Nathan Cooke - Managing Director Nathan is an instructor and alumni of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is passionate about teaching the next generation of designers, with prior teaching experience at MIT and Harvard. He also co-founded Sanergy, a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya that transforms human waste into fertilizer. A native Angelino, he wants to cultivate the design thinking framework in all those who seek to improve this oasis in a desert.

Nathan Cooke - Managing Director

Nathan is an instructor and alumni of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is passionate about teaching the next generation of designers, with prior teaching experience at MIT and Harvard. He also co-founded Sanergy, a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya that transforms human waste into fertilizer. A native Angelino, he wants to cultivate the design thinking framework in all those who seek to improve this oasis in a desert.

Jim Sarratori - Director of Marketing and Outreach Jim is a designer for Pfeiffer Partners in downtown Los Angeles and has a B.Design (University of Florida) and M.Arch (Arizona State University). After spearheading the Lamas Cultural Center project in 2012 in Peru with Architecture for Humanity he joined the board of directors, and has since helped transition the chapter into Open Architecture Collaborative. Jim believes that design can and should benefit all, not just the privileged. Additionally, he is a strong proponent of public transportation and bike advocacy.

Jim Sarratori - Director of Marketing and Outreach

Jim is a designer for Pfeiffer Partners in downtown Los Angeles and has a B.Design (University of Florida) and M.Arch (Arizona State University). After spearheading the Lamas Cultural Center project in 2012 in Peru with Architecture for Humanity he joined the board of directors, and has since helped transition the chapter into Open Architecture Collaborative. Jim believes that design can and should benefit all, not just the privileged. Additionally, he is a strong proponent of public transportation and bike advocacy.

Augustine Liu - Director of Development Augustine is the COO at Second Order Effects LLC, and the current treasurer for the APX alumni. He received his B.Arch from USC and in 2014 co-founded ASL, a consumer drone startup and successfully raised 2 rounds of venture funding. Outside of architecture Augustine has worked in a variety of industries including fabrication, facade lighting, medical devices, engineering consulting, and robotics. Augustine uses his breadth of experience to help lead interdisciplinary teams and connect design decisions with economic impact.

Augustine Liu - Director of Development

Augustine is the COO at Second Order Effects LLC, and the current treasurer for the APX alumni. He received his B.Arch from USC and in 2014 co-founded ASL, a consumer drone startup and successfully raised 2 rounds of venture funding. Outside of architecture Augustine has worked in a variety of industries including fabrication, facade lighting, medical devices, engineering consulting, and robotics. Augustine uses his breadth of experience to help lead interdisciplinary teams and connect design decisions with economic impact.

 
Sara Loy - Events Coordinator Sara Loy has her M.Arch degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture and her BA in Business Administration from Chapman University. She currently works for Pfeiffer Partners Architects in Downtown Los Angeles on various project types from Performing Arts Centers to Student Housing.  She has lived in the Los Angeles area her entire life and has become deeply committed to improving her community, with a firm belief that Architecture and Design can help affect positive change throughout the city.

Sara Loy - Events Coordinator

Sara Loy has her M.Arch degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture and her BA in Business Administration from Chapman University. She currently works for Pfeiffer Partners Architects in Downtown Los Angeles on various project types from Performing Arts Centers to Student Housing.  She has lived in the Los Angeles area her entire life and has become deeply committed to improving her community, with a firm belief that Architecture and Design can help affect positive change throughout the city.

Bryant Leung - Marketing Coordinator Bryant is a licensed architect in California and is an associate at COE Architecture International. At COE, he has designed thousands of housing units in the United States and abroad.  Prior to that he worked at HKS Inc. and USC.  He brings managerial, marketing, and communication insight and leverages his experience in the private sector towards larger humanitarian goals.

Bryant Leung - Marketing Coordinator

Bryant is a licensed architect in California and is an associate at COE Architecture International. At COE, he has designed thousands of housing units in the United States and abroad.  Prior to that he worked at HKS Inc. and USC.  He brings managerial, marketing, and communication insight and leverages his experience in the private sector towards larger humanitarian goals.

Peter Chen - Finance Coordinator Upon receiving his B. Arch from the University of Southern California in 2013 he has since worked on a variety of projects from large scale housing developments, single family homes, industrial developments and sports centers. He believes OAC offers everyone an opportunity to further engage in the community and work together to create a meaningful impact, and that while design may not save the world, it will certainly help change it for the better.

Peter Chen - Finance Coordinator

Upon receiving his B. Arch from the University of Southern California in 2013 he has since worked on a variety of projects from large scale housing developments, single family homes, industrial developments and sports centers. He believes OAC offers everyone an opportunity to further engage in the community and work together to create a meaningful impact, and that while design may not save the world, it will certainly help change it for the better.

 
Jesus Camacho - Graphics Coordinator Having recently completed his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley and with a background in visual arts media, Jesús is interested in utilizing our material and digital worlds as a means to skillfully convey ideas. He is a strong believer in the intrinsic power of design as a catalyst for positive change. He is interested in further exploring how design within the built environment can generate positive effects in our communities and ultimately enhance and uplift the human spirit. He currently works as a designer for HKS Architects and is on his path to earning his licensure.

Jesus Camacho - Graphics Coordinator

Having recently completed his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley and with a background in visual arts media, Jesús is interested in utilizing our material and digital worlds as a means to skillfully convey ideas. He is a strong believer in the intrinsic power of design as a catalyst for positive change. He is interested in further exploring how design within the built environment can generate positive effects in our communities and ultimately enhance and uplift the human spirit. He currently works as a designer for HKS Architects and is on his path to earning his licensure.

Sophia Chou - Strategist Sophia joined OACLA in 2016 driven by her humanitarian spirit and passion for using design for the goodness of society. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from USC and has worked in marketing and growth across various industries from start up tech, consumer products, to now, e-commerce. She is excited use her experience to help develop the strategy and grow the OACLA community. Her favorite activities include competitive Settlers of Catan, cooking, and traveling. Sophia currently resides in San Francisco.  

Sophia Chou - Strategist

Sophia joined OACLA in 2016 driven by her humanitarian spirit and passion for using design for the goodness of society. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from USC and has worked in marketing and growth across various industries from start up tech, consumer products, to now, e-commerce. She is excited use her experience to help develop the strategy and grow the OACLA community. Her favorite activities include competitive Settlers of Catan, cooking, and traveling. Sophia currently resides in San Francisco.

 

Michael Cochran - Membership Coordinator Michael received his B.Arch from the University of Southern California. Since graduating, Michael has spent time working for the city planning office of Matagalpa, Nicaragua and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP in Dallas, Texas. Now back in Los Angeles, Michael is currently pursuing licensure in California. With experience in the nonprofit and public design sectors, Michael seeks to promote the design of healthier, better educated, safer, and more creative communities.

Michael Cochran - Membership Coordinator

Michael received his B.Arch from the University of Southern California. Since graduating, Michael has spent time working for the city planning office of Matagalpa, Nicaragua and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP in Dallas, Texas. Now back in Los Angeles, Michael is currently pursuing licensure in California. With experience in the nonprofit and public design sectors, Michael seeks to promote the design of healthier, better educated, safer, and more creative communities.