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AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall 2023

December 4, 2023 @ 8:00 am - December 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PST


AIA|LA Legislative Day(s) at City Hall: Connecting Architects & Designers with Civic Leadership

This year, with the exception of a few meetings, we will be meeting in-person with our civic leaders at City Hall, which will help strengthen our connection to the policymakers shaping the built environment.  We will also have several virtual meetings on zoom, as well.  

The annual AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall, our premier advocacy event, began in 1999 when Michael Lehrer, FAIA was President-elect of AIA Los Angeles.

The primary objective of this annual event is to elevate the leadership role of architects & designers and to ensure that we have more seats at the decision-making table.  We also organize these meetings as opportunities to listen more closely to our civic leaders and identify proactive ways to advance our shared priorities.

The architecture community is an essential voice to help shape policies that impact planning, land use, zoning, and the building code.  Because most local policies and regulations impact the built and natural environment,  integrating the perspective of architects & designers earlier in the process will achieve more optimal outcomes.

We will be meeting with our civic leaders to ensure that we are able to build more housing opportunities for all Angelenos while preventing further displacement.  These meetings will also help ensure that neighborhoods are complete, healthy communities with a well-balanced housing-to-jobs ratio, inclusive, equitable, and integrated with a diversity of incomes and cultures.

Available to join us?

RSVP HERE and select each of the meetings will attend.

AIA|LA Legislative Day(s) at City Hall

Our annual Legislative Day(s) at City Hall is scheduled over the course of several days from December 4 to December 13, and will be an in-person event at LA City Hall (except for a few that will be on zoom as noted below).

Friday, December 1

(10:00am – 11:00am) *On Zoom

The 2023 AIA|LA Advocacy Platform & Legislative Day at City Hall Orientation (*mandatory & helpful)

Join this meeting to learn more about The 2023 AIA|LA Advocacy Platform and what to expect during our upcoming meetings for our annual meetings at Los Angeles City Hall.

RSVP HERE #Orientation

Monday, December 4

(10:00am – 11:00am) *virtual on zoom

Councilmember John Lee Council District 12, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District12

(2:15pm – 3:00pm) *virtual on zoom

Matt SzaboCity Administrative Officer, City of Los Angeles


Tuesday, December 5

(9:30am – 10:00am) *In Person at LA City Hall

Councilmember Heather Hutt Council District #10, City of Los Angeles

RSVP Here #District10

(10:00am – 11:00am) *In Person at LA City Hall

Vincent P. Bertoni, AICPDirector of Planning, Los Angeles City Planning


(1:00pm – 2:00pm) *In Person at LA City Hall

Councilmember Nithya RamanCouncil District #4, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District4

(2:00pm – 3:00pm) *In Person at LA City Hall

Sean Starkey – Policy Director, Office of Councilmember Monica Rodriquez – Council District #7, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District7

(3:00pm – 4:00pm) *In Person at LA City Hall

Councilmember Bob BlumenfieldCouncil District #3, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District3

Wednesday, December 6

(1:00pm – 1:30pm) *Virtual on Zoom

Councilmember Tim McOsker – Council District #15, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District15

(2:00pm – 3:00pm) *Virtual on Zoom

Lamont Cobb – Planning Director, Office of Councilmember Imelda Padilla & Nayda Cantabrana – Planning Deputy, Office of Councilmember Imelda Padilla

RSVP HERE #District6

Thursday, December 7

(8:00am – 9:30am)  *In Person Breakfast Reception at BOE 

Ted Allen, P.E.City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP – Chief Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

Steven Fierce, AIA – Architectural Division, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

LOCATION: City of LA Bureau of Engineering (Main Office) – 1149 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015


(10:00am – 11:00am)  *In Person at LA City Hall

Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley – Office of Mayor Karen Bass, City of Los Angeles


(11:00am – 12:00am)  *In Person at LA City Hall

Kenneth Mejia, CPACity Controller of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #Controller

(2:00pm – 3:00pm)  *In Person at LA City Hall

Helen Campbell, AICP – Planning Director, Office of Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez


Friday, December 8

(2:15pm – 3:00pm)  *In Person at LA City Hall

Dylan SittigPlanning Director, Office of Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky

RSVP HERE #District#5

(3:30pm – 4:30pm) *In Person at LA City Hall

Deputy Mayor Erin Bromaghim & Deputy Mayor Randall Winston – Office of Mayor Karen Bass, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #DMBromaghim&Winston

Monday, December 11

(12:00pm – 1:30pm) – *Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Osama Younan, P.E.General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety


Wednesday, December 13

(3:00pm – 4:00pm)  *In Person at LA City Hall

Council President Paul KrekorianCouncil District #2, City of Los Angeles

RSVP HERE #District2

RSVP HERE and select each of the meetings will attend.


and more meetings are to be announced…

If you’d like to get more involved in helping to shape our biggest advocacy event of the year, then please reach out to me at will@aialosangeles.org.


The 2023 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

The 2022 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

The 2021 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

The 2020 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

The 2019 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

The 2018 AIA LA Advocacy Platform

Strategic objectives include:

  • To change the nature of the architecture profession and inspire architects to become more civically engaged, i.e., to be a designer and a citizen are one and the same.
  • To change the culture of our City and our civic leadership: architects and system-wide design-thinking need to become a more integral aspect of their mental landscape.

We aim to achieve this by creating:

  1. An open and inclusive initiative that is strategically programmed with relevant and progressive action items and policy platforms, which will further connect the shared values of a multi-disciplinary group of architects, urban designers, city planners, and policymakers to help make a healthier, more beautiful and more highly functional Los Angeles region.
  2. A committed group of task-force member volunteers (Political Outreach Committee) comprised of architects that establish an annual slate of issue briefs and policy recommendations.
  3. Targeted ‘virtual’ meetings with council members, deputy mayors, general managers, and commissioners. We aim to schedule the critical mass of these meetings on one day (December 3, 2020) at Los Angeles City Hall. However, additional meetings will be coordinated throughout the year with more public agencies throughout the region, such as METRO, Los Angeles County, LAUSD, and the cities of Culver City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Beverly Hills, etc.

Will you join us?
To be successful, AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall will rely on a committed group of AIA members to serve as a critical leadership resource. If you’re interested in getting more involved, please RSVP to will@aialosangeles.org to receive more details.

To prepare for December 7th, we will organize a virtual de-briefing roundtable discussion in advance to share our annual advocacy platform and bring everyone up to speed on how to best prepare for our annual Legislative Day at City Hall.

To discover which City Council District you live in, check online HERE.

Please note:  this is an exclusive opportunity for AIA members, AIA Associates, and AIA Allied Affiliated Members.  If you’d like to join the AIA, then please CLICK HERE for more details.

The Leadership of the AIA|LA Government Outreach (GO!) Committee:


Rick Corsini, AIA – Principal, Corsini Stark Architects

Rick Corsini, AIA was born in Los Angeles and received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. In addition to over 25 years of professional practice, Rick has held faculty appointments at schools of architecture including Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and the University of Southern California.




Chava Danielson, AIA – Principal, DSH // architecture

Chava Danielson, AIA, is the Principal of DSH // architecture with specialties in design, project advocacy, and serving non-profit organizations. She focuses on imparting beauty and sensitive programming to recharge underserved neighborhoods through educational, therapeutic, and residential projects for non-profits committed to the community.

Danielson leads DSH’s civic and child-centered work, including early education centers in which alternatives to conventional practices are employed to spark curiosity and wonder in the minds of young children. Larchmont Charter High School at Lafayette Park, inventive adaptive reuse of the former New York Life Insurance headquarters, catalyzed the neighborhood’s revitalization and continues DSH’s forward-looking approach to historic preservation.

Danielson is an Adjunct Professor at Otis College of Art + Design where she teaches design studio and courses in urban history and theory. She served as chair of the Political Outreach Committee of the AIA Los Angeles, as Director for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and as a founding board member of Larchmont Charter School. She holds a M.Arch. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.


Tracy Stone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Principal Architect, Tracy A. Stone Architect

Tracy received a BA from Cornell University in New York and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent five years working for award-winning architects Raymond and Finn Kappe before receiving her architectural license in 1989 and subsequently started her own firm, Tracy A. Stone Architect, in 1991.

Tracy is an AIA member, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an approved Historical Consultant through the City of Los Angeles. When not at work, Tracy can be found reliving her Hawaiian roots by hula dancing at the local luau or bouncing down rough desert roads on the way to a secluded campsite.





Casey Shenton Hughes, AIAPrincipal, Casey Hughes Architects (CHA)

Casey Hughes is the Principal of Casey Hughes Architects (CHA). He has worked on a wide range of architectural projects including design, construction management, and documentation of single and multi-family residences, retail and restaurant spaces, as well as educational and cultural facilities. CHA’s work has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in Architecture and an AIA Merit Award for Residential Architecture.

Hughes received a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), graduating valedictorian. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the work of CHA work was selected to appear in has been featured in various books and periodicals such as Dwell Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

Hughes is a committee member of the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Committee, reviewing planning projects in Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, and Sycamore Grove. He was also appointed to the SCI-Arc Alumni Council, where he is spearheading a publication that celebrates Alumni achievements for SCI-Arc’s 50th anniversary.



For more information, please contact:

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
American Institute of Architects | Los Angeles Chapter
(213) 639-0764


December 4, 2023 @ 8:00 am PST
December 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PST
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