Ida A. Clair, AIA is the new head of the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and the first female State Architect in DSA’s history. We are proud to welcome her into the official role; she has been the Acting State Architect since January 2019 and with DSA since 2013. 

In Clair’s tenure with DSA, she has been instrumental in the continued development of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program that tests individuals who can inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards, implementing building codes for access-compliant electric vehicle changing stations, and more recently working directly with California school districts in their efforts to achieve net zero energy for their facilities. Clair holds the certifications of LEED®AP BD+C and CASp. As the Acting State Architect, she led the office through adjusting client services necessitated by the rapid changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and telework.

Prior to joining DSA, Clair was Project Manager at Cynthia Easton Architects from 1999 to 2013 and a Project Architect at Itaya-Espalin and Associates Inc from 1990 to 1997. She is a member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, the 2021 Vice President/President-elect of the American Institute of Architects Central Valley and co-founder of the Certified Access Specialist Institute. Clair earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and is a registered architect.


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