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Sian Winship, President

As a member of the SAH/SCC Board for the past twelve years, Sian Winship has created numerous educational programs celebrating modern residential architecture in Southern California and across the country including "Out of the Shadow" an exploration of modern architecture in Phoenix after the passing of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 2005, her "Space and Learning" program examined the nexus of modern architecture and early childhood education. In her professional career, Sian has spent over a decade as a research consultant to major national foundations on social issues such as community economic development, workforce development, affordable housing preservation, and media policy issues. Sian is currently pursuing a Masters of Historic Preservation at USC.

John Ellis, Vice President

An architectural and design photographer, Southern California native John Ellis has served as a member of the Society's Board since 2000. John recently created the new Contemporary Patrons series for the SAH/SCC that combines a site visit with a candid dialogue between Patron and Architect. John also serves on the Architectural Review Board for the City of Santa Monica. His photographic work has appeared on the covers of Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His images are regularly featured in Dwell and the New York Times. He is the photographer of the upcoming book on Harwell Hamilton Harris to be published by Gibbs Smith.

Rina Rubenstein, Membership

Rina Rubenstein's family came to Los Angeles a century ago. Her father, a landscaper who took her to his construction sites including UCLA, JPL, & Century City, instilled in her a strong connection with the built environment of Southern California. After high school, Rina moved to Israel to work on a kibbutz, milking cows and weeding cotton. While studying Biblical Archaeology & Classical Art History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she worked summers on excavations and winters in the Israel Museum. Since then, she has held mostly library and information management positions. Currently, she works in metadata management for the digital distribution of film and music. Rina was Treasurer of a SAH/SCC for several years, prior to moving to New York City. Since returning to L.A., she has handled Membership for the Chapter. She lives in a 1913 Craftsman home in West Adams, where she's active in neighborhood affairs. For over 10 years, Rina has written and published the free "Culture Alert," a comprehensive monthly list of free arts and cultural activities in Los Angeles.

John Berley, Treasurer

John Berley has been a Board Member since 1994, and was President of the SAH/SCC from 1996 to 1999. He is an Associate at Frederick Fisher and Partners, Architects and serves as a Landmarks Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. Over the years, John has created such memorable programs as On Parallel Lines: The Sarasota School of Architecture and the Case Study House Program, Creative Space: Architects Offices, and Beyond the Bauhaus, The Legacy of Walter Gropius. He is also the leader of the ongoing Modern Patrons series, which offers thoughtful dialogue with homeowners who commissioned the modern masters. Additionally, He has written on the early influence of Irving Gill and the Post-War development of Modern Architecture in America.

Jean Baaden

For the last decade, Jean Baaden has been a project manager with the most respected construction companies in Southern California including Winters-Schram and Swinerton Builders. She was formerly a project manager with Marmol and Radziner. Jean has worked on various projects involving city-owned historic structures and has conducted seminars and demonstrations on restoration and preservation. She is a past Advisory Board Member for Friends of the Gamble House, and a longtime docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy, and AIA/LA. After decades of living in Los Angeles, Jean remains inspired by "Los Angeles as a young city so rich in culture and architectural history."

Brent Eckerman, Internet Editor

Brent Eckerman is an architect who has worked in Los Angeles for the past nineteen years. He received his architectural degree from Cal Poly Pomona. During his career, he spent several years as an Associate at Frederick Fisher and Partners in Santa Monica. He has an interest in Modern Architecture and particularly in Mid-Century Modernism. Brent also has a strong background in computer technology and acted as the driving force behind the SAH/SCC Website.

Laura Friedman

Laura Friedman is currently a City Council Member in Glendale, California. A community activist long involved in historic preservation and the built environment, Laura has served as both Vice Chair and Commercial Chair of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee ("ModCom"), as well as being an active board member of the Society of Architectural Historians. Before becoming a Council Member, Laura was a Glendale Design Review Board Commissioner for five years. She is the owner of, a website dedicated to mid-20th Century Modernist art glass and jewelry. Aside from her interest in 20th Century design and architecture, Laura Friedman has worked as an independent film producer and studio executive with over fifteen years experience in motion picture and television production and development.

Marisa Kurtzman

Marisa Kurtzman is on the architectural staff at Frederick Fisher and Partners in Santa Monica. Marisa holds a MArch1 from Yale University, and a B.A. in Art and Architectural History from Wesleyan University. Previously, Marisa was a Junior Designer at Polshek Partnership Architecture in New York. Three years ago, after a decade on the East Coast, Marisa returned to her native Los Angeles, and has enjoyed rediscovering the city is it merges a rich history with exciting innovations in art and design. Marisa is also fluent in Spanish and French, and can fake her way through Italian.

Cara Mullio

Cara Mullio established Root Development, LLC, in 2006, a boutique real estate development and consulting firm that specializes in the Los Angeles County area. Cara is a freelance writer and curator focused on contemporary architecture projects. Her publications include Trespassing: Houses x Artists, coauthored Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis and other writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Arcade Architecture and Design Journal, and Two Minds: Artists and Architects in Collaboration. Mullio is often invited to lecture on issues of architecture and urbanism for various Los Angeles institutions. Previous work includes the directorship of The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and curatorial associate at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Merry Ovnick

Merry Ovnick is past president of SAH/SCC. She is the editor of the Southern California Quarterly and the author of Los Angeles: The End of the Rainbow (Balcony Press, 1994). She earned her Ph.D. in history at UCLA and she teaches cultural, urban, and regional history at California State University, Northridge. Her period of specialization is late 19th/early 20th century.

Jay Platt

Jay Platt is Planner for Historic Preservation and Urban Design with the City of Glendale Planning Department. Jay spent several years in New York City, where he worked with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, was employed by preservation consultant, Building Conservation Associates, and served as Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council. Missing California and driven insane by a tiny East Village apartment, he moved back to LA in 2004 and became Preservation Advocate for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Evidence of Jay's charmed life includes finding and renting a Rudolph Schindler designed apartment on Craig's List (but he'd gladly move into the Watts Towers if they become available). Jay is a Los Angeles native who received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler is design principal of AdamWheelerDesign, a Los Angeles-based firm that creates residential and commercial environments. Established in 2003, the firm has worked in various Southern California locales including Beverly Hills, Venice, Long Beach, Santa Barbara and abroad in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to launching Adam Wheeler Design, Adam worked with architect Frank Gehry. He was involved in numerous large scale projects including: Swatch House, Germany; Peter B. Lewis Building, Cleveland; Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Millennium Park Music Pavilion, Chicago; and the Experience Music Project, Seattle. In 2004, Adam was invited to participate in the exhibition, Ghetto Fabulous, at the Studio Harlem Museum. In 2001, he designed the exhibition installation, The Furniture of R.M Schindler for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. Receiving his undergraduate degree in Political Science at UCLA, Adam continued on with his educational pursuits to garner a graduate degree in architecture at UCLA.



Arline Chambers, Administration

Arline Chambers' career spans over thirty years in the Southern California arts community in executive positions at the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre, the LA and SF Civic Light Operas, the OC Performing Arts Center, The Westwood Playhouse, and the Dance Gallery. She spent 11 hectic years with Walt Disney Imagineering, working as an Arts Management Specialist, where she developed and facilitated an international museum tour of theme park art and architecture, The Architecture of Reassurance: Designing the Disney Theme Parks. "In all my years of working with, and on, non-profit Boards of Directors, I have never experienced a group as committed and hard-working as the SAH/SCC Board. What a joy it is to work with you."

Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA, Newsletter Editor

Julie is Founder/Principal of Taylor & Company, a company providing public relations and marketing services to professionals and organizations involved in architecture, design, and furnishings. A self-described "design evangelist," she has written three books including Spa: The Sensuous Experience (2006); Bars, Pubs, and Cafes (2000); and Outdoor Rooms (1999). She is the Los Angeles correspondent for Julie is on the steering committee of CANstruction LA and is the co-chair of the AIA/LA Design Awards Committee. She was given honorary AIA/LA membership in December 2007.

Svetlana Petrovic, Newsletter Art Director

An artist and graphic designer, Serbian-born Svetlana Petrovic founded her Santa Monica-based design studio in 2001. A "designer's designer," her clients include a variety of creative professionals including architects, architectural historians, real estate developers, and recording industry leaders. She prides herself on the relationships she builds with her clients and as a result, Svetlana has designed dozens of successful corporate identity campaigns, exhibitions, logos, and product packages. Svetlana finds inspiration in her adopted city of Los Angeles. "The contrasts that this city provides continue to amaze me," she says. "LA is part megalopolis and part wilderness paradise. Southern California's unique architectural heritage reflects the dreams of 20th century society and continues to provide an inspirational landscape for contemporary creative expression." Selected clients have included the American Institute of Architects/LA, Kennedy Wilson, SCO advisors, Pacifica Capital Group, Killer Traks, Megatrax, Amusicom, Michael D'Angelo, and the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. Svetlana earned her BA in sociology as well as a BA in graphic design. She is a talented painter, photographer, and ceramicist. View her full portfolio at

Angie Agostino, E-News Art Director

Angie Agostino has worked as a graphic designer and in pre-press production for more than 20 years. She develops brand identities, logos, collateral materials, signage, large format and exhibits and front-end Web designs for corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations and governments. Her clients have included T-Mobile, Microsoft, Boeing, Pokemon, Lockheed Martin, Starbucks, The Seattle Seahawks, Tommy Bahama, Wongdoody and Pyramid Ale. Angie also produces original music and video editing for multimedia projects. Angie received her degree in Pre-press Production and Graphic Design from Western Washington University.

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