TOURS 2018
PHOTO: The Six. Brooks+Scarpa. Detail of image by Tara Wucjik

Featuring spaces not often accessible to the general public, AIA|LA tours provide intimate access to some of the most exceptional and innovative architecture in Los Angeles today.

These special visits conducted for small groups of attendees are typically guided by the architects or designers of the project. They provide in-depth insight into design and construction processes.

Whether attendees are Angelenos interested in design, or other architects with years of expertise, each tour provides a rare opportunity to look and learn. This combination of insight and unique access, often render tours fully booked within hours.  

Considering a tour? We encourage you to book quickly.


AIA|LA Architectural Tours share exceptional design by AIA|LA members, with prospective clients, design enthusiasts, and peers in the profession. They offer exposure for designer and firm, and an opportunity to present the project in a larger context.

AIA|LA members seeking to submit their work: please furnish an exterior image, an interior image and a narrative of up to 200 words via email to Events Manager Natalie Dalton and Executive Director Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA .

Fully-Automated Parking Structure
Walter N. Marks, Inc. and AUTOParkit™ partnered to open Los Angeles’ largest fully-automated parking structure at the Helms Bakery complex- enclosed in a structure designed by Richard Keating, FAIA.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Behind the scenes this stunning renovation and restoration with the celebrated architect--Brenda A. Levin, FAIA - Brenda A. Levin & Associates.
UCLA Engineering VI
Prominently located on Westwood Plaza, Engineering VI presents a new face for the School of Engineering and provides a range of sophisticated research environments and gathering spaces. Designed By Moore Ruble Yudell.
Awesomeness TV at Pen Factory
Awesomeness is a global media company with its headquarters at Pen Factory, the former PaperMate manufacturing facility in Santa Monica, California. From colorful striations that evoke "pen lines" on the exterior facade to vibrant, colorful interior spaces to inspire creativity, designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM).
The SIX Veterans Housing
The SIX, a 52-unit affordable housing project designed by Brooks+Scarpa, provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans. The SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private "zones" in which private space is de-emphasized, in favor of large public areas.
Wallis Annenberg Petspace
Pet lovers and the AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee tour the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, located in Playa Vista. The space includes an interactive place for pet adoptions, an education center, and a leadership institute, designed by Swatt|Miers Architects.

Downtown West Medical HealthCare Campus
Located within an existing commercial/retail campus just west of South Park, Downtown West Medical’s Phase I is a 60,000 sq ft medical office building, designed by Ware Malcomb, was wholly leased by HealthCare Partners.
UC Irvine Mesa Court Towers
Tour of this 2017 AIA|LA COTE Honor Award-Winning building with architect Bill LaPatra, AIA, of Seattle-based firm Mithun.
Hotel Figueroa
Rockefeller Kempel Architects worked with Studio Collective and a strong team of consultants to bring the historic Hotel Figueroa back to its former glory while also adding state-of-the-art kitchens, bars, and amenities.
AIA|LA COTE Awards Day Tour
AIA|LA Committee on the Environment (COTE) went to La Jolla and Anaheim for exclusive tours of two 2017 COTE AIA|LA award-winning healthcare facility projects: J. Craig Venter Institute and Kaiser Permanente Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center.
Second Church of Christ Scientist Turned The Art of Living Foundation Tour
Designed by Alfred H. Rosenheim with Albert C. Martin, built 1907-1910 and designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 57 in 1968, the church is considered perhaps Los Angeles’s most imposing Neo-Classical landmark and one of Los Angeles’s most important cultural resources.
Innovators in LED Lighting
Tour of the Prudential Lighting Factory with president Jeff Ellis. Zero air emissions, no production water waste, 100% USA steel and aluminum fixtures Los Angeles-made since 1955.

Blossom Plaza Tour
AIA|LA COTE Committee toured this transit-oriented, urban mixed-use development located just off the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. Designed By: Johnson Fain
Under City Hall Tour
Participants of our 2018 AIA|LA Legislative Day had the exclusive opportunity to go under LA City Hall to see it's unique seismically resilient foundation.
Hotel Figueroa Tour
Attendees learnt firsthand from Rockefeller Kempel Architects how historic elements of this iconic hotel were restored, and see how new additions have given the hotel a fresh look!
Church of Epiphany Tour
One of L.A.’s historic treasures, the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights is the oldest Episcopal church in Los Angeles, a hub of the Chicano movement, and an ongoing center for social justice activism and community service. Preservation by Escher GuneWardena Architecture.

PHOTO: Banner: The Six, Designed By Brooks + Scarpa. Detail of image by Tara Wucjik.