Photo of Ida ClairIda Clair was appointed to State Architect by Gov. Newsom in April 2021.  

She began serving as acting State Architect in January 2019. She concurrently served as Principal Architect for the Division of the State Architect, where she managed the accessibility, sustainability, and fire & life safety programs for public K-12 schools and community colleges, directed CALGreen and Access Code regulatory development, and administered the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program. 
Prior to that, she served as the CASp Program’s first technical administrator where she established the program’s professional practice standards and provides examination and training development.


Ida has twenty-six years’ experience in private architectural practice where she specialized in affordable and sustainable multifamily residential facilities, and provided accessibility compliance surveys and third-party plan reviews. As a certified access specialist, Ida was instrumental in the creation of the Certified Access Specialist Institute in 2010.  

Clair has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and is a registered architect.