THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY:  a summer series by Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA

Are you curious to learn more about the individuals who work in city government?  

Over the course of the summer, as a way for our membership of 3200+ architects and designers to further connect with the people that work for public agencies in the Los Angeles region, I am reaching out to a few dozen government employees and asking them each to share their personal thoughts about architecture, design and what Los Angeles means to them as a place.

Over the course of the next several months, we will feature these short profiles to further inspire a dialogue with our design community about the personal contributions we all make to the public realm.

If you'd like to share your thoughts or have suggestions for individuals that you'd like to hear from, please contact me at Will{at}aialosangeles.org
 

MICHAEL SHULL
Assistant General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles.  
Oversees Planning, Construction and Maintenance for Rec & Parks

How long have you worked for the City of Los Angeles:  

23 years

What project are you working on right now that you're most excited about?  

The 50 Parks Initiative.  Expanding and adding vitally needed parks across the City.

Describe some of your favorite features that give Los Angeles a sense of place:  
I would say it is many things from the beaches including special venues like Venice Beach to its core like Hollywood, Griffith Park, the Observatory and then to its close vicinity to the mountains, nature, fishing, skiing and camping.  It is very unique, especially for someone who did not grow up here.

What's your daily connection to architecture and design like?  

I Interact daily with all types of designers from the public and private side mainly in review of proposed park improvements.  I am always looking to address a sensible approach to design that fills a public need and is sustainable for both maintenance and the environment.

In your opinion, what makes Los Angeles "Los Angeles"?  

The variety of culture as well as social and recreational opportunities.

It's the year 2113 - describe what you see from the front steps of City Hall:  

I hope more open space especially since we just purchased two acres of park land across the street from the steps of City Hall. Seriously, I do hope this City continues on it its current path to expand with more open space.

In your opinion, who is tomorrow's most interesting Angeleno?  

There is such a wide variety already.  I could not come up with an answer in such a short amount of time.  

What's your favorite building/ place in the world?

I have not nearly traveled enough in my life so I am guessing I have not found this place yet.  As my kids get older and we begin to travel more, that will be defined by the enjoyment level of my family.  
Last updated: 23-Jul-2013 10:30 AM
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