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Mia Lehrer, FASLA
Founder - Mia Lehrer + Associates

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become an architect?
    I decided I wanted to be a builder of sorts very young loved visiting construction sites with my dad.
  • Who has inspired you and/or influenced your career the most? And how?
    I did not discover landscape architecture till I was in graduate school for planning and I experienced a retrospective of Olmsted's drawings for Central Park. They were exquisite 8-foot-long pencil drawings.
  • What are your recommendations for increasing diversity in the workplace and within the design process particularly?
    We find that diverse people are attracted to us, probably because we are a diverse group of people already. Diversity comes hand in hand with your values as a person and a firm. It can be forced. We are interested in building community thru design. This means having talented people from many cultures and backgrounds who can relate to the diverse city we live and work in.
  • As a woman, what are your thoughts on the Los Angeles region as a place to work?
    First, women anywhere make their own path and deal with work/life balance differently in different cultures. Second, LA is a very rich and diverse place with unconventional geography and culture. Because of this, you find people who are open-minded. This creates an energy around issues and projects that is very exciting.

Mia Lehrer, FASLA

Founder, Mia Lehrer + Associates

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, is the founder of the Los Angeles-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A), known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. A native of El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has applied landscape and urban design innovation and technical expertise on complex Design/Build infrastructure projects, and continues to play a significant leadership role in project stakeholder outreach and consensus building. She has been personally engaged in urban initiatives that include the recalibration of significant works of infrastructure such as channelized rivers, sea ports, military air stations and oil fields from single purpose sites to multi-purpose community resources. Her design excellence and environmental leadership enables government agencies, communities, and stakeholders to create an interconnected system of meaningful open space through well-conceived projects. Within this process, the role of infrastructure is examined for opportunities to improve the relationship between the built environment, natural ecology, and community, thereby enhancing the functionality, mobility, efficiency, and integrity of place.

Last updated: 09-Feb-2015 04:37 PM
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