HOUSING & NEIGHBO(U)RHOODS - a roundtable conversation about a tale of two cities: Los Angeles & London
January 25, 6:00PM
HansonLA Architecture - 724 South Spring Street, Suite 1002, Los Angeles, California 90014

Tower Hamlets Community Housing - Karakusevic Carson Architects

AIA|LA presents...

HOUSING & NEIGHBO(U)RHOODS - a roundtable conversation about a tale of two cities:  Los Angeles & London

Wednesday, January 25 (6:00 - 8:00pm)

HansonLA Architecture - 724 South Spring Street, Suite 1002, Los Angeles, California 90014

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HOUSING & NEIGHBO(U)RHOODS - a roundtable conversation about a tale of two cities:  Los Angeles & London

Please join us for an architectural peer conversation tracing and reflecting the experiences across two cities on housing and neighbourhood architecture. What are the political, economical, environmental and social drivers underpinning new architecture? What is truly ‘new’ about it?  And what are the lessons learned along the way? As a roundtable, we will discuss: Public housing, Private Housing and Neighborhoods,  a human experience of space,  our cities need for housing and most of all, a conversation about design excellence in architecture.

From London:

-Christina Godiksen - Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

-Paul Karakusevic, BA (Hons) March RCA - Partner, Karakusevic Carson Architects 

From Los Angeles:

Doug Hanson, AIA, ASIDPresident, HansonLA Architecture

James Mary O’Connor, FAIA - Principal, moore ruble yudell architects & planners

Christina Godiksen - Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

Christina is a Danish architect interested in urban architecture and neighbourhood development. She has founded a small architectural practice and consultancy in London called CG architecture ltd and Cultural Geometries research community. Christina has participated annually in Los Angeles City Hall Urban design Studio and AIA design review panel since 2014 as part of her on going research into design dialogue at the urban scale. In the past Christina has worked on projects in the uk and internationally with a particular focus on residential architecture and public realm projects, designing from inception through to completion in addition to developing urban design guidelines. Christina graduated from the Architectural Association in London and is a registered Danish architect. She also studied at the Royal Academy of School of Architecture in Copenhagen. 

Paul Karakusevic, BA (Hons) March RCA - Partner, Karakusevic Carson Architects 

Paul established Karakusevic Carson Architects over a decade ago to improve the quality of social housing in London. Since then the practice has been appointed to both the HCA and TfL/GLA urban design, masterplanning and architecture framework panels (in addition to many other panels of local authorities, local housing trusts, leading RSLs and charitable trusts), and is currently working on large-scale regeneration and housing projects and public buildings across London.

Paul now leads an award-winning team working at the forefront of urban design and architecture, all of whom are committed to collaborating with public sector client groups and local authorities. His aim is to deliver successful and sustainable neighbourhoods, mixed-tenure housing and civic buildings that reflect both their unique and local sense of place and the real needs of the communities involved.  Paul maintains a hands-on role in projects and is closely involved with both the design and management of each scheme. His invaluable contribution is strategic insight, a rigorous approach to urban design excellence and an in-depth knowledge of delivering to national standards.  His focus is on high-quality design and building with durable construction materials for homes and neighbourhoods that can stand the test of time and deliver best value for the community regardless of tenure status.

Doug Hanson, AIA, ASID - President, HansonLA Architecture

Douglas Hanson is a Los Angeles based architect who has worked with some of the world’s leading architectural firms designing major cultural, commercial, and residential projects in Asia, Europe and North America. With over three decades of professional experience, Hanson launched his eponymous firm, HansonLA, in 2010.
Early in his career at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hanson collaborated on major European projects from design through construction. In Barcelona, Hanson managed Vila Olimpica, a collaboration between SOM and Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Hanson then joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates in 1992 as a Senior Associate and Project Architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He worked closely with the Guggenheim Foundation and the local Basque developer as the project took shape. Hanson then had the opportunity to collaborate with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the California Academy of Sciences. In 2004, Hanson became principal at DeStefano & Partners, and led the Los Angeles office in designing and building a number of cultural, commercial, and residential projects. In Hanson’s current role as President of HansonLA, he is the Design Principal on various residential and commercial projects, and the Master Plan Architect for City Market of Los Angeles, a 10 acre, mixed-use development in the Fashion District, and the Mail Order District, located in Boyle Heights.
Hanson’s commitment to the arts is evidenced by HansonLA’s Support DTLA Arts campaign. Proceeds from merchandise sales go to non-profit organizations; Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, City Ballet of Los Angeles, District Gallery, and Arts for LA. Hanson has served as an AIA|LA board member since his nomination in 2015. He was also recently nominated to become a part of the leadership group for AIA’s Knowledge Community—The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Hanson remains an active member of the NDSU alumni with a seat on the Advisory Board for NDSU’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Hanson also speaks on multiple panels in regard to the redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles.

James Mary O’Connor, FAIA - Principal, moore ruble yudell architects & planners

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, James Mary O’Connor came to Charles Moore’s Master Studios at UCLA in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. James received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Trinity College in Dublin, his Diploma in Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and his Master of Architecture from UCLA. As Principal-in-Charge, James has provided spirited design and project management for residential, academic and mixed-use urban projects, including: Kobe Nishiokamoto Housing in Japan, the Horace Mann Elementary School and Fairmont Towers Hotel Addition, both in San Jose, California. International work has become a focus, with large-scale housing and planning projects such as the Potatisåkern and Tango projects in Malmö, Sweden, the mixed-use development Project Yoda in Manila, and Tianjin-Xinhe New Town in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. His interest in uncommon building types is reflected in the Sunlaw Power Plant Prototype in Los Angeles, and the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure. With irrepressible energy, James has also led Moore Ruble Yudell teams in national and international design competitions, such as the Beijing Wanhao Century Center, and the winning design for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Over the past 15 years, James has taught design studio, lectured, and has been invited as guest critic at UCLA, USC, SCI-Arc, University of Calgary, Alberta, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Tianjin University School of Architecture, China, and Tongji University School of Architecture, Shanghai, China.

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