AIA|LA Engages Councilwoman Jan Perry in the First of Five AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums

Last Updated: February 22, 2012

100 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry talks about the demise of the CRA and the resulting opportunities. Video courtesy of City Watch LA.

Spearheaded by the AIA|LA and its 2012 President, Stuart Magruder, AIA, the AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums proved successful, leaving great buzz in the media for the forums of the coming weeks.

What are the mayoral candidate's aesthetic values? How will they reinforce the value of architecture in today's civic discourse?

In a city where land use issues fracture neighborhoods and frighten politicians, Bill Roschen, FAIA, President of LA's Planning Commission, and Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic for the LA Times, demonstrated diplomatic skills as they moderated a peaceful discussion with Jan Perry that included density, developers, and affordable housing.

Perry was challenged to articulate her vision and her plan for making it happen and she didn't skip a beat, stating confidently "I put people to work, I produce homes they can afford, I give them mobility options, I create neighborhoods where they can raise families, where their kids can attend good schools, and where they can enjoy the quality of life they deserve."

In lieu of offering a plan for making it happen, Perry pointed at her track record, beginning with her Planning and Land Use Deputy role early in her public service career to her recent accomplishments funding large projects and building small parkletts.

Stay tuned for this week's forum with Austin Beutner. Do you know his favorite city outside of Los Angeles? Who he thinks the steward of the LA built environment is? How would he encourage better design and a broader application of good design in the city? Come discover his answers to all these questions and more at the next AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums, Friday, February 24th!

To register for each forum, please click on the following:

Friday, February 24 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Austin Beutner
Friday, March 2 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Kevin James
Friday, March 9 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel
Friday, March 16 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti

For more information, please visit AIA|LA's dedicated webpage

Thanks to the generous contribution of MATT CONSTRUCTION, this event is free and open to the public with advance registration.

AIA|LA teamed up with City Watch LA to produce a video of the entire two hour evening along with highlights that feature Perry discussing the [demise of the CRA]( and the potential of Neighborhood Councils.

About AIA|LA:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture.

About City Watch LA:

City Watch LA is LA's opinion, news and information website and newsletter. CityWatch reports and provides perspective on the issues that face us in Los Angeles at the neighborhood level.  Our mission is to promote and facilitate civic engagement and neighborhood empowerment, and to hold area government and its politicians accountable.  

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 08:39 PM
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