Stephan Castellanos, FAIA, is the current Regional Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council and former California State Architect. As State Architect, Mr. Castellanos was the State’s policy leader for building design and construction, and oversaw the division that provides design and construction oversight for K 12 schools and community colleges. He also served as Vice Chair of the OSHPD Hospital Building Safety Board.
In his 30+ years of professional experience, Mr. Castellanos’ projects have included healthcare, transportation, local government, K-12 education and general commercial facilities. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 1971 and became licensed in California in 1975. Mr. Castellanos has been active in the AIA, and led that organization in improving government relations, heightening public awareness of architectural excellence, and advocating for diversity within the profession. He has earned a number of professional awards, and twice received the AIA California Council President’s Citation.