Team

Eric Chen

Principal

Eric Chen obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1986. He graduated with full honors and was named to both the Deans Honor List and the Presidents Honor List. After graduation, Eric worked as a designer at Collaborative Design in Los Angeles before joining JWDA as a lead designer in 1991. In 1995, Eric joined RTKL Associates where he worked as a lead designer until 1999, when he was invited to rejoin JWDA as a partner. In 2004, building on the successful effort of a Southern California real estate development company to retain him to directly manage a portfolio of key projects, Eric left JWDA to establish CDA.

Eric has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of architecture. His talent, knowledge, and expertise in design are reflected in his work. Working through various projects, he has built a strong connection within the community and strives to build lasting friendships. He has received many awards and recognition among his peers and clients; these include the Design Village Award, the Merit Award of Design, and the Gold Nugget Grand Award.

Glenn Dea

Vice President

Glenn Dea has been a licensed California architect since 1996. Glenn obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1988. He has been employed in the architecture and construction industry for 27 years and has served in a variety of capacities including project architect, project manager, construction specifier, preservation consultant, and accessibility specialist.

Over the last 15 years, his practice has focused on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California accessibility standards, ADA Transition Plan services, and accessible design. In 2008, Glenn became one of California’s first Certified Access Specialists (CASp-023), based on experience and testing criteria administered by the State's Division of the State Architect. Glenn is an ICC-certified Accessibility Inspector/ Plans Examiner (No. 1063102) and completed ADAC professional certification (#26092098-4617) under the University of Missouri / School of Health Professions Disability Studies and Policy Center ADA Coordinator's Training Certification Program (ACTCP).

Since 2014, on behalf of the International Sign Association, Glenn has served as an alternate delegate to the ICC/ANSI Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, contributing to creation of the 2015 Edition of the ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standard. The ICC/ANSI A117.1 standard is developed by a committee of approximately 50 individuals and organizations representing associations of persons with disabilities, government agencies, rehabilitation professionals, design professionals, builders, and manufacturers. The standard is adopted by building code jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Under Glenn’s leadership, CDA is an AIA/CES Approved Continuing Education Provider, specializing in accessibility training. Glenn has provided training to licensed architects and engineers, public agencies, and professional organizations, including a 5-hour course addressing the continuing education requirement for California architects. He has provided technical assistance to attorneys and other clients to assist in the resolution of lawsuits, complaints, and claims related to State and Federal access laws.

Scott Yang

Partner

Scott Yang received his bachelor degree at UCLA.  After obtaining his Master degree in Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona in 1989, he joined David Mi Architects as Project Designer; responsible for Mixed -Used buildings in downtown and custom homes in Pasadena and Santa Monica area. He was featured in LA Times for a residential project in Palos Verde.  In 2000, he became one of partner in Nevis Homes that specializes in developing multi-family residential and office projects.  He was featured in LA World Journal (世界日報) for an Arcadia residential project in 2013.  He has over 20 years of experience in design, construction and real estate development knowledge.

Cheuk Yau

Class B Contractor License, Interior Designer

Cheuk Yau directs CDA’s interior design practice. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California - School of Architecture in 1997 and completed University of California, Los Angeles Extension coursework in Interior Design in 1999.  He has assisted Commercial Office and Residential clients in the Interior Design field for 10 years.

Cheuk is dedicated to providing clients with exceptional service and adhering to the highest aesthetic and functional standards. In partnership with his clients, Cheuk aims to create a smart, beautiful project. He applies practical knowledge from past experience as a Class B General Building Contractor.  He is committed to guiding clients through the whole process of design and project management to achieve their goal of creating a fantastic environment. He applies expert solutions to Commercial Office and Residential architectural interior spaces.  Cheuk also draws from successful experience as a restaurant operator, applying intimate knowledge of subtle details of both the guest experience and retail operations to his restaurant designs.

Since joining CDA in 2011, Cheuk has been CDA’s project interior designer for projects including CCIC, Media House, and Derrick Residence. He creates brilliant spaces applying his experience as an Interior Designer and a Contractor.

Efrain Sancen

Project Manager, Accessibility Specialist, Code Consultant

Efrain Sancen is a project manager and accessibility specialist with expertise in applying and interpreting technical requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and access provisions of the California Building Code (CBC). Mr. Sancen graduated from Woodbury University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2009, he successfully fulfilled the experience and testing requirements set forth by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and became a California Certified Access Specialist. His experience includes accessibility plan check services on behalf of the DSA-Los Angeles Basin Region Office and the County of San Bernardino-Department of Risk Management, ADA Transition Plan and accessibility inspections, compiling inspection information into accurate and concise reports, and code analysis roles covering all phases of barrier removal master planning and implementation, including schematic design, construction documents, and construction observation.

Kenneth Pang

Project Manager

Kenneth Pang is an intern architect, designer, and Project Manager for Creative Design Associates. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2011 from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His Cal Poly studies included intensive overseas study/travel coursework at North China University of Technology (NCUT) in Beijing, China. Prior to joining CDA, Kenneth has interned at RoTo Architects, Inc. for Michael Rotondi, FAIA.

From 2009 to 2012, Kenneth has been involved in projects comprising a broad range of building types, including single-family residences, mixed-use commercial development, hotels, and office buildings. Kenneth’s present project assignments include Hotel Indigo Anaheim, Media House Offices-El Monte, CCIC Offices-Rancho Cucamonga, and hospitality design and planning on behalf of Landwin Management. Kenneth is highly skilled with Revit 3D modeling and rendering and applies this expertise to numerous projects on behalf of CDA.

Kenneth is a participant in CDA’s Professional Development program. With the support of his CDA colleagues, Kenneth is preparing for the Architectural Registration Exams.

 

Joanna Lee

Architectural Drafter / Project Manager

Joanna Lee is an architectural drafter / project manager for Creative Design Associates. She received her Master of Landscape architecture degree in 2012 from Arizona State University, and she also obtained her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Taiwan. Her studies included Study Abroad in Spain and China. Prior to joining CDA, Joanna has interned in the Planning and Development Department in City of Phoenix. She got Awards of Student Excellence from AzASLA in both 2012 and 2013. Since joining CDA in 2013, Joanna has been involved in projects comprising residential, religious campus and mixed use. Currently, she is managing numerous single family residential projects in Arcadia, multi-family residential project in Walnut, and Ling Yen Mountain Temple campus in Etiwanda.

Caleb Wong

Architectual Drafter / PROJECT MANAGER

Caleb Wong is an architectural drafter / project manager for Creative Design Associates. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, in 2012. Working under both Eric Chen and Glenn Dea, Caleb has obtained experience as an architectural draftsman, project manager and assistant accessibility surveyor. He has worked on diverse projects including: Residential, Commercial, Educational, Healthcare and Municipality.

Rikkie Ren

Architectural Drafter / Project Manager

Rikkie Ren is an architectural drafter / project manager for Creative Design Associates. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University with Magna Cum Laude in 2014. She graduated with double majors of Architecture and Art and Design (Bachelor of Arts) and Digital Media minor. Her study included one semester study abroad program in Rome, Italy to study architecture, art, urban texture and culture. She has continued her education and has become certified as a LEED AP BD+C and is currently pursuing her architecture license certification. Since joining CDA, she has been involved in multiple projects, including single and multi-family housing, mixed-use and commercial development.

Linda Chung

Gis/Data Analyst

Linda Chung is a GIS/Data Analyst at Creative Design Associates. She serves in a variety of capacities at CDA including marketing coordinator, site inspection technician, and research report writer on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), California accessibility standards, and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). In 2011, Linda received her bachelor degrees in Earth System Science and Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. She further pursued her educational interest in Geographic Information Systems at Rio Hondo College and obtained a State Office-approved Certificate of Achievement in 2015. Her studies included GIS cartography design alongside professional engineers at the Los Angeles Department of Public Works headquarters. Prior to joining CDA, Linda applied her geospatial research expertise for environmental assessment projects interpreting USGS topographic maps, historical Sanborn fire insurance maps, and regulatory agency/city building plan records. She is currently working on public and private projects for educational, multi-family housing, and municipal clients.

Rick Wang

Project Manager

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Pauline Young

Office Assistant

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