AIA|LA Political Outreach
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
ALTOON PARTNERS LLP 617 West 7th Street, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90017
For 2014, the AIA|LA is aiming to establish a greater partnership between AIA|LA and our region’s Council of Governments (COG) and federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – to recognize design as a top-line strategy to address our region’s economic and ecological challenges and opportunities.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity to hear current planning and sustainability initiatives being led by SCAG, so that the AIA|LA can synergize these efforts with the development of our 2014 AIA|LA Advocacy Platform.

AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee
Integrating Design Thinking into Public Policy that Impacts the Built Environment

JACOB LIEB - Manager, Sustainability,  Southern California Association of Governments

Tuesday, June 10 (7pm - 8:30pm)
617 West 7th Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90017


JACOB LIEB - Manager, Sustainability,  Southern California Association of Governments
Jacob is the Manager of Sustainability at the Southern California Association of Governments. He oversees sustainability programs including Compass Blueprint, the Sustainable Communities Strategy, electric vehicle planning, and the development of an open space strategy. In prior work at SCAG, Jacob has been involved in CEQA Compliance, housing, and other issues. Jacob also serves as lead staff to SCAG’s Energy and Environment Policy Committee, comprised of 25 elected officials. Jacob has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California – Berkeley.

Here’s a list of all the sustainability projects that SCAG is funding this year:
San Bernardino County Bloomington Area Valley Blvd. Specific Plan Active Mobility Element
Los Angeles - Department of City Planning Van Nuys & Boyle Heights Modified Parking Requirements
Los Angeles - Department of City Planning Bicycle Plan Performance Evaluation
Western Riverside Council of Governments Public Health: Implementing the Sustainability Framework
Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan
San Bernardino Associated Governments Climate Action Plan Implementation Tools
Riverside Restorative Growthprint Riverside
Orange County Parks Orange County Bicycle Loop
Ventura County** Connecting Newbury Park - Multi-Use Pathway Plan
Imperial County Transportation Commission** Safe Routes to School Plan
Yucaipa College Village/Greater Dunlap Neighborhood Sustainable Community
Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments Multi-Jurisdictional Regional Bicycle Master Plan
Eastvale Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
West Covina Downtown Central Business District
Placentia General Plan/Sustainability Element & Development Code Assistance
Paramount/Bellflower Regional Bicycle Connectivity - West Santa Ana Branch Corridor
Costa Mesa  Implementation Study for Multi-Purpose Trails
Fullerton East Wilshire Avenue Bicycle Boulevard
Beaumont Climate Action Plan
Palm Springs Sustainability Master Plan Update
Big Bear Lake Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan
Western Riverside Council of Governments Land Use, Transportation, and Water Quality Planning Framework
Anaheim Bicycle Master Plan Update
Ontario Ontario Airport Metro Center
Coachella Valley Association of Governments CV Link Health Impact Assessment
San Bernardino Associated Governments San Bernardino Countywide Complete Streets Strategy
Chino Hills Climate Action Plan and Implementation Strategy
Coachella La Plaza East Urban Development Plan
South Bay Bicycle Coalition/Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo Bicycle Mini-Corral Plan
Hawthorne Crenshaw Station Area Active Transportation Plan and Overlay Zone
Chino Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
Stanton Green Planning Academy
Hermosa Beach Carbon Neutral Plan
Palm Springs Urban Forestry Initiative
Orange County "From Orange to Green" - County of Orange Zoning Code Update
Calimesa Wildwood and Calimesa Creek Trail Master Plan Study
Western Riverside Council of Governments Climate Action Plan Implementation
Lynwood Safe and Healthy Community Element
Palmdale Avenue Q Feasibility Study
Long Beach Willow Springs Wetland Habitat Creation Plan
Indio General Plan Sustainability and Mobility Elements
Glendale Space 134
Rancho Palos Verdes/City of Los Angeles Western Avenue Corridor Design Implementation Guidelines
Moreno Valley Nason Street Corridor Plan
Park 101/City of Los Angeles Park 101 District
Los Angeles/San Fernando Northeast San Fernando Valley Sustainability & Prosperity Strategy
San Dimas Downtown Specific Plan
Los Angeles - Department of City Planning CEQA Streamlining: Implementing the SCS Through New Incentives
Pico Rivera Kruse Road Open Space Study
South Bay Cities Council of Governments Neighborhood-Oriented Development Graphics
San Bernardino Associated Governments Safe Routes to School Inventory
Burbank Mixed-Use Development Standards
San Bernardino Associated Governments Countywide Habitat Preservation/Conservation Framework
Rancho Cucamonga Healthy RC Sustainability Action Plan
Pasadena Form-Based Street Design Guidelines
South Gate Gateway District/Eco Rapid Transit Station Specific Plan
Lancaster Complete Streets Master Plan
Rancho Cucamonga Feasibility Study for Relocation of Metrolink Station
Santa Clarita Soledad Canyon Road Corridor Plan
Seal Beach Climate Action Plan
La Mirada Industrial Area Specific Plan
Hemet Downtown Hemet Specific Plan
Hollywood Central Park/City of Los Angeles Hollywood Central Park EIR
Desert Hot Springs Bicycle/Pedestrian Beltway Planning Project
Cathedral City General Plan Update - Sustainability
Westminster General Plan Update - Circulation Element
La Canada Flintridge Climate Action Plan
Huntington Beach Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Plan
Pasadena Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Evaluation Protocol
San Bernardino Associated Governments Countywide Bicycle Route Mobile Application
Dana Point General Plan Update
Garden Grove RE:IMAGINE Downtown - Pedals & Feet
Barstow Housing Element and Specific Plan Update

The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee
The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee (POC) mission is to help establish a political voice for architects and perform leadership outreach to policy makers and elected officials on matters of importance to AIA|LA and its membership. The POC’s goals and objectives are to develop policy positions on matters related to the built environment, urban design, and the practice of architecture. The POC can serve both as a catalyst that initiates new policy and as an advocate and advisor that encourages and promotes proposed policies already in development.
Chair:  Gwynne Pugh, FAIA - Principal, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Past-Chair: Chava Danielson, AIA - Principal, DSH Architecture
Vice-Chair/ Chair-elect:  (vacant)

Gwynne Pugh, FAIA - Principal, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Gwynne Pugh has been practicing architecture, planning, civil, structural and design engineering since 1971. Gwynne Pugh led Pugh + Scarpa Architects for 22 years where he was responsible for the urban design, design review, technical and production management and general project administration of all of the firm’s projects. Most recently Gwynne became a Fellow of the AIA.

Gwynne is past Chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission, which under his watch has undertaken the Land Use & Circulation Element update in order to generate a new code for the City that will encourage design excellence in future developments and provide public benefit to the community. Additionally, Gwynne has far-reaching experience working with local community groups and public and private agencies, serving as a Peer Review Consultant to the City of Carson, the City of Los Angeles, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Gwynne is current President of the Planning and Community Development Department of the California League of Cities.

Gwynne is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is considered an expert in sustainable structural design and engineering. Gwynne was on the Green Ribbon Task Force that studied and implemented the West Hollywood Green Building Program, an effort that received the 2008 American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles “Innovation in Green Technology” award. Recently, Gwynne co-conducted the inaugural course in sustainable redevelopment at the California Redevelopment Institute.

Gwynne earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.

Chava Danielson, AIA - Principal, DSH Architecture
Chava Danielson, AIA, is a Principal of DSH // architecture, a practice with specialties in education and work with non-profit organizations alongside significant residential projects at a range of scales. Her research and professional interests gravitate toward the ends of the spectrum, issues of geometry and projection on one hand and a passion and responsibility surrounding architecture's place in the urban context, on the other.

She has taken the lead on DSH's educational work with the Larchmont Schools, St. James' preschool and projects with the non-profit organization Para Los Niños. The Larchmont Charter High School at Lafayette Park is an adaptive reuse of the former New York Life Headquarters building by Welton Becket in the Mid Wilshire district of Los Angeles. The project is a contribution to the revitalization of a once-central urban corridor while also continuing DSH's forward-looking approach to historic preservation established with the award-winning rehabilitation of Rudolph Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments.

Other recent projects include the Para Los Niños Family Therapeutic Center, an adaptive reuse of warehouse structures in skid row that incorporates a block long façade treatment and branding program.

Danielson is an Adjunct Professor in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design, where she teaches Design Studio and courses in Urban History and Theory. In 2013, she served as the chair of the Political Outreach Committee of the AIA Los Angeles, has served as a Director for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and was a founding board member of the Larchmont Charter Schools.

For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government and Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010