Dean's Advisory Council


Dean's Advisory Council is comprised of ENV alumni that support the initiatives of the College of Environmental Design

The Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) is a college-wide entity charged with supporting and advancing the programs at the College of Environmental Design.

The Council consists of individuals who are leaders in the professions represented by the college, including architecture, art (visual communication design and art history), landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and regenerative studies. Board members assist the college and its departments' development related to outreach, networking with professionals, and comprehensive campaign intiatives. They help develop the DAC's fundraising iniatives, and as well as advise and assist the college to develop executive-level outreach, marketing to stakeholders, and targeted engagement activities (e.g., workshops, dinner events and industry briefings).

Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) Activities and Relationship to ENV Departments

  • Champion ENV disciplines, seminars, professional activities and interdisciplinary studios; participate in classes and crits, and find financial support for enhancement activities. Support initiatives from the Dean’s office, individual departments, and students.
  • Participate in ongoing department and college events, advancing the interdisciplinary connections theme.
  • Bring in new supporters, such as developers, construction companies, and infrastructure engineering firms who benefit from a strong ENV.
  • Each year, departments will consider how the Dean’s Advisory Council can support their efforts and offer three ideas for the academic year. Departments will communicate their priority initiatives at the beginning of each academic year, beginning 2020.

Meet the Board

stan braden, aiaStan Braden, AIA | Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning
Braden ('77, architecture) is a principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning, a nationally recognized residential and mixed-use architectural firm with six offices in the United States: Los Angeles, Irvine, Oakland, Denver, Chicago, Tysons and an office in Pune, India. He joined KTGY in 1992 shortly after the firm was established and became a shareholder in 1994.

Braden's expertise with a variety of project types, ability to build relationships and grow KTGY’s client base allowed him to participate in the firm’s leadership from a 25-person firm to over 400 total staff. He served as KTGY’s Chairman of the Board for 10 years, from 2006 to 2016.

Braden transferred from Fullerton College to Cal Poly Pomona in 1969, during the Ray Kappe years, but left to work in the profession in 1972. He returned in 1977 after becoming a licensed Architect to complete the requirements for his Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He served on Cal Poly Pomona’s Alumni Board for eight years and is a 2006 ENV Distinguished Alumnus. He currently serves on the Planning Commission and the Design Review Committee for the City of San Juan Capistrano.

Marco Martinez, acidMarco A. Martinez, AICP | Partner, Best Best & Krieger Attorneys at Law
Martinez’s ('87, urban and regional planning) practice areas include general municipal law, First Amendment law, public contracts, land use and zoning, subdivisions, housing and CEQA issues.

A partner in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP, he serves as city attorney for the City of Azusa and assistant city attorney to the City of Colton. He is also general counsel to the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is special counsel to the cities of Montclair and Chino.

Prior to joining BB&K, Marco worked as a planner for more than a decade, serving the City of Downey and the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning. He was also selected as a California Executive Fellow with the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where his primary duties consisted of researching and writing housing issue papers, as well as reviewing housing elements.

Martinez is a frequent guest speaker and instructor on land use and planning issues as well as local government ethics. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

baxter miller, ryaBaxter Miller, RLA | Founder, BMLA, Inc.
For nearly 30 years, Miller’s Corona-based firm has employed ENV landscape architecture students and alumni. He and his staff have successfully designed a full complement of projects for both public and private clients. Recent projects include the award-winning Fontana Park, Citrus Park Splash Zone, and several private schools in Cairo, Egypt. Baxter has served as chairman or president of several local charities, civic organizations and commissions. Baxter is currently serving on the Southern California Chapter of ASLA Executive Board as a delegate to the CCASLA organization.

Sanford Smith, aiaSanford Smith, AIA | Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Smith ('79, architecture) heads the departments responsible for the planning, development and operations of all facilities projects, performance improvement and laboratory and pathology services for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. He received the prestigious Corporate Real Estate Leadership Award from the editors of Site Selection Magazine and was honored as the Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of CoreNet. He is also a Director Emeritus of Ability First where he served Chairman of their real estate and strategic planning committees.

Prior to joining Hoag, Smith was the Corporate Manager of Real Estate and Facilities for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. In the 18 years he spent overseeing Toyota's North American expansion, his department's leading-edge work on environmental issues was recognized with many awards, including: the Global Innovators Award for Corporate Real Estate as well as honors from US Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, Cal EPA, IFMA, and IIDA. Toyota's Real Estate and Facilities Department also received the Environmental Leadership Award from the State of California in both 2003 and 2007.

Smith is the chair of the Healthcare Design Initiative at the Department of Architecture, and was the recipient of the 2012 ENV Distinguished Alumnus. Smith was awarded the silver medal and inducted into the Tau Sigma Delta honor society for Architecture and the Allied Arts in 2018.

Kimberly stuart, aiaKimberly Stuart, AIA | Principal, Stuart Architecture, Inc. Architecture, Planning Quality Control
Stuart ('89, master's in architecture) has been with Stuart Architecture since 1999. She was the past president of the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and previously served as Planning Commissioner and Design Review Board chair with the City of Laguna Beach. Stuart focuses on multi-discipline project coordination using 3D software and point cloud technology, especially between Civil Engineering and Architecture. Projects she's been involved in range from single family residences and mixed use projects, to hotel and school and industrial campuses.

Sarah Sindian, AIA, ULI | Associate Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning
Sindian brings over 15 years of experience to KTGY. Since joining KTGY in early 2002, she has managed a variety of of projects from single family dwellings to high density podium buildings, urban infill residential and mixed-use developments With work extending from southern California to northern California, she understands the complexities associated with differing regions and jurisdictions. Sindian's portfolio includes many successfully built projects that have benefited from her dedication and problem-solving skills. 

Sindian offers an understanding of the project development process that is critical to executing a project from design development through construction documents. She is committed to carrying out a project that meets code compliance, while refining the design in the process and maintaining original design intent. Her belief that successful projects are the result of team collaboration helps her excel in fulfilling client needs, on time and within budget.