Nomination for Young Architect Regional Director, South

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Pursuant to the Rules of the Board, the following member has been nominated to finish the 2017 term of the Young Architect Regional Director, South position. The election will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at The California Club, during the AIACC Board of Directors meeting. The California Club is located at 538 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles. Candidate biography and statement of philosophy will be posted on the AIACC web site February 3. Additional nominations from the floor accepted during the AIACC Board of Directors Meeting. Please direct any questions to Ashley Fisher at (916) 642-1711 or via email at

Leanna Libourel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Leanna Libourel, AIA, is as an architect with a specialty in sustainability. Her experience includes private schools, mixed use, transit/aviation, civic, and single family residential.  As the former AIACC/NCARB Architect Licensing Advisor for Southern California she is connected with AIA groups at all levels and is a strong advocate for mentorship.  Through mentorship and speaking engagements she strives to increase the profile of women in the profession.  Leanna graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University in Los Angeles and magna cum laude with a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University in New York.


My professional drive is best described by two of the overriding goals of the Young Architects Forum: mentorship and leadership.

As a former AIACC/NCARB Architect Licensing Advisor I have mentored hundreds of candidates on their path to licensure.  This work was founded in my passion for licensure and the profession. I believe that as the built environment becomes more complex, the profession needs to grow and adapt to be more diverse, inclusive and inventive.  Mentoring those on the path to licensure and in the early stages of their career is a way to make this happen.

As an active emerging professional within the AIA, an Associate at Gruen Associates and mother of two young children I have learned that leadership is all about collaboration.  If elected as the Young Architects Forum Regional Director for Southern California I will collaborate with other professionals to address the unique challenges that Young Architects face today and ultimately build a better future for the profession as a whole.


Nomination Letter:



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the National AIA organization.

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