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Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Dense-City

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Free – $20

The AIALA Urban Design Committee presents:
A Talk with Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Dense-City Housing for Quality of Life & Social Change

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The presentation will explore projects and ideas from the Los Angeles architecture studio Brooks + Scarpa pertaining to urban development, cultural equity, and access to public space. Included among them will be NEST, the firm’s award winning scalable and adaptable pre-fab kit of parts that can be combined to create three housing types. The system was designed to conform to the typical City of Los Angeles lot size in order to expedite the building of housing stock.

(**if you are a policy maker, elected official or staff, contact tibby@aialosangeles directly to register.)

Housing supply has been slow to meet the demands of the market or respond to the needs of increasingly varied living conditions. Scarpa’s talk will features plans, visualizations, and drawings from two decades of projects addressing sustainable compact housing development and creation of affordable, vibrant, healthy communities through advocacy, innovation and building.

About: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA | Principal, Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Lawrence Scarpa has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design.

Mr. Scarpa has received more than 200 major design awards including twenty-two National AIA Awards, Architect Magazine’s HIVE 50 Innovator Award, National AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, AIA Los Angeles Chapter Gold Medal, Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Architecture Firms (ranked 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively), AIA California Council Lifetime Achievement Award, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Record Houses, Record Interiors, Rudy Bruner Prize, six AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. His work has been exhibited internationally including the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, MOCA Los Angeles, A+D Museum and the Smithsonian Museum. He has been Featured in NEWSWEEK and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009 Interior Design Magazine honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, his firm Brooks + Scarpa was awarded the National and State of California Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.

He in currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California and has taught and lectured at the university level for more than two decades. Some of those institutions include Harvard University, UCLA, SCI-arc, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing and to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.


November 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
Free – $20
Event Category:


AIA|LA Urban Design Committee


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