DESIGN FOR DIGNITY
Changing The Housing Equation By Design
Friday, May 6 (8am – 4pm)
INNER-CITY ARTS - 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Los Angeles has evolved into a creative, productive, world-class city. Yet, currently, LA is experiencing a severe housing shortage, and has become one of the least affordable places to live. As a consequence, over 44,000 people in the Los Angeles County sleep nightly without shelter.
Since the delivery of shelter as a fundamental human need is literally embedded in the architecture profession’s DNA, now, more than ever before, is the time for architects and designers to come together to explore the problem in depth and identify strong, workable solutions to solving our housing crisis.
The Los Angeles chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA), will convene a forum of thought-leaders on May 6th, to develop actionable steps that will ameliorate this epidemic. This is not a conference – but a congress!
During the morning session, individuals with a wide-range of perspectives will present multidisciplinary solutions and ideas: sociologists, housing developers, veterans, builders, innovators and architects, as well as, those who have first-hand experience of what it’s like to be homeless. During the afternoon session, guided by expert facilitators, we will all work together to develop a consensus on positive real steps forward, and develop benchmarks that initiate positive change for our region, our city and our most precious resource – our people!
Join the AIA|LA for a day devoted to solutions as we work together to design for dignity.
Gale Holland - Writer, Los Angeles Times
Jim Bonar, FAIA - Founder & former Executive Director of Clifford Beers Housing, Inc.
Matthew Glesne - Housing Planner, City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Will Wright - Director of Government & Public Affairs, AIA Los Angeles
Albert Sawano, AIA - Principal | Architecture + Design Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Jerome ‘Otis’ Odell, AIA - Studio Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Amy N. Anderson - Executive Director, PATH Ventures
Eva Williams - Director, Los Angeles, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) = “Dimensions of Quality” tool
Becky Dennison - Executive Director, Venice Community Housing
Brian Lane, AIA - Managing Principal, Koning Eizenberg (8am to 1pm available)
Cathleen “Cate” Murphy -Author, “Suddenly Homeless” & Senior Program Manager, Innovative Housing Opportunities
Jim Howat - Director of Homeless Services, Volunteers of America
Lise Bornstein, AIA - Partner, Killefer Flammang Architects
Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA - LOHA, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Mark Casanova - Director, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Matthew Haas - Director of Investor Relations and Fund Management, Merritt Community Capital Corporation
Michael Maltzan, FAIA - Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture
Mike Alvidrez - Chief Executive Officer, Skid Row Housing Trust
Peter Lynn - Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Phil Ansell - Director, Homeless Initiative, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles
Robin Hughes - President & CEO, Abode Communities and Vice Chair, Housing Partnership Network
Stephanie Klasky-Gamer - President & CEO, L.A. Family Housing
Theresa Hwang, AIA - Founder, Department of Places
Wendy Greuel - Commissioner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
William H. Fain, Jr., FAIA - Partner, Director of Urban Design & Planning, JOHNSON FAIN
Thank you to Design for Dignity's very generous sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Egan | Simon Architecture
Sponsors: Abramson Teiger Architects, BNIM, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, fsy Architects, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Heidi Duckler + Dan Rosenfeld, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, KTGY Architecture + Planning, Lehrer Architects, Morley Builders, NAC Architecture, NDH Search Worldwide, Rockefeller Partners Architects