8th annual "Design For Dignity” Conference
Making It Happen
PHOTO: Illustration: Shimahara

The focus this year will be “Making It Happen”. 

Design for Dignity will serve as a forum to leverage the expertise of architects to achieve cost-containment, neighborhood engagement/ community buy-in, and insight about how to best overcome specific regulatory and procedural hurdles, hardships, and ‘red-tape’.

The overarching theme will center on implementation and execution, with sub-themes of “Citizen Architects”, policy/ advocacy topics, and technical delivery expertise.  Design for Dignity will help strengthen and communicate the leadership role of “inclusive housing architects” in realizing solutions to the housing and homelessness crises.

The architecture community is in a strategic place to not only deliver technical solutions to achieve high quality design, reduce costs, and speed construction, but to also share valuable expertise at the front end, contributing to land use policy, research, etc.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Design for Dignity 2023 will be an in-person Conference.

Location TBD

CES Learning Units: 6 LU/HSW



Check back soon for the Program.



AIA Member – $120

Non-Member – $155

Students – $55


Support a conference that advances our profession, increase visibility for your firm, and pick up tickets for your staff.

Ben J. Winter
Senior Vice President, Linc Housing
Marc Janda
Senior Vice President of Development, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Brian Lane
Principal, Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Dana Sayles
Owner/ Principal, Three 6ixty
Jeromy Rogan
Project Executive, Morely Builders
Don E. Empakeris, AIA, ARA, NCARB
Principal, DE Architects, AIA

Leslie Sydnor, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
President, AIA Los Angeles & Director, Cumming Corp.
Dr. Rueben Smith
Vice Chancellor/Chief Facilities Executive, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
Anne Riggs, AIA, CASp
Associate / Inclusive Design Lead, David Baker Architects
John H. Arnold, AIA
Partner, KFA Architecture
Raeven Flores, AIA
Associate Principal, Abode Communities
Tara Barauskas, LEED AP
Executive Director, Community Corporation of Santa Monica

Mark Lahmon, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Lahmon Architects
Aham Nwede
Senior Project Manager, Shawmut Design and Construction
Giovanna Araujo, LFA
Sustainability Strategist
Gio Aliano, AIA
Senior Vice President & Principal Architect, Abode Communities | Architecture Studio
Martin Ramirez Jr., AIA, NOMA
Vice President, Gannett Fleming

Presenting Sponsor

Student Scholarship Sponsor

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Friends of Design with Dignity Sponsors

Participating Sponsors

Tracy A. Stone Architect