2020 Design Awards Jurors

Rona Rothenberg, FAIA LEED GA
City of Alameda, Planning Board, AIACA VP Government Relations


Rothenberg received her M.Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 before going to work in private practice where she completed educational, office, and military projects. These included leading the development of a 57-courthouse capital outlay for the chief justice of California. In 2001, she began her role as the senior capital program manager for the Judicial Council of California, overseeing more than $10 billion worth of capital campaigns and working with architectural firms on behalf of the California judiciary system.


Several award-winning projects, such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s San Bernardino Justice Center, have been completed under Rothenberg’s leadership. In 2019, Rothenberg was appointed vice president of Government Relations for AIA California. Winner of the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. The award honors architects, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and advocate for design excellence.


Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA
Kuth Ranieri Architects, Design Principal

Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA is Design Principal of Kuth Ranieri Architects and cofounded the award-winning firm with her partner, Byron Kuth, FAIA. Along with her practice, she has taught at California College of the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as a Friedman Professor for the Master of Architecture program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She has led the firm’s research & development on infrastructural approaches to water conservation, water treatment, and adaptive strategies to rising seas. Her proposal for a dynamic adaptive levee titled “Folding Water,” winner of the BCDC’s International Rising Tides Competition, laid the groundwork for her role as an Industry Partner for a Capstone Project on Energy-Efficient Adaptive Aqueous Barriers, sponsored by the UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.

A recipient of both the Architectural League’s Young Architects and Emerging Voices awards, Princeton Architectural Press and the Graham Foundation published the firm’s monograph, Kuth Ranieri Architects as part of their New Voices in Architecture Series. In 2010, Elizabeth was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for Design & Innovation and has served since 2012 as a Presidential Nominee on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Architecture.

Pauline Souza, FAIA
WRNS Studio, Partner 

As a LEED Fellow, WRNS Studio’s Director of K-12 and Community Studio, Pauline has lead award-winning and community-focused projects like Sacred Heart Schools Net Zero Stevens Library and the Atherton Civic Center. She is currently leading a large effort with the Hawaii Department of Education to develop a statewide sustainability master plan for all new public schools. She also led the Watsonville Water Resources Center (LEED Platinum and Net Zero Electricity) which earned the 2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project award — the highest honor for sustainable design in our industry. Pauline was recently awarded the USGBC Green Business Leader Award, presented at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and the UCSGBC Greenest Apple Award. Pauline earned her Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.


James Woolum, AIA, IIDA
ZGF, Partner 

With a career in architecture spanning 29 years, James Woolum has significant experience designing corporate, healthcare, research, and institutional environments. His design approach leads to honest, authentic, and user-focused solutions deeply rooted in the unique culture, process, and community of each client.


James has led design and workplace strategy efforts for a variety of media, technology, and financial services clients, such as Google, Publishers Clearing House, and California Air Resources Board. He has also been instrumental in the design of notable healthcare and institutional projects for clients including Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Cornell University, The University of Arizona, and the University of California. James is a member of both the American Institute of Architects, the Commercial Interior Design Association, and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.


Katy Martin, RLA
City of San Jose, Landscape Architect

Katy Martin has eleven years of design experience in both architecture and landscape architecture.  She has worked for the City of San Jose for the past 3 years managing projects ranging from master plans, city facilities, parks, playgrounds, and security improvements. 


Prior to this she spent 8 years working with OLIN Partnership as a Landscape Architect, where she worked on the Apple Park in Cupertino, Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia, Canal Park in Washington D.C. and The Ohio State Spirit of Women Park. 


Originally from Texas where she earned her degree in Architecture from Texas Tech University before pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.