Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates through Foreign Travel-Study

2010 Competition Review Panel

Sarah Lorenzen
Sarah Lorenzen is an assistant professor at the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona. In 2004, she co-founded Plasmatic Concepts, a multidisciplinary design firm pursuing projects in urban research, environments and multimedia design.

Recent Plasmatic Concept projects include: The Nerve Center Pavilion for the AEC World Expo in Mumbai, a Video Wall installation and content for Tag Heuer’s pavilion at the 2006 Basel World Expo, a documentary film about the Los Angeles River Revitalization Project funded by the Graham Foundation, and a short film about current problems facing the film industry working in downtown Los Angeles.

Sarah received a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (M.Arch 1997), and a Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design from SCI_Arc (2004.) Before pursuing a degree in architecture she studied at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA 1992.) Prior to establishing Plasmatic-Concepts, Sarah worked as a project architect at MBT Architecture in San Francisco (2001-03), Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture in Atlanta (1997-01) and Stanley, Beaman & Sears also in Atlanta (1995-96).

Allison G. Kwok, Ph.D., AIA
Alison G. Kwok, Ph.D., AIA, is an associate professor in the University of Oregon architecture program and a licensed architect. Prof. Kwok teaches design studios, environmental control systems, and green design elective courses. She has taught in New York, California, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Japan. She is co-author of the recently published Green Studio Handbook (2007) and Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (10th ed. 2006) and was a key participant in the University of California Berkeley's Vital Signs Project. Prof. Kwok was Principal Investigator for the Agents of Change curriculum project that addressed building performance through on-site case study development. She is a member of the USGBC's Formal Education Committee and has been a governing member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and the Society of Building Science Educators; is an active member of several technical committees for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and is active in the American Solar Energy Society.

Juintow Lin
Juintow Lin is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona and a founding partner in the office of Fox Lin, Inc. At Cal Poly Pomona, she teaches design and sustainability courses. She created and maintains the website, an online community for students and young practitioners to learn about and discuss design tools specifically as they relate to issue of sustainability. She has worked in the offices of Marmol Radziner and Associates in Los Angeles, Foster and Partners in London, and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners in New York. Lin also served as a Research Fellow at MIT working on Sustainable Urban Housing in China and co-edited and co-authored a book of the same title in 2006. She was a pioneering member of the Kinetic Design Group at MIT investigating the design and application of behavioral kinetic systems in architecture. Juintow received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT.

Pablo La Roche
Pablo La Roche is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela. He has an Architecture and Masters of Science degree from Universidad del Zulia and a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. He has been a guest lecturer and session chair in international conferences in India, the USA, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil. Professor La Roche was the principal author of the book published by the Passive Low Energy Architecture Association PLEA, "Keeping Cool: Guidelines to Avoid Overheating in Buildings" and was selected for the exhibit "New Blood: Next Gen" in the A+D Architecture Museum in Los Angeles. La Roche has been a registered architect in Spain and Venezuela, and is an Assoc AIA, and a LEED accredited professional. He has received multiple awards and fellowships including the 2008 NCARB Grand Prize.

William Adams, FAIA.
William Adams is an award-winning architect and principal of the firm William Adams Architects. He received his degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and has been a Fellow in The American Institute of Architects since 1991. He has taught all levels at the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona since 1984. He served as Graduate Coordinator for a number of years and then as Department Chair from 1999 to 2003. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at Pomona, and teaches the First Year Graduate studio. He served on the Board of the Family Service of Santa Monica, and is currently a sitting member of Architectural Review Board in Santa Monica.

Mr. Adams opened his own firm in 1975 and since that time has done work in residential, commercial and institutional projects. William Adams Architects is a full service professional office with a strong focus on exploration in architectural design, finding within every situation a seed of an idea that will inform the project direction in a way unique to its particular problem.

Over the years Mr. Adams’ firm has garnered 18 AIA design awards from regional, state, and local chapters, in addition to three awards from the Los Angeles Business Council and two from Interiors magazine. His work has been published in prestigious international, national, and local journals including L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Architectural Review, and Progressive Architecture, as well as the covers of Architecture and the LA Times Magazine.

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