On Affordable Housing: From the Perspective of the Mission-Driven Developer
April 26, 2018, 6:00PM-8:00PM
TOLO | 1024 Wilde St. | Los Angeles, CA 90021

PHOTO CREDIT:   LA FAMILY HOUSING CAMPUS Architect:  Gonzalez Goodale Architects

AIA|LA Design For Dignity Task Force Meeting #8

When : Thursday, April 26 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: TOLO | 1024 Wilde Street | Los Angeles, California, 90021 

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As AIA|LA convenes its 8th working group session to advance our ongoing “Design For Dignity” housing affordability initiative, we’re bringing to the table a group of mission-driven developers to share their insight and best-practices.  This roundtable forum will help architects have a better understanding about the challenges and opportunities to deliver housing to the market with better results.  
  • What do you look for in an architect? What issues would you like architects to tackle or be more considerate of, to better serve the needs of the homeless?
  • How are supportive housing projects financed? Is Measure HHH changing how projects are financed and what gets built?  
  • What are the main regulatory and/ or code-related hurdles in building supportive housing? Do you have suggestions for the City Council and other City entities that might facilitate getting projects entitled, permitted, and ultimately built?  Will the PSH ordinance help ameliorate these challenges?
  • What do you believe are the most important issues that need to get addressed for us to build enough housing for low-income and homeless residents?

Moderated by:


Anne Friedrich is President of Menorah Housing Foundation (MHF), a non-profit that develops and manages affordable housing for very low-income adults age 62+.  MHF provides services to assist older residents to age-in-place and offers permanent affordable apartments to homeless seniors.  Prior to joining MHF, Anne worked for the Cities of Culver City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and as a non-profit developer.  She is a Board member of the Brandman Center for Senior Care (a Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH).

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA maintains one foot in practice and one in academia. She is a principal at Peter Tolkin + Sarah Lorenzen Architecture (TOLO for short), a design practice that focuses on residential, commercial, and Arts-related projects, and she is an architecture professor (and former chair) at Cal Poly Pomona and director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.  Sarah grew up in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. at 18 to study at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art. After art school Sarah expanded her interest to architecture getting a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design from SCI-Arc. Prior to pursuing her own research and creative projects, Sarah was a project architect at MBT Architecture in San Francisco (now Perkins+Will) and at Lord, Aeck and Sargent in Atlanta.

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer - President & CEO, LA Family Housing

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer leads LA Family Housing with nearly 25 years of experience in social and economic justice work and an in-depth understanding of housing policy and development. As President and CEO, she drives the organization to fulfill its mission, overseeing all aspects of operations including development, finance, real estate, and program design and management. She served on the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Commission; is a guest lecturer at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), speaking on topics of housing and homelessness in Los Angeles.

Stephanie is active with the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) Los Angeles Chapter and is engaged with numerous community organizations including the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), the Community Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase, and national foundation Bend the Arc. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Bill Huang Director, Department of Housing, City of Pasadena

Mr. Huang is the Director of the Housing and Career Services Department for the City of Pasadena.  The department provides a wide array of affordable housing, homeless, and employment programs, as well as funding for social service and economic development activities with an annual budget of approximately $25 million.  Pasadena is actively engaged in affordable housing with a highly effective inclusionary housing ordinance, numerous transit oriented developments, an innovative housing first program, and a strong local government voice for new affordable housing legislation.   Pasadena’s homeless population decreased by 54% from 2011-2016.  This was accomplished in large part by a concerted focus on providing permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing and homeless prevention programs.  His background includes experience as the architect, developer and/or public lender for thousands of units of affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County.  Prior to joining the City of Pasadena, Mr. Huang was the Housing Director for the County of Los Angeles. He is the former Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Community Design Center (now Abode Communities) where he oversaw affordable housing development and design for numerous housing and community facilities.  He is a former licensed architect with degrees from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  He is committed to capacity building and provides training in affordable housing throughout the nation and helped to establish several leading nonprofit affordable housing organizations in Los Angeles County.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his affordable housing efforts including induction into the California Housing Hall of Fame.

Ben directs housing and community development policy for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In his current position, Ben has led the Mayor's efforts to accelerate the development process for affordable and permanent supportive housing, increase local and state funds for affordable housing initiatives, and implement new land-use incentives that further equitable development near transit. Prior to joining the Mayor's team, Ben was a senior analyst for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC, where he served as an advisor to the HUD secretary and senior leadership on housing, disaster relief and community development initiatives. Ben received his Master of Urban Planning at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and was a fellow at NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. He received an undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature, International Relations and Global Cultures from UW-Madison. He also serves on the Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board, a committee established by the US Congress to oversee the Master Plan to Revitalize the the West LA VA Campus

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
American Institute of Architects/ Los Angeles Chapter
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(o) (213) 639-0764

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