Chet Widom Chester A. Widom FAIA was the founding partner of WWCOT, a 185 person (at the time of his retirement from the firm) architectural, interior design, planning and forensics firm with four offices in California and an office in Shanghai, China. After leaving WWCOT, he served as the Senior Architectural Advisor for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.1 billion construction program. In December of 2011, Governor Brown appointed him California State Architect. As a former President of both the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the California Council AIA, Chet is recognized as an international leader in the profession. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Japan Institute of Architects, The Federacion Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica de Mexicana, and by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and served as the 2011 Chancellor of the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects. He is the 2011 recipient of the AIA’s Edward C. Kemper Award for service to the profession. Chet was the 16th recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award by the School of Architecture at USC where he has taught and currently sits on the school’s Board of Councilors. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale and UCLA. In addition to his leadership of both the National and California AIA, he previously served on the Building and Safety Commission, the City Planning Commission and the Elected Charter Reform Commission for the City of Los Angeles, and as a member of the Hospital Building and Safety Board for the State of California (OSHPD). In December of 2011 he served as a member of the Bond Oversight Committee for the Los Angeles Unified School District. EDUCATION:Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California, 1962 REGISTRATIONS: Licensed Architect: California, 1964 Licensed Architect: Wisconsin, 1999 NCARB-Certification, 1974 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chancellor, 2011Vice Chancellor, 2010 Secretary, 2008-2009 National American Institute of Architects (AIA) President, 1995 First Vice President, 1994 Vice President, 1993 Regional Director, 1990-1992 American Architectural Foundation National AIA Special Task Force on Construction Documents Chair, National AIA/AGC Joint Conference National AIA Special Education Task Force National AIA Professional Excellence Commission National AIA External Affairs Commission National Architectural Accreditation Board Team for Columbia University National Architectural Accreditation Board Team for Louisiana State University National Science Foundation/Kobe Research Team Leader Architectural Record Magazine Editorial Advisory BoardAIA California Council (AIA/CC) President, 1989 First Vice President, 1988 Vice President, Governmental Relations, 1987 Director, 1984 - 1986 (inclusive) Chair, AIA/CC Architects and Engineers Conference California Architectural Foundation Director, Capitol Forum AIA/Los Angeles Secretary: 1982-1983 (inclusive) Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honorary Fellow (Highest honor bestowed upon foreign architects) Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) Honorary Fellow (Highest honor bestowed upon foreign architects) Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana Honorary Fellow (Highest honor bestowed upon foreign architects) USC School of Architecture Distinguished Alumni 1996California Board of Architectural Examiners Professional Practice Committee Member, USC School of Architecture Board of Councilors ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN: Architectural Record Progressive Architecture Architecture Engineering News Record AIA Architect Associated General Contractors Construction Magazine Architecture California FEATURED SPEAKER TO: A variety of Local, State and National Bar Associations American Council of Engineering Consultants Association of General Contractors AIA, National AIA, Ohio AIA, New York AIA, California Council AIA, Georgia AIA, Seattle AIA, Florida AIA, San Fernando Valley Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Construction Management Association of America Association of Industrial Realtors (AIR) Tall Buildings Association Monterey Design Conference West Coast Property Managers International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Stanford University Los Angeles Business Council Japan Institute of Architects Korean Institute of Architects Construction Superconference Council of Engineers and Land Surveyors of California Arizona State Department of Transportation National Council of Architectural Registration Boards National Society of Professional Engineers Urban Land Institute TECHING AND GUEST LECTURER AT: University of Southern California Harvard University Yale University University of Calgary California Polytechnic University, Pomona University of California, Los Angeles Dong Nan University, Nanjing, China Zhe Jiang University, Hangzhou, China PUBLIC SERVICE: State of California Hospital Building & Safety Board, Former Member City of Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Former Member Los Angeles Building and Safety Commission, Former Member Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commissioner, 6th District, Commissioner and Vice Chair Los Angeles City Planning Commission Design Review Task Force, Former Member Los Angeles Unified School District Primary Center Taskforce, Design Committee Chair Mayor’s Special Advisory Task Force for the Seismic Retrofit of Los Angeles City Hall, Member Los Angeles Unified School District, Bond Oversight Committee, Current Member PHILANTHROPIC AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS: ACE Mentorship Program, Former Chair – Los Angeles Region Los Angeles Headquarters Association, Two-term Former President Alternative Living for the Aging, Founder & Former President LEARN, Trustee National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern California Current Member-Board of Trustees EDUCATION PROJECT EXPERIENCE:Chet has extensive experience in the design of educational facilities for both K-12 School Districts and Higher Education Campuses. He, and his colleagues at WWCOT were responsible for the design of 20 new high schools, middle schools and elementary schools for numerous school districts in California including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Santa Monica-Malibu School District and the Palm Springs Unified School District. Also included in the portfolio are a variety of major projects for USC, UCLA, and Pomona College as well as the design of projects at West Los Angeles Community College, East Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles City College, Pierce Community College, El Camino Community College, and the College of the Desert. While serving as the Senior Architectural Advisor to the Los Angeles Community College District, Chet facilitated the Design Build selection process and the design of over forty projects on nine campuses. To date, this LEED program includes 12 Platinum, 13 Gold and 15 Silver projects. In addition to his experience as a practicing architect and as a member of the owner’s team, he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee.