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2010 FALL FORMAL and the INSTALLATION of the 2011 AIAPF BOARD OF DIRECTORS thursday, the eighteenth of november two thousand and ten la canada flintridge country club


President’s Closing Message Letter from the 2010 AIAPF President Richard McCann Page 2

2010 AIAPF Board of Directors Page 3 & 4

30 Plus Years Members Acknowledgment Page 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10

Joseph F. Thomas founders award Page 11 & 12

The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Awards Page 13 & 14

President’s Opening Message Letter from the 2011 AIAPF President John Luttrell Page 15 & 16

2011 AIAPF Board of Directors

Page 17 & 18

Installing officer/ Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Docous, AIA, LEED AP Page 20




As the curtain closes on 2010, issues, programs and events of the past year join the Chapter archive in a chorus of books on the shelf in the Chapter office. Not to be forgotten, those archives of the past are relevant to the vision of the future. Throughout the year each passing week has involved ways that AIA can and should uphold the professional lives of its members. Concurrent with advancing the profession and industries that support the creation of architecture, economic struggles have demonstrated the need for new methods and strategies to ensure continuity of Chapter offerings in the years ahead. The challenge has been to mold a model of Chapter leadership and operation for the future with values and benefits that attract member participation. Considering how the Chapter contributes to practice, I am reminded that architectural product is inverse to practice. Design purely for the purpose of architecture is disingenuous, design for purposes related to people is credible. Over the years AIA has nurtured and elevated local and regional architectural efforts throughout America by focusing attention on purpose and people. This continues today through AIA Pasadena and Foothill’s educational offerings for practitioners and public about value in architecture, planning and environmental science. I acknowledge in closing, as your President over the past year, a Chapter model in transition to be fulfilled partly by 2011-President John Luttrell, AIA and the Board and in part by successive presidents and boards with collective visions for continuity and growth of AIA P&F as the informative and authoritative leader in architectural thought in the Pasadena and Foothill region.

Richard McCann, AIA 1

2010 President

the 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard McCann, AIA -President

John Luttrell, AIA

-Vice-President, President Elect

Fariba Shantiyai, AIA, CCS, Leed AP -Treasurer

Joe Catalano, AIA

-Secretary (2008 Chapter President)

Alek Zarifian, AIA

-Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

Dawn Brisco, Assoc. AIA

-Director of Communications

Jill Nicholson

-executive director


acknowledgment of 30 Plus years: AIAPF Members Daniel A. Stein, AIA Douglas Ewing, AIA Edith M. Fuentes, Assoc. AIA James G. Mock, AIA John B. Luttrell, AIA Kenneth R. Long, AIA Melvin R. Lawrence, AIA Raymond K. Cheng, AIA Richard T. Santos, AIA Thomas A. Zartl, AIA Willis K. Hutchason, AIA David W. Decker, AIA Donald M. Watts, AIA Gaylaird W. Christopher, AIA John L. Tegtmeyer, AIA Richard F. Panos, AIA Ronald V. Armes, AIA Stephen R. Hoskins, AIA Earl E. Smith, AIA Fred P. Wesley, AIA John K. Grist, AIA Robert S. Lum, AIA Roger O. Cocke, AIA Mikki Killen, AIA Stanley A. Westfall, AIA Charles Wesley Walton, AIA Douglas M. Mooradian, AIA Patrick M. Sullivan, FAIA Carolyn McCarron Brink, AIA Franklin W. Thornton, AIA James DeLong, AIA

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James G. Spencer, AIA Richard A. Hicks, AIA Anton Johs, AIA Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA John A. Myklebust, AIA Larry B. Morrison, AIA Andrew Feola, AIA Dennis G. Smith, AIA Frank O. Twerdy, AIA Tom D. Nott, AIA Vick Nazarian, AIA Guido Zemgals, AIA Joseph A. Leick, AIA Michael J. O’Sullivan, AIA Jerome W. Haddow, AIA Lance L. Bird, FAIA I.S. Csejtey, AIA J.F. Currie, AIA Allan M. Chipp, AIA Richard F. McCann, AIA James J. Smith, AIA Adolfo E. Miralles, FAIA David J. Flood, FAIA Donald E. Barker, AIA Ralph H. Flewelling, AIA Glenn C. Lareau, AIA Millard J. Archuleta, AIA Thomas Lindsey, AIA Charles W. Wong, AIA Raymond Girvigian, FAIA H. Thomas Wilson, AIA Raymond Ziegler, FAIA Joseph F. Thomas, FAIA

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Joseph F. Thomas founders award In recognition of of your 2010 Board of Directors Service to the chapter, profession and community, the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects does hereby bestow on the eighteenth of november, in the year 2010, this Certificate of service.





Joseph F. Thomas, FAIA RECOGNIZING AIA MEMBER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION AND COMMUNITY Given by 2010 Chapter President Richard McCann AIA and the 2010 Board of Directors

Joseph F. Thomas, FAIA Tribute

With a West Virginia accent as ‘smooth as wellaged bourbon’, Joe Thomas has an inspiring story to tell about his life and career. He is being honored by the Pasadena and Foothill Chapter, AIA, as the ‘last one standing’ – our last charter member. This became so after the passing last December of his long time business partner and fellow chapter founder, Donald E Neptune, FAIA. In 1948 when our chapter was founded, Joe and Don were the “young guys” -- so named by the other founders. Yet from today’s perspective, they created one of the chapter’s most enduring and successful architectural practices. NTD Architecture of today is directly descended from Joe and Don’s practice begun in 1953. His family came through the Depression perhaps better than most; his father was a successful local businessman and mayor of Joe’s birthplace of Oak Hill, WV. His mother was a teacher and emphasized the importance of education. This along with an innate creative talent and an eye for opportunity and timing became a strong foundation for his future career. Joe started in architecture well before the 1950’s. As a child of 7, he remembers first wanting to become an architect; he still has his childhood watercolors illustrating his earliest fantasy designs of buildings and bridges. Perhaps the only detour from that goal came when he began college at Duke University in North Carolina – only to discover to his dismay that it didn’t have an architecture program. So he transferred in his sophomore year to Carnegie Technical Institute --today’s CarnegieMellon University in Pittsburg -- and graduated five years later in 1938. As president of his fraternity, Joe was a leader and also active in col-


lege affairs as editor in chief of the Tartan, the college newspaper. Joe always preferred to be a designer and was especially inspired at seeing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in 1937 when it was just being completed (he and some classmates climbed a security gate to enter the property). It was the first of three visits there to experience what he considers his favorite piece of American architecture. Joe was designer of many important projects, and his own favorites include Arcadia Methodist Hospital, Citrus College Planetarium, and Marina High School, all of which in their time won AIA Honor Awards. He earned his first architecture license in West Virginia in 1941 and his California license in 1947. He initially joined the AIA in 1944 (Tennessee Chapter) and actually transferred to the Southern California Chapter (today’s LA Chapter) before earning his California license. Those were the depression and war years, so opportunities for architects were thin. Yet it would prove a blessing in disguise. Many of the dominant firms of the 1920’s and 1930’s had waned, creating an opportunity for a new postwar generation of architects. Neptune and Thomas was certainly one of those. In today’s hard times, it is a situation that may repeat itself. Joe started out as many of us did working as a draftsman. This was in various private West Virginia and Tennessee architectural offices. But seeing an opportunity to gain public sector experience, he joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as an associate architect working in their design department. That would form a basis for much of his future firm’s strengths in public education, civic and military work. He volunteered into the US Navy in 1943 and after two months of intensive training came out an ensign. He saw an opportunity for transfer to the West Coast and was stationed in San Diego where he saw first hand the vast potential for growth. Leaving the Navy in 1946 as a Lieutenant (jg), he initially returned to Tennessee to reclaim his TVA job. But after 6 weeks, he reversed course and migrated permanently to California where


he went to work for several large LA firms and later for the Design Department of the California State Division of Architecture, Los Angeles where he gained hospital design experience. In those days, the state designed most of the state-owned hospitals and colleges. This is where he met Don Neptune, and their shared experience later proved crucial to their selection as architect of Arcadia Methodist Hospital, a client that remains with the firm today. Joe went into his own practice in 1952 after hearing of a newly passed bond issue in West Virginia and where he returned to be selected as architect and prepare the preliminary designs. But his ‘real’ office was established in Pasadena where the working drawings were ultimately produced. A year later Joe merged his practice with Don who had also gone on his own in order that they go after another school project. What followed of course is history. Joe met his first wife, Margaret and mother of his two children, at Carnegie Tech and they married in 1939. She passed away prematurely in 1956, leaving him a widower with two young children. Joe married three times afterward, having survived his last wife, Bonnie [Abott], who passed away in 1999. He still lives in his beautiful contemporary home on San Miguel Road that he designed and built in 1949 – cost including land, $15,000. And he has been going for the past 7 years with his loving friend, Sherry. Joe is one of perhaps a handful of surviving California architects with a three digit license (#938) and he has witnessed enormous changes to our profession – from hand drawing on linen to CAD and the almost ubiquitous use of computers. Yet the lessons learned from his architectural career are still relevant. Asked for his opinion on what a fledgling architect should do in opening his is her own office today, he noted “The path I took is universal: • Get involved in the community, • Have the right friends, • Become an expert, • Join trade associations [in your field of specialty] • read your local newspaper,

• run your firm as a business, • treat your employees well, • recognize the importance of marketing; without it you won’t make it, • earn design awards, • keep your clients happy” He pointed out that the economic times were just as bad when he started out as they are today, yet he still made it. Having belonged to five local area service clubs and 12 volunteer public service agencies, he followed his own recommendations closely. Joe was also president of our chapter in 1967 and elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1970. He was elected to the AIA National Board in 1974 and served as our National Treasurer from 1977-1979. At age 95, Joe has had a remarkably long life and he still retains his amazing memory. Asked for advice on longevity, he replied without hesitation “get the right genes”. He qualified that by noting that given his family history of heart disease, he would have had a much shorter life. “But I follow rigidly the advice of my doctor and I watch my diet. I read two newspapers every day, the Wall Street Journal and the Star News.” He added “The only thing that bothers me about growing old is my back and my legs. I have difficulty now working in my garden and I can’t play tennis anymore. But I feel lucky; my mind is as active as it ever was. And I think I’ve kept my sense of humor”. He added with a twinkle that he keeps himself surrounded by younger people --“just to keep you on your toes.” Finally asked whether he regretted retiring at age 62, he responded: “I could have gone on. But we had hand picked our successors and when they were ready to take over, it was time to go.” Yet he added “Even today I still practice architecture in my dreams.”



The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Awards In 1971, The JRD Scholarship was established in the name of the first woman Chapter President, Jean Roth Driskel, FAIA, to honor her great love for and dedication to the profession of architecture. The JRD scholarships are annually awarded to two students: one a Community College student and one a University student in recognition of their dedication, enthusiasm and ability in the field of architecture. Nominated by their schools, the Community College student candidate must have been accepted to a university level architectural program offering a four or five-year degree. The university student candidate must be in their third, fourth or fifth year of undergraduate architectural study. Since April 1990, the funds for this scholarship program have been held and administered by the California Community Foundation (CCF), an established and well-respected 501 C-3 organization (www.calfund. org). The winning student is the Chapter’s guest at the Installation Gala s/he is recognized in the Chapter’s monthly newsletter. The California Architectural Foundation is the link between the profession and academia. By enhancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice through education and public awareness activities, the Foundation is making a positive difference in people’s lives and the built and natural environments that surround them. All programs are funded through donations and contributions from architects, allied professionals, and other benevolent organizations.

Jean Roth Driskel Recipients The JRD Recipients (2), along with their bio, are indicated on posted boards and PowerPoint. Please see boards.

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As the curtain closes for Richard McCann, AIA and the 2010 AIAPF Board of Directors, we initiate a changing of the guard. These new overseers will receive the mantle of leadership at the 2010 Fall Gala and Installation. With the support of our Members and Board, I am confident in my ability to lead the Chapter and fulfill its mission. The incoming Board will renew the pledge to be Architects that are stewards of the built Environment and possess goals consistent with those of AIA National and the State Council. We will achieve this community outreach in the following ways: • Advocacy : Provide the infrastructure to be proactive advocates, and community Citizen Archi- tects. • Knowledge: Be innovators of industry and address is sues that impact the practice and the profession. • Collaboration: Facilitate connections between organizations and professional stakeholders. • Communications: Provide prompt and accurate in formation to benefit the public and the profession. • Support, Strengthen and Mentor: Our architectural students, interns, and recently licensed architects. In the year ahead, our profession and related building industries will be faced with national and regional issues upon which no old methods or models can properly address. My presidential leadership will focus on the following objectives: • Avoid complacency - don’t get too comfortable; try new things. • Organize to save money and time, and increase efficiency and effectiveness. • Simplify and prioritize programs and services to comply with a shrinking budget • Collaboration = leadership

We must have the courage to improve upon existing programs. “If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway!” McCann and the 2010 Board have already begun this process, with great success, and this sentiment will carry over to the new Board. My quarterly President’s Message and newsletter will inform the membership of our progress, and I encourage you to become engaged and respond. Forty-five years ago, graduating from John Muir High School, I would have never imagined that I was to become the President of our respected Chapter. Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley, and the AIAPF are very important to me, as they are my heritage. Our Chapter has always been the civic leader and champion of the built environment and design. However, speaking with the experience of being a chapter member for the past , my observation is that our storied position has been diminished due to a lack of membership involvement. It is paramount be active in the Chapter. Joe Catalano defined three years ago the following principal for the Chapter to diminish its “Armchair Fellows” as follows: • Communicate with us about what the Chapter needs to be doing to support the member firms. • Send in your Supplemental Contribution Dues so that we may continue to operate in 2011 • Help build the future leadership of the Chapter and your firm’s role in it. We have plenty of committee work, even for your junior staff members. Encourage them to get involved. In closing, my ultimate Presidential Mission is to reinforce the Chapter as the local branch of the Institute and AIA California Council. I call on you to assist my Board and I in strengthening this goal. Be good stewards, and support the AIA as it continues to support you.

John B. Luttrell, AIA, NCARB 2011 President


the 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Luttrell, AIA -President

Fariba Shantiyai, AIA, CCS, Leed AP -Vice-President, President Elect

Vijay Sehgal, AIA -Treasurer

Alek Zarifian, AIA -Secretary

Eric Parlee, AIA

-Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

Richard McCann, AIA -Education Director

Pam Duff, AIA

-director at large

Chauncy Jones, AIA, NCARB -director at large

Joseph Serar, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP -director at large

Dan Stein, aia

-director at large

Jill Nicholson

-executive director


Installing officer Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Docous, AIA, LEED AP Principal, Lionakis, Sacramento

2010 AIACC President 2011 AIA Regional Director Nominee, California

Nicholas Docous, AIA, has been a practicing Architect in California for the past 25 years, 22 with Lionakis, a California Architectural and Engineering firm based in Sacramento. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Masters of Architecture and an MBA, Nick began his career in California working as a Facilities Architect for Lockheed in Burbank. Nick and his wife Laura – also an Architect – lived in Pasadena during his employment at Lockheed before moving to Sacramento to raise a family. At Lionakis, Nick has worked on projects for a wide spectrum of clients including K-12 school districts, the California State University, AT&T, PG&E, the State of California, numerous Central Valley Cities and Counties, private developers and, presently, the Administrative Office of the Courts. Nick’s involvement in the AIA began at the Central Valley Chapter where he served as Director, Treasurer, Vice President and President. His service to the California Council began as a Director during his AIACV Vice Presidency and has included such positions as Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, First Vice President and 2010 President. Nick’s firm belief in the value that Architects bring to their clients and the communities they serve propels him to look for and make connections on behalf of the profession, at all levels. Nick will serve as an AIACC Regional Director on the Institute’s National Board beginning in 2011 through 2013.


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