The AIA|LA Advocacy Report
June 7, 2018
from the desk of
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA - Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles


RE: CODE LA – The Processes & Procedures Ordinance

A revised draft of the proposed Processes and Procedures Ordinance has been recently released and the Department of City Planning is encouraging written comments and direct feedback by July 6, 2018

A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 26 (6:00pm - 8:00pm) at Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium (100 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

On behalf of the AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee, we will be organizing a roundtable of architects and urban designers that would like to share input on this ordinance. If you’re interested in joining that conversation, then contact Will Wright at

The Building Industry Association: Why Are Housing Costs So High?

On June 1st, the Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California released an in-depth report from their perspective of the eight root causes of why housing costs have skyrocketed. The impediments to housing cited include: zoning limitations, uncertain and lengthy development processes, high input costs (labor, land, etc.), the “unaffordability” of affordable housing, lack of diversification in funding sources for affordable housing, lack of local accountability in housing production targets, lack of public and political support for housing and the unintended, bad outcomes of well-intended housing policies.

Primarily, the emphasis is on how achieving greater housing availability can ensure greater housing affordability. Although I realize that many may have a different perspective on how to achieve greater housing affordability throughout the region, one thing is clear to me - we need to advance a multitude of solutions and embrace a diverse array of visions for how to best attain a California that millions more can call home. We need a multiple array of visions for how to best preserve the affordable housing we currently have and how to we add to the supply smartly and expeditiously while at the same time ensuring complete and healthy communities for all.

To read BIA Report – CLICK HERE.


The State Architect's Corner 


California State Architect, Chet Widom, FAIA, addresses the public in this written message about the efforts of the DSA, and what to expect in the near future.  


June 2018 President’s Letter From AIA California Council

By Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP

Entering June, there is much ongoing throughout the AIA in California, and there is also much preparation and anticipation for the upcoming AIA National Conference in New York. As a member-driven organization, there is never any shortage of opportunity to attend events, be involved, join a committee, and help make a positive change in the profession. A few highlights for this month:

AIACC Housing Congress: May 4, approximately 15 CA housing advocates met at KTGY Oakland, to share lessons learned on local programs impacting housing solutions throughout CA and beyond, and to strategize on how architects in CA can partner for more effective impact at the state level. Chaired by Ric Abramson, FAIA, and with AIA National Strategic Council guest Tim Hawk, FAIA, the group weighed in on opportunities to assist all levels of housing needs, from the homeless through middle-class worker housing affordability; local ADU legislations that are opening up better housing prototypes; the need for more partnerships and YIMBY’s to support housing projects near transit; ideas to shape this fall’s first-ever AIACC Housing Conference; and more.

AEP Summit: May 5, emerging professional chapter leaders from throughout the state gathered at WRNS Studio in San Francisco, to learn of successful programs to support EP members on their path to licensure and toward a long, successful career in the profession (or related avenue!). Emceed by Megan Dougherty, AIA, with a rallying keynote for more equitable practice by Rosa Sheng, FAIA, and an inspiring panel discussion with a few of the 2017 AEP Award Recipients, Melanie Freeland, AIA, Chris Ennis, AIA; Salma Abdelghani, Assoc. AIA Jeannie Bertolaccini, AIA. The day closed out with a special tour of the Chase Center, future home of the Golden State Warriors.

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Legislation in support of Affordable Housing

AIA co-signed a letter from the National Low Income Housing Coalition in opposition to Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) introducing a bill that proposes cutting federal government affordable housing benefits. Supporting affordable housing is one of AIA's top public policy priorities. In the coming months, we will be increasing our advocacy efforts on this issue, especially related to engaging the architects to share their perspectives at the local, state and federal levels.

View the letter >

Call for Nominations: Strategic Council At-large representatives

Nominations are now open for the position of 2019-2020 At-large Representative on the AIA Strategic Council.  

For the 2019-2020 term, the AIA Strategic Council is seeking in particular interest from individuals who embody points of view not already represented on the Council; for example, representatives from related professions, the public, governmental bodies, etc. See pages 9-10 of the attached Council Guidebook for more information on this position.

View submission information >

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

Last updated: 08-Jun-2018 12:20 PM
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