Meet the Jury 2017

(Courtesy of AIA Los Angeles)

2017 AIAPV Jury:
Patricia Rhee AIA, DBIA, LEED AP [Chair] – Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Hagy Belzberg FAIA, OAA – Belzberg Architects
Barbara A. Bestor FAIA – Bestor Architecture
Frank Clementi FAIA, AIGA – Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Lawrence Scarpa FAIA – Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Patricia Rhee AIA, DBIA, LEED AP [Jury Chair]
Partner, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects 

Patricia Rhee is a Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, the firm was recently awarded the 2015 National AIA Firm Award, one of the industry’s highest honors. Patricia has served as Lead Designer for many of the firm’s award-winning institutional, civic and commercial projects. Patricia received her Master's degree in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Patricia is a Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture committee, and is currently an advisor on AIA National’s Center for Practice Committee. 

Hagy Belzberg FAIA, OAA
Founding Partner, Belzberg Architects

Hagy’s approach to architecture and design is driven by investigation. Since founding Belzberg Architects in 1997, he has established a diverse portfolio of award-winning, built work, often using digital fabrication and non-traditional construction methods. He continues to question conventions and apply innovative solutions to each challenge. 

Hagy received his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University, and has held teaching positions at UCLA, USC and SCI-Arc. He was honored by the American Institute of Architects California Council as an Emerging Talent, and in 2008 was recognized as an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2010, Hagy was confirmed into The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for “notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.”

Barbara A. Bestor FAIA
Founding Principal, Bestor Architecture

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. Projects such as Beats by Dre headquarters, Blackbirds small-lot housing development, and Intelligentsia café illustrate Bestor’s continued exploration of architectural form through experimentation, research, and graphics. Bestor is faculty at Woodbury University School of Architecture and executive director of the university’s Julius Shulman Institute. She is author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake. 

Photo credit: Laure Joliet

Frank Clementi FAIA, AIGA

Frank Clementi expands architecture into the related design fields of landscape architecture, graphic design and product design to create unique and holistic environments. He embraces the particular ecology of a specific place, its people, and their history, to deliver culturally relevant and cohesive experiences for all users. Frank’s work engages people across scales, ranging from dinner plates to public parks.

Frank has presented his integrated design philosophy in lectures in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin, and New Orleans, and has developed and led design topic studios for design schools nationally. His recent topic studios at Cal Poly, Pomona, proposing architectural prosthetics for world monuments, addressed the relationship between form, meaning, and use.

Frank’s excellence in design has been continuously recognized with more than 20 AIA Design Awards and his work has been featured in over 300 publications. Under his leadership RIOS CLEMENTI HALE STUDIOS was chosen as California Council’s 2007 AIA Firm of the Year. Frank was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2017 for his broad contributions to design. 

Lawrence Scarpa FAIA
Principal, Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Lawrence Scarpa has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design.  

He is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture and was also awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. Over the last ten years, Mr. Scarpa’s firm has received more than 50 major design awards, including nineteen National AIA Awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, the Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. He has also received the lifetime achievement awards from Interior Design Magazine and the AIA California Council. 

Mr. Scarpa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited in venues such as Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The National Building Museum and the Gwanju Bienale.  Mr. Scarpa has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. 

He is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California and has taught and lectured at the university level for more than two decades.  Some of those institutions include UNC Charlotte, Harvard University, UCLA, SCI-arc, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a co-founder of the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing and to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.