Faculty Biographies (Listed Alphabetically)
Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2013 teaches ARCH 110, ARCH 111, ARCH 121 and ARCH 123. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University and has studied structural engineering at the University of California Irvine. He is an essential individual in the non-profit sector providing urban planning for low income rural communities and is also a credentialed instructor in the State of California and has been involved in academia, teaching design and engineering. For the past several years he has helped the California Department of Education develop curriculum focused on Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Landscape Design, Project Based Learning, and S.T.E.M. programs. In addition he recently authored the first UC A-G approved Architectural Design course for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
He has been an essential entity in the architectural industry both in design and in construction. Mina has been active in the schematic, structural, and graphic representation of a spectrum of projects that include commercial, residential, and cultural buildings. He has been active with some of the leading Architects and Engineers commissioning projects in California, New Mexico, and Montana. In spring of 2012 Mina's project for a sustainable, self reliant community which focused on affordability was featured at the Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) in Los Angeles, California.
His body of work includes but is not limited to buildings, landscape, graphic design, art installations, and furniture.Subsequently, various authors have incorporated his work, research, and drawings in their text book publications. His palette of tools includes a vast experience in industry software and the utilization of new and emerging technology to communicate the design intention of a project and developing a comprehensive set of construction documents . Other areas of skill include detailing, 3d rendering, sustainable design, and the preparation of graphic presentations.
A former Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos who decided to come back for a second tenure. Daniel teaches the History of Architecture class ARCH 112.
PETER PHINNEY, A.I.A. LEED AP
Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2006 teaches ARCH 111, ARCH 112, ARCH 114 and ARCH 121. Currently on leave to pursue more advanced edcuational training. Peter began his career in architecture at the age of 15 when he worked as a summer employee for his father's architectural firm in Boston. He now is Principal of a firm in the South Bay of Los Angeles, designing projects ranging from small-scale, single family home renovations, to large-scale retail & entertainment complexes, public and private marinas and private school campuses throughout the Western United States.
Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut in 1977 and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1986, where his thesis dealt with preservation and adaptive re-use of masonry residential structures in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood. The focus of his studies was primarily on the history of architecture and historic preservation, with a particular emphasis on cities, including relatively recent changes and movements such as the development of Streetcar Suburbs, Suburban Flight, Urban Utopias, The Decline of Industrial Urban Centers, Gentrification and Urban In-fill, and Mid-Century Modernism's Response to Affordable Housing. Peter has studied architecture and design in Europe at the Barbieri Center in Rome and at Ithaca College London. He has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America, Central America, China, Hong Kong, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia.
Peter is a former President of the local South Bay Long Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He has also served as the County of Los Angeles as a Commissioner, sitting on the Design Control Board for Marina del Rey, where he oversaw architectural and planning aspects of all development projects in the largest public marina in the United States. Peter is also a LEED Accredited Design Professional, having met the qualifications outlined by the United States Green Building Council. He designed the first fully-sustainable, LEED-certified, private school campus in California, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern LA County.
Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2013 primarily teaches the Revit Architecture (BIM) class ARCH 223. Her introduction to teaching began when she was a Teaching Assistant during her graduate studies. From that first class she fell in love with teaching. Currently also an adjunct faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA (since 2001), Orange Coast College (since 2007), Rio Hondo College (since 2012), and DeVry/Carrington California Online University (since 2010). In 2012 won the Outstanding [Adjunct] Teaching Award at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Lori is an educator, designer and artist. She is constantly pushing her technological, creative, and artistic limits to achieve the most beautiful and significant imagery possible. Her interest includes the roles of representation and methodologies in the shaping of a project's concept, carefully maintaining the subtle balance between art, messaging, and tangible effectiveness of the solution.
Lori worked as an Art Director for Fortune 500 companies for many years. She went back to school and earned her Bachelor of Arts [Sculpture] degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. Lori realized she needed a bigger canvas and decided architecture would be the direction she should take. In 2003, she earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where her thesis dealt with "The Creative Experience: Examining the Design Process in Landscape Architecture," which won a commendation from the American Society of Landscape Architecture for Graduate Individual Research. Lori also has her "Teaching English as a Foreign Language" from UCI in 2009 (just in case someone needs her to teach in faraway lands). Lori has studied art and design in Europe at Royal College of Art in London. She has traveled throughout Europe, the West Indies, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
DR. EDWARD ROTHER
Full time instructor at Cerritos since 1989. Teaches all classes though his specialties are practical application classes such as ARCH 111, ARCH 113, ARCH 122. ARCH 212, and ARCH 222 and the computer classes ARCH 123, ARCH 213, and ARCH 221. He is married with one daughter (UC Davis graduate, now a Research Chemist) and maintains an Architectural consulting business which specializes in commercial and industrial projects - and a touch of residential - and has worked in the field since 1978. Dr. Rother is licensed as a California Registered Architect (35+ years), a California Real Estate Broker, and holds an N.C.A.R.B. certificate.
Dr. Rother's interest in Architecture began when he was taking a fifth grade class in wood shop. He was required to prepare a sketch of a project he was working on and discovered that he enjoyed the drawing more than the woodworking. After that it was the fast track to Architecture receiving his license at the age of 25, which is as quickly as possible. His introduction to teaching began when he was a Teaching Assistant during his graduate studies. While working with a Cerritos College student noted that there was an opening at Cerritos College and that he would be the perfect candidate, the rest is history. Dr. Rother has received a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, a M.B.A. from California State University at Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California. He is a two-time recipient of an "Outstanding Faculty" Award (1994-1995 and 2013-2014 Academic years) and an "Outstanding Advisor" Award for the 2009-2010 Academic year.
Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2012 primarily teaches introductory classes such as ARCH 110 and ARCH 111. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Cal State Fullerton. Since 1997 Holly has worked with a variety of companies including Anderson Architects, Cal City, CDC Architecture, HNTB corporation, and STDR Architects. She has worked on a wide variety of project types including commercial, educational, government, industrial, medical, and residential construction. In addition, Holly has worked on numerous nonprofit projects in Vietnam including the Cantho Orphanage, disability centers, and senior housing.
Holly loved to sketch as a child which eventually led her to a career in architecture. After working in the private industry she decided to focus her attention on teaching and recently decided to pursue a doctorate degree in education. She and her husband run a small contracting business and have worked on affordable housing, nonprofit centers, and senior apartments. She donates her time and money to children who live in poor countries and enjoys sharing her life experiences with students.
RAMIRO VILLALON JR.
Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2012 primarily teaches advanced CAD classes such as ARCH 213 and ARCH 223.