Raymond Neutra

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Neutra is the youngest son of Richard Neutra. After a public health career in environmental medicine and epidemiology at several universities and the California Department of Public Health he has been drawn back to the legacy of his father and brother. He has been active in the preservation of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences and several other Neutra projects. He is an “ambassador” for the Iconic House Network and has written scholarly articles on his father’s career. In addition to preservation, he endorses the Neutra commitment to socially and ecologically responsible design inspired by evidence.

Sian Winship

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

As a member of the SAH/SCC Board for the past sixteen 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 2011, Sian earned her Masters of Historic Preservation (MHP) from USC. Her professional career is now twofold: as a research consultant to major national foundations on social issues such as community economic development, economic inclusion, affordable housing preservation, transit oriented development and media policy issues and as a freelance architectural historian.

Thomas Hines

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Thomas Spight Hines is a professor emeritus of history and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught cultural, urban and architectural history for many years. Hines received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1971. Hines is the author of Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner, which won the Dunning Prize in 1972. Other works include Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern ArchitectureWilliam Faulkner and the Tangible Past: The Architecture of YoknapatawphaIrving Gill and the Architecture of Reform, and Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism, 1900-1970 as well as numerous articles in a wide variety of periodicals.

Hines has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH and Getty fellowships and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.

Carol Soucek King

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Since 1993, Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph.D., has devoted much of her time to writing uplifting design-oriented books from her home “Arroyo del Rey” [King’s Creek] in Pasadena. King’s twelve published books range from her first one Empowered Spaces [PBC International, 1993], to Unique Homes [HarperCollins’ Collins Design, 2006] Also from her home King concurrently has established The Institute of Philosophy & the Arts via its two inspirational organizations, The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life as well as The Painting Society of Arroyo del Rey.

In March 2009, the Pasadena City Council officially designated the Kings’ home, designed for them in 1979 by architects Conrad Buff III, FAIA, and Donald C. Hensman, FAIA, a Historic Monument. 

Among highlights distinguishing Carol’s life path prior to 1993 are:

  • Editor in Chief of Designers West magazine from 1978 to 1993 and credited for Designers West’s award-winning coverage of residential, corporate and hospitality design.  Also Editor of Designers World.
  • Previously, Editor, Lifestyle Section, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner; Drama Critic , Santa Monica Evening Outlook; Director of Research Project (on nine non-university-connected U.S. schools of music) sponsored by the United States Office of Education/Department of Health, Education & Welfare; and actress in television and play productions.
  • Numerous awards for her support of design excellence professionally and in education.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree (English Literature) and Doctorate of Philosophy degree (Communications) from the University of Southern California.  Studies at Cambridge University in England.  Master of Fine Arts degree (Drama) from Yale University.
  • Philanthropic and civic activities include: Assistance League of Southern California (Lifetime Member); Junior League of Los Angeles (Sustaining Member); Woodbury University Library Associates (Founding Member); Nichi Bei Fujin Kai (President, 2006-2008); Tuesday Reading Group (President, 2005-2007).

Kulapat Yantrasast

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, where he graduated with honors from Chulalongkorn University (1990), Kulapat received both his M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (1993/1996), under a Japanese Government scholarship. Upon graduating, Kulapat worked as Tadao Ando’s close associate for eight years in Japan. In 2012, he was named one of the art world’s 100 Most Powerful People; in 2009, Kulapat was the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. He is a frequent public speaker at leading institutions and has served on the Artists’ Committee of the Americans for the Arts (the United States’ oldest organization for support of the arts in the society) since 2005. In 2015, he was appointed a board member of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and he is an active member of the Design Council for Collective Design.

Michael Osman

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Michael Osman is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Critical Studies and M.A./Ph.D programs at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. His research in architectural history focuses on the modern period with a particular emphasis on the buildings and cities of the United States. He seeks connections between the infrastructure that undergirds the process of modernization and the historiography of modernist architecture. Some topics of his writing include: the early formation of ecological science and its influence on theories of city growth, the study of the managerial instruments used for organizing and representing spaces for industrial production, and the architectural profession’s relation to modern construction processes. In this expanded view of modernism’s history, he identifies the contributions made by architects and urban thinkers to changes in the modes of life over the last two centuries. Osman’s book, Modernism’s Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America (University of Minnesota Press), focuses on the history of environmental and economic systems of regulation in the United States. A number of his essays address critical problems in modernism’s historiography.

These include an examination of Reyner Banham’s use of the term “ecology” and an analysis of the metaphysical aspirations latent in some twentieth-century writings on concrete. In 2005, Osman was a founding member of Aggregate: The Architectural History Collaborative, a platform for exploring new methods in architectural history. His work has been supported by fellowships from the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Edward Avila

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Edward Avila is President of Project Restore, and is the founding spirit behind the creation of this nonprofit organization committed to the historic restoration and revitalization of City of Los Angeles-owned facilities and surrounding neighborhoods. Prior to Project Restore, Mr. Avila served as Vice President of Affiliated Computer Services State & Local Solutions (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS). Ed brings a distinguished record of public service, including Senior Policy Advisor to the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works, Administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Tom Bradley, and as a Commissioner and the President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works for the City. He was the first Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Ed’s extensive volunteer work includes serving on the board of directors for QueensCare, Children’s Bureau of Southern California, President of the Alliance for a Better Community, United Way, Inc., MALDEF and the National Council of La Raza. Mr. Avila holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles. He has done undergraduate work at the University of Uppsala and graduate work at the University of Stockholm, both in Sweden.

Susan Macdonald

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Susan Macdonald is Head of Buildings and Sites at The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).  She has worked in the private, government and non-profit sector in Australia and England. Susan leads a team at the GCI undertaking international work that aims to advance international practice, across archaeological sites, and buildings, urban areas. She has a particular interest in conserving modern architecture, directs the GCI’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative and has published widely on the subject. She is on a number of international conservation committees, editorial and academic advisory boards. Susan earned bachelor’s degrees in both science and architecture at the University of Sydney, a master’s degree in conservation studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York and ICCROM Rome, and is a certified practicing planner.

Damon Willick

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Damon Willick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and has a particular research concentration on American visual culture of the post-World War II period. Dr. Willick is the author of Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990, and has written for journals including X-TRA, Art Lies, Artpulse, Spiritus, East of Borneo, and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art as well as numerous book chapters and museum catalog essays. Dr. Willick is an active curator and art critic, and currently serves as a contributing editor of the journal X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA in 2004 where he also completed his undergraduate studies.

Trudi Sandmeier

Fellowship Advisory Committee Member

Trudi Sandmeier is the Director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). Trudi co-founded, and currently serves as president of, the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation, an organization dedicated to the ongoing restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Will Rogers State Historic Park, and is a board member of the Historic Preservation Education Foundation. She previously served as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee (Planning, City of Los Angeles) and as First Vice President of the National Council for Preservation Education. Trudi worked for the Los Angeles Conservancy for more than 10 years, serving in the positions of Preservation Advocate, Broadway Initiative Coordinator, and Director of Education. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.