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PRESIDENT'S LETTER

 

Meet Your SAH/SCC Board

In this issue, we continue to meet our SAH/SCC board members. Longstanding board members Jay Platt and Mark Piaia, AIA, have created numerous tours and programs during the past several years.

Vice President Jay Platt is the Senior Urban Designer for the City of Glendale, where he is responsible for the City’s preservation program, including serving as staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. He also leads the city’s Urban Design Studio, in which he conducts design review and helps develop and implement planning policy.

Jay joined the SAH/SCC board in 2009 as a Member-at-Large and has risen to the rank of Vice President. His passion for architecture and education is also evident in his work as Adjunct Assistant Professor in USC’s School of Architecture, teaching classes in its Master’s program in Heritage Conservation.

Though a Los Angeles native, Jay began his preservation career in the Northeast, getting his Master’s in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a move to New York City. While there, he worked for that city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the private consultancy Building Conservation Associates, and the Historic Districts Council, a non-profit advocacy group.

For SAH/SCC, Jay created “Conjunctive Points: Samitaur, Moss, & Culver City,” a tour of the Hayden Tract (Eric Owen Moss, 1999-present). He is our “ambassador” to Glendale’s Brand Library & Arts Center (Nathaniel Dryden, 1904; Gruen Associates, Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects, 2014), and has organized numerous free lecture programs there. Jay secured an exclusive visit to the Brand Family Cemetery for the next “Authors on Architecture” program at the Brand Library, “Campbell on Pere-Lachaise Cemetery”.

This month we say good-bye, with great appreciation, to Member-at-Large Mark Piaia, AIA, who is a Principal in the Los Angeles office of ZGF. Growing up in the Midwest, he was exposed to many works by Frank Lloyd Wright, FAIA, but it was the design of the Milwaukee Art Museum (1957) by Eero Saarinen, FAIA, that served as his primary architectural inspiration. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mark has worked on a broad range of projects and building types, including educational, corporate, civic, cultural, and other mixed-use projects, as well as adaptive reuse of historic facilities. With more than 39 years of professional experience, he has lent his talents to recent California projects, such as J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, Agoura Hills; Soka University of America, Performing Arts Center and Wangari Maathai Hall, Aliso Viejo; and Judicial Council of California, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, Family Justice Center Courthouse, San Jose.

Mark joined the SAH/SCC board in 2012. In this capacity he has organized a number of exceptional programs, including “Ray Kappe: Apotheosis” a lecture and tour of the Royal Oaks tract of custom homes (one of which was his) and a salon featuring the 1959 Marina Tower Display Residence in Long Beach by Edward Killingsworth.

Mark and Jay also work behind the scenes to support other board members and programming. Please say hello (and goodbye) to them when you see them at the next SAH/SCC event.

 
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