Complete Communities: A Primer on Urban Design, Architecture, and Planning
October 4, 6:00 - 8:00pm
PERKINS + WILL 617 West 7th Street, Suite 1200 Los Angeles, CA 90017

AIA|LA Presents…
Complete Communities: A Primer on Urban Design, Architecture, and Planning
Wednesday, October 4 (6:00 - 8:00pm)
617 West 7th Street, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Complete Communities: A Primer on Urban Design, Architecture, and Planning
This meeting will serve as a forum to review, provide critical feedback and further discussion of a primer in PowerPoint form that the architectural community can take to the public - such as neighborhood councils, high schools, planning commissions, etc. - to help give them a framework for understanding the key elements that go into urban design, architecture, and planning. In part, this was developed in collaboration with METRO Los Angeles to provide the public an understanding of complete communities and a language to facilitate more informed discussions around the development of our neighborhoods. We welcome questions around content, format and how to speak about density vis a vis the future of our regional development.


GWYNNE PUGH, FAIA, ASCE, LEED AP - Principal, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Gwynne Pugh has been practicing architecture, planning, and engineering for over 35 years. Gwynne launched Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio in 2010 in order to explore urban design and interact more with cities and the populations they serve. Recently he worked with the Boyle Heights community, leading a series of community meetings and focus groups to help inform a set of design guidelines for future Metro Joint Development projects. He has also served as the Chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission and the President of the Planning Department of the League of California Cities. He was the past Chair of the AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee, and is currently a Representative to the AIA California Council. Prior to this Gwynne led Pugh + Scarpa Architects for 22 years, where he was responsible for the design, urban design, design review, technical and production management and general project administration of all of the firm’s projects. During his time as Principal, the firm received over 20 national and international awards, including the AIA National Architecture Firm of the Year Award in 2010, and the 2003, 2006, and 2011 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Award, and over 50 state and local awards including the AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award in 2010.

LEIGH CHRISTY, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

Leigh Christy works at the interface of urban design and architecture. Her public and private sector experience encompasses design, management, and technical realms at a variety of scales, offering her a project perspective that is both comprehensive and forward-looking. She specializes in providing innovative, sustainable project solutions that meet the client’s and community’s needs. Leigh is a member of the Perkins+Will Resiliency and Water Task Forces, the head of the firm’s Innovation Incubator microgrant program, and the leader of the Los Angeles Office Social Responsibility Committee. Using research, teaching, and project work as a basis, she frequently publishes articles and presents on issues dealing with social and environmental sustainability issues at all scales. Leigh is currently working with the Drylands Resilience Initiative on the research and development of a digital tool for water smart planning in arid climates. She also recently collaborated with Gwynne Pugh on the creation of design guidelines for future development in Boyle Heights, which required an extensive community outreach effort.

MARTIN LEITNER, AIA - Practice Leader Cities+Sites, Senior Associate, Perkins+Will

As leader of the Cities + Sites practice at Perkins+Will, Martin reimagines the built environment by envisioning and creating more sustainable, walkable, and livable communities. His innovative design projects focus on shaping the fabric of urban environments for public and private clients. Martin’s portfolio spans the spectrum of project types and scales that make the cities we live in, from individual buildings to public streets and large, complex, mixed-use urban development projects and master plans. Martin is a recognized leader in urban design, with a track record of designing complex urban infill projects and creatively re-envisioning large suburban sites. His nationally recognized work includes the New Downtown Plan for a 105- acre former mall site in Westminster, Colorado as well as the urban design plan for the iconic Hollywood Boulevard district. Martin currently serves as the co-chair of the AIA Los Angeles Urban Design Committee. 

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