AIA|LA presents: MEASURE S and the Future of Los Angeles: a roundtable discussion
February 15, 6:00-8:00PM
CallisonRTKL Inc. 333 S. Hope Street C200 Los Angeles CA 90071

AIA|LA presents….

MEASURE S and the Future of Los Angeles: 

a roundtable discussion 

Wednesday, February 15. 6:00 - 8:00pm

CallisonRTKL Inc. - 333 S. Hope Street C200Los Angeles CA 90071

RSVP to = LIMITED CAPACITY to 60 People.

MEASURE S and the FUTURE OF LOS ANGELES: a roundtable discussion 

Please join us on February 15 as we hear from civic leaders passionate about the future of Los Angeles.  Some think Measure S is the impetus we need to finally get our Community Plans updated.  Others think Measure S sets a dangerous precedent of exclusion and fear.  Will Measure S devastate our local economy and make housing even less affordable?  Or will it serve as the 'crisis of constraint' that allows new ideas to flourish?

For the past dozen years, AIA|LA has been advocating to Los Angeles City Council to invest in a more robust and inclusive community plan update process. We’ve also encouraged city leadership to invest in a long-term vision plan for the city and to re-calibrate our zoning capacity to more accurately reflect the societal demands of tomorrow.  We want to preserve the authentic fabric of the city while also allowing for innovation and growth.  However, despite years of advocacy (and passion) we seem to be gaining rather little traction with our elected officials.  

Our goal is to discover a more effective platform of community engagement that will allow architects and designers to share prospective solutions for a healthier, more inclusive, more delightful and more beautiful city. 

Moderated byMimi ZeigerCritic, Editor, Curator and Instigator

Speakers: (confirmed)

Melanie Freeland, AIA, LEED AP - Vice Chair, Women In Architecture Committee, AIA Los Angeles

Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein - Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice: Creating a Just and Sacred Society

Greg Morrow, PhD - Richard Parker Professor of Growth & Change, University of Calgary

Mel Wilson - Broker/Owner, Mel Wilson & Associates-Realtors


Melanie Freeland, AIA, LEED AP - Vice Chair, Women In Architecture Committee, AIA Los Angeles

A 13-year Angeleno, Melanie is passionate about the role of design and the pedestrian in the city. Since her first project in Downtown LA a decade ago, she has become a key member of the grassroots transportation community and also is a member of the AIA/LA Political Outreach committee. She has been featured in the LA Times, KPCC, Curbed, and Streetsblog, promoting alternative forms of transportation and infrastructure. She volunteers her time to numerous organizations including United Way and the Downtown Women’s Center. Melanie's volunteering and service has expanded Gensler's physical mark on the city.  She recently led the winning team for Mayor Garcetti's Great Streets Challenge Grant. The event, titled FIGJAM, will take place in the spring of 2016; it pairs Gensler with Mayor Garcetti's Great Streets Team, Occidental College, USC, LA Walks, and other local community groups to improve North Figueroa Street in Highland Park. 

Since joining Gensler in 2013 as a Senior Designer, Melanie has been a valuable asset to both the Lifestyle and Aviation & Transportation Studios.  Melanie's dedication to design exploration and discussion led her to co-lead the Summer Intern Studio “Latent Potential", which studied the impact of a growing residential population in Downtown Los Angeles. With over 15 years of Architecture experience, she brings a diverse portfolio of celebrated built work in varying scales to Gensler. Her resume includes the award winning Patina Restaurant in the Disney Concert Hall and the New Face Renovation at LAX. At Michael Maltzan Architecture, she oversaw the design and construction of Rainbow Apartments, Jinhua Bookstore in China, and the Leona Drive Residence in Beverly Hills. She’s worked with prominent artists on site specific installations including the late Sol LeWitt, James Turrell, Jeff Koons, Robert Irwin, & Charles Ray. She has also collaborated with innovative consultants Ove Arup, Guy Nordenson, and metal fabricator A.Zahner Company.  She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.
Outside of the office you might find her roaming the city on two wheels with her husband and young daughter.

Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein - Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice: Creating a Just and Sacred Society

Rabbi Jonathan Klein has served as the Executive Director for CLUE since 2009. Prior to his ordination in 1997 from Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Klein served congregations in Flagstaff, Arizona and Rye, New York. Upon receiving his rabbinical degree, he served three years as Director of KESHER, the Reform Jewish Movement's college outreach program and then eight years as the Allen and Ruth Ziegler Rabbinic Director of USC Hillel at the University of Southern California. Reflecting upon his experiences of bussing, his family's financial struggle, and his brother's life with Down's Syndrome, Rabbi Klein decided to unite the disparate experiences of his ILGWU-shop steward-grandmother Sophie Klein and his multigenerational ancestry into his work as a religious community organizer. Prior to his role at CLUE, Rabbi Klein served on the staff of Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc). He is particularly proud of-and nostalgic for-his first job in the organization, as a Community Organizer.

Rabbi Klein has evolved CLUE from four staff members to a team of over ten, almost all Faith-rooted organizers, focused on the most vital economic justice issues throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  Under Rabbi Klein’s leadership in 2015, CLUE-LA and CLUE-Orange County combined to form the more impactful powerhouse, “CLUE,” with wider reach and broader issue areas, touching on the multitude of issues impacting working people and their families.

Rabbi Klein currently serves on the boards of the ACLU of Southern California and the anti-war Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)..

As an animal rights activist and environmentalist, Rabbi Klein co-founded Faith Action for Animals, which organizes faith leaders to actively protect animals from human speciesism. His advocacy has helped lead to a ban on fur in West Hollywood as well as a ban on use of a bullhook on animals in circuses in Los Angeles and Oakland, and currently he leads efforts within California to curb the practice of Kapparot, a rite for expiation of sin through the slaughter of chickens during the Jewish High Holidays. Rabbi Klein also leads efforts to create a faith-based advocacy voice in cases of environmental injustices that disproportionately impact low-income communities.

Rabbi Klein is a songleader, music enthusiast, and lover of Jewish mysticism. He is the proud parent of his 16 year-old son Rachmiel, 13 year-old daughter Kinneret, and eight year-old daughter, Zimra.

Greg Morrow, PhD - Richard Parker Professor of Growth & Change, University of Calgary

Morrow holds two architecture degrees (undergraduate and professional) from McGill University, two Masters from MIT (in Urban Design and City Planning) and a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA. He was previously a Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Occidental College’s Department of Urban & Environment Policy, and a Lecturer at MIT’s School of Architecture & Planning. Morrow has also been active in practice, as an architect for Moshe Safdie & Associates, Senior Associate for KCBA Architects, and in real estate development in Los Angeles. Among Morrow’s research interests is the intersection of Health + Urbanism – that is, how the design of our cities can influence health outcomes, an area of critical importance, given rising health costs and Canada’s aging population. He is currently undertaking a pan-Canadian study of secondary suites, a study of the barriers to infill development, and exploring a book project on the history of Calgary mid-century modern architecture and urbanism. Morrow was previously the editor of Critical Planning: The UCLA Journal of Planning and Projections: The MIT Journal of Planning, and was the recipient of the University of California Chancellor’s Fellowship and a Doctoral Award by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His teaching and research interests are in urban design, sustainability, smart growth, land use reform, planning theory, urban/planning history, housing and real estate development.

Mimi Zeiger - Critic, Editor, Curator and Instigator

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. Her work is situated at the intersection architecture and media cultures.

She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York TimesDomusArchitectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture.

Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses and Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, and Tiny Houses in the City. In 1997, Zeiger founded loud paper, an influential zine and digital publication dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse.

She has curated, contributed to, and collaborated on projects that have been shown at the Art Institute Chicago, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, pinkcomma gallery, and the AA School. She co-curated Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, which received the Bronze Dragon award at the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen.

She teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design and is former co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She has taught at the School of Visual Art, Art Center, Parsons New School of Design, the California College of the Arts (CCA) and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc.)

She holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Mel Wilson - Broker/Owner, Mel Wilson & Associates-Realtors

Mel Wilson is a community activist and a leader in the real estate industry. He is a former NFL & Kodak All-America Football player. Mel uses the discipline, teamwork, and focus he gained while playing professional football to excel in his business relationships. Mel, a graduate of California State University, Northridge's College of Business, has been a Realtor for 38+ years and reached  a great deal of success in that time. Some of his achievements are as follows:

- Mel Wilson has served 21 years on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) and 14 years on the National AssociationofRealtors (N.A.R.).
- He served as a member of the California State University, Northridge President's Advisory Board for 18 years for four different presidents.
- He is a founding board member of the Valley Economic Alliance.
- Mel was selected Volunteer of the Year by the Los Angeles County Planning Department.
- He served four years on the board for the LA City Fire Commission and one year as the Vice President.
- Mel was a candidate for Mayor of San Fernando Valley in the 2002 Valley Independence Movement.
- He was the 1997 President of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.
- He was the recipient of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year in 1991.
- He was appointed to the L.A. County Transportation Metropolitan Authority Board by 2 different mayors:
Mayor Richard Riordan 1993-1997 and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa 2010-2013.
- He is the approved broker for the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department.
- Mel is the first broker to represent Restore Neighborhood L.A. Inc (RNLA) of the City of Los Angeles National Stabilization Program (NSP) - a $142 million program for the sale and acquisition of residential real estate for low and moderate income households.
- He was appointed by L.A. City Council men Herb Wesson Jr., to the Business Tax Advisory Commission which initiated City County approval to phase out L.A.City Gross Receipt Business Tax.
- Mel is the approved broker instructor for Cal State University, Northridge Home Buyers Education. He conducts education seminars to consumers explaining the complexities of real estate transactions.
- Mel was awarded the Northridge Chamber of Commerce 2015 C.K. Tseng Leadership Award because of his civic engagement and volunteerism.
-In September of 2016 Mel is being honored as one of CSUN’s Fabulous 50 Business Alumni by the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
-Mel is an Executive Committee Member for C.A.R. and has been appointed to Chair of NAR's Federal Legislative and Political Forum for 2017.