AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall 2019
October 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDTFree
AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall: Connecting Architects & Designers with Civic Leadership
Historically, AIA|LA’s premier annual advocacy event has been our annual Legislative Day at City Hall, which began in 1999 when Michael Lehrer, FAIA was President-elect of AIA Los Angeles. With greater emphasis going towards promoting initiatives that highlight best-practices and underscore AIA|LA’s core values of inclusion, mobility, social equity, housing affordability and resilience, and as a direct result of our recent strategic planning process, we are revitalizing this important day at City Hall to make it as inclusive as possible for all AIA members to participate.
The primary objective of AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall is to highlight the leadership of the architecture & design profession, as well as, to help advance planning and land-use goals, zoning and building code innovations, urban design guidelines and other regulatory concerns that impact the built and natural environment of the Los Angeles region, including ensuring that we are able to build more housing opportunities for all Angelenos while preventing further displacement.
AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall will also serve as a way to celebrate programs and strategies that are working well to ensure that neighborhoods are complete communities with a well-balanced housing-to-jobs ratio and integrated with a diversity of incomes and cultures.
For 2019, we look forward to scheduling meetings with: (to be confirmed)
- Gil Cedillo – Councilmember, District 1, City of Los Angeles
- Paul Krekorian – Councilmember, District 2, City of Los Angeles
- Bob Blumenfeld – Councilmember, District 3, City of Los Angeles
- David E. Ryu – Councilmember, District 4, City of Los Angeles
- Paul Koretz – Councilmember, District 5, City of Los Angeles
- Nury Martinez – Councilmember, District 6, City of Los Angeles
- Monica Rodriguez – Councilmember, District 7, City of Los Angeles
- Marqueece Harris-Dawson – Councilmember, District 8, City of Los Angeles
- Curren D. Price, Jr. – Councilmember, District 9, City of Los Angeles
- Herb J. Wesson, Jr. – Council President, District 10, City of Los Angeles
- Mike Bonin – Councilmember, District 11, City of Los Angeles
- John Lee – Councilmember, District 12, City of Los Angeles
- Mitch O’Farrell – Councilmember, District 13, City of Los Angeles
- Jose Huizar – Councilmember, District 14, City of Los Angeles
- Joe Buscaino – Councilmember, District 15, City of Los Angeles
- Ana Guerrero – Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Mike Feuer – City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
- Michel R. Moore – Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department
- Vince Bertoni, AICP – Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles
- Seleta Reynolds – General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
- Barbara Romero – Deputy Mayor, Mayor’s Office of City Services
- Brenda Shockley – Deputy Mayor, Economic Opportunity, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Amanda Daflos – Director, Innovation Team, Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation
- John L. Reamer, Jr. – Interim General Manager, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles
- Michael A. Shull – General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
- Frank M. Bush – General Manager, Superintendent of Building, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
- Raquel Beltrán – General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, City of Los Angeles
- Ron Galperin – Controller, City of Los Angeles
- Sharon Tso – Chief Legislative Analyst, City of Los Angeles
- Richard H. Llewellyn, Jr. – City Administrative Officer, City of Los Angeles
- Kevin James – President, Board of Public Works Commission, City of Los Angeles
- Cecilia Cabello – Vice President, Board of Public Works Commission, City of Los Angeles
- Mike Davis – President Pro Tempore, Board of Public Works Commission, City of Los Angeles
- Aura Garcia – Commissioner, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
- Jessica M. Caloza – Commissioner, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
- Gary Lee Moore, PE, ENV SP – City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works
- and many more meetings to be announced ASAP.
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 needs to become a more integral aspect of their mental landscape.
We aim to achieve this by creating:
- 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.
- 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.
- Targeted meetings with council members, deputy mayors, general managers, and commissioners. We aim to schedule the critical mass of these meetings on one day (October 23, 2019) 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 below. To prepare for October 23rd, we will organize a roundtable discussion on October 16 (6 PM) at Hanson LA in Downtown LA 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.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Will Wright
The Leadership of the AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee:
- 2019 Chair: Douglas Hanson, AIA, ASID – President, Hanson LA
- Vice-Chair/Chair-elect: Jose Herrasti, AIA – Principal, MUTUO
- Past-Chair: D. Rocky Rockefeller, AIA – Senior Partner, Rockefeller Kempel Architects
Douglas Hanson, AIA, ASID – President, Hanson LA
Douglas Hanson is a Los Angeles based architect who has worked with some of the world’s leading architectural firms designing major cultural, commercial, and residential projects in Asia, Europe, and North America. With over three decades of professional experience, Hanson launched his eponymous firm, HansonLA, in 2010.
Early in his career at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hanson collaborated on major European projects from design through construction. In Barcelona, Hanson managed Vila Olimpica, a collaboration between SOM and Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Hanson then joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates in 1992 as a Senior Associate and Project Architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He worked closely with the Guggenheim Foundation and the local Basque developer as the project took shape. Hanson then had the opportunity to collaborate with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the California Academy of Sciences. In 2004, Hanson became principal at DeStefano & Partners, and led the Los Angeles office in designing and building a number of cultural, commercial, and residential projects. In Hanson’s current role as President of HansonLA, he is the Design Principal on various residential and commercial projects, and the Master Plan Architect for City Market of Los Angeles, a 10 acre, mixed-use development in the Fashion District, and the Mail Order District, located in Boyle Heights.
Hanson’s commitment to the arts is evidenced by HansonLA’s Support DTLA Arts campaign. Proceeds from merchandise sales go to non-profit organizations; Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, City Ballet of Los Angeles, District Gallery, and Arts for LA. Hanson has served as an AIA|LA board member since his nomination in 2015. He was also recently nominated to become a part of the leadership group for AIA’s Knowledge Community—The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Hanson remains an active member of the NDSU alumni with a seat on the Advisory Board for NDSU’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Hanson has also spoken on multiple panels.
Jose Herrasti, AIA – Principal, MUTUO
Jose is one of the principals at M u t u o, established in Los Angeles in 2014. Jose’s professional experience includes work in small studios & large corporate firms both in Mexico & the United States, including the office of Roberto Sheinberg in Mexico City, HOK in Mexico City & San Francisco, and Eric Owen Moss Architects in Los Angeles. Jose moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to work at Eric Owen Moss Architects where he participated in several international cutting-edge projects, competitions & exhibits.
Jose is interested in blurring the lines of our profession’s boundaries to proactively create meaningful impact through architecture. Through M u t u o, he has been searching for opportunities to foster collaborations and expand the traditional roles of the architecture firm into a more dynamic role with bigger influence on creating built environments and solving complex city challenges.
One of Jose’s interests is to use design as a catalyst for social impact, believing that small, organic interventions have the potential to alleviate big social challenges.
Jose graduated with a Master in Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York in 1997 and Bachelors of Architecture from Universidad Cristobal Colon, Veracruz, Mexico in 1993.
Jose is a registered architect in Mexico, California, and Texas and taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 2015 to 2017.
D. Rocky Rockefeller, AIA – Senior Partner, Rockefeller Kempel Architects
Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, has been practicing architecture for 38 years, building a base of knowledge and expertise that spans the creative demands of the design process to the technical and managerial requisites for construction and business. Prior to establishing Rockefeller Kempel Architects, Mr. Rockefeller was Managing Partner at Rockefeller / Hricak, an award-winning design firm in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2002. Rocky has a varied repertoire ranging from sophisticated and refined residential estates to the complex and challenging engineering requirements of a critical service telecommunications facility. He has coordinated and managed teams of consultants and design professionals using his forward-thinking and highly touted “cradle to grave” project management approach that provides for seeing projects from conception through construction and beyond. One of the firm’s major areas of focus has always been the design of residential estates.
Upon graduation from Lakewood High School, in 1971, Rocky began an apprenticeship for the Case Study firm, Killingsworth, Brady & Associates, first as an office boy and soon thereafter as a draftsman. He assisted on custom residential, hospitality, and mixed-use projects, all while attending Long Beach City College at night. He received an Associate of Science degree in Construction Technology from LBCC in 1974. Shortly thereafter, with the strong support and assistance by his mentor, Ed Killingsworth, FAIA, Rocky was accepted to Cal Poly’s School of Architecture in San Luis Obispo, where he eventually received a Bachelor of Science in 1979.
Rocky is also a well-respected member of the architectural and academic community. For nearly 30 years he has taught at UCLA and at Cal Poly Pomona’s Interior Architecture Masters Degree Programs. A registered architect in California since 1984, and is an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture where he currently serves on the Board of Directors as the AIA|LA Representative for AIA California Council. His dedication to the community is firmly in place as he has served on several Los Angeles City Commissions and is currently a Board appointed Member of the LA StreetCar, Inc. Rocky is CEO and President of Rockefeller Kempel Architects, headquartered in the Smoky Hollow neighborhood of El Segundo, California. He resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Amy, of 29 years. They enjoy scuba diving, travel, sailing and hiking in the high sierras.
For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
American Institute of Architects | Los Angeles Chapter
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90010