Meet The Force.
Lance Collins is a Director at Partner Energy with experience in sustainable design and construction practices including whole-building analysis/benchmarking, energy conservation measures, resource consumption reduction strategies, LEED certification administration, building commissioning, solar project development, and project/construction management.
As a licensed architect in the state of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Assessor, and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Lance holds over 15 years of professional experience in the fields of sustainable design, architecture, and urban design. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).
In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Collins has also been an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College and has guest lectured at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, California State University at Long Beach, and Mt. San Antonio College, teaching Green Building Principles and sustainable design strategies to students and industry professionals.
E. Rochelle is a proud native Chicagoan. With high energy, enthusiasm and passion she practices, mentors and teaches Architecture. An experienced Project Manager, Administrator, and Architect with more than 20 years of experience. E. Rochelle holds a Masters in Architecture from the Pratt Institute in New York and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
With a true passion for the development of young minority students interested in architecture and architectural students. E. Rochelle is the Southern California NOMA Chapter Summer Camp Director and the SoCal Student Chapter Liaison, E. Rochelle dedicates her time and talent to make sure that every student from middle school all the way through grad school not only knows about architecture and that they can become an Architect but that they can excel at it. Her hobbies include photography, running marathons, reading, skiing and traveling.
Dawn is a recent transplant from Richmond, VA, working with Venice Community Housing as their newly selected Rose Architectural Fellow. With Venice Community Housing, Dawn serves as a key member of the housing development team as VCH initiates two new construction projects focused on increasing affordable and permanent supportive housing options in Venice, as well as reinvest in several older properties. As an integral part of their property management, resident services, YouthBuild and advocacy teams and engage a wide variety of other community members and stakeholders in an approach to community development and project design.
Prior to the Fellowship, Dawn was a design professional in Richmond, VA, where she worked in construction and maintenance, and also served on the city’s Urban Design Committee. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she focused on the social and economic impacts of Hip Hop on Architecture.
Janiece Williams is the Director of Operations for HansonLA Architecture, with leading experience in all phases of a project, including concept design through construction administration. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Williams graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University in 2010. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 and has since been an integral part of a wide range and scale of project types from adaptive reuse, tenant improvements, and large scale mixed-use and multifamily projects throughout Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.
Ms. Williams is passionate about creating a positive impact on the community through her volunteerism and service. She originally joined the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) while at Howard and was introduced to the Southern California chapter of NOMA through volunteering with the annual Project Pipeline Summer Camp. She has served on the summer camp planning committee for 7 years and has been a part of the executive board since 2018.
Matthew is a talented designer who has worked on a variety of project types, including themed entertainment, corporate office space, places of worship, and multi-family housing projects. With over 6 years of experience in theme park design, Matthew has currently immersed himself in the Entertainment Studio at Cuningham Group working as Lead Designer on notable outdoor theme parks in China as well as in the States. As a SoCalNOMA member for over 10 years, Matthew has worked as a designer, 3D Modeler, mentor, and Marketing Co-Chair for the 2016 NOMA Conference. His artistic talents stretch beyond architecture into directing, music production and songwriting.
A native of the Philadelphia area, a seasoned New Yorker, and now a settled Angeleno, Joshua has always had a great affinity for the diverse urban city environments. As an architectural designer focusing on affordable and market-rate housing projects at KFA Architecture, Joshua believes that the harmony of human interactions with architecture creates music that can never be replicated but only enhanced with thoughtful and intentional community-driven designs. Outside of architecture, Joshua is Co-Founder & CEO of Mint Inc., a platform empowering a community of young minority professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as a musician at heart, playing the electric bass and singing at his church on the Westside.
Prior to completing his Masters of Architecture with a Real Estate Development certificate at the University of Southern California, Joshua spent his undergraduate years shuffling between the architecture studios of Columbia University as a student and the football field of the school’s Division 1 FCS program as an athlete. He now uses his diverse experiences in architecture, sports, and community entrepreneurship to speak and share at schools and conferences throughout the country.
Genelle Brooks-Petty is the principal designer of BPC Interior Design, a Los Angeles-based design firm servicing contract, and residential clients. After years in the fashion industry, her clients in that realm pushed her into interior design. While studying interior architecture at UCLA, she honed skills under a famed designer, and serviced residential and boutique scale commercial clients of her own, developing a unique perspective. Her work bridges gaps as she aims to build community through design.
Genelle is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Business, and she holds a Master of Interior Architecture from the UCLA Extension/ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona joint study program. She is an associate member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), Allied ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), AWA+D (Association for Women in Architecture and Design), and a member of SoCal NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects).
Khan Muhammad is a born and raised Angeleno and is a junior studying for his B.Arch at Woodbury University. He was accepted into the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure Program at Woodbury – a program that assists students obtain AXP hours to be prepared to take licensing exams upon graduation. Khan has been a design intern at Gangi Architects, LA Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division, and Architecture for Education.
Khan teamed up with his peers to reestablish the NOMAS of WU Chapter in his freshman year. He became Chapter President and coordinated the team to compete in the 2018 NOMA Student Competition in Chicago and again at the 2019 Conference in Brooklyn. Together, NOMAS of WU and Woodbury School of Architecture hosted Woodbury alumn Germane Barnes and Harvard professor Jennifer Bonner lecturing called “My Way Home.” The achievements of NOMAS of WU awarded it NOMAS Chapter of the Year in 2019. Khan’s steadfast not only aims turns WU but also all the SoCal NOMA Chapters.
Recent Past President
Drake Dillard has served as President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects for over 8 years. His tireless dedication to the profession, commitment to mentoring youth and exceptional people skills have served the organization well. A registered Architect with more than 30 years of experience in the management of design and construction of medical facilities, educational and commercial projects. He has worked on projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. A proud architectural graduate of University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and Howard University, Drake is actively involved in the professional community serving many organizations: Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Lafayette Square, Board Chair for Crenshaw YMCA, AIA Los Angeles and Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Local Governmental Services. Join us as we honor and salute Drake for his service to the National Organization for Minority Architects on the local and national level.