Urban Design is about the connection between people and places and AIA|LA's Urban Design Committee invites you to participate in discussions that bring together expert knowledge and a healthy lust for debate.

Get to know our Urban Design Committee's leadership below and join in the conversation every second Wednesday of the month at the historic Wiltern Theatre building.

Urban Design Committee Leadership:


"Not needing to focus on the automobile as much allows us to rediscover cities as vibrant places for people, and draw together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity."

Gerhard Mayer leads urban design and transit integration for Adamson Associates Inc. in Los Angeles, the architect of record for the nation's currently largest and most ambitious transit project - the Transbay Transit Center Project in San Francisco.

 2013 Past Chair: THOMAS M. JONES, Architect, AIA, MBA, LEED AP

"As whimsical as it may sound my interest in Urban Design germinated as a child after living in Tokyo and moving to America. The stark difference created a lifetime of curiosity about “how cities and landscapes are the way they are and how they got that way”. I have been fascinated with the contradictions of the myth, reality and allure of Los Angeles and southern California beginning with a number of adolescent family visits culminating with studying architecture at USC."

Thomas Jones is a project/program manager for URS Corporation. He has over 30 years of experience in both corporate real estate services and design firms.  He worked on the LAUSD’s $22B Schools Building Program, responsible for planning at both a District Wide perspective and for individual school locations. Thomas served on the West Hollywood Planning Commission and was actively involved in the West Hollywood Community Committees for the Sunset Boulevard Specific Plan and Eastside Redevelopment.

2013 Vice Chair: MARTIN LEITNER, AIA

Martin Leitner is an architect who cares deeply about how we live, in our homes and in our communities. Martin has been involved in innovative design projects for public and private clients throughout Southern California and is equally at home in both the architecture and the urban design arenas. He led the development of urban design guidelines for Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Boulevard District and spearheaded affordable small-lot housing designs in South Los Angeles. While at John Kaliksi Architects Martin led the design efforts for the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street project in Santa Monica, which was recently completed.

For more information about the Urban Design Committee or to attend a meeting, please visit the UDC webpage.

Last updated: 04-Feb-2013 12:40 PM
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