ANDERS LASATERCEO, Principal Architect

By the time I was 10 years old I knew I’d grow up to be either an architect, or a heavy metal drummer. As fate would have it, the rise of grunge and alternative music in the early ‘90s pushed heavy metal out of the spotlight so I naturally shifted my focus to my second love and went on to secure two degrees in architecture and design theory. Now, with over 28 years experience in architecture, the last 21 practicing custom home design in coastal Orange County, Palm Springs, and Hawaii, I have no regrets, though I still plot my rise through the ranks of musical stardom with my band THUNDERHOSE – much to my wife’s chagrin.

In 2005, after nearly 10 years as the managing associate for Mark Singer Architects in Laguna Beach, I opened the doors to my own firm and have continued my focus on innovative designs for not only residential projects, but also restaurant, retail, and hotel projects.

Prior to launching my practice I served on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona where I taught architectural design studio for 2 years. I continue to be a guest lecturer and juror for architecture and design classes at Cal Poly Pomona, USC, Cal State Long Beach, California Baptist University, Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, Orange Coast College, and Saddleback College.

Over the last several years I’ve been invited to speak as an expert panelist or contributor for various professional, art, and media groups including the American Institute of Architects, the Laguna Art Museum, Houzz.com, Zillow.com, the Orange County Register, and PBS.

As a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects, Orange County, I served as Design Awards Committee Chair, and Director of Design for 4 years and continue to serve as a Design Awards Committee member.  I currently serve on the Design Review Committee for The Strand at Headlands development in Dana Point, California.

I hold a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Architecture degree, cum laude, from Cal Poly Pomona. I’m a licensed architect in the states of California, Texas, and Hawaii, and a Certified Green Building Professional.

 

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