Design for Dignity 3
July 13, 2018, 8:00AM-3:30PM
Studio-MLA | Los Angeles, CA

 La La Land Rendering + Logo: Shimahara Illustration

Presented By: Egan | Simon Architecture


Friday, July 13 | 8:00AM-3:30PM | Studio-MLA

Registration Includes : 6 HSW Learning Units + Breakfast & Lunch : Register Below

Sponsorship Includes : Conference Tickets + Visibility + Benefits : Sponsor Here

The AIA|LA third annual DESIGN FOR DIGNITY: Housing an Inclusive Community conference will serve as a forum to discuss implementation strategies and best-practices to address our regional housing crisis.  Architects, designers, urban planners, civic leaders and community activists will convene to share insight into the funding sources, planning policies and legislative opportunities that have recently been developed.  

Proposition HHH will fund $1.2 Billion in Permanent Supportive Housing over the next ten years.  The County’s Measure H will provide $355 annually for the next ten years to fund services and programs to prevent and mitigate the impacts of homelessness.  LA City Council recently passed the PSH Ordinance to streamline the development of this desperately needed housing. Other ordinances have also recently passed that facilitate the conversion of motels into affordable housing, or facilitate the creation of more accessory dwelling units and garage-conversions, etc.  There was even a County Arts Commission competition for how to deliver more ADU’s countywide.

In 2017, California legislators passed 15 housing-related bills that all attempt to provide a pathway forward to allow more housing in our neighborhoods.  Furthermore, on the docket for this year: The 2018 Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act, if the voters approve in November 2018, will provide $4 Billion in funding sources.

Clearly, we’ve made it a priority to commit to the resources we need.  Now it’s time to further connect with our neighbors and our communities and seek effective pathways forward to implement housing solutions as quickly as possible.
How do we best utilize these new tools, resources and strategies?
What’s the role of the architect and the designer?

DESIGN FOR DIGNITY: Housing an Inclusive Community conference will connect together a multidisciplinary set of practitioners and highlight opportunities for how to implement design solutions that can enliven the human spirit of our neighborhoods.

Confirmed Speakers:
Alice Kimm, FAIA - Principal, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Angela Brooks, FAIA - Managing Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
Christopher Hawthorne - Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles
Felicia Williams - Senior Vice President, Kosmont Companies
Gio Aliano, AIA - Senior Vice President, Architecture & Principal Architect, Abode Communities
Jenna Hornstock - Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, METRO
Jennifer Schab, AIA | LEED AP - Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Jerry Ramirez - Manager, Homeless Initiative, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles
John Friedman, FAIA - John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
John S. Egan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP - Principal Architect, Egan | Simon Architecture
KeAndra D. Dodds - Senior Program Director, Policy and Special Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Larry J. Kosmont, CRE® - President & CEO, Kosmont Companies
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA - Brooks + Scarpa
Leigh Christy, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal, Perkins+Will
Mark Casanova - Executive Director, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA - Past-President, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles & President, Lehrer Architects LA
Robin Hughes - President and CEO, Abode Communities
Rushmore D. Cervantes - General Manager, Housing + Community Investment Department, City of Los Angeles
Simon Ha, AIA, LEED AP - Partner, Steinberg Hart
William Huang - Director, Department of Housing, City of Pasadena

Topics of Conversation:
• How has financing affordable housing changed?
• How are these new funding sources accessed?
• Who controls access to these funding sources?
• What specifically are those funds being used for?
• Who are the developers/clients who are using these funds
• What is the status of state legislation? How can architects support or change these efforts?
• Which City Councilmembers and County Supervisors are directly leading the effort and how can we best support them?
• How can we best encourage more leadership from our elected officials and more compassion from our neighborhood groups?

Register Here student + scholarship tickets please email Will Wright,

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