TOURS 2019
PHOTO: Sant Architects. Saddle Peak Residence. Detail of image by Joe Fletcher

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 Associate Director Maria Robinson Glover  and Executive Director Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA .

Henry Mayo Patient Tower
Healthcare Committee in touring the new patient tower at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Designed & built by HMC Architects and Bernards, the tower is strategically inserted between 3 existing buildings; connecting them functionally and fusing their exteriors into a cohesive campus aesthetic.
Animo South Los Angeles School
The new school building, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, came to replace the one destroyed during a massive fire that burned down half of the campus in 2014. It contains eleven classrooms, two science labs, faculty lounge, new administrative and counseling offices and public courtyard space.
New Pacific Visions Wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific
See the Aquarium of the Pacific’s first major expansion with Turner Construction & San Francisco-based firm EHDD, before it opens to the public! The 29,000 sf, biomorphic-shaped sustainable structure will house a theater, exhibition space, and several new exhibits. The facade features 800+ individually shaped blue glass panels that imitate the effect of sunlight on the ocean.
Milken Community School STEAM & Design Institutes
This state-of-the-art creative space, designed by Lehrer Architects LA, strengthens the school’s curriculum and fosters student curiosity for the arts and sciences. In these high-tech laboratories, students are empowered to create anything they can imagine.
10AM Ventura County Medical Center Hospital Replacement Wing Tour
The Hospital Replacement Wing (HRW), designed to unify a collection of existing buildings and create a cohesive healthcare campus, is a major expansion for the flagship hospital of Ventura County. Join this tour led by HOK!
10AM Tour & Lecture of UCLA Outpatient Surgery & Oncology Center
Join Michael W. Folonis Architecture for an in-depth lecture and tour of the surgery center’s design solutions and integration of technology, day lighting, passive cooling, landscape, and other unique considerations of a medical facility. Please note the 12PM session of this tour has been cancelled.

UCLA Geffen Academy Tour
An “Open Library” inserted into an existing building provides an armature for independent learning for a new 620 student middle school/ high school at the southern edge of the UCLA campus. The Geffen Academy at UCLA is designed by Koning Eizenberg. The building into which it is inserted was designed by Ehrlich Architects (now EYRC).
Roger TV Tour
The client Roger TV, is a young, independent motion graphics and animation studio. They intended to move into a 5,000 sf garment assembly warehouse and their design brief required the space be transformed into a creative workplace.
Southwest Museum & Casa de Adobe Tour
Since 1914 the historic Southwest Museum has been prominently perched on a hillside in Mount Washington. Founded by author, editor, collector, and early preservationist, Charles Fletcher Lummis, he intended it to be a “cultural acropolis” that promoted the people, history and cultures of Los Angeles and the American Southwest.
Mariposa1038 Tour
As one of the densest neighborhoods in the country, Los Angeles’ Koreatown is at the forefront of changing modes of contemporary urban living. The design for Mariposa1038 plays with this burgeoning area’s density with a pure cube extruded to fit tight on its lot, and then formed to gesture back to the public street and surrounding context.
MLK1101 Supportive Housing Tour
Responding to an urgent need in Los Angeles for housing catered to formerly homeless veterans and chronically homeless and low-income households, the design team transformed a vacant, unimproved lot in South LA into a 100% affordable housing community, encompassing 26 units of housing for previously homeless veterans and low-income families.
Providence Breeze Ambulatory Care Center Tour
Constructed on the site of an old newspaper facility, the recently opened Providence Advanced Care Center challenges the norms of patient-centric care with a design that finds inspiration in the intimate.

KeltnerCo's Camelot Kids Center Tour
Although they may not know it, the one to two year olds that frequent Camelot Kid’s Little Knights Center are experiencing something rare for a “Parent and Me” center, an award-winning architectural project. While many of these youngsters have yet to speak, there is no doubt that their minds and attitudes brighten when walking through the doors of this space.
Arroyo Affordable Housing Tour
Housing is organized around a big backyard to support young families. The design of the building traces the path of a long-gone “arroyo”, creating a main courtyard with various communal amenities for 64 affordable units.
BOC Stadium Tour
Banc of California sets a new benchmark for the premium soccer experience through its dynamic and engaging design, giving way to elevated experiences for fans, guests and players from game day to special events.
Cedars-Sinai AHSP Outpatient Expansion Tour
Clinical innovation, patient preferences, and reimbursement trends are tilting the balance in favor of outpatient settings for hospital services. Recognizing this trend, Cedars-Sinai has invested in two major tenant improvement projects within their recently completed Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP).
Virgin Hyperloop One Los Angeles Headquarters Tour
Virgin Hyperloop One is the leading hyperloop company launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company successfully operated a full-scale hyperloop vehicle using electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under near-vacuum conditions, realizing a fundamentally new form of transportation that is faster, safer, cheaper, and more sustainable than existing modes.
Embark on a tour of the KCRW Media Center, part of the larger Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design campus designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects. The 34,000-square-foot Media Center marks the first standalone building that KCRW has owned and operated out of after 35 years on the air. Today, an outdoor stage, indoor viewing gallery and a large Performance Studio, in addition to 26 new studios for news and music, allow the community greater opportunities to engage with Angelenos’ favorite public radio station.

L.A. Metropolis Tour
L.A. Metropolis, one of the largest mixed use developments in Los Angeles, is a radical addition to the transforming scene of Downtown Los Angeles. The tour will visit all three towers, and adjoining public spaces, to survey the scale of the project and its incredible Art Deco details.
Passive House LA+ (PHLA+) Tour
Passive House LA+ (PHLA+) by PARAVANT Architects, a recently completed home in Culver City, CA, is one of the most energy efficient homes constructed in Los Angeles County and among the first Passive Houses built in Southern California. The Passive House Building Standard is a way to reach the goal of comfortable, healthy, high performing and fossil fuel free buildings with low energy consumption.
Perlita Passive House Tour
The Perlita House is a 2,120 sqft Passive House and a Net Zero renovation of an 1,100 sqft single family house. After the first 12 month of operation, the all-electric house was recently Petal Certified (Energy, Health, Beauty) from the Living Building Challenge with only 12 solar panels, reaching an EUI of 12.1kBtu/sqft, representing more than 3 times less that the Median per sqft energy consumption of LA buildings.

PHOTO: Banner: Sant Architects. Saddle Peak Residence. Detail of image by Joe FletcherRow 1: Patient Tower. HMC Architects Henry Mayo || Row 2: (L) Animo South Los Angeles. Brooks + Scarpa. Photo Tara Wujcik | (C) Pacific Visions Aquarium of the Pacific. EHDD Architecture. Photo Tom Bonner | (R) LA STEAM Design Institutes. Lehrer Architects. Photo Michael B Lehrer FAIA