Anthony Guida, AIA
Anthony Guida is an experienced architect and design educator. He has directed design offices in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, and held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati, OTIS College, UCLA and the USC School of Architecture. Anthony is currently program director for Architecture 2030, a non-profit think tank working to solve the climate crisis through the building sector, and serves as the architect member of Santa Fe’s Historic Districts Review Board.
Luca Marino-Baker is a born-and-raised Santa Fean, Barkitect, designer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and creative director of both High Desert Creative and Bow Wow Haus, whose work ranges from sustainable architecture, landscaping and interior design to custom Barkitectural products including one-of-a-kind Doggy + Kitty Doors. Luca’s work combines world-class contemporary design with a sensibility and aesthetic native to New Mexico and the high desert. As a designer and community member, Friends of Architecture is an outlet for Luca to collaborate with talented Architects and share the impact and importance of design and culture with our greater community.
Gayla Bechtol, AIA
Gayla Bechtol, founder of Gayla Bechtol Architects, practiced deep democracy while leading the citizens of Santa Fe to the award-winning Santa Fe Railyard. GBA is a design-centered architecture/urban design/historic preservation practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico creating award-winning designs for homes, institutions and urban spaces for over 27 years in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. She received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California where she developed a passion for design, theory, love of architecture, context and collaborative planning.
John A. Padilla, AIA
John A. Padilla has been engaged in planning and development on a wide range of projects located in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado for over 46 years. His portfolio includes residential and commercial projects along with single and multi-family housing. John has served as a member of the City of Santa Fe’s Historic Districts Review Board and the City’s Planning Commission and currently serves as a member of the City's Community Development Commission. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and has represented the organization in leadership roles at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.
Allan Baer, AIA
Allan Baer has practiced architecture since 1969, in Santa Fe since 1994. He is a co-founder of Friends of Architecture Santa Fe and is on the Board of Directors of the Tierra Contenta Corporation. He has wide experience in site design, planning, new construction, renovation, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and forensic building research and has designed and executed projects in a wide variety of building types, in the public and private sectors. An active participant in the American Institute of Architects at the local, state, and regional levels, he has held officer positions and leadership roles in organizing significant events.
Annette Prapasiri brings her passion for connective brand communication design to our board. A graduate of The Seattle Art Institute’s Graphic Design Department and the St. John’s College Great Books Program, she blends her craft with critical and analytical thinking skills. Annette runs her own brand design practice, Six Blooms, dedicated to building brand integrity through clarity, empathy, and accountability. She has made design and strategic contributions to multiple community projects, assisting with fundraising, project management, PR and advertising, and offering her design service to move a project’s mission forward. Annette is a co-organizer of our PechaKucha Night program.
strategic council members: Craig Hoopes, AIA / Sandy Zane, form & concept
Tom Spray is the founding executive director of Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, a position he has held since the organization began in 2012. A long-time resident of Santa Fe, he also serves as the executive director of Friends’ sister organization, The American Institute of Architects Santa Fe Chapter. He has been active in the local building and preservation community for many years, having served as president of The Old Santa Fe Association and chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Santa Fe. Over his long career, he has held leadership positions in construction, arts management, and social services, here in Santa Fe and around the country. He is a proud alumnus of Loyola University of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin.