

He is the Design Principal at AECOM overseeing a broad range of multidisciplinary projects in education, research, and workplace in the US and internationally.

Mark has taught studios at Cal-Poly Pomona, USC, and SCI-Arc as well as participating in Juries at Yale,
Harvard GSD, and UCLA, among others.


Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA

Ingalill is an architect, educator, co-principal of the architecture firm W-ROAD, chair of NCARB’s Education Committee, and currently serves as President of Architecture for Communities Los Angeles (ACLA). The mission of ACLA, the non-profit sibling organization of AIA LA, is to be at the forefront of architecture education and community building, and to advocate for good design created by and for all people of Los Angeles.

Ingalill has forged educational pathways and launched programs that support her vision of education for all. She is currently Professor in the Architecture Department at East Los Angeles College, a public community college with the largest student enrollment in the state of California. She has taught at Woodbury, Yale, Cornell, the Bartlett, and SCI-Arc, and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2018 for outstanding contributions to the profession and the academy, a distinction awarded to 3% of architects in the US. She is also recipient of the 2016 AIA California Council Educator Award, the 2018 AIA|LA Presidential Educator of the Year Award and has been recognized twice by DesignIntelligence as one of the nation’s Most Admired Educators in Architecture and Design in 2018 and 2019.


Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA

Coupled with his knowledge of architecture and passion for policies that support excellence in the built environment, Carlo Caccavale brings 17 years of experience at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter to his position as its Executive Director.

Carlo has initiated a number of AIA|LA conferences that contribution to the profession and surrounding region. They include Encompass, the AIA|LA Conference to Actualize Diversity and Inclusion; Design for Dignity, the AIA|LA conference focused on homelessness and housing affordability; and Powerful, Women Leading Design. To facilitate greater recognition for design excellence and widen the spectrum of offices participating in design awards programs, Carlo launched the Restaurant Design Awards in 2005 and the Residential Architecture Awards in 2016. In 2017, he started the chapter’s Architectural Photography Awards to celebrate those who translate three dimensional design to the single plane while capturing its intent.


Julia Eiko Hawkinson, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, WELL AP

Julia has been working for school districts for the past 20 years to positively impact the learning experiences of the students she serves. As a Senior Facilities Development Manager with the Facilities Services Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, she manages the planning and development of major projects transforming existing school sites. Julia applies her interest and expertise in the planning and design of learning environments to lead LA Unified’s effort to develop, update, and align their design standards and educational specifications with the instructional vision of the District.

Julia is an active member of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and is a founding member and current co-chair of A4LE’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. She previously served as the Chair of the Commission that oversees the industry credential of Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP). Julia has enjoyed serving as a juror for several school design and planning award programs, including A4LE International Planning & Design Awards, A4LE Midwest Great Lakes Region John Shaw Award architectural design competition, and Learning by Design magazine’s Architectural and Interior Design Awards of Excellence.

In her professional and personal efforts, Julia advocates for inspiring student-centered learning environments that provide all children the opportunity to learn, to grow and to dream.


D. Michael Hamner, FAIA

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California. Since then, he has logged 40 years of practice with project experience spanning the spectrum from Institutional (University), Governmental Facilities, Golf Courses (Clubhouses), Office/Retail Buildings, and Commercial to Custom Residential. Michael started D. Michael Hamner FAIA, Architects 1989. Soon after, he became the principal of a second practice, along with his architect wife, BArch, Builder|Architects, a Design/Build firm that holds a construction license in California and Hawaii. He is NCARB Certified & Licensed in California, Hawaii; and Louisiana.

In addition to practice, Michael is an Architecture Educator. He was an instructor at Woodbury University from 1987 to 1990 and then became a professor in the Department of Architecture at East Los Angeles Community College from 1992 to the present. Michael was Chair of the program from 2006 to 2021. During this time as Chair, the program averaged over 24 University transfers a year. One of the highest in the State. Michael’s work at ELAC has been recognized by the AIA, with his elevation into the College of Fellows in 2017. In 2021, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the AIA|LA.

Michael also serves the community. He served as a Commissioner with the City of Monterey Park for over 24 years on the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board. He has also participated in various committees, including the Oversight Committee, as an appointee of the CA Community Colleges Chancellor, chairing the sub-committee for the Senior Housing Facility at the Monterey Park Civic Center, and the Facilities Committee for East Los Angeles College. After spending 4 years on the University of Southern California’s Board of Governors, Michael is currently Chair of the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee (BOC).


Alise Robles, Assoc. AIA

Alise Robles is a Healthcare Designer at NBBJ. Since graduating from USC’s School of Architecture, she has been involved in a variety of projects, from schematic design to construction documentation to construction administration.

She has served as a key team member on multiple projects for top tier healthcare providers in the Los Angeles area. She contributed to the 2017 Patient Centered Design Conference and Innovation Summit where her presentation placed first in the Experiential Design Competition. Alise is dedicated to redefining welcoming and inclusive environments for patients and staff.


Tibbie Dunbar, Hon. AIA|LA

Tibbie Dunbar is Business Development Lead at bulthaup Corporation. Prior to joining bulthaup, Tibbie was the Executive Director of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles. In her 12 years at the helm of the museum, Tibbie developed the A+D into an active center of architecture and design, launching cutting-edge programming in exhibitions, education, symposia, performances, cultural urbanism, and interactive platforms.

Tibbie has a M.F.A in metal and the jewelry arts, and a B.A. in French and English Literature. She is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting locally and nationally


Walmir Luz

Walmir is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur with an impressive track record in the design industry. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, focusing on the planning and vision for NYC 2050 as his thesis.

Driven by design with a hunger for innovation, Walmir thrives on pushing boundaries and challenging conventional notions to establish new standards. His expertise spans across multiple disciplines, including architecture, branding, marketing, and design. Throughout his career, Walmir has contributed to major conceptual projects and developments, showcasing his versatile skills and forward-thinking mindset.

In addition to his accomplishments, Walmir is also a co-founder of All Mies, a Los Angeles-based watch brand, demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to bring creative visions to life.

Motivated by an unwavering passion for design, Walmir Luz is an exceptional professional who consistently strives to craft immersive experiences and redefine industry benchmarks through his creative endeavors.


Tracy A. Stone, AIA

Tracy founded her firm, Tracy A. Stone Architect, in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. The firm offers expertise in both commercial and residential construction with an emphasis on environmentally sensitive design. Tracy is a member of the US Green Building Council and has been a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and

Construction since 2003. She brings to her architectural practice a working knowledge of sustainable strategies, technologies and materials.

In addition to her practice, Tracy has served on the Pasadena Green Ribbon Committee and the Los Angeles Green Building Technical Advisory Committee, helping both cities to develop and implement Green Building Codes. Tracy is currently the Political Outreach Director for the Architecture for Communities Los Angeles (ACLA) and the Vice-President of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design (AWA+D). She served as chair of the Angeleno Heights HPOZ Board from 1997-2002 and as co-chair of the LA AIA GO! Committee in 2022 and of the Committee on the Environment (COTE) in 2010. In 2008, Tracy co-founded the Elysian Valley Arts Collective, a non-profit arts organization, and she has acted as president of the organization since inception.

Tracy taught environmental design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena from 1997 – 2006 and in the Interior Architecture Department at Woodbury University from 2000 – 2015.

Tracy received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Art History from Cornell University in New York and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin where she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal for student accomplishment. Tracy was licensed as an Architect by the State of California in 1989. She has designed a variety of projects including a number of small lot subdivisions and custom homes, an elderly board and care facility, a battered women’s center, television production offices and several animal kennels. One of these, the North Central Animal Services Center for the City of Los Angeles (designed in collaboration with ChoyAssociates), has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. Tracy’s work has won numerous design awards including an Award of Merit from the Pasadena/Foothill chapter of the AIA, the “Best Green Building of 2007” award from California Construction Magazine, and an “Exceptional Achievement Award” from the Southern California Development Forum. Tracy was named “Woman of the Year” in 2015 for Elysian Valley by Congressman Adam Schiff, and an “Impact-Maker to Watch” for 2019 by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Stratiscope. Publications include Dream Homes, Voyage LA, March Magazine, LA Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, and the LA Times.

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