Inclusive Architecture

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
PHOTO: Compton Community Center. BASE Architecture

ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture

AIA Los Angeles is pleased to announce our third annual ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture conference, which will be on Wednesday, April 24 (8am – 3pm) at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Our focus for this year will be on business & cultural inclusion, procurement reform and best-practices w/ team-building to achieve greater equity and diversity in the delivery of professional services. The first half of the conference will focus on exploring procurement opportunities with the public sector, including City of LA, LAUSD, METRO and the County of Los Angeles.


This year, our third annual ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture conference will serve as a forum to highlight best-practices to achieve greater business & cultural inclusion, key procurement reform recommendations and successful examples of team-building and mentor/ protege programs and initiatives that will ensure greater equity and diversity in the delivery of professional services in the A/E/C industry.

The first half of the conference will focus on exploring procurement opportunities with the public sector, including City of LA, LAUSD, METRO and the County of Los Angeles. We’ll explore ideas about how to best remove the barrier to entry to gain access to these important contracts, as well as, analyze ways to reduce the risk and burden small businesses must endure once they have a public sector contract.

The second half of the day will focus on private sector procurement opportunities. We’ll highlight mentor/ protege best-practices and expand insight into team-building opportunities to advance more inclusive partnerships.


Architects, Designers, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, Emerging Professionals, Students, Builders, Contractors, Developers, Civic Leaders and Public Officials.

For more background about this conference scroll to the end of this page.

View the 2018 EDI Best Practices Guide


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

8:00AM – 3:30PM

CA African American Museum

600 State Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90037


View the full schedule HERE


$75 for AIA members

$35 for students


$95 for the public


5.5 CES Learning Units


Encompass is made possible by the generous firms who support EDI in the A/E/C industries.

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

Barbara Bouza, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC
Managing Director, Principal, Gensler & 2019 President, AIA Los Angeles
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP
Director of Global Diversity, Principal, Perkins+Will & President, International Interior Design Association
Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor, County of Los Angeles, District 2
Debra Avila
Chief Vendor/ Contract Management Officer, METRO
Peter E. Hendrickson, AIA
Associate Vice Chancellor, Design and Construction, UCLA Capital Programs
Mahmood Karimzadeh, AIA
Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles

Schenae Rourk
Principal, Redwood Resources (Outreach, Marketing & Business Development Consultancy Firm) & President, National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter
Robert “Bob” Gilbert
Chief Development Officer (CDO) Los Angeles World Airports; Program Executive for LAMP; oversees the Planning and Development, Environmental Programs and Airport Operational Readiness Groups
Amy Pokawatana, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Development at Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.
Elise McCurley, AIA
Senior Job Captain, NAC Architecture
Alexis Laing
Senior Project Manager, BRIDGE Housing
Gail Kennard
President, Kennard Design Group

Dr. Giovanni Brasfield, CCA
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Flatiron Construction (initially supporting Inclusivity on the LINXS team on the LAWA APM Project) & Board Member, WBEC West (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC))
Isaac Gindi
Deputy Director, Business Outreach & Technical Services, Department of Public Works, County of Los Angeles
George O. Davis
Executive Director, CAAM
Lance Collins, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C), cSBA, GGP, GGA-EB
Director, Partner Energy & President, SO CAL NOMA
Lynda McGlinchey
Senior Management Analyst, Certification, Outreach, Regulations, & Enforcement Section, Bureau of Contract Administration, City of Los Angeles
Priscilla Chavez, CCA
Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, PCL Construction Services, Inc. & Past-President, National Association of Women in Construction, Los Angeles

Leslie Sydnor, AIA
Director, Planning Project Manager, Cumming Corporation
Michael Owh
General Manager, Purchasing & Contract Services, County of Los Angeles & former Chief Procurement Officer, City of Los Angeles
Mitra Memari, AIA, LEED AP
Partner, ZGF ARCHITECTS LLP & Board Treasurer, AIA Los Angeles
Ziba Ghassemi, AIA, LEED AP
Vice President of Design, Airports, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group
R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Principal, ZGF ARCHITECTS LLP & winner of the 2016 AIA Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award
Mark Pestrella, PE
Director, Los Angeles County Public Works

Michael Anderson, AIA
Principal, BASE
Valery Augustin, AIA, NCARB
Principal, DNA Architecture + Design & Associate Professor of Practice, Director of Global Studies, USC School of Architecture
Kwaku Gyabaah
Kevin Holland, FAIA, NOMAC, LEED AP
Director of Operations, Senior Associate, Perkins + Will
Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA
Ella Hazard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Chief Creative Creature, SuperCreature LLC

Krisztina Tokes
Deputy Chief Facilities Executive, LAUSD
Lawrence Huley
Mass Cali Production, Inc. & SoCal NOMA Chapter, Community Outreach Leadership and Executive Director of CAMP NOMA
Roland Wiley, AIA
Principal, RAW International
Jose Ometeotl
City Manager, City of Lynwood

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ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture will also highlight the value-add that inclusive architecture brings to society and how we all gain from a multifaceted profession. Throughout the day, speakers and audience members will describe experiences; contribute best practices; demonstrate the multiple return on investment diversity delivers to our world; and establish strategies to realize a more inclusive future for us all.


In early 2017, after 14 months of outreach, the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission released “The Equity in Architecture Commission Report”, which details eleven proactive steps to strengthen AIA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. AIA|LA coordinated the first ENCOMPASS in 2017 to focus on inclusive placemaking. The 2018 ENCOMPASS focuses on diversifying the professional practice of architecture. Our 2019 ENCOMPASS will focus on inclusive procurement strategies.

So what are those steps? What is the best framework to implement these recommendations? What metrics of success do we want to establish? We are committed to leading the way forward and we need your participation to make this happen.

Join us on April 24 at ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture and let’s engage in an open dialogue that will set the parameters for how we adhere to this call to action.

AIA|LA is fortunate to be the local chapter of one of the world’s most diverse regions in the world. Los Angels is famous for its wealth of human resources and we are proud to be at the leading edge of diversity. It is that diversity that gives us our leading edge on creative innovations in design. However, we still have a long way to go to ensure greater equity, diversity and inclusion especially when you consider the professions urgent need to attract emerging talent and ensure younger generations seek careers in the A/E/C profession.

In a quickly evolving and thriving Los Angeles, diversity increases the promise of our design practice to deliver solutions. Diversity adds value and benefits to our ability to deliver smart solutions to clients. Diversity, in fact, provides the capacity to better support our own region with the improvements to ensure health and prosperity for all. But the actual composition of the AIA|LA doesn’t reflect the region’s diversity. For example: only 5% of AIA|LA members identify as Latino; only 2% identify as black. As AIA National focuses on strengthening core values, AIA|LA will host ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture to bring practitioners together to address solutions for moving forward.

Focused on actualizing diversity and inclusiveness in order to advance the profession, generate opportunity, and better serve the demographics of the region, this annual AIA|LA conference:

+ Provides valuable tools for Firms and Individual Practitioners+ Highlights best practices
+ Examines case studies of design procedures that lead to inclusiveness within the field
+ Demonstrates diversity’s benefits to clients and users
+ Initiates dialogues that underscore solutions to counter the prevalence of the inherent biases that too often continues to divide A/E/C professionals.

PHOTO: Banner: Compton Center. BASE Architecture