About the Guild

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Founded in 1958, the USC Architectural Guild serves as a support group for the School of Architecture by forming a unique link between students, alumni, and faculty at the School of Architecture and the professional community. 


Members of the Guild come from all aspects of the architecture, design, construction, engineering, and real estate development industries.  Because of the generous support of their members, the Guild supports a number of educational events for students that provide them the opportunity to enjoy valuable experiences outside the studio, and to provide them with additional insight into the profession, preparing them for the future.


Throughout the year the Guild hosts several networking opportunities for members including the Annual Dinner, the Golf Tournament, Engage! and Explore!, as well as invitations to lectures and select events at the School of Architecture and throughout Southern California.


USC Architectural Guild Mission:

  • To advance the School of Architecture by providing the resources and support through fundraising activities.
  • To strengthen connections between alumni, corporations, industries, and other interested individuals in support of the USC School of Architecture.
  • To facilitate engagement among students, alumni, and the School of Architecture.




USC Architectural Guild Executive Committee

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2018 - 2019

USC Architectural Guild Board of Directors


Executive Committee


Milton Sandy Frederick Curry

USC School of Architecture



Chuck Whitaker,

John Labib & Associates


Vice President

Leslie Young, '95, AIA, LEED AP, CDP

STIR Architecture



Gary Brennen, P.E. LEED AP

Syska Hennessy Group



Steve Luchetta, ’81, LEED AP BD+C

MATT Construction




Board members

Susan Bartley, AIA, LEEP, AP

Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP


Annmarie Brintnall



Jeff Chess, ‘93, PE ENV SP



Walt Cousineau



Vanja Deretic, '04

KPFF Consulting Engineers


Kelly Farrell



James D. House, ’80, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB

House & Robertson Architects


Tammy Jow, '95

AC Martin


Jennifer Knudsen, ’97, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

CO Architects


Steve Pellegren, DBIA

Bernards Builders


Amy Pokawatana, ’00, AIA, LEED AP

Hudson Pacific Properties


Rick Poulos, '75



David Swartz, '89

HLW International


James Woolum, ‘94

ZGF Architects LLP



Recent Graduate

Brendan Kempf, ‘14



Parent Representative

Ani Avanessian

Toll Brothers


USC Architecture BOC Representative

Reza Safavi, '84



USC School Architecture Faculty Representative

Doris Sung


USC School of Architecture Student Representatives
Baraka Al Ramah, ‘21

Roxana Bailey, ‘19


USC School of Architecture Advancement

Laili Paksima, Alumni and Constituency Relations


2018-2019 Board Members


Tab 3 Group


1960-1961 Whiting Thompson

1961-1962 Frank Gruys

1962-1963 Rowland Crawford

1963-1964 Clinton Ternstrom

1964-1965 Henry Silvestri

1965-1966 Robert Field

1966-1967 Lee B. Kline

1967-1968 Herman O. Ruhnau

1968-1969 Stephen Stepanian

1969-1970 Robert Faxon

1970-1971 Charles Fry

1971-1972 Gin Wong, FAIA

1972-1973 Richard Dorman

1973-1974 Tom Sutton

1974-1975 Dorian Hunter

1975-1976 Robert Bolling

1976-1977 Harry B. Wilson

1977-1978 John R. Campbell

1978-1979 Thomas B. Moon

1979-1980 Emmet L. Wemple, FASLA

1980-1981 Robert A. Reed

1981-1982 Harlan H. Pedersen

1982-1983 Howard C. Smith

1983-1984 George Hayakawa

1984-1985 David Travers

1985-1986 Ronald Altoon, FAIA

1986-1987 Lance Bird, FAIA

1987-1988 Michael Sanchez

1988-1989 Arthur Golding, FAIA

1989-1990 Gary McCormick

1990-1991 Virginia Tanzmann, FAIA

1991-1992 Michael O’Sullivan

1992-1993 C. Terry Dooley

1993-1994 Patricia Ford

1994-1995 Christopher Durkee

1995-1996 Douglas Gardner

1996-1997 Sharlene Silverman Lyon

1997-1998 Charles Muttillo

1998-1999 Grant Kirkpatrick, AIA

1999-2000 Martha Welborne, FAIA

2000-2001 Richard C. Baptie

2001-2002 R. Doss Mabe, FAIA

2002-2003 Michael White, AIA

2003-2004 John R. Conaty

2004-2005 G. Michael Gehring, AIA, LC, IALD

2005-2006 Thomas Wulf

2006-2007 David W. Cocke, S.E.

2007-2008 Bob Murrin, AIA

2008-2009 Robert Newsom, FAIA

2009-2010 Cory Ticktin, AIA

2010-2011 Walter Cousineau

2011-2012 Mark R. Nay, AIA

2012-2013  Jon Mills, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

2013 - 2014 Reza Safavi

2014 - 2015 Martha L. Ball, AIA LEED AP BD+C

2015-2016 Duan St. Amand

2016-2017 Michael J Marquez

2017-2018 Steve Luchetta





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