AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee May 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:00 PM
CLIVE WILKINSON ARCHITECTS 6116 Washington Blvd Culver City CA 90232
AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee
a series of monthly meetings scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

Guest Speaker: Jessica Meaney - Southern California Policy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership 
When: Tuesday, May 20 (7pm - 8:30pm)
6116 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA 90232

This meeting will serve as an opportunity to meet with Jessica Meaney and learn more about LA County’s 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP) and develop an effective strategy to encourage METRO leadership to identify more funding sources for ATP in their draft short range transportation plan (SRTP). 

Objective for 2014: 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.


Jessica Meaney 

Jessica Meaney, based in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood, serves as the Southern California policy director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She is working on transportation policy priorities specifically regarding transportation finance, equity, community-based schools, data collection and evaluation. 

Jessica has her Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, and received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Prescott College in Arizona. Before joining the National Partnership in January 2010, Jessica previously worked at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Community Foundation. Jessica has lived car free in the City of Los Angeles for almost 15 years. 

For Jessica, Safe Routes to School is a social movement. It’s something everyone can be a part of. It’s about supporting walkable and bikeable communities for everyone, regardless of age or ability. One of Jessica’s favorite things about Safe Routes to School, "is that you don’t have to be a student, a parent or a city employee to care about living in a neighborhood where families can live and have their kids go to school safely - it’s something everyone can be a part of and support in their own way."

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