AEP Council of Advisors

Vice President
Jana Itzen, AIA
Jana S. B. Itzen AIA
P.O. Box 27801
Santa Ana, CA 92799-7801
Bus: (949) 667-5901
Email: jana@itzen.com
schuyler Regional Associate Director
Schuyler Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA
826 Fourth Street, Apt. 2
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (805) 455-8957
Email: Schuyler.leigh@gmail.com
aaron100 Associate Director, North
Aaron Baumbach, Assoc. AIA
2938 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 987-5008
Email: aaronbaumbach@gmail.com
Nathan-Dea Associate Director, South
Nathan Dea
Email:  nathan.dea@lionakis.com
christ100 Student Director, North
Daniel Christman, AIAS
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 718-9253
Email: aalarchi@gmail.com
Julia-Flauaus Student Director, South
Julia Flauaus
Email: flaua386@gmail.com
YAR Director, North
Stephanie Silkwood, Assoc. AIA
Architectural Designer
RMW Architecture & Interiors
40 South Market St., 4th Fl
San Jose, CA 95113
Bus: (408)294-8000
FAX: (408)294-1747
Email: ssilkwood@rmw.com
Architect Llicensing Advisor, South
Leanna Libourel
Gruen Associates
6330 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 937-4270
Email: Libourel@gruenassociates.com
amanda-green Architect Llicensing Advisor, North
Amanda Green
Email: amanda.green@norr.com
kasdan100 YAR Director, South
Benjamin Kasdan, AIA
KTGY Group, Inc.
13423 Savanna
Tustin, CA 92782
Phone: (714) 673-6484
Email: bkasdan@ktgy.com
Architect Member At Large
Debra A. Gerod, FAIA
Gruen Associates
6330 San Vicente Blvd., Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Bus: (323) 927-4270
Email: gerod@gruenassociates.com
Nicki Dennis Stephens Senior Director
Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIACC
AIA California Council
1303 J Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814-2935
Bus: (916) 642-1705
Fax: (916) 442-5346
Email: ndennis@aiacc.org

Vice President
The Vice President of the Academy for Emerging Professionals (VP of the AEP) is a member of the AIA California Council (AIACC) Executive Committee and oversees the AEP’s Council of Advisors (COA).  The VP of the Academy is elected every two years by the AIACC Board of Directors and during their tenure provides structure, organization and representation for the Academy in their effort to fulfill their annual obligations and continued support of the emerging professional as outlined in the Academy’s strategic plan.

The VP of the Academy is responsible for reporting to the executive committee issues of relevance of the Academy and current activities currently being pursued in addition to lending insight into the life of today’s emerging professional. The VP of the Academy is the direct liaison to the AEP COA for AIACC Component Executives and to the California Architects Board (CAB) on issues relating to emerging professionals (along with the IDP Director).  Click here to continue reading


Regional Associate Director
The Regional Associate Director (RAD) represents the entire constituency of Associate Members from across the region (California) to the National Associates Committee (NAC).  There are currently 18 RADs across the U.S., and each must attend a mandatory NAC Annual meeting typically held in October.

Any AIA Associate in good standing may run for election to the RAD position, first to shadow the current RAD for 1 year, and then serve the full 2-year term.  The RAD serves as a voting member on the AIACC Board of Directors, and is a member of the Council of Advisors (COA) within the Academy of Emerging Professionals (AEP).  If the RAD receives his/her license while in office, he/she may complete the term.  Click here to continue reading


Associate Directors
The AIA California Council elects an Associate Director every year alternating between the North and South, and being responsible for the Chapters located within that geographic area.  Each elected Associate Director serves their first year in an advisory capacity only, ultimately sitting on the AIACC Board of Directors during their second year.  During both years, the Associate Director is funded to attend all meetings of the AIACC AEP including regional forums.  During his/her second year, the Associate Director is funded to attend all meetings of the AIACC Board of Directors and holds a voting position on this board.

Associate Directors also serve on the AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals – Council of Advisors. Associate Directors must be Associate Members in good standing of the AIA when they are elected.  An Associate Director who becomes licensed during his or her term of office may complete his/her full elected term.

AIACC Associate Directors are the direct link between the state organization and the chapter Associate Directors. They represent Associate Member interests on the state Board of Directors and distribute information to and solicit opinions from the chapter Associate membership through the local EP Directors.


Young Architect Directors
The AIA California Council has two Young Architect Director positions on its Board of Directors, one North and one South, representing assigned chapters in each part of the state (refer to Appendix A.8 for jurisdictional map of the AIACC).  YA Directors serve two year terms on the AIACC Board of Directors and are elected every two years  The YA Directors are funded to attend meetings of the AIACC Board of Directors within their respective jurisdictions, state Academy for Emerging Professionals meetings, and Regional Forums, within a certain budget limitation.

YA Directors also serve on The AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals – Council of Advisors. YA Directors must be full AIA Members in good standing when they are selected. AIA Associates who are not yet licensed but expect to become licensed within the first year of YA directorship or their term of office may be eligible. However, if they do not complete their full licensure examinations within the first year, they can not continue into their second year position.

AIACC YA Directors are the direct link between the state organization and the chapter Young Architect Forum & EP Directors. They represent YA Member interests on the state Board of Directors and distribute information to and solicit opinions from the chapter YAF/EP Directors.


IDP Coordinators
The AIA California Council AEP Council of Advisors has two IDP State Coordinator positions, one North and one South. They each serve a three year term, staggered in order to provide a continuance of mentorship and guidance within the position.  Only one Coordinator is recognized by the AIA National and as such the two coordinators must work to coordinate presentations and funding.  The AIACC website will post both directors contact information and which regions they are serving.

The IDP State Coordinators serve as the main resource for all AIACC members who have questions about the IDP and licensure process.  It is essential that they be reachable (via phone or email) to the AIACC membership and distribute information to the chapter Associate and/or EP Directors.  They must attend all AIA AEP COA meetings and the local EP Caucuses as long as funding is available.  Click here to continue reading


Architect at Large
The Architect Member of the Academy of Emerging Professionals (AEP), as a licensed professional with personal experience as a practicing architect gained over time and through service in various capacities to the profession both locally and statewide, serves as a resource to the Academy over a three year term following appointment by the AIACC Board of Directors.  The Architect member position is funded to attend occasional meetings throughout each year of service in an advisory capacity to listen and assist in guiding and directing the actions, duties and responsibilities as set forth within the mandate of the Academy.

The Architect Member shall be a licensed professional, in good standing, who has previously completed their term of service on the AIACC Board of Directors and has, through such service, become generally familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the Academy of Emerging Professionals in the context of the Board.  An individual who desires to serve in the role of the Architect Member of the Academy shall be generally familiar with the activities of and committed to addressing the specific challenges and concerns of emerging professionals which includes: students currently enrolled in a program that leads to a professional degree, AIA Associate Members who are graduates of a professional degree program, and AIA Members of the Young Architects Forum (YAF) who have within the recent past, completed their professional licensing requirements under the California Architects Board (CAB).  Click here to continue reading


Student Director
The AIA California Council elects a Student Director every year alternating between the North and South, and is responsible for all student Chapters within California.  Each elected Student Director serves their first year in an advisory capacity only, ultimately sitting on the AIACC Board of Directors during their second year.  During both years, the Student Director is funded to attend all meetings of The AIACC AEP including regional forums in their respective jurisdiction.  During his/her second year, the Student Director is funded to attend all meetings of the AIACC Board of Directors and holds a voting position on this board.  Click here to continue reading