Our Executive Board
Sian Winship, President
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.
Jay Platt, Vice President
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.
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.
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 thirty-seven years. He received his architectural degree from Cal Poly Pomona. During his career, he spent many years as a Senior Associate at Frederick Fisher and Partners in Los Angeles. He currently works at Koning Eizenberg Architecture. 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.
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.
Kimberly Bahnsen McCarron
(Bahnsen) McCarron joined the SAH/SCC board after returning home to her native
Southern California in 2015. With experience working in historic preservation
and architecture across the country, she brings a balanced perspective to
projects involving existing buildings as an Architect at Pfeiffer Partners. Kim
earned a BA in Architectural studies at the University of Washington and Master
of Architecture at the University of Southern California. As a board member,
she enjoys learning more about the region's history, architects, and unique
properties with each new event.
David Coffey is the owner of Richard Neutra’s Davis
House (1937) in Bakersfield, CA, as well as the steward/caretaker of Frank Lloyd
Wright’s Ablin House (1959). He has curated and produced multiple historical
architecture events in Bakersfield, including “Masters of Modernism: Neutra &
Wright in Bakersfield” with SAH/SCC’s Sian Winship in October 2009, and “Bakersfield
Built: 1930s” in conjunction with CSUB’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of
the publication of John Steinbeck’sThe
Grapes of Wrath. He is currently working on a program with the Bakersfield
Museum of Art, CSUB Library Special Collections Department, and the Kern County
Museum to curate and produce “Bakersfield Built: 1960s” for Fall 2019. He is a
former board member of the Bakersfield Museum of Art and is currently on its
Exhibition Committee. David grew up in Cincinnati, OH, and graduated from the
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a BA in electronic
Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA, 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), in addition to countless articles on design, architecture, marketing, and art. She is the Los Angeles correspondent for ArchNewsNow.com, and is a frequent guest lecturer at conferences and universities. Julie is on the steering committee of CANstruction LA and was the chair of the AIA/LA Design Awards Committee from 2008 to 2010. She was given honorary AIA/LA membership in December 2007, and received an Allied Professions Achievement Honor from AIA California Council in 2012. Julie was the 2014-2016 Public Director on the National AIA Board of Directors, and was granted national honorary AIA status in 2018
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 http://cecadesign.com.
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.
Learn more about her work at http://www.agostinocreative.com.