Meet Your New State Architect, Ida Clair, AIA

We are pleased to report that the California State Senate, with a 40-0 vote, confirmed the Governor’s appointment of Ida Clair, AIA as the new California State Architect. She is not only the new State Architect, Ida is the first woman to hold this position.

As State Architect, Ida leads the Division of the State Architect (DSA), which provides design and construction oversight for schools, community colleges, and other state facilities to ensure they comply with all structural, accessibility, and fire and life safety codes. DSA also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards, and administers the certification programs for project inspectors, materials testing laboratories, and certified access specialists.

Ida’s qualifications for this appointment are very strong, making it easy for the State Senate to unanimously confirm her appointment. She has been a licensed architect in California for 30 years, is one of the first Certified Access Specialists, has worked as an architect in architectural firms, served as Principal Architect at DSA, and served as Acting State Architect for nearly 3 years.

AIA CA congratulates Ida Clair, AIA on her appointment and confirmation as the new California State Architect.

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