AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums Sponsored by Matt Construction

Last Updated: February 7, 2012

AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums Sponsored by Matt Construction

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA



Please join AIA|LA and 2012 President Stuart Magruder, AIA as we coordinate a series of candid discussions with prospective Mayoral Candidates for the City of Los Angeles. Moderated by Los Angeles City Planning Commission President, Bill Roschen, FAIA and Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic, Christopher Hawthorne, the forums will serve as an opportunity for a diverse constituency to learn more about each candidate's vision for the future of our city and the actions they will take to ensure we get there.

While environmental and economic sustainability, resource conversation, enhanced mobility and access, community health, social justice and planning for complete communities are all integral tenets of architecture, we'd like to evolve the conversation beyond those holistic fundamentals. We'd like to talk about what our city looks and feels like! What's it like to experience Los Angeles and how can we build upon that experience to ensure we have a city that remains economically competitive with other world-class destinations?

AIA|LA will ask each mayoral candidate provocative questions centered on the importance of architecture, urban design and city planning and create a score card to highlight and contrast each candidate's response.

If you care about Los Angeles and want to contribute to the dialogue that will move our city forward with an emphasis on the importance of design excellence, then come spend your Friday nights in February and March with AIA|LA and get to know the mayoral candidates!

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

Each forum will be held at the Ron Deaton Civic Auditorium at the LAPD Headquarters Building in Downtown, Los Angeles.

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

Friday, February 17 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry
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

Free and open to the public. LIMITED CAPACITY.

Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
LAPD Police Administration Building
100 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


  1. Outside of Los Angeles, what is your favorite city and why? What can we learn from that city?

  2. What specific Los Angeles projects or urban environments, built in the last ten years or so, do you especially admire and why?

  3. Who is the steward of the LA built environment?

  4. How would you encourage better design and a broader application of good design in the city?

  5. What responsibility does the private developer have to the public realm of our city?

  6. Should the City of LA have any say about the design of major private developments within its borders? If so, how?

  7. How can the Mayor's office effectively communicate that design excellence is a requirement for all City of LA projects?

  8. In your opinion, how important is design excellence in making a city such as Los Angeles an attractive destination for visitors?

  9. The closure of the Community Redevelopment Agency leaves a big hole. How will you fill it?

  10. Regarding the built environment, where did the previous mayor fail and how will you succeed?

  11. As Mayor, what will your position be on the following:

a. The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan
b. The development of neighborhood parks throughout the city
c. Comprehensive revision to the Zoning Code
d. Development Reform
e. Citywide Urban Design Guidelines
f. Active Design Guidelines

MATT Construction is a family- and employee-owned general contractor that has collaborated with world-class architects on some of the most memorable buildings in the western states. Innovative building solutions, attention to architectural detail, and an absolute commitment to win-win teamwork are the hallmarks of our business. MATT's diverse portfolio spans a broad range of museum, performing arts, education, cultural, medical, commercial, creative office, hospitality, entertainment, residential and industrial work. Recent notable projects include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Transformation, the Annenberg Center at Sunnylands, CoreSite Data Center in Santa Clara, seismic upgrade, historic restoration and new construction at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, the NBC local news studio in Universal City, and four LEED Gold buildings at Westmont College in Montecito.

For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 639-0764
email: will [@]

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 08:58 PM
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