AIA|LA Legislative Day Wrap Up!

Last Updated: November 8, 2012

AIA|LA Legislative Day Wrap Up!

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AIA|LA Legislative Day Wrap Up!

On October 26th, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) held its annual LEGISLATIVE DAY AT CITY HALL. Architects and urban designers met with council members, deputy mayors, general managers and other civic officials to present the 2012 slate of issue briefs, which were developed by the AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee to advocate for a better, more beautiful Los Angeles.

During the morning's breakfast reception behind council chambers, 2012 AIA|LA President, Stuart Magruder, AIA reminded the crowd, "Leg Day is all about being present and engaging our city leaders, letting them know that we care and letting them know that we have ideas we can contribute to make the city better. If we don't speak nobody will speak for us!"

An all day event, AIA|LA and its delegates presented the following issue briefs to City Hall leadership:

  1. Expand LADWPS's Feed in Tariffs program
  2. Improve LADBS LARR Process
  3. Optimize the Zoning Code Reform Process
  4. Appoint Architects to Serve on City Commissions
  5. Invest in Green Infrastructure + Green Public Spaces

As an active participant for the past several years, Michael Pinto, AIA of Osborne Architects thinks that architects have to take a more active role in shaping public policy and that AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall is a great way to get started. "It's a day where we, as architects, get an opportunity to advocate for the viability of our profession and its value to the city with the people who make decisions on behalf of all of us," remarked Mr. Pinto.

AIA|LA members serving as delegates representing the architecture profession met with city leaders in effort to open more doors for civic engagement, especially pertaining to policy that impacts the built environment. Environmental Projects Manager for the First Council District, Jill Sourial, recognized the importance of having more decision makers from City Hall meet with more design professionals so that City Hall has a better understanding of the opportunities to advance design excellence when crafting public policies.

"It's important to get a range of perspectives, that way we have engineers, speaking to architects, speaking to planners, speaking to policy makers, and they help us figure out ways to produce a product that works for people. Any kind of cross disciplinary approach improves the product at the end of the day," said Ms. Sourial.

Although AIA|LA coordinated over fifteen meetings with city leaders on October 26, numerous meetings are still ongoing through-out the month of November. AIA|LA Director of Government & Public Affairs, Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA, stated that, "The doors are open. City Hall wants to hear what the AIA|LA and its membership has to say. Now, it's all about the follow-through and the commitment. This is the chance for architects to have a seat at the table and to help shape public policy so that more design leadership becomes an integral part of the equation."

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Last updated: 09-Dec-2012 08:23 AM
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