Annie Chu, FAIA, NCIDQ, WELL AP, is an architect, interior designer, educator, and a founding principal of the award-winning Chu-Gooding in Los Angeles. In her four decades in practice, Annie has worked extensively with world-renowned museums, cultural and arts-related facilities, and educational institutions, including MOCA, Hammer Museum, The Huntington, Autry Museum of the American West, Studio Museum in Harlem, Southern California Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
After relocating to the U.S. from Hong Kong at the age of sixteen, Annie earned her Bachelor of Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and her Master of Science in Advanced Building Design from Columbia University. She also conducted months-long research focused on Mayan and Incan architecture in Central and South America as the recipient of the prestigious postgraduate SOM Foundation Travel Fellowship.
Leveraging her design reputation, Annie champions Interior Architecture as a distinct and emerging discipline, advancing design excellence through teaching, public speaking, and her leadership in the civic and professional realms, including her role on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, the National AIA Interior Architecture Advisory Group, Contract Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, and Architecture California (arcCA). Annie served as a Vice President of the IIDA International Board of Directors from 2017-18 as well as on numerous design juries, such as the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, AIA Honor Awards in Architecture and Interior Architecture, and the Prix de Rome in Architecture and Design.
In 2014, Annie received the International Interior Design Association’s Leadership Award of Excellence from the IIDA Southern California Chapter. A dedicated educator since 1990 in architecture and design schools across the country and abroad, Annie was recognized with the distinguished Presidential Honoree Educator Award by AIA Los Angeles in 2016, and her contribution to architectural design excellence was recognized by her elevation to the AIA College of Fellows in the same year.
Casey Huang AIA
Casey is a partner at Mithun, an integrated design firm dedicated to creating positive change in people’s lives and recipient of the 2023 AIA Architecture Firm Award. A leader within the firm’s multifamily housing practice, she brings a strong contextual approach to the planning and design of place-based residential communities and civic projects. With more than 30 years of experience, Casey crafts spaces and places that enrich the daily lives of residents while advancing building and site performance, human health and social equity. Her projects have been recognized with diverse local, regional and national honors including a national AIA COTE Top Ten Award.
In addition to her project-based work, Casey is a member of the ULI Northwest Affordable and Workforce Housing Product Council and serves on the board of Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), where she has provided leadership on promoting affordable housing development in the Seattle Chinatown International District.
Senior Associate, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Jule Tsai joined Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects in 2004, where her focus has been on crafting sustainable, site sensitive residential homes. Celebrating Northern California’s Bay Area environment, she is particularly attentive to topography, microclimate, solar orientation, vegetation, water resources, and fire resilience. Over the last two decades, Jule has distinguished herself as the project lead on some of the firm’s most significant and award-winning houses including the Lake Tahoe house, the Sebastopol House, the Atherton House, the Kentfield House and Hupomone Ranch.
Jule holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from UC Berkeley’s College of Environental Design and an Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.