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Design for Dignity Conference 2019

July 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT

$95 – $135

Design for Dignity: An AIA|LA Conference for Housing, Homelessness, and Neighborhoods

Presented By:  Sponsor Opportunity
Hosted By: TBD
Learning Units: 6 Health|Safety|Welfare *to be confirmed*

The fourth annual AIA|LA DESIGN FOR DIGNITY: Housing an Inclusive Community conference will serve as a forum to identify the key challenges impacting our housing crisis, as well as, an opportunity to highlight the capital, programmatic and human resources available to address those challenges. We anticipate an audience of about 200 to 225 architects, designers, urban planners, developers, housing providers, civic leaders, and community activists.

Our morning session will feature a series of ten 10-minute presentations – with each presentation analyzing a critical challenge centered around community outreach, empathy and reaction, mental health & supportive services, site selection, zoning, regulatory processes, procedures & fees, financial feasibility, the capital stack and alternative housing typologies.

Then afterwards, we’ll convene a leadership panel to showcase and clarify the funding sources available through such sources as Measure H & HHH, Low-Income Tax Credits, Opportunity Funds and State of California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, Transformative Climate Communities and the Infill Infrastructure grant programs, et al..

We’ll break for lunch and then coordinate a series of twenty concurrent, moderated and interactive break-out discussions where each of the challenges will be examined through the lens of the numerous resources available to match-make opportunities and scale the solutions more quickly. Each break-out discussion will establish a policy recommendation to help overcome the specific challenges hindering rapid, healthy and effective housing production.

At the conclusion of the conference, each group will share its policy recommendation and establish an action plan for AIA Los Angeles and our community partners to execute.

Your participation in our 4th annual Design For Dignity will be fundamental to its success.


8:o0am   Breakfast & Networking


Barbara Bouza, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, EDACManaging Director, Principal, GENSLER & 2019 President, AIA Los Angeles

8:40am   THE “CHALLENGE” PRESENTERS (10 minutes each)

Allan J. AbshezPartner, Loeb & Loeb LLP and Housing Product Council Chair, ULI-LA
Becky DennisonExecutive Director, Venice Community Housing
Michelle Espinosa CoulterDirector of Artist Housing, Meta Housing Corporation
Albert GrazioliAsset Development Director, LAUSD
Christopher HawthorneChief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles
Sarah JessupChief Investment Officer, FlyawayHomes & Board Chair of The People Concern
Caroline Kelly, JD former Chair, Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission
Sarah MahinDirector of Policy & Systems, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Tommy NewmanDirector of Public Affairs, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Bill PickelExecutive Director, Brilliant Corners
Lara RegusSenior Vice President, Development, Abode Communities
Molly RysmanHousing and Homelessness Deputy, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

10:40am   Coffee Break // Interaction


Amy N. AndersonExecutive Director, PATH Ventures
David AmbrozExecutive Director, Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility, Disney | ABC Television Group
Patrick D. SpillaneSenior Vice President, I D S Real Estate Group & Board Chair, Skid Row Housing Trust
Tunua Thrash-Ntuk – Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)
Jacqueline WaggonerVP & Market Leader, Southern California, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

12:15pm   LUNCH

1:00pm   CHALLENGES + RESOURCES = SOLUTIONS (Break-out Discussions)

BREAK-OUT TABLE FACILITATORS: (Concurrent Table Talks Led by……)

Meredith BerksonHomeless Initiative, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles
Kishani De SilvaFUSE Executive Fellow, Los Angeles County Development Authority
John S. Egan, AIA, NCARB, LEED APPrincipal Architect, EGAN | SIMON architecture
Jose Herrasti, AIAPrincipal, M U T U O
Brian Lane AIA, LEED® A.P.Principal, KoningEizenberg
Charly LigetyHousing Innovation Coordinator, Housing on Merit
Sarah Lorenzen, AIATOLO Architecture & Board Director, AIA Los Angeles
Roger Sherman, AIADesign Director, Gensler
Ben J. WinterChief Housing Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Navneet GrewalSenior Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Darryn HarrisDistrict Director, Office of Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)


2:30pm   SESSION SUMMARIES // Policy Recommendations


3:30pm   Adjourn


July 19
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
$95 – $135
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AIA Los Angeles


Holman United Methodist Church
3320 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
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Design for Dignity 2019 - AIA Member Ticket$95.00
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Design for Dignity 2019 - Non Member Ticket$135.00