that vitally supports the mission of the Museum.


Farooq Ameen, AIA, RIBA

Director of Special Projects is the Founding Director of the International Center for Urban Studies. The Center’s Urban Interventions Program has conducted workshops jointly with SCI-Arc, ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), and the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Woodbury University and the Technical-University, Brandenburg. Ameen is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations for a diverse array of architecture and urban design projects. These include master planning for cities and housing projects, design of institutional buildings, schools and residential projects and urban design plans for historic districts and inner cities in California, Germany and India.

Ameen is a registered architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). His works, writings, and exhibitions have been widely published in journals, including Architectural Record and Architecture Week. Ameen has lectured at Columbia University, the Bauhaus, BDA (the German Institute of Architects) and the AIA / Los Angeles Chapter and has several publications on urban design and architecture. Ameen received his bachelor of architecture degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and his master of architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also participated as adjunct faculty at SCI-Arc, Woodbury University, and the Bauhaus in Germany.


Eames Demetrios 

Eames Demetrios wears many different hats, but is best known in the design world for spearheading the successful rediscovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations as Director of the Eames Office.  He also enjoys work as a consultant, filmmaker, and author and communicates these works through global talks which has included the main-stage of the legendary TED conference.  He also has a global work of multi-dimensional storytelling called kcymaerxthaere, with 89 site installations in 19 countries. He wishes to continue all works through new opportunities and collaborations in the design and art communities world wide.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


John R. Dale, FAIA, LEED AP, Board President 

John Dale has been involved in the master planning, programming and design of public and private projects for over 20 years. In 2007, he was honored with an AIA Fellowship for his work in school design. Mr. Dale has created high performance pre-school through secondary school environments. By defining small learning communities which boost student achievement, promote sustainability, and galvanize community involvement, he has established widely recognized models of regional and national significance. 

Mr. Dale has also been a leader in promoting green schools. Building on evidence-based research, he has put in practice the theory that students are healthier and learn more effectively in well-ventilated, acoustically balanced, naturally lit spaces with strong connections to the outdoors—all features of energy-conserving, sustainable design.

Of particular note are his designs for Newport Coast Elementary, the first high performance school to win a Savings by Design Award in Southern California, and Mothers’ Club, the first Gold LEED registered child development center in the country. He is also closely involved in the design of three elementary schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District exceeding the point requirements under California’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program.


Charlene Cady, CFO

Charlene Cady is a Senior Manager, Corporate Finance, at Home Box Office where she oversees financial reporting for HBO Original Programming including Series, Films, and Documentaries.  Prior to joining HBO in 2003, Charlene worked as an auditor at Deloitte performing financial statement audits for both public and private entities.  Charlene is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.


Cynthia Kanner, Vice President

Cynthia Kanner is vice president, Post Production, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing post production on all HBO Films and miniseries. Among the more than 100 films and miniseries she has worked on are the critically acclaimed and award-winning John Adams, The Pacific, Recount, American Splendor, Maria Full of Grace, and Angels in America. Kanner has always been interested in technologies and has overseen the department as it transitions into a fully digital work flow. Kanner was named to this position in December 2000.

Kanner is also actively involved in several programs which involve HBO and local communities. In 2005 she and her colleagues received the first Heiskell Team Award honoring their public service for the creation of a program called Digital Dove. Digital Dove received funding from HBO and TimeWarner to teach homeless youth life skills through filmmaking. Since the creation of the project several years ago, alumni have gone on to make films which have screened at various festivals, as well as gain work on TV shows and commercial, plying their new found trade. In addition, Kanner started a program called Watch it and Learn! which provided access to films and teaching materials at cost to schools across the country. This program is a collaboration between HBO, Time Warner and Columbia University’s EdLab, Schools in California, New York and New Hampshire are currently using tools created by this program to teach political and civic responsibility through films like Recount and John Adams. HBO and the EdLab are working on cutting edge interactive teaching materials that will be accessed on line.

Prior to HBO, Kanner freelanced in both production and post production and was Production Executive at Kings Road Entertainment, where her responsibilities ranged from overseeing production of five features, to supervising the budgets and helping develop ad campaigns. She also worked at Coopers & Lybrand while attending graduate school, where she worked on audits and mergers and acquisitions and became a CPA.

Kanner holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MBA from New York University.


Nancy Levens, Secretary

Nancy Levens brings over 20 years of business development, management and organizational planning experience in the related worlds of architecture and the arts. Her current consultancy includes architectural, engineering and green building clients of long-standing, with a professional emphasis on Business Development and Marketing.  Nancy was also the Manager of the Architecture & Interior Design Programs at UCLA Extension (1995-2000), where, working with the Dean at the Division level, she was a member of the UNEX Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Web Site Working Group. Upon completion of her MBA in 1995, Nancy created corporate business plans used to facilitate acquisitions between technology and entertainment companies. She has also worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

By emphasizing team building and collaboration, Nancy’s is often called upon to facilitate business development, company best practices and strategic planning efforts - working to establish overarching goals, short- and long-term priorities and action plans. She is also able to comment on administrative requirements with experience that includes program development, budget administration, human resources, facilities and operations. Nancy holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is actively involved in the A/E/C community – in addition to her commitment to A+D, she is currently the Chair of the USGBC LA Westside Branch Steering Committee, in addition to prior committee roles with the AIA Los Angeles and USC Architectural Guild.


Sam Lubell

Sam Lubell is the West Coast Editor of the Architect's Newspaper. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Architecture Magazine, Angeleno, New York Magazine, and other publications.


Daniel McIntosh

Daniel McIntosh is a partner at the law firm of Allen Matkins, Leck, Gamble, Mallory & Natsis.  He has been a business transactional lawyer for almost forty years with a practice that includes formation, governance and capital transactions for corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; formation and financing of joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; finance (including equity and debt financings); representation of start-ups and investors in formation, capitalization and day-to-day business matters; major real estate transactions; and non-profit entities.  His recent and current matters include representation of numerous clients conducting business in the entertainment industry as well as investments funds, consumer product distributors, web based companies, institutions and individuals providing financing for new ventures, and real estate transactions and projects.

Dan is a past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors and as the Association's delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.  He is also a past member of the boards of directors of Public Counsel and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is the past Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Museum of Law.  Dan received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.  He received his A.B. from University of California at Berkeley, where he was President of the Associated Students and a recipient of the Robert Gordon Sproul Award.

Catherine Minervini

Catherine Minervini, founder of Green Owl Studio, is a marketing consultant devoted to the architecture + interior design industry. Catherine’s consultancy is a culmination of experience in interior design, branding and marketing. With more than 25 years experience in the commercial architecture + interior design industry and educated as an interior designer, Catherine has worked in creative development, brand management and marketing, as well as interior design for award-winning design firms such as Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in New York City.  Catherine held the position on the Bentley Prince Street leadership team as Vice President of Marketing for five years and was an integral part of building and leading the brand.  As Vice President of Marketing, her responsibilities encompassed all aspects of brand management, marketing and online strategies, sustainability marketing and positioning, product strategy and positioning, product merchandising, and public relations and communication strategies.  

Catherine attended Moore College of Art + Design in Philadelphia where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a major in interior design. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Catherine served on the Hoboken Zoning Board in New Jersey.  In 2009-2010, Catherine held the position of Vice President of Membership on the Chapter Board of Directors for the International Interior Design Association of Southern California (IIDA).  Shortly thereafter, Catherine served as the Executive Director for the same Chapter, IIDA SoCal.  Catherine is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), a member of IIDA, serves on the board of the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles, and is a guest blogger for Designer Pages product blog for architecture + design. 


Mark R. Nay, AIA 

Mark is a practicing Architect with 30 years of experience focused in the greater Los Angeles region including work at Arthur Erickson Architects, SOM, Langdon Wilson, RTKL, Carrier Johnson and HNTB. His projects range from office buildings, to Higher Education Labs and housing, to billion dollar mixed use urban developments to High Speed Rail and light rail transit systems. He is active in the profession and larger community having served as President of the USC Architectural Guild, Regent for the California Architectural Foundation, Board member of the LA County Architectural Evaluation Board, Chair of the Pasadena Design Commission, Board Member of the PF-AIA chapter, member of the Los Angeles AIA Government Relations and Urban Design Committees as well as numerous other task forces and committees for organizations throughout the region.

He has personally led 4 LEED Platinum design build competitions as well as the noted Miralles-Tagliabue entry in the Cal Trans competition. His passion is for urban environments and architecture focused on human interaction and positive design-feedback loops that reinforce and spur the growth and evolution of active, vital and engaging urban fabric.


Stephen Slan, AIA

Stephen Slan is founder and CEO of DesignGuide.com, one of the leading online resources for the building and design industry.  Stephen is an award winning architect and director of his firm VIA – Variations In Architecture for over 20 years.  Originally from Canada, Stephen is a graduate from the University of Southern California.


Eric Stultz

Eric Stultz is a principal with Gensler, and a design director for the firm’s Los Angeles architecture studio. In his 18 years of professional experience, Eric’s work has encompassed a broad range of building types and services including airports, master planning, convention facilities, office buildings, hotels and interiors. He has been recognized consistently for design and technical excellence, having led or been a team member on over a dozen AIA award-winning projects.  His 13 years with Gensler, both in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, have presented the opportunity to  design of a number of significant large-scale projects, including the new 350,000-square foot Campus at Playa Vista corporate office campus, the Richard B. Russell Federal Building renovation and Louisville Airport renovation. He has also led many large-scale master planning efforts, including the Dubai International Financial Center, Exhibition City in Las Vegas, and the Pacific Gateway in San Diego.  He is also the founder of the Gensler’s Digital Design Task Force, which oversees the use of digital tools in the design process.



Born in Ghana, West Africa, trained at the Architectural Association (AA) in London between 1980-1986. Joe Addo has worked for architectural firms in Finland, The United Kingdom and the United States. He currently operates his practice in Los Angeles and Ghana. Early influences were with Peter and Alison Smith through their protégé Peter Salter at the AA. The work and interest of the practice has been influences by various investigations of ‘genus-loci’ and how architecture can/should respond to this in creating pieces that are both site specific and meet the needs of the people who will inhabit or interact with it. This has lead to a more public intervention on the Southside of Los Angeles, where several projects are under construction which will hopefully establish a discourse between what is important to communities and how site, climate, materials and their weathering, with design intent, should shape these interventions.


Ann Videriksen, Hon. AIA/LA, EMERITUS

Ann established her own PR and Marketing firm in 1993 after a period of filling that role in-house with architectural firms in Los Angeles and Copenhagen. She has been involved with the AIA/Los Angeles Chapter on several levels since 1968, fulfilling the role of home tour chairman and liaison to the AIA in 1970. She planned two series of lectures on architecture for UCLA’s Department of Arts & Humanities Form-givers and Trend-setters of Modern Architecture in the last Fifty Years in Europe and America and Architecture Plus: A Contemporary Definition. She co-chaired the 9 IN 99-series of lectures at MOCA in 1999 and advises on the Masters of Architecture lecture series at LACMA. She established the contact that led to guest lecturers from SCI-Arc to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Architecture School in Copenhagen and stimulated an exchange between Copenhagen, Berkeley and Los Angeles architecture schools. She was director of public affairs and media relations at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, editor of the monthly newsletter and oversaw all publications. She currently represents architecture firms in Los Angeles as a media and marketing consultant for her own firm Design Communication. She is a contributor to numerous magazines and books on architecture and design and most recently co-editor of a5>Los Angeles, showcasing 22 Los Angeles architects and their work.



Stephen Kanner

Founding Board Member, President In Memoriam

Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA

Founding Board Member, In Memoriam

John Chase

Board Member, In Memoriam