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2014 Edition, Issue 1


New Board Members

Since the last issue of California Architects, four new Board members have been appointed to the CAB. Please read below for a short biography on our newest members.

Chris Christophersen
Chris Christophersen

Chris Christophersen is a public member of the Board since 2013. 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 regions 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.

Tian Feng
Tian Feng

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.

Sylvia Kwan
Sylvia Kwan

Sylvia Kwan, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect member of the Board since 2013. She has been co-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. 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.

Nilza Serrano
Nilza Serrano

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.