Laile A. Giansetto, AIA of PSM Architects, Emeryville, is the recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter Medal. The Chapter Medal is the highest honor awarded by AIA East Bay. 2014 President Jeremiah Tolbert, AIA noted, “The medal is not awarded annually and is reserved to honor those members who demonstrate outstanding service and involvement in the AIA East Bay community. Laile’s history of volunteering has unquestionably been selfless and exceptional.”
Volunteering is a member’s purest means of giving back to the profession and community. Since joining the AIA in 1991, Ms. Giansetto has exemplified unfailing commitment to the goals of AIA East Bay through continuous participation in committees, task forces and events, and through her mentoring of peers and emerging professionals. Ms. Giansetto’s most recent contributions resulted in the development of AIA Mobile, the first digital communications app for the AIA. During the same time, her stewardship of the chapter’s tenant improvements was thorough and constant.
Of Giansetto’s involvement at AIA East Bay, 2016 President Susi Marzuola, AIA remarked: “Laile is the embodiment of an involved member — ready and willing to help yet somehow never stepping into the limelight… always showing up, always pitching in, always asking what can be done and often just doing.”
Ms. Giansetto is the owner of PSM Architects, which offers a wide range of architectural design services with a comprehensive approach. Architectural services include needs assessment, programming and planning, schematic design through construction administration, specification preparation and as-built services.
The chapter surprised Ms. Giansetto with the award announcement at the December 16, 2014 Member Appreciation Party and Annual Business Meeting in Berkeley, California.