Governor Appoints New California State Architect

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The AIACC is pleased to announce that Chester A. Widom, FAIA, has been appointed by Governor Brown to the position of California State Architect.

Chet’s experience spans nearly fifty years as a practicing architect, with extensive experience in the design of a wide range of educational projects. He was a founding partner of WWCOT (now DLR Group), a 185-person architectural, interior design, planning and forensics firm with four offices in California and an office in Shanghai, China. He currently serves as the Senior Architectural Advisor for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.1 billion construction program. As a former President of both the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the AIA California Council, and now Chancellor of the College of Fellows, Chet is recognized as an international leader in the profession.

Chet’s experience will serve him well as California State Architect as he addresses the challenges shared by the Division of the State Architect and all of its various stakeholders, as they seek solutions to problems facing K-12 and Community College projects crucial to not only the various school districts, but also the recovery of California’s economy. His experience will also play a key role in the reviving of the State Architect’s responsibility as an advocate for design in general and specifically for creating a more sustainable California.

On behalf of the AIACC members and staff, we offer a heartfelt congratulation on your appointment as California State Architect.


Kurt Cooknick, Assoc. AIA

Kurt T. Cooknick, Assoc. AIA, is the Director of Regulation and Practice. With experience in the profession and over 15 years as an advocate on behalf of the architectural profession in California, he is passionate about protecting and advancing the profession.

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