Born, raised and educated in Southern California, Dean Nota received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI ARC) in 1976, where he was a founding student and a member of the first graduating class. He interned, and over a period of ten years, rose to the position of senior associate architect in the internationally acclaimed office of Raymond Kappe FAIA, prior to opening his own office in Los Angeles in 1982. Concurrent with the establishment of his practice, he served on the design studio faculty at SCI ARC from 1982 to 1988. His professional experience includes architectural, planning, transportation planning and urban design projects. He is the recipient of national, regional and local design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Sunset Magazine, and has served on design awards juries sponsored by the AIA. In 2010, Dean Nota was elevated to the AIA's College of Fellows, an honor that recognizes those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.