Fay Lorraine Sueltz, AIA, CAS#141

San Diego, CA

Ms. Sueltz graduated from Columbia University, New York, NY, with a Masters degree in Architecture in 1982. She has a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1977, and is licensed for Architecture in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. She began her Architectural career at the office of A. Q. Jones & Associates (then Dean of Architecture at USC), doing work on Annenberg Center and housing for UC Santa Barbara. She took time off from working to fulfill her Traveling Grant awarded upon graduation from USC to study Passive Energy in Morocco: Using the Sun to Cool. She gave a lecture on her findings to USC students. Fay worked a couple of years at J. C. Warnecke Assoc. Architects on the renovation for Royce Hall at UCLA before going for her Masters at Columbia University where she received another traveling grant, this time to Spain to study the birth of Modernism. Since Grad school, Fay’s work has included being on project teams for residential, commercial and institutional projects, including as Project Architect, Program Developer, Designer as well as Job Captain on a 90,000 s.f. Amenity / Lab TI for the Pfizer La Jolla campus. For the past three+ years, Fay has been writing Technical Reports or Constructability Reviews on townhouse, high rise, and podium residential projects, and institutional projects, specifically educational buildings. Architectural Constructability Reviews include looking for coordination between all disciplines & specifications. Reviews bring possible compatibility issues to light. Code issues can be caught before construction. Costly change orders can be avoided and maintenance fees controlled over the lifetime of a building. Areas of concern reviewed at pre-design site visits and Client/Architect meetings facilitate coordinated problem solving. The projects include: The new USC Commons Building and 3 urban schools in Manhattan and the Bronx, New York. The most interesting project was "The House," designed by Stark Architects, located in Dallas. Many of Fay’s suggestions for improving facade details of "The House" were later incorporated into the drawings. Architectural Constructability Reviews include looking for coordination between all disciplines & specifications. Reviews bring possible compatibility issues to light. Code issues can be caught before construction. Costly change orders can be avoided and maintenance fees controlled over the lifetime of a building. Areas of concern reviewed at pre-design site visits and Client/Architect meetings facilitate coordinated problem solving. Fay has always included ADA compliance review in her CR reports. Now having recently gained her CASp certificate, she is qualified by the State of California for inspection of buildings and drawings for compliance with the American with disabilities Act and the 2008 amm endments to that act that tip the scales of liability towards a building's non compliant elements rather than proving if the defendant is disabled.