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California Architects Board

Below are the members of the California Architects Board.

Board President
Sheran Voigt
is a public member of the Board since 2006 and currently the Board President. A resident of Chino Hills, Voigt has over 30 years of experience as a real estate agent and broker. Voigt served as a broker associate for the Western Group from 1991 to 1996 and office manager for the Western Group from 1997 to 2009. Voigt has been with Advantage Real Estate since 2009. She was also a real estate agent and broker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Alabama from 1977 to 1985. Voigt chairs the Board's Executive and Communications Committees and serves on the Regulatory and Enforcement Committee. She also serves on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' (NCARB) Professional Conduct Committee. Her term expired on June 30, 2014, but she is now serving a one-year "grace period" per Business and Professions Code section 5515.


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Board Vice President
Pasqual Gutierrez
, AIA, is an architect member of the Board since 2006 and currently the Board Vice President. He previously served as Board President in 2011. A resident of Walnut, Gutierrez has served HMC Architects in the various capacities of senior project architect, associate, senior associate and currently serves as principal. From 1988 to 1999, Gutierrez was principal of the architecture firm The Gutierrez Partnership before joining HMC. Prior to that, he was an architect with the interior design firm Reel Grobman Associates from 1983 to 1988. Gutierrez serves on the Board's Executive and Professional Qualifications Committees. He also serves on NCARB's Licensure Task Force. His term expires on June 30, 2018.


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Board Secretary
Chris Christophersen
is a public member of the Board since 2013 and currently the Board Secretary. Christophersen is a 33-year member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and has served in various leadership roles within the organization. Currently, he serves as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of District Council 16 and has jurisdiction covering the northern territories of California and Nevada. He represents more than 8,000 highly skilled finish craft workers. Christophersen also serves as a trustee on several multi-employer trust funds and is Chairman of the District Council 16 Apprenticeship Training Board. His term expires on June 30, 2015.


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Jon Alan Baker, FAIA, LEED AP, is an architect member of the Board since 2005 and served as Board President from 2008 through 2009. As partner at BakerNowicki Design Studio, LLP in San Diego, Baker and his team specialize in the design of educational, civic, senior housing / long-term care and healthcare facilities. Baker also has extensive experience with California state agencies, including the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the Division of the State Architect, and the Department of Education. Baker chairs the Board's Professional Qualifications Committee. He also serves on NCARB's Examination Committee and previously served as Region VI Director to the NCARB national board from 2010-2012. His term expires on June 30, 2017.


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Tian Feng, FAIA, FCSI, is an architect member of the Board since 2014. He has been the District Architect for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) since 2001, where he has been responsible for developing and implementing facilities standards as well as sustainability policy and initiatives, including climate change adaptation. Prior to BART, he worked at Jacobs Engineering, LCA Architects, JKA Construction Consultants, Sue Associates, FCA Architects, and the USC School of Architecture as a designer, architect, project manager and teaching assistant. He was an architectural advisory member at Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and East Bay/Oakland Chapter president of the Construction Specifications Institute. Feng earned a Master of Science degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. His term expires on June 30, 2017.


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Sylvia Kwan, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect member of the Board since 2013. She has been founder of Kwan Henmi Architecture and Planning Inc. since 1980 and chairman since 2007. Kwan Henmi’s portfolio includes civic, education, transportation, residential, and commercial developments in communities across the Bay Area. Kwan has served as Director of the AIA National Board, the California Council Board, and the San Francisco Chapter Board. She is also a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Council boards. Kwan received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Arts degrees in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her term expires on June 30, 2019.


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Matthew McGuinness is a public member of the Board since 2012. A resident of San Francisco, McGuinness is president of Interior Design Services (IDS), Inc. and has worked there since 1988. Prior to becoming president at IDS, McGuinness worked in several other capacities including: vice president, sales and marketing manager, sales associate, and bookkeeper. McGuinness serves on the Board's Communications Committee. His term expires on June 30, 2016.


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Nilza Serrano is a public member of the Board since 2013. A resident of Eagle Rock, Serrano founded TMS Production and Post Production firm, while maintaining a steadfast commitment to public service. She serves on the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors to ensure that future generations have access while preserving the house and gardens. She also serves on the Board of Directors for HOPE-PAC, a Political Action Committee. Serrano’s advocacy helps to build and leverage opportunity, education and outreach to benefit community based services. Her term expires on June 30, 2016.


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Hraztan Zeitlian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, is an architect member of the Board since 2008. He is the Design Principal of Struere Architecture in Los Angeles. Previously, he has worked at Lynx Architecture, DLR Group WWCOT, Leo A Daly, RTKL, Gensler, and Johnson Fain. His work has garnered many design awards, including two American Architecture national Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, as well as two AIA/Los Angeles Chapter Design Awards. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has served on Los Angeles' Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Design Advisory Panel, the Boards of the American Institute of Architects’ Los Angeles Chapter and the Los Angeles Business Council, and is a past President of the Board of the Southern California Development Forum. His term expired on June 30, 2014, but he is now serving a one-year "grace period" per Business and Professions Code section 5515.


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