Design for Dignity: Changing The Housing Equation By Design
Friday, May 6th, 8:00AM-4:00PM
INNER-CITY ARTS - 720 Kohler Street Los Angeles, CA 90021

AIA|LA presents….


Changing The Housing Equation By Design

Friday, May 6 (8am – 4pm)

INNER-CITY ARTS - 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021


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Los Angeles has evolved into a creative, productive, world-class city. Yet, currently, LA is experiencing a severe housing shortage, and has become one of the least affordable places to live.  As a consequence, over 44,000 people in the Los Angeles County sleep nightly without shelter.

Since the delivery of shelter as a fundamental human need is literally embedded in the architecture profession’s DNA, now, more than ever before, is the time for architects and designers to come together to explore the problem in depth and identify strong, workable solutions to solving our housing crisis.

The Los Angeles chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA), will convene a forum of thought-leaders on May 6th, to develop actionable steps that will ameliorate this epidemic.  This is not a conference – but a congress!

During the morning session, individuals with a wide-range of perspectives will present multidisciplinary solutions and ideas: sociologists, housing developers, veterans, builders, innovators and architects, as well as, those who have first-hand experience of what it’s like to be homeless. During the afternoon session, guided by expert facilitators, we will all work together to develop a consensus on positive real steps forward, and develop benchmarks that initiate positive change for our region, our city and our most precious resource – our people!

Join the AIA|LA for a day devoted to solutions as we work together to design for dignity.


Anne Zimmerman, AIA - Principal, AZ Architecture Studio & Director, Venice Community Housing

Gale Holland - Writer, Los Angeles Times

Geoff Kees Thompson - Fellow, Fuse Corps & the City of Los Angeles Interim Homeless Coordinator and a lead author of the Comprehensive Homeless Strategy

Jim Bonar, FAIA - Founder & former Executive Director of Clifford Beers Housing, Inc.

Matthew Glesne - Housing Planner, City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Peter Zellner - Zellner Naecker Architects & Author,"Here Pity Only Lives When its Dead"

Will Wright - Director of Government & Public Affairs, AIA Los Angeles


 Alan Greenlee - Executive Director, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH)

Albert Sawano, AIA - Principal | Architecture + Design Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Jerome ‘Otis’ Odell, AIA - Studio Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Amy N. Anderson - Executive Director, PATH Ventures

Ann Sewill - Vice President, Housing and Economic Development, California Community Foundation

Anne Zimmerman, AIA - Principal, AZ Architecture Studio & Director, Venice Community Housing

Eva Williams - Director, Los Angeles, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) = “Dimensions of Quality” tool

Becky Dennison - Executive Director, Venice Community Housing 

Brian Lane, AIA - Managing Principal, Koning Eizenberg (8am to 1pm available)

Cathleen “Cate”  Murphy -Author, “Suddenly Homeless” &  Senior Program Manager, Innovative Housing Opportunities

Jenny Scanlin - Director of Development, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Jim Howat - Director of Homeless Services, Volunteers of America

John Given - Principal, CityBuild Advisors & Co-Chair ULI-LA Housing Council & Director, LINC Housing

Lise Bornstein, AIA - Partner, Killefer Flammang Architects

Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA - LOHA, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Mark Casanova - Director, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

Matthew Haas - Director of Investor Relations and Fund Management, Merritt Community Capital Corporation

Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA - President, Lehrer Architects LA & Immediate Past President, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

Michael Maltzan, FAIA - Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture

Mike Alvidrez - Chief Executive Officer, Skid Row Housing Trust

Molly Rysman - Housing & Homelessness Deputy, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, County of Los Angeles

Peter Lynn - Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Phil Ansell - Director, Homeless Initiative, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles

Robin Hughes - President & CEO, Abode Communities and Vice Chair, Housing Partnership Network

Rochelle Mills - Director of Housing & Business Development, Innovative Housing Opportunities & President, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing

Sarah Dusseault - Chief of Staff, Office of Councilmember David Ryu & Commissioner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer - President & CEO, L.A. Family Housing

Theresa Hwang, AIA - Founder, Department of Places

Tina Hovsepian, Assoc. AIA - Designer, Gruen Associates & Founder, Cardborigami, Inc.

Wendy Greuel - Commissioner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

William H. Fain, Jr., FAIA - Partner, Director of Urban Design & Planning, JOHNSON FAIN

Thank you to Design for Dignity's very generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:  Egan | Simon Architecture

Breakfast Sponsors:  Abode Communities, Killefer Flammang Architects

Sponsors: Abramson Teiger Architects, BNIM, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, fsy Architects, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Heidi Duckler + Dan Rosenfeld, Koning Eizenberg ArchitectureKTGY Architecture + Planning, Lehrer Architects, Morley Builders, NAC Architecture, NDH Search Worldwide, Rockefeller Partners Architects