COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS
Co-Chair: Athenna Lim
Co-Chair: Victor Macias, Assoc. AIA
Victor Daniel Macias, an architectural designer who proudly represents Paramount, CA. Victor embarked on his professional journey at Cerritos College, where he earned an AA degree in Architectural Technology. Subsequently, he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture. With a rich background, Victor has contributed his expertise to various architectural firms, specializing in residential and multi-family housing projects. Currently, Victor holds the position of Co-chair for the ACLA's 2×8 Committee, showcasing his dedication to fostering collaboration and innovation within the architectural community. Through his diverse experiences and leadership roles, Victor continues to make significant strides in shaping the future of architectural design and the betterment of his community.
She is on a mission to make great design accessible to more homeowners and small developers.
James is an LA-Based Architect specializing in commercial tenant improvements with an extensive background in retail environments and brand story-telling. James hopes his passion for innovative design and connecting creative minds can make a difference in both the community he serves and the next generation of designers. Using a holistic, brand-driven approach to design while embracing analytics, innovation and collaboration, James assists both established and emerging brands tell their story, connect with the end-user and start to build a community. James has developed and implemented transformative and award-winning design concepts in the global retail market for a number of the industry’s most recognizable and iconic brands. With a portfolio that includes Lululemon, Arc’teryx, Uniqlo, Tesla, Everlane, Wilson, Coach, and many others, James’ hands-on approach, paired with his strengths in creating and leading multi- disciplinary teams, has made him an invaluable asset to his client’s success. “You have to love what you do. The passion to do things right and ensuring that the big picture, as well as the details, are given the attention they require, makes for a successful project and anchors the agent-client relationship. I understand the importance of having clear channels of communication between the various stakeholders over the entire course of the project. It is essential that everyone feels like a team that works together towards a common”.
Co-Chair: 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.
Pema Wangzome, is an Associate at SmithGroup who brings a holistic understanding of all aspects of design and construction to her project teams. She has experience in all phases of architecture, from conceptual design to construction administration, working on large and small projects within the Health, Higher Education, and Science & Technology practice sectors.
She is passionate about volunteering and advancing efforts on JEDI related events. She is an active member of the SmithGroup JEDI group and uses that platform to focus on amplifying and strengthening relationships with students and community organizations to help develop a more diverse talent pipeline for the design industry.
Co-Chair: Isabelle Ulrich
Isabelle works at NAC Architecture and has over 25 years of experience in the field of architecture. She studied and for a short time practiced architecture in Switzerland before moving to Los Angeles. She has participated in designing a variety of projects, but finds true passion in working on educational project where she can do her part in providing a more humane environment for students and teachers.
Co-Chair: Ian Dickenson, AIA
Ian is an active member of the academic, visual arts, and design communities, having contributed to numerous exhibitions, publications, and events. He has taught design studio at the University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and has served as an invited design critic for a number of additional academic institutions. He has lectured internationally; contributed to publications, panels, and research journals for institutions such as the Getty Research Institute, the Arid Lands Institute, and the Milken Institute; and is currently a Visiting Artist at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ian is an associate principal architect at Sasaki and is responsible for heading a diverse array of firm initiatives, including leading design teams, project and firm strategy, creative direction, and carrying out research agendas.
Higher Education Committee
Chair: D. Michael Hamner, FAIA
For the past 27 years, D. Michael Hamner, FAIA, has been a principal, along with his architect wife, of BArch, Builder/Architects, a Design/Build firm in Los Angeles.
The firm is a licensed architecture and construction company in both California and Hawaii. The firm’s work ranges from institutional (University), commercial, and municipal to custom residential. Primary work includes University Housing and Athletic Facilities to Golf Course Facilities (Clubhouses) located across the U.S. The firm also executes personal land development.