Dafna Kaplan, Hon. AIA|LA
Dafna Kaplan is the founding CEO of Cassette, a multi-family modular housing manufacturer and project management company. Kaplan’s industry expertise and executive leadership spans A/E/C, consumer tech, non‐profit, and entertainment industries. In 2018, Kaplan’s study and analysis of the prefab/modular construction market sparked the 2019 founding of Cassette, a modular company with a uniquely collaborative business model and social entrepreneurship foundation.
Kaplan has served on the boards of the AIA Los Angeles and the Western Museums Association. She has also served on the ULI Executive, Communications and Urban Marketplace Committees, the A+D Museum board, and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) accessories board. In 2020, Kaplan received the AIALA Presidential Award that gives her an Honorary AIA distinction. She has an MBA, Summa Cum Laude from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and a BA in Human Services from the University of Oregon.