a summer series by Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA

Are you curious to learn more about the individuals who work in city government?

In early June, as a way for our membership of 3200+ architects and designers to further connect with the people that work for public agencies in the Los Angeles region, I reached out to a few dozen government employees and asked them each to share their personal thoughts about architecture, design and what Los Angeles means to them as a place.

Over the course of the next several months, we will feature these short profiles to further inspire dialogue with our design community about the personal contributions we all make to the public realm.

If you'd like to share your thoughts or have ideas for individuals that you'd like to hear from, please contact me at

Miguel A. Santana
City Administration Officer, City of Los Angeles

How long have you worked for the City of Los Angeles?
4 years

What project are you working on right now that you're most excited about?
Continuing to strengthen the city's finances and to improve the delivery of services.

What gives Los Angeles a sense of place?

What's your daily connection to architecture and design like?
Inmonitoring the convention center remodel project and as Chair of various City bond oversight committees that build or refurbish libraries, parks, zoo exhibits, bridges, animal shelters and police and fire stations.

In your opinion, what makes Los Angeles "Los Angeles"?
Los Angeles is the place where anything is possible.

It's the year 2113 - describe what you see from the front steps of City Hall?
A vibrant, expansive Grand Park surrounded by housing, commerce, culture and innovation.

In your opinion, who is tomorrow's most interesting Angeleno?
"Leticia A":  An undocumented college student who is determined to make a contribution to our community and achieve a better life for herself and her family.

What's your favorite building/ place in the world?
A 360 degree view of the city from the Observatory on a clear day after a winter storm.
Last updated: 10-Jun-2013 12:39 PM
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