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Design for Dignity 2021 Program


D4D update: to make Design for Dignity more accessible, the AIALA has introduced a new ticket structure: purchase two tickets and receive two comps for colleagues, clients, staff members.

Our 6th annual Design For Dignity conference will highlight best-practices and highlight the work of architects, contractors, housing developers, clients, funders, and service providers delivering housing and supportive services to peoples and communities throughout the region.

This year’s conference includes a new element: a series of 10-minute ‘deep dives’ (20 individual short talks in all) that showcase built projects and successfully implemented programs (and coalitions), from which we can learn more about what’s working well and identify specific areas where we need to improve processes, procedures, and outcomes.

The support of abode communities | architecture and Egan | Simon Architecture makes this conference possible. Thank you.



We hear stories all of the time about how difficult it is to build housing in the Los Angeles region. Public policy, the entitlements process, and design engagement that is forced to reinvent the wheel each time are part of this unwieldy equation. We see the results around us. Refugee encampments are now more prevalent than ever. Misery and suffering are now more visible on every street corner — serving as a constant reminder that our overarching housing system is broken and we need to embrace the depth and complexity of this crisis with urgency, compassion, and highly effective solutions.

Let’s speak openly and honestly about the true costs of providing dignity for our houseless friends, neighborhoods and families, or of not doing so.

Once we can paint a clearer picture of where we are, we can better navigate the complexity of competing needs and priorities, and pave a smoother, faster, more efficient and less costly road to success.


Day 1 – Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 8:00A – 12:00P | Register Here

Day 2 – Friday, June 25, 2021 | 8:00A – 12:00P | Register Here

Design for Dignity 2021 is a Virtual Conference

3 LU/HSW per Day




AIA Member
$60 – 2 Day Pass
$40 – 1 Day Pass

$90 – 2 Day Pass
$60 – 1 Day Pass


Design for Dignity Wrap-Up
Amidst an escalating homelessness crisis, the solutions to ameliorate the crisis that were presented at Design for Dignity are more important than ever. Stay informed: read the wrap-up of the event which contains a summary of what was presented.
Collaboratively Exploring What It Means to PHEAL
This session will explore the Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy and Leadership principles developed at the peak of the contagion by the PHEAL Collective—an ad hoc group of over 70 national professionals from the fields of planning, architecture, engineering, public health, landscape architecture, the arts and others.


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View the program here.

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Alice Kimm, FAIA
Principal, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects & Co-Founder, Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI)
Dana Cuff, PhD
Director, cityLAB, UCLA
Elizabeth Funk
Founder & CEO, Dignity Capital
Iris Anna Regn
Civic Art Project Manager, Special Projects, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
Brian Lane, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal, KoningEizenberg
Ali Barar, AIA
Principal, GGA+

Lise Bornstein, AIA, LEED AP
Partner, KFA Architecture
Denice Wint, LEED AP
Director of Real Estate Development, EAH Housing
Mark Oberholzer, AIA
Associate Principal, KTGY
Nika Soon-Shiong
Executive Director, Fund for Guaranteed Income (F4GI)
Michael H Anderson, AIA, NOMA
Principal, Anderson Barker, Inc.
Gail Peter Borden, FAIA
Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston & Principal, Borden Partnership & Author, “City of Refugees”

Peter Jay Zweig, FAIA
Professor & Curator of International Exhibitions, Gerald. D Hines College of Architecture + Design, University of Houston & Author, “City of Refugees”
Sarah Stripp
Program Manager, Springboard To Opportunities
François Bar
Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, USC
Gio Aliano, AIA
Principal Architect, Abode Communities | Architecture
Greg Comanor
Partner, Daylight Community Development
Kelsey Madigan, LCSW
Director of Interim Housing, LA Family Housing

Mark Lahmon, AIA, LEED AP
Rosanne Haggerty
President & CEO, Community Solutions
Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA
Founder & Design Principal, Lorcan O' Herlihy Architects
Jennifer McElyea
Senior Managing Partner, Watt Investment Partners
Jonas Weber, AIA, LEED AP
Associate and Modular Lead, David Baker Architects
Karla Grijalva, AIA
Senior Associate, NAC Architecture

Arielle Rouleau, AIA, LEED AP
Associate & Project Architect, AC Martin
Marina Quiñonez, R.A.
Senior Architect, Architectural Division, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
Molly Rysman
Chief Program Officer, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Wade Killefer, FAIA
President, AIA Los Angeles & Partner Emeritus, KFA, LLP
Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA
Partner, LehrerArchitects LA
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA
Founding Partner, LehrerArchitects LA

Principal Architect, EGAN | SIMON architecture
Hon. Sydney Kamlager
Senator, District #30, State of California
Joanne Price
VP Real Estate & Operations, LifeMoves
Aubrey Merriman
Chief Executive Officer, LifeMoves
Farooq Ameen, AIA
Principal, City Design Studio
Amy Anderson
Senior Vice President, Social Impact Lead, Wells Fargo

Presenting Sponsor

Champion Sponsor

Student Scholarship

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