Portrait of Ida ClairIda Clair began serving as acting State Architect in January 2019.

She concurrently serves as Principal Architect for the Division of the State Architect, where she manages the accessibility, sustainability, and fire & life safety programs for public K-12 schools and community colleges, directs CALGreen and Access Code regulatory development, and administers 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.