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2015 Competition Review Panel

Annie Chu (AIA, IIDA) is a founding principal of the award winning CHU+GOODING Architects in Los Angeles with a deep portfolio of Interior Architecture projects focusing on arts, culture and higher education clients, such as Southern California Public Radio, MOCA, Hammer Museum, the Getty Center, Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The firm's residential portfolio includes significant interiors where a world class level of design response and sophisticated execution is applied to art, decorative objects, furnishings, materials, color, lighting, acoustics and the integration of state of the art technologies.

Annie received a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University 1989 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc in 1983. She trained with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York and Franklin D. Israel in Beverly Hills before starting her firm in 1996. Annie received the prestigious Skidmore Owings Merrill Traveling Fellowship to study Mayan and Incan architecture and represented the United States as RIBA's DiverseCity awardee and a member of the China delegation.

Annie has also been a dedicated educator since 1990 in colleges such as New York Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, UT Austin, SCI-Arc, Art Center College of Design, Arizona State University, UCLA and USC. Annie joined Woodbury University's faculty as professor of Interior Architecture in 2010, advancing the discipline as an essential endeavor through practice, scholarship and engagement.


Ravi GuneWardena is a principal at Escher GuneWardena Architecture, established in 1995 with partner Frank Escher. Their work – small, conceptually rigorous projects; ecologically and socially innovative urban design proposals; and work in contemporary art and architectural history – reflects the broad cultural interests of the two principals. They frequently collaborate with internationally-known contemporary artists, thinkers, consultants, and cultural institutions.

Addressing issues of sustainability, affordability, the relationship between form and construction, they seek to establish simple formal manifestations of the complexities of each project. Residential projects include the Jamie Residence, the Sola/Wright Residence, and the House with Five Corners. Historic preservation projects include John Lautner’s Chemosphere, and Phase I restoration work at the Eames house. Their work was recognized in the 2003 National Design Triennial, and in OPEN HOUSE: Intelligent Living by Design (2007, Vitra and Art Center, Pasadena).

Art-related projects include Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, and collaborations with artists Sharon Lockhart, Mike Kelley, and Stephen Prina. Major exhibitions designed by Escher GuneWardena include the 55th Carnegie International (CMOA, Pittsburgh), Between Earth and Heaven: the Architecture of John Lautner (Hammer Museum); and a scenography design for the Hermès Petit h collection (2014).

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ravi GuneWardena received his B. Arch. from Cal Poly Pomona (1984), and studied history of art and architecture in Florence, Italy, (CSU-IP). He has served on the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Panel and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. He is a practitioner of ikebana with a teaching diploma from the Sogetsu Foundation, Tokyo.


Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. His work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings. Each project is seen as a unique opportunity to pursue an identity that is rooted in technological and material experimentation as a means of challenging convention. This outlook defines the design agenda of the office, which seeks to balance both the experimental and the visionary with the practical and the pragmatic to achieve the extraordinary.

   Alvin received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (2004) in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (1998) in Los Angeles. His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition with over 30 distinctions at local, national, and international levels including being featured as a "Next Progressive" by Architect Magazine, and receiving a 2014 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, 2014 AIA Small Projects Award, 2014 Autodesk Small Business Innovation Award, 2013 Time Magazine's 20 Best Inventions of the Year, 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIA California Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design.  He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.


Daveed Kapoor has practiced architecture, development and construction in Los Angeles since 2000, and has completed over 70 commissions in California. In 2005, he founded utopiad.org, a land development, placemaking and architecture collective focused on creating space that improves the quality of people’s lives. Utopiad has designed, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Francisco. He commutes by foot or bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes, bus only lanes, parklets and pedestrian upgrades. Daveed serves on the Los Angeles Walks steering committee. Follow Daveed on twitter & instagram @daveedkapoor


Sam Lubell is the West Coast Editor of the Architect’s Newspaper and co-curator of the exhibition Never Built Los Angeles. He has written five books about architecture: Never Built Los Angeles, Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis Paris 2000+, London 2000+, and Living West.  He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Architectural Review, Wallpaper, and other publications. His next project will be the book and exhibition Never Built New York.


Brook Muller is Acting Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA), Associate Professor of Architecture, and core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. He also directs A&AA’s Graduate Certificate Program in Ecological Design. Brook’s research bridges design theory and ecologically responsive practice. From 1993-1996, Brook worked with Behnisch Architects in Stuttgart, Germany, serving as co-project leader on the IBN Institute for Nature Research, a European Union pilot project for human and environmentally friendly building. Brook was an Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo from 2000-2004, directing the College’s minor in sustainable environments, recipient of an American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment National Award in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded the Campus Compact Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014).


Marc Schulitz received his professional Degree in Architecture from the ETH Zurich in Switzerland in 1999 and has since worked as an architect in Europe. In 2013 he joined the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture.

Marc Schulitz is a licensed architect in Germany and a partner at the award winning firm of Schulitz Architekten GmbH. He was in charge of numerous international sports arena projects, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Arena in Hanover and the Lentpark ice and swim stadium in Cologne, Germany. His work has been featured in international periodicals and books. His firm focuses on delivering designs that are environmentally sustainable in terms of architecture, the integration of building services, and engineering. His Lentpark design was the first ice sports facility to be part of the European Union’s Green Building Program. In 2013 the Lentpark project was awarded the IOC/IAKS Award in bronze. The award is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). It is the most important international architecture award for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. Marc’s understanding of structural principles has enabled him to move beyond the role of designer and push into the realm of engineering, thus leading him to work closely with internationally renowned engineering firms.


Carl Smith, AIA Telemachus Studio / LAIAD
Carl Smith was a founding member of Telemachus Studio 1995, a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Los Angeles.  Working in partnership with William Adams since 2002, William Adams Architects/Telemachus Studio have numerous built projects throughout Los Angeles and beyond with work ranging from single-family, multi-family, small commercial, hospitality, public art and custom fabrication.

Carl is also the co-director of academic programs at the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD).  Since 2005 he has taught first and second year design studio and helped shape and refine the curriculum and overall academic direction for the school.

Consistent throughout his professional and academic work is the understanding that design is a conceptual exercise.  Each project is built with an appropriate conceptual framework for the project to respond to, embedding its ideals within the design.  Carl’s work tends to utilize form language and geometry to build contrast while allowing the project to move from one state of being to another.

Collectively, Telemachus Studio, William Adams Architects, and LAIAD have numerous awards and publications including features in Form, Metropolis, Architects Newspaper, Sunset, etc.  Carl’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally, with artwork included in an Italian exhibition in 2001.  Carl holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.




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