THE AIA|LA CORE VALUES: FIVE FORUMS - Forum #3: Housing for Social Equity
April 15, 10-12PM
Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery - 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Forum #3: Housing for Social Equity

moderated by Allyne Winderman, FAIA

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 (10AM - 12PM) 

Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery 

6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Forum #3: Housing for Social Equity

moderated by Allyne Winderman, FAIA

Our belief is that communities thrive when people are sheltered and safe, and that justice demands equal access to healthy living environments and affordable housing.  On April 15, this core values forum will serve as an opportunity to further discuss the following:

  • What are the key aspects that define the housing crisis in Los Angeles?
  • How do the two recently passed  Measures - HHH (funding for housing for homeless people and those at risk for homelessness) and H (services for mental health, substance abuse, health care and others) give us tools to address the crisis?
  • What is the effect of gentrification on the supply of affordable housing in Los Angeles?
  • What physical models are available to make housing more affordable?
  • What structural/legislative changes are available?
  • How can our professional and educational institutions promote change?

Allyne Winderman, FAIA teaches Urban Design, and Development at Cal Poly Pomona.  She was the Director of Housing for the City of West Hollywood for over 17 years and was responsible for the production and preservation of affordable housing for the City as well as its housing policy development.  She has taught Affordable Housing and Public Policy at Sci Arc as well as at the Leadership Institute of the National League of Cities and the Redevelopment Institute. She is the past chair of the board of Abode Communities, the pre-eminent affordable housing developer in Southern California.  Prior to joining the City of West Hollywood, Allyne was the Senior Planner for downtown Los Angeles with the Community Redevelopment Agency where she worked on the rehabilitation of over 1,500 SRO hotels, various historic preservation projects, and the Downtown Strategic Plan.  Before joining CRA, Allyne was an architect in the office of Arata Isozaki in Los Angeles and Tokyo.  


Forum #1: Designing Our Profession for Inclusion and Diversity (January 14)

Forum #2: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change  (March 18)

Forum #3: Housing for Social Equity (April 15)

Forum #4: The Impacts of Transportation and Citymaking (June 10)

Forum #5: Architecture and the People who Build- Exploring Fair Labor Practice within Our Profession (date tba)


AIA|LA is producing a series of forums to further engage architects and designers in an open dialogue about the profession's on-going commitment to promoting social equity, inclusion, diversity, and care for the planet.  These forums will serve as an opportunity to strengthen our priorities relative to building healthier and more inclusive communities and further promote strategies to mitigate climate change,

Each forum will focus on one of the many challenges of social equity, inclusion and environmental responsibility with a brief panel presentation followed by extensive dialogue with the audience. Our goal is to generate positive actions for the profession and our community.

These forums will also serve as an opportunity to bring together the voices of emerging professions with active practitioners to define design actions that reflect our shared values. In this moment in history, it's important that we focus on collective action. We hope that you will bring your perspective to help define the path forward.


  • Supporting human and civil rights, the universal respect for human dignity, and the unbiased treatment of all persons in employment, civic, and business transactions
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion as central to our professional mission. This means that we must renew and rebuild our country's social infrastructure—the buildings that define our communities such as our schools, libraries, and cultural arts facilities—based on mutual respect, empathy, and concern for the health, safety, and well-being of all Americans
  • Recognition that diversity is a cultural ethos – a way of thinking or acting that fosters inclusion and enhances our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. We represent and serve all members of society, regardless of race, nationality, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious practices, or even political beliefs
  • Our commitment to leverage the transformative power of architecture to design a better world. This means creating more vibrant, equitable living environments that embody our nation’s democratic ideals
  • Our belief that communities thrive when people are sheltered and safe, and that justice demands equal access to healthy living environments and affordable housing
  • Sustainability as a cornerstone of our work, particularly in light of a changing climate embodied in the 2030 Commitment. We uphold the architects’ seminal role in guarding the planet for future generations, by designing with appropriate materials and systems for energy efficiency, resilience, and health
  • Drive positive legislative and policy outcomes at all levels of government and to promote the value of architects

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