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Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment of Stephan Castellanos
as State Architect.

Mr. Castellanos, 51, of Valley Springs, is a partner and architect at Derivi
Castellanos Architects, a position he has held for 20 years. He has been an
active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has led the
Institute in improving governmental relations, heightening public awareness
of architectural excellence, and advocating for diversity within the
profession. Mr. Castellanos is a member of the AIA Board of Directors and
has represented California as the regional AIA director since 1998. He has
earned numerous awards of achievement including the Presidential Citation
from the American Institute of Architects, California Council in both 1993
and 1998. Mr. Castellanos earned a bachelor of architecture degree from
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The State Architect is responsible for reviewing the plans and construction
of publicly funded schools and essential services buildings. The State
Architect reviews the building process to ensure that the plans, their
specifications, and the actual construction are in compliance with
California?s exacting requirements for structural safety, fire and life
safety, and accessibility for the building classifications.

Mr. Castellanos will receive a salary of $104,570. This position requires
Senate confirmation