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The faculty at LAIAD

has been selected

for their commitment

to innovation in

education and their

passion for design.

Collectively, the faculty have teaching experience in many excellent architecture programs, have won dozens of significant design awards, and their work has been widely featured in major publications in the US and abroad.

Faculty Profiles

William Taylor

William M. Taylor, FAIA
Design Studio and Founding Director

William Taylor earned his Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1981 and his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1976.

Before founding LAIAD in 2001, William has taught architectural design since 1983, with positions at Harvard University, the University of Houston, and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he developed an innovative new program for basic architectural design. William is also a principal at TFO Architecture in Los Angeles and is involved with a variety of local and international projects.

William has persistently explored the relationship between form and idea and his work at LAIAD is an outgrowth of a 30-year effort, in both teaching and practice, to develop and promote a design methodology based on idea and order rather than visual composition. In recognition of his work at LAIAD, William was recognized with the AIA Los Angeles Educator of the Year award in 2005. His design work has been featured in magazines such as L’Arca, Arkkitehti, and A+U and been included in international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, where it is part of the permanent collection.

Carl Smith

Carl Smith, AIA
Design Studio and Co-Director

Carl Smith received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in 1997. Carl was a founding member of Telemachus Studioin 1995. His teaching experience includes 4th and 5th year design studios at Cal Poly Pomona that dealt with the integration of digitally-based entertainment and virtual-reality technologies into an urban environment. Carl is currently a partner with William Adams, FAIA and has numerous built projects throughout Los Angeles.

Belinda Ho

Belinda Ho, AIA, HKIA, NCARB, LEED®AP, Reg Arch (HK, Texas)
Director, LAIAD China

Belinda Ho, Principal of MUSA Ltd. (Hong Kong and Shunde), obtained her B. Arch from the University of Houston in 1988 and M.Arch from Rice University, Texas in 1989.

Belinda founded MUSA Limited (previous BHSL Design Ltd.) in 2002 and has won design awards internationally. MUSA's works have been published and exhibited in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, US and Prague. During her 25 years of architectural practice, Belinda was involved extensively in mixed use, institutional, commercial and residential projects in US and Asia.

Belinda was also involved in the academics in Singapore and Hong Kong. She was an external examiner and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was awarded the National University of Singapore Teaching Excellence Award in 2003 as well as numerous Teaching Honours Lists Awards.

Sean Finn

Sean Finn, Architect
Design Faculty

Sean Finn received a Master’s Degree in Architecture with Distinction from SCIArc in 2001. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1995. Sean has taught at SCIArc and at UVA, and has been a visiting critic at Woodbury University and the University of Southern California. Sean is currently an Associate at DesignARC in West Los Angeles. At the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, Sean teaches drawing and various computer applications as they relate to design.

Ehsaan Mesghali

Ehsaan Mesghali
Design Faculty

Ehsaan Mesghali is trained in architecture with an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design and a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, having held teaching positions at both institutions. He has been professionally involved with branding, illustration, graphic design and fine arts, with previous roles at SPF:a and Guild. He founded Mesghali.Studio in 2007, where he works today, providing design services to a growing list of internationally recognized brands.

Alan Guillen

Alan Guillen
Adjunct Design Faculty

Alan Guillen earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sciarc) in 2008. Alan is currently an Assistant Designer on various restaurant and hospitality projects for Spacecraft Design Group, a Hollywood based design and construction firm. At the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, Alan has instructed courses on various computer applications as they relate to design, practice, and Focusing on implementation of the architectural language through those various mediums.

Alumni Focus

LAIAD congratulates the Graduate Preparation class of 2014 and we are proud to announce the results of their Master of Architecture application process.

The 8 students who completed the Grad Prep Program at LAIAD in Fall 2014 and applied to March 1 programs were all accepted into multiple top-tier programs and together received an impressive $364,000 dollars in scholarship offers.

#1 University of Michigan (Taubman) $45,000
  Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciARC)  
#2 Harvard University $30,000
  Yale University $28,000
  University of California at Berkeley  
  University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)  
  University of Southern California (USC) $35,000
  Columbia University  
#3 University of Michigan (Taubman)  
  Columbia University  
  Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciARC)  
  University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $23,000
  Ohio State University $15,000
  Woodbury University $45,000
#4 Harvard University  
  Yale University  
  Woodbury University  
#5 University of Michigan (Taubman) $30,000
  Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciARC)  
#6 Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciARC)  
  University of Oregon  
#7 University of California at Berkeley 1-Year Full Scholarship
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-- Waitlisted  
  University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 1-Year Full Scholarship
  Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) $15,000
  Yale University $30,000
  University of Pennsylvania $25,000
  Cornell University $13,500
#8 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)  
  Cal Poly Pomona  


Currently, our undergraduate transfer program students are successfully transferring with advanced placement into leading architecture and design schools such as SCI-Arc, Pratt, Woodbury, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and Otis Art Institute, among others, and our graduate preparation students are being accepted (some with substantial scholarships) at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Pratt, USC, University of Michigan, RISD, UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Cal Poly Pomona, among others.