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Full-time faculty

Dr. Edward Rother                                                                                                                                                              Architecture Department Chair                                                                                                            Email:                                                                                                                                            Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2911                                                                                                                                       

Full time instructor at Cerritos since 1989. Teaches all classes though his specialties are practical application classes such as ARCH 111, ARCH 113, ARCH 122. ARCH 212, and ARCH 222 and the computer classes ARCH 123, ARCH 213, and ARCH 221. He is married with one daughter (UC Davis graduate, now a Research Chemist) and maintains an Architectural consulting business which specializes in commercial and industrial projects - and a touch of residential - and has worked in the field since 1978. Dr. Rother is licensed as a California Registered Architect (35+ years), a California Real Estate Broker, and holds an N.C.A.R.B. certificate.

Dr. Rother's interest in Architecture began when he was taking a fifth grade class in wood shop. He was required to prepare a sketch of a project he was working on and discovered that he enjoyed the drawing more than the woodworking. After that it was the fast track to Architecture receiving his license at the age of 25, which is as quickly as possible. His introduction to teaching began when he was a Teaching Assistant during his graduate studies. While working with a Cerritos College student noted that there was an opening at Cerritos College and that he would be the perfect candidate, the rest is history. Dr. Rother has received a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, a M.B.A. from California State University at Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California. He is a two-time recipient of an "Outstanding Faculty" Award (1994-1995 and 2013-2014 Academic years) and an "Outstanding Advisor" Award for the 2009-2010 Academic year.

Part-Time faculty

Mina Greas                                                                                                                                                       
Architecture Instructor
Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 3114

Tom Morales                                                                                                                                                       
Architecture Instructor
Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 4330

Daniel Paul                                                                                                                                                                        Architecture Instructor
Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 4321                       

A former Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos who decided to come back for a second tenure. Daniel teaches the History of Architecture class ARCH 112.

Peter Phinney, A.I.A. LEED AP                                                                                                                                        Architecture Instructor
Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 4107

Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2006 teaches ARCH 111, ARCH 112, ARCH 114 and ARCH 121. Currently on leave to pursue more advanced educational training. Peter began his career in architecture at the age of 15 when he worked as a summer employee for his father's architectural firm in Boston. He now is Principal of a firm in the South Bay of Los Angeles, designing projects ranging from small-scale, single family home renovations, to large-scale retail & entertainment complexes, public and private marinas and private school campuses throughout the Western United States.

Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut in 1977 and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1986, where his thesis dealt with preservation and adaptive re-use of masonry residential structures in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood. The focus of his studies was primarily on the history of architecture and historic preservation, with a particular emphasis on cities, including relatively recent changes and movements such as the development of Streetcar Suburbs, Suburban Flight, Urban Utopias, The Decline of Industrial Urban Centers, Gentrification and Urban In-fill, and Mid-Century Modernism's Response to Affordable Housing. Peter has studied architecture and design in Europe at the Barbieri Center in Rome and at Ithaca College London. He has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America, Central America, China, Hong Kong, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia.

Peter is a former President of the local South Bay Long Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He has also served as the County of Los Angeles as a Commissioner, sitting on the Design Control Board for Marina del Rey, where he oversaw architectural and planning aspects of all development projects in the largest public marina in the United States. Peter is also a LEED Accredited Design Professional, having met the qualifications outlined by the United States Green Building Council. He designed the first fully-sustainable, LEED-certified, private school campus in California, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern LA County.

Holly Van                                                                                                                                                                            Architecture Instructor                                                                                                                                                        Email:                                                                                                                                              Phone: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 4883

Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos since 2012 primarily teaches introductory classes such as ARCH 110 and ARCH 111. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Cal State Fullerton. Since 1997 Holly has worked with a variety of companies including Anderson Architects, Cal City, CDC Architecture, HNTB corporation, and STDR Architects. She has worked on a wide variety of project types including commercial, educational, government, industrial, medical, and residential construction. In addition, Holly has worked on numerous nonprofit projects in Vietnam including the Cantho Orphanage, disability centers, and senior housing.

Holly loved to sketch as a child which eventually led her to a career in architecture. After working in the private industry she decided to focus her attention on teaching and recently decided to pursue a doctorate degree in education. She and her husband run a small contracting business and have worked on affordable housing, nonprofit centers, and senior apartments. She donates her time and money to children who live in poor countries and enjoys sharing her life experiences with students.

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