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One Day For LA

Join de LaB on Friday, November 7 as we bring together designers and city leaders working to transform Los Angeles. The day's focus will be on urgent issues that Los Angeles faces in the areas of water, transportation, density, and community and how designers, architects, and artists are making a difference in their neighborhoods.


Held at the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens in Cypress Park, Making LA will be a unique event where creative leaders from across Los Angeles will share best practices and investigate new ways to make their burgeoning civic projects a reality.

In addition to the one-day conference, VIP ticketholders, speakers and special guests will gather on Thursday, November 6 with an evening event at Greenbar Craft Distillery's new tasting room in the Arts District.

About Making LA

Made possible by an ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Making LA hosted ten free programs throughout the city between fall 2013 and fall 2014 focused on designers and architects working closely with community and civic leaders to improve Los Angeles. The series culminates with the Making LA conference, a one-day event that unites designers and urban leaders around four key areas for Los Angeles. Learn more about de LaB and follow the conversation at #MakingLA.

Made possible by an ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Making LA hosted ten free programs throughout the city between fall 2013 and fall 2014 focused on designers and architects working closely with community and civic leaders to improve Los Angeles. The series culminates with the Making LA conference, a one-day event that unites designers and urban leaders around four key areas for Los Angeles. Learn more about de LaB and follow the conversation at #MakingLA.

Speakers & Partners

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Evelyn
Wendel

Evelyn Wendel founded WeTap in 2008 to improve appreciation, access and use of public drinking fountains as a means to reduce dependence on single use plastic water bottles. Since WeTap was introduced in 2008 at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach, she developed technology to GPS map, access and store drinking fountain and filling station data. WeTap continues to grow to include a large group of supporters and partners including the California Endowment. Prior to devoting her energy to WeTap, Evelyn worked at Paramount Pictures for close to 10 years and produced the historically important documentary The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Evelyn attended Fairfax High School and graduated from UCLA.

Twitter: @evelynwendel
Instagram: @WeTap

Omar
Brownson

As an Angeleno, Omar is inspired by the way the 51-mile LA River brings our city together. He believes in hope and a world of possibilities for all. In January 2011, Omar was hired as the first executive director of the LA River Revitalization Corp. with a background in real estate private equity and development. The River Corp. acts as a hub to drive forward sustainable land use, civic space, and public recreation to create a world-class linear central park and greenway.He completed a joint-Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design where his team won the ULI/Hines Urban Design Competition.

Twitter: @larivercorp

Deborah
Weintraub

As the city’s Chief Deputy City Engineer for the Bureau of Engineering, Deborah helps to manage an integrated architecture/engineering organization of about 700 people, with 430 active projects with a construction value of about $2.4 billion.  The projects include streets, stormwater infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, fire facilities, police facilities, recreational and cultural facilities, parks, zoo facilities, bridges, and the Los Angeles River. Deborah was instrumental in the adoption of LEED for City buildings, and has extended the sustainability initiatives by piloting the use of Envision for civil projects. As an architect in an engineering-focused organization, she has championed design discussions as integral to the process of project delivery.

Facebook:  LABureauofEngineering

Haily
Zaki

A creative at heart, Haily Zaki satisfies her love for modern design by promoting great companies doing interesting things. She launched Secret Agent PR in 2008 with the specific mission of infiltrating the media in the name of good design. She is also a co-founder of the Los Angeles Design Festival and an erstwhile contributor to Inhabitat and The Architect’s Newspaper. In her spare time, she blogs about her adventures on the Intel Report and is the proud mom of two ridiculously precocious little boys and a 90-pound pitbull.

Twitter: @secretagentPR
Instagram: @secretagentPR

Melani
Smith

As Principal and Director of Meléndrez’s planning and urban design practice, Melani Smith works at regional, community and site-specific scales, engaging project stakeholders in creative ways including pop-up urbanism, visioning, multimodal complete streets, corridor, streetscape, park and open space, TOD, and First/Last Mile connectivity plans. Melani is proud to have been appointed a member of Mayor Garcetti’s Technical Advisory Group for his Great Streets Initiative. She co-chairs the Land Use Leadership Committee of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles and is on the organization’s Advisory Board. She also co-chairs the Downtown 2020 Committee of the Central City Association in downtown Los Angeles.

Twitter: @Melendrez_LA
Instagram: @Melendrez_LA

Kristina
Wong

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, writer and comedian who has toured her work across the the United States, Canada and the UK. Her show “Going Green the Wong Way” earned her the honor of “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. Kristina’s work was recently featured in October in the New York Times. Her newest show “The Wong Street Journal” premieres in 2015 and explores global poverty and features original rap music she recorded with local rappers in Northern Uganda.

Twitter: @mskristinawong
Instagram: @mskristinawong

Alissa
Walker

Alissa writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications including Los Angeles Magazine, Dwell, The New York Times, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. She is the urbanism editor for Gizmodo and a “DJ” (design journalist) for the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and in 2011 she was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities. Alissa lives in a Dodger blue house in Silver Lake where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and authors the blog A Walker in LA.

Twitter: @awalkerinLA
Instagram: @awalkerinLA

Erin
Cullerton

Erin is the founder of Design Agency Co., a boutique PR firm specializing in strategy, communications, and social engagement for the design industry. As the former deputy director of AIA San Francisco, she launched numerous community and cultural engagement initiatives, including the popular Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s first month-long design festival. She has consulted on several national festivals, and garnered support for her efforts from the National Endowment for the Arts, Graham Foundation, and LEF Foundation. She is an honorary AIA SF member, an occasional design writer, and an obsessive fabric collector.

Twitter: @designagencyco
Instagram: @designagencyco

Marissa
Gluck

Marissa is Director of Huge Ideas at Huge, where she oversees the digital agency’s industry thought leadership. Marissa became interested in Los Angeles’ architecture as she was completing her master’s thesis for The London School of Economics and USC. Thus began a love affair with LA’s buildings, sushi and sun. In her spare time, Marissa writes about LA real estate, architecture and urban planning for the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Cities, and Los Angeles Magazine, volunteers as a docent for the Schindler House in West Hollywood, and chases after late night taco trucks.

Twitter: @marissagluck
Instagram: @msgluck

Valerie
Watson

Valerie Watson works for LADOT as an urban designer and Assistant Pedestrian Coordinator. Valerie, along with her colleagues in the LADOT Active Transportation Division, works to promote implementation of pedestrian-focused design, develop active transportation plans and policies, establish effective partnerships within the City and with advocacy and community organizations, and secure funding opportunities to enhance safety for people who walk, bike and take transit. Her work has led the formalization of People St, a city-wide program, evaluation tools, and public interface that offers communities a process for installing plazas, parklets and bicycle corrals, design treatments that repurpose road space as public open space.

Twitter: @LADOTPeopleSt
@LADOTofficial
Instagram: @LADOTPeopleSt

Yuval
Bar-Zemer

Yuval Bar-Zemer was born in Israel and graduated from the Music Academy of Jerusalem. In 1987, he abandoned a promising career as a saxophonist, moved to Los Angeles and founded Dekel Construction. In December of 2002, Bar-Zemer joined efforts with Leonard Hill to create Linear City Development LLC, a real estate development company that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. He is a founder of the Institute for Field Research, a member of the Planning Committee of the New Cities Foundation and serves on the Board of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association.

Deborah
Deets

Deborah is the lead Landscape Architect for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation Watershed Protection Division. Her love of natural process is clear from her work, which like her educational background is rooted in the biological sciences and in fine art/scientific illustration. Her work duties involve design and development of standards for public infrastructure, as well as innovative practices used for public and private projects. As lead for the Technical and Problem Solving group within the City’s Greenstreet Committee, she assists with project coordination and advising for projects by Non-Governmental Organizations, City Departments, and other governmental agencies.

Twitter: @lastormh2o

Mia
Lehrer

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, is the founder of the Los Angeles-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A), known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. A native of El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has applied landscape and urban design innovation and technical expertise on complex Design/Build infrastructure projects, and continues to play a significant leadership role in project stakeholder outreach and consensus building.

Twitter: @MLAGreen

Dr. Lucile
M. Jones

Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as the USGS Science Advisor for Risk Reduction while also leading the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction, to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation. In January 2014, she partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to undertake a year-long study of seismic risk in the City. Dr. Jones is most recently known for creating and leading innovative research projects like ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario and the Great ShakeOut.

Twitter: @DrLucyJones

Jeremy
Levine

Jeremy Levine is the principal of Jeremy Levine Design, which focuses on sustainable and modern architecture. He collaborates with local artists and DIY hackers to create innovative and unique solutions. His work has been featured on the cover of Dwell Magazine and the Discovery Channel. Jeremy is on the board of directors of Side Street Projects, which promotes design education through mobile woodworking buses, and the Harpo Foundation for the Arts, which supports emerging and unrecognized artists. Currently, he is working with kids at a local middle school to design a reading lounge for their library. It turns out kids don’t like to read in a straight back chair hunched over a wooden table.

Twitter: @sidestreetorg

Seleta
Reynolds

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She is responsible for leading the department as well as day-to-day operations. Reynolds has over 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, she led the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section responsible for innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide. Reynolds’ recent projects include protected bike lane design and construction, the launch of a bike sharing system, the revamp of a citywide traffic calming program, and a Vision Zero initiative.

Twitter: @seletajewel
@LADOTofficial

James
Rojas

James Rojas is a national leader in community engagement. He has developed Place It!, an inclusive method that uses artmaking as part of the community visioning process. In collaboration with municipalities, non-profits, educational institutions, and museums he has facilitated over 400 workshops to help thousands of people engage, educate and empower them to transform their communities. He holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Twitter: @JamesRojas

Brian
Glodney

As an Associate of Planning and Urban Design at Gensler, Brian is an urbanist, deeply fascinated with the formation and evolution of the built environment. His work is focused on re-envisioning the urban realm, collaborating with both public and private entities, while positively impacting individual health outcomes and long-term community resiliency. Brian has an innate ability to conceptualize a project, integrate stakeholder aspirations, and build lasting bonds and partnerships between disparate organizations and communities with the ultimate mission of securing a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future. He is constantly seeking to forward the dialogue about urban design and its influence on the built and natural environments.

Twitter: @GenslerOnCities

Casey
Lynch

Casey Lynch is the co-founder of LocalConstruct, a leading Los Angeles-based development firm specializing in urban revitalization. Committed to retrofitting the urban core for a sustainable future, Casey and his business partner Mike Brown have developed and entitled over 1,700 residences along with multiple commercial, retail, and mixed-use projects across the Western United States. His projects include The Owyhee, a historic adaptive-reuse project in Boise, Idaho; Blackbirds, a development in Echo Park designed by renowned architect Barbara Bestor; and a 59-unit urban infill housing project in Eagle Rock with architect Simon Storey. Casey currently resides in Echo Park with his wife Dianne and new daughter.

Twitter: @localconstruct
Instagram: @localconstruct
Facebook: LocalConstruct

Hadley
Arnold

Hadley Arnold serves as Executive Director of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University.  ALI’s mission is to advance design innovation at the nexus of water, energy, and climate change.Hadley work focuses on bringing water scarcity and climate adaptation to the forefront of design education, practice, and policy in drylands. At the same time, ALI brings together designers with scientists, policy makers, and citizens to harness the leadership potential of design vision. ALI’s current public initiative, Divining LA, is a multi-year collaboration designed to advance research, design vision, and ambitious public engagement for a water-resilient future.

Twitter: @aridlandsinst

Peter
Arnold

Peter Arnold serves as Director of Research at the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University. His work focuses on how water, energy and climate change impact the design of the built environment, and how design can positively impact water supply, energy inputs, and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Peter’s current research uses geospatial environmental modeling to assess the potentials for capture and reuse of stormwater, in both urban and rural drylands settings. The modeling may in turn suggest constructive strategies for a well-adapted built environment.

Twitter: @aridlandsinst

Frances
Anderton

Frances is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture aired monthly on 89.9 KCRW and podcast weekly at KCRW.com/dna. She is also a former producer of KCRW’s national and local current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?, both hosted by Warren Olney. In addition, she is a frequent public speaker on architecture and design. Prior to this she reported for many years on West Coast design for The New York Times. She has authored and edited several books and is currently co-teaching a research-based studio at USC Architecture School with Frank Gehry. In 2009 she was made an honorary member of the AIA/LA, and in 2010 the USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild gave her their sixth Esther McCoy Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism.

Twitter: @francesanderton

Bettina
Korek

Bettina Korek is a Los Angeles-based producer, creative entrepreneur, and founder of ForYourArt. In the spirit of Los Angeles, ForYourArt (FYA) is a nimble, non-hierarchical, and independent public practice. FYA functions as a fluid platform and network for the production and distribution of artists’ work as well as the advancement of a spirit of patronage. FYA is known for its weekly publication, Plan ForYourArt—a trusted resource for discovering art across Los Angeles.

Twitter: @bettina_korek @ForYourArt
Instagram: @bettinakorek

Deborah
Murphy

Deborah Murphy, Associate AIA, serves as an Urban Design/Planning and Grant Preparation consultant to organizations including Metro; the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach; and many nonprofits. Deborah is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks and is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She also teaches part time at Cal Poly Pomona.

Twitter: @lawalksdmurphy

Cathy
Gudis

Cathy Gudis is a professor in history and director of the PhD program in public history at UC Riverside. She is a founding member of Project 51, whose Play the LA River invites Angelenos to reclaim the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities. She’s worked with artists’ collectives including the Empire Logistics Group, LA Urban Rangers, and LA Poverty Department, and on preservation-related projects for the LA Conservancy and the cities of LA and Riverside.  Cathy’s recent curated exhibitions explore such divergent subjects as the California missions, the work of Deborah Sussman, and geographies of detention. Author of Buyways: Billboards, Automobiles, and the American Cultural Landscape, Cathy has held fellowships at the Smithsonian, Huntington Library, Getty Research Institute, and Harvard University.

 

Rudy
Espinoza

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development organization designing innovations to responsibly revitalizing low-income, urban areas. Rudy specializes in identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, researching the informal economy, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. He serves on Board of Transportation Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles, the Advisory Board of the LA Development Fund, the Board of Directors for the LA Kitchen, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and the LA Food Policy Council. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.

Twitter: @MR_DOLPH

Kevin
Wronske

A native Floridian, Kevin came to Los Angeles 15 years ago to study architecture. Upon graduating in 2002, he founded Heyday Partnership, a design/build/develop office, with his brother Hardy Wronske. As a truly vertically integrated firm, Heyday handles everything from land acquisition to architecture to general contracting in house. Focusing singularly on local infill housing, Heyday has now completed over 40 homes and is the leading LEED Gold/Platinum homebuilder in Los Angeles. Kevin is a licensed architect and received his B-Arch. from SCI-Arc and his master’s degree from Harvard University. He currently lives in a Heyday home in Silver Lake.

Moby

Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He started DJing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes. He released his first single, “Go” in 1991, and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others. Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Moby’s latest album innocents, featuring Wayne Coyne, Cold Specks, Damien Jurado, Mark Lanegan, and Skylar Grey, was released in October 2013. He also writes the popular Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog.

Twitter: @thelittleidiot
Instagram: @trichardmelvillehall

Juan
Devis

Juan Devis is a creative leader in public media. Devis is currently the Sr. Vice President of Content Development and Production for the largest independent television network in the United States, KCETLink. In this capacity, Devis has had to develop strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses to ensure a new slate of content for two stations—KCET + LINK TV—securing funds and maintaining an editorial vision and cohesiveness for the company’s new mission. Devis has also charted the stations’ new Arts and Culture initiative and is the Executive Producer of the Emmy Winner Artboundconsisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub and the creation programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions.

Twitter: @JDevis @KCETArtbound

Tafarai
Bayne

Tafarai Bayne is a Los Angeles native who has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 13 years, with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting South Los Angeles. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission. Tafarai is currently serving as the principle of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and production. His Current clients include TRUST South LA, The California Endowment, Community Services Unlimited and CicLAvia.

Twitter: @tafarai
Instagram: @tafaraibayne

Lila
Higgins

Lila Higgins is a museum educator with 13 years of experience in environmental education, exhibit development, and citizen science programming. In late 2008 she joined the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHM-LA) where she oversees the Museum’s Citizen Science program, and is also a lead educator on the Museum’s newest indoor/outdoor exhibits, the Nature Lab and Nature Gardens. These exhibits focus on urban biodiversity in Los Angeles and serve both to highlight citizen science projects in the region, and as a training ground for participation. In her free time she leads play workshops and programs for various groups including Disney and most recently became part of Project 51: Play the LA River.

Twitter: @lilamayhiggins
Instagram: @colilaoptera

Daveed
Kapoor

Daveed Kapoor has practiced architecture, development and construction in Los Angeles since 2000, and has completed over 70 commissions in California. In 2005, he founded Utopiad, a land development and architecture collective focused on redressing social justice issues in Los Angeles. Utopiad has designed, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in LA, Santa Monica and San Francisco. With community organizations, developers and city agencies, Daveed works to design and build pop-up placemaking projects which transform underutilized spaces into places for people. He commutes by bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes, bus-only lanes, parklets and pedestrian upgrades.

Twitter: @daveedkapoor
Instagram: @daveedkapoor

Nat
Gale

As Great Streets Program Director, Nat Gale oversees the coordination and collaboration across City Departments and with community stakeholders related to Great Street Projects. In the near-term, project implementation will focus on temporary treatments, including plazas and parklets, as well as robust community partnerships and programming. Outside of the project specific role, Nat will be overseeing the development of citywide policy guidance to help change burdensome regulations or promote innovative solutions that help create and sustain vibrancy on our streets. He is an avid cyclist, dedicated transit-user, and a proud pedestrian.

Twitter: @njg2103
Instagram: @nathanielgale

Mike
Alvidrez

Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director for the
Skid Row Housing Trust
, has a distinguished career in affordable housing development. Mike has worked for Community Corporation of Santa Monica and served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing. Mike joined the Skid Row Housing Trust as a Project Manager in 1990, one year after the company was founded. In 1995 Mike led the effort to create the Trust’s Property Management Company. Mike became Executive Director for the Skid Row Housing Trust in 2004.

A native Angelino with a Masters degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mike has helped build the Trust into one of the leading organizations providing permanent supportive housing and implementing the Housing First model in Southern California. Under his leadership and guidance, Skid Row Housing Tust has set the standard for providing homes and improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable among us.

Twitter: @SkidRowOrg

Sara
Hernandez

Sara Hernandez serves as the Downtown Area Director and Special Counsel for Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, managing a team that is actively working to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles through increased economic development, policy changes, improved constituency services, transportation alternatives and a multitude of public infrastructure projects and public/private partnerships. A former LAUSD teacher and trained attorney, Sara has helped Councilmember Huizar launch his Pershing Square Renew initiative this past year which brings together government, community and local business leaders to reinvision Pershing Square into a world-class public space for those who live, work and love Downtown LA. She lives in Downtown Los Angeles right next to Pershing Square and her free time, runs an educational non-profit that she founded,
Helping Young People Excel- Los Angeles (HYPE)
.

Twitter:
@JoseHuizar

@HYPELosAngeles1

Tara
Maxey

Heirloom LA co-owner Tara Maxey was formerly a pastry chef who trained with Suzanne Griswold of Spago and Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery. Although she still jumps in the kitchen, Tara now primarily runs the company’s marketing and public relations. A California native who has traveled the state observing the negative impact of industrial agriculture on the environment and the inhumanity of factory farming, Tara is passionate about the need to change our country’s food system. Recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as a Los Angeles Commissioner to the Commission of Community and Family Services, she plans to advocate for progressive food policy, along with other issues and needs facing the city’s most disadvantaged groups.

Twitter: @heirloomla
Instagram: @heirloomla

David
Russell

David Russell earned his B.F.A. in Painting/ Art History from the University of Tulsa. He then completed his K-12 Art Education teacher licensure program at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Russell received his M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011. His thesis and work explores the modernization of the L.A. infrastructure, the politics of art in public space, ethical strategies of community engagement and alternative pedagogical strategies. Russell is currently the co-executive director of MobileMuralLab, a mobile art space that focuses on mural education and production in Los Angeles.

Twitter: @MobileMuralLab
Instagram: @MobileMuralLab
Facebook: MobileMuralLab

Kat
Superfisky

Kat is an urban ecologist/educator/designer who devotes her days, nights and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Ecology and Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan, Kat moved 2,300 miles across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees L.A. (and its river) as the perfect laboratory to explore how to “rebuild” urban areas into more symbiotic cities. Kat currently works at Mia Lehrer + Associates, teaches at UCLA, and is helping to instigate public education and engagement with the LA River through River Tours, Project 51’s Play the LA River, and various popup events and activities.

Sam
Lubell

Sam Lubell is the West Coast Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper and the co-curator of the recent exhibition Never Built Los Angeles. He has written five books about architecture: Never Built Los Angeles, Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis Paris 2000+, London 2000+, and Living West. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Architectural Review, and other publications. His next project will be the book and exhibition Never Built New York.

Twitter: @sjlubell @archpaper

Julie
Eizenberg

Julie Eizenberg, AIA, brings design vision and leadership to Konig Eizenberg‘s wide range of projects. Julie is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the architecture of everyday life. Under her and partner Hank Koning’s lead, the firm has earned more than 120 awards for their projects, including 25 AIA awards, the 2009 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award, and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design.

Twitter: @KEArch

Lawrence
Horn

Lawrence Horn is a resident and ambassador of the Skid Row Housing Trust. He currently volunteers at the Community Support Center to help provide permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.

Alex
Ward

Alex Ward, AIA, LEED GA, is an architect with 35 years of experience designing award-winning projects in the United States, Japan, China, Britain and Israel. His broad project background includes everything from airport terminals to churches, housing to high rise office buildings. At lxw design, inc, Alex directs design on all projects, from the conceptual stage through detailing and construction. His design approach emphasizes simplicity, clarity and functionality, creating human-scaled environments that support a larger social community Alex currently serves on the Board of the Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Gale
Holland

Gale Holland covers homelessness and poverty for the Los Angeles Times. Starting in 2005, she edited the Times Metro section’s cops and courts beat, wrote news columns and covered higher education. A series about college construction abuses that she wrote with Times colleague Michael Finnegan won a 2012 investigative reporting award from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. A Los Angeles native, she has worked for USA Today, Copley News and L.A. Weekly and wants to understand the consequences of income inequality.

Twitter: @geholland

Michael
Pinto

Michael Pinto is an architect, educator, and community activist. In practice Michael is a principal at NAC|Architecture where he has developed a practice that is at once conditionally driven and socially charged. Michael is the founder of Project Food LA[/url}, a creative practice centered on the social and political implications of food production. For 10 years, Michael was the Director of SCI-Arc’s acclaimed Community Design Program, which engages students in research and construction of socially-driven projects for nonprofit and civic agencies and he is currently Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University engaging students in projects about urban sustainability.

Helene
Schpak

Helene Schpak has been involved with the subject of public mobility since being appointed by then-Councilmember Garcetti to the Glassell Park-Cypress Park Community Design Overlay Advisory Committee in 2001. She led an eight-mile educational hike along the proposed rail alignments for California High Speed Rail proposal that weighed the impacts on communities, pedestrians, urban environment and our natural resources. In 2007 she spearheaded the Cypress Park/Glassell Park Walkabout that documented 12.5 miles of roadway from a pedestrian point of view. For recreation she chooses various areas in the county to explore on foot.

Twitter: @SchpakH

Becky
Dennison

Becky Dennison is the Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), a grassroots organization working to ensure the human right to housing, health and security are upheld in Los Angeles. Becky has been working in the Skid Row community of Downtown Los Angeles since 1994 and working with LA CAN in Downtown and South Central Los Angeles since 2002.  LA CAN’s leadership and membership is committed to fight for a Los Angeles that does not tolerate the current racial/economic segregation and mass criminalization but instead promotes an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities and upholds racial and gender justice.

Twitter: @lacanetwork

Allen
Compton

Allen Compton is principal of SALT Landscape Architects. He has a wide range of experience in both public and private sector design and project management. He has designed projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District, County of Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, City of Brea, Los Angeles Council District 14, Trust for Public Land, Sony Studios, and California Institute of the Arts. He was also a designer and project manager at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where he worked on projects for the Sony Studios campus and was the project designer for Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

LA History

This mother and daughter team use social media to draw attention to the amazing online resources and offline events focused on Los Angeles history. In 2010, The Awl named @LAhistory as one of the top 20 Twitter feeds to follow nationwide. Now with over 20,000 followers on Twitter and 2200 on Instagram, the pair continue to chronicle Los Angeles history in hopes of countering the common stereotype that Los Angeles has no history.

Twitter: @LAhistory
Instagram: @LAhistory

Fabian Wagmister

Fabian Wagmister’s work focuses on participatory creative technology projects that promote civic engagement and community empowerment. He collaborates with diverse communities to generate reflexive media systems emphasizing cultural and locative specificity. In this context technology and culture converge into a performative social practice of collective creativity interweaving investigation and expression in public space. Fabian is the founding Director of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP) at UCLA. He also directs the Interpretive Media Laboratory (IMLab), collaboration with California State Parks focused on the development of participatory interpretive systems for the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Twitter: @UCLAREMAP

Sponsors

The Ratkovich Company: Density Sponsor

Our Making LA Density Sponsor is The Ratkovich Company, a Los Angeles development company that engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings. The company has completed, or has under development, more than 16 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties in Los Angeles County. The company is completing the repositioning and development of The Alhambra, a 45-acre mixed-use urban community in the city of Alhambra, and redeveloping The Hercules Campus at Playa Vista, a landmark property comprised of 11 historic buildings, including the hangar where Howard Hughes’ legendary Spruce Goose was built. The Hercules Campus includes 537,130 square feet of building space on over 1.2 million square feet of land. The company has won numerous awards for its restoration of historic landmarks.

Perkins+Will: Water Sponsor

de LaB is working with Perkins+Will as our Water Sponsor. Perkins+Will is a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations.

Twitter: @perkinswillLAO
Instagram: @perkinswill
Facebook: Perkins+Will

The BLOC: Density Sponsor

The Density Sponsor for Making LA is The BLOC, a mixed-use urban development located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Originally built in 1973, Macy’s Plaza was designed by architect Charles Luckman whose vision for the property was to be a “wonderfully human environment, where people can work, sleep, shop and eat, all in one exciting urban center.” That vision remains as The Ratkovich Company works to revitalize the property into a thriving, vibrant, pedestrian-friendly cityscape where Angelenos and visitors alike can work, sleep, shop, eat and dream—a modern day Agora.

Twitter: @TheBlocLA
Instagram: @TheBlocLA

Gensler: Community Sponsor

de LaB is proud to welcome Gensler as our Community Sponsor for Making LA. Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Over 4,000 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether Gensler is refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, they strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

Twitter: @GenslerOnCities

CARS LA: Transportation Sponsor

With 25 years of experience, Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates opportunities to engage with culture and community. Their work is built upon the principles of strategic collaboration, connectivity, exploration and celebration.

Twitter: @CARSLA
Facebook:  Community Arts Resources

Partners

California Home + Design

California Home + Design is the premier destination for design, art, architecture and real estate in California. In addition to copies of the magazine, Making LA attendees will receive a two-year subscription to the publication for only $15.

Twitter: @cahomeanddesign

dublab

Music for Making LA is by dublab, a non-profit web radio collective devoted to the growth of positive music, arts and culture. Support dublab’s mission to share beautiful music via the world’s best DJs.

Twitter: @dublab

Maker City LA

Maker City LA is a workspace collective for creative businesses, makers, and entrepreneurs in downtown Los Angeles. We are dedicated to serving the needs of LA’s creative community by providing inspiring workspace, essential tools of the trade, classes, unique events, and a collaborative environment—all in one place! Learn more about how to join Maker City LA here.

Twitter: @MakerCityLA

CALA

The Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA) is a non-profit organization established to bring together artists, architects, engineers, planners, developers, builders, designers, politicians, and the public in a discourse about urban life. CALA will add value to the Los Angeles region by building a design commons that provides a neutral meeting place to advance and promote the quality of the built environment and a venue where multiple organizations and individuals transcend professional boundaries to share ideas, interests, concerns, and solutions to issues in the built environment.

AIA|LA

Formed 115 years ago, AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of LA’s local architecture and design community. AIA|LA’s membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthier, more sustainable and economically competitive.

Twitter: @AIALA

The Architect's Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. The Architect’s Newspaper delivers quality news and cultural reporting through print, web, blog, newsletter, or twitter—all the news you want, in all the ways you want to get it. Subscribe here.

Twitter: @archpaper

A+D Museum

The mission of A+D Museum is to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach. We’re happy to support A+D in their quest to feature designers and architects who are improving Los Angeles. Become an A+D member here.

Twitter: @AplusD_LA

Cognoscenti Coffee

Coffee for Making LA is provided by Cognoscenti Coffee, a multi-roaster shop with an open mind. Visit them at three locations across Los Angeles: Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City, Proof Bakery in Atwater, and Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.

Twitter: @cogcoffee

FORM

With an emphasis on modern design, FORM fills a unique niche featuring emerging talents and precedent- setting work in the areas of architecture, interior, landscape, furniture, product design, materials, and technology. FORM’s aim is to showcase high-concept projects that provoke and inspire. Technology coverage highlights how the manufacturing and design disciplines are bridged, for example, by electronic media, molding, milling and weaving. Readable, intelligent and visually stunning, the magazine presents design with exuberance as well as substance.

Twitter: @formmag

Good Eggs

Breakfast at Making LA will be provided by Good Eggs, the farmers’ market meets online grocery. Shop from over 100 of the best local farmers, dairies, butchers, bakers and more. You choose exactly what you want, your food is made fresh and they deliver it right to your door—for free! Good Eggs’ mission is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.

Twitter: @goodeggsla

KCET

KCET is the nation’s largest independent public television station. On air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. We offer a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world.

Twitter: @KCET

SMMoA

Through its exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, the Santa Monica Museum of Art fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art—local, national, and international.

Twitter: @SMMoA
Instagram: @SMMoA
Facebook: SMMoA

Outpost

Design of all our Making LA materials is thanks to Outpost, a design, branding and technology studio located in the outskirts of Los Angeles. Founded in 2011 by Keith Scharwath and Atley G. Kasky, Outpost helps companies, organizations and individuals communicate to the world through compelling design and creative storytelling.

Twitter: Outpost_LA

Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Making LA is proud to partner with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for LA residents.

Twitter: @LAMayorsOffice

Mosey

Mosey is a brilliantly simple way to answer “I’m coming to your town. What should I do?” Build, share and experience custom adventures. Created by friends for friends.

Twitter: @wemosey
Instagram: @wemosey
Facebook: Mosey

FormDecor

Furniture at Making LA is provided by FormDecor, America’s largest event furniture rental provider of authentic, iconic 20th Century furniture and accessories, especially the Modern and Mid-Century masters. FormDecor is a one-stop source for modern furniture rentals, and maintains a year-round depth of inventory for set designs, trade shows, and a myriad of corporate and social events.

Twitter: @formdecor
Instagram: @formdecor
Facebook: FormDecor

Los Angeles Walks

Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos. As a volunteer-supported organization dedicated to promoting walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Walks educates Angelenos and local policymakers concerning the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and fosters the development of safe and vibrant environments for all pedestrians.

Twitter: @losangeleswalks

The Unique Space

Housed in a historic old factory at 1275 6th Street, The Unique Space offers a fresh, inspiring co-work space, private offices, and is LA’s hottest new event rental space. With roots firmly planted in community, The Unique Space is home to innovation, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Twitter: @TheUniqueSpace
Instagram: @TheUniqueSpace

Jackpine

Are you a change-the-world type? Jackpine is a technical collective of designers, programmers, and project managers seeking good ideas. Jackpine partners with inspired people to build apps: mobile, web, anything and everything. (Mention de LaB when you contact them, and they’ll be sure to get back to you immediately.)

Droga Chocolates

Droga creates confections that surprise and surpass expectations. In a nutshell, Droga reimagines traditional confections using all natural, premium ingredients. Many of them have a unique flavor twist or a delicate nip of sea salt. Droga focuses on what matters – all natural ingredients, delicious taste, and fun packaging. So, when you’re in the mood to indulge, Droga offers the perfect combination of flavor and fun. All you need is a friend to share it with because it’s addictive. Trust them, they should know.

Twitter: @drogachocolates
Instagram: @drogachocolates
Facebook:  Droga Chocolates

DTLACheese

Located inside the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, DTLA Cheese is a full-service cut-to-order cheese counter and eatery. It is the passion of Lydia & Marnie Clarke and Chef Reed Herrick which will bring something exciting to the culinary forefront. Their first store, started in 2010, is in the historic downtown Claremont Village.

Twitter: @dtlacheese
Instagram: @dtlacheese
Facebook:  DTLA Cheese

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Friends of the Los Angeles River envisions a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable Los Angeles River within a greenway from the mountains to the sea. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1986, FoLAR’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

Twitter: @FoLARtweets

LA2050

LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. We’ve looked at the health of the region as it exists today along eight indicators of human development, and we’ve made projections about where we’ll be in the year 2050 if we continue on this path. The LA2050 Goals – which were created and ratified by more than 30,000 Angelenos – measure Los Angeles’ progress toward becoming the best place to play, learn, connect, create, and the healthiest place to live.

Twitter: @LA2050
Instagram: @LA2050
Facebook:  LA2050

Krystal Chang Projects

Botanical arrangements for Making LA are provided by Krystal Chang Projects, a multi-disciplinary studio practice that designs flowers, landscapes, and structures. Krystal Chang Projects draws on indoor/outdoor living, the Mediterranean climate, native plant communities, and things found and foraged.

Instagram: @krystalchang

Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano is a first generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Inspired by both of the cultural contexts in her life, she creates work utilizing a variety of mediums including drawing, collage, sculpture, and motion. Her work bears reference to those in low socio-economic positions, with particular interest in the customs and beliefs, as well as the architecture, fashion, and informal economies present within this segment of society. A current theme explored in her work is the socio-cultural aspects of drug trafficking, and the branding and acceptance of the drug lord lifestyle. She is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Yelp

Yelp is a website and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses. Founded in July 2004, Yelp has taken root in countries across the globe, making it the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. The Yelp community is made up of engaged locals who connect online and off to share their opinions about local businesses.

Twitter: @YelpLA

Sunbeam Vintage

Two great vintage furniture dealers collided and formed SUNBEAM VINTAGE in an old theater in Highland Park, CA. What began as a secret warehouse that sold exclusively to stores and designers is now open to the public. Mid-Century Modern is our specialty, but sometimes we can’t help ourselves and pieces mix in from the ’40s through the ’80s. Come in any day and chill out on one of our many sofas, have a drink, listen to some tunes and chat about this passion we all share.

Instagram: @sunbeam_vintage

SUPERORGANISM / Tom Villa

SUPERORGANISM is a design/build studio specializing in structures, furniture and lighting to create organized, fluid spaces. Often incorporating design components that are mobile or reconfigurable SUPERORGANISM focuses on delineating and optimizing functional areas to allow for more flexible, open space. Tom Villa started SUPERORGANISM in downtown Los Angeles in 2009 to focus on spatial and object design after experience working in design, art, photography, graphics and galleries, museums and retail window and shop design, signage and installation. This background in both two and three dimensional creative fields shapes the use of graphic and experiential communication in a SUPERORGANISM design.

Twitter: superorganismla
Instagram: @tomvilladesign

I LOVE CREATIVES

I LOVE CREATIVES is a free weekly email of listings serving artists, creative communities, and beyond. Whether you’re searching for a photographer, in need of a rad studio-mate, or are looking to promote a creative workshop, you can find it or list it here. Think of it like craigslist for creatives, but delivered to you in your inbox. 

Twitter: @ilovecreatives

Mel McGraw Productions

Melanie McGraw is an award-winning writer, director and producer. Her film PITSTOP won a Student Academy Award® and BAFTA/LA Best Student Film Award. Her feature script, NUMB FOR JESUS, was selected by the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab and placed in the top 15% of both the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Competition and Austin Screenplay Competition. She is currently in pre-production on NUMB FOR JESUS and in development on various feature scripts and a one-hour cable television drama. Mel earned an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is a member of the Film Fatales collective in LA. She edited and produced our Making LA video.

Twitter: @melmcgrawfilm

Speakers

Evelyn
Wendel

Evelyn Wendel founded WeTap in 2008 to improve appreciation, access and use of public drinking fountains as a means to reduce dependence on single use plastic water bottles. Since WeTap was introduced in 2008 at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach, she developed technology to GPS map, access and store drinking fountain and filling station data. WeTap continues to grow to include a large group of supporters and partners including the California Endowment. Prior to devoting her energy to WeTap, Evelyn worked at Paramount Pictures for close to 10 years and produced the historically important documentary The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Evelyn attended Fairfax High School and graduated from UCLA.

Twitter: @evelynwendel
Instagram: @WeTap

Omar
Brownson

As an Angeleno, Omar is inspired by the way the 51-mile LA River brings our city together. He believes in hope and a world of possibilities for all. In January 2011, Omar was hired as the first executive director of the LA River Revitalization Corp. with a background in real estate private equity and development. The River Corp. acts as a hub to drive forward sustainable land use, civic space, and public recreation to create a world-class linear central park and greenway.He completed a joint-Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design where his team won the ULI/Hines Urban Design Competition.

Twitter: @larivercorp

Deborah
Weintraub

As the city’s Chief Deputy City Engineer for the Bureau of Engineering, Deborah helps to manage an integrated architecture/engineering organization of about 700 people, with 430 active projects with a construction value of about $2.4 billion.  The projects include streets, stormwater infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, fire facilities, police facilities, recreational and cultural facilities, parks, zoo facilities, bridges, and the Los Angeles River. Deborah was instrumental in the adoption of LEED for City buildings, and has extended the sustainability initiatives by piloting the use of Envision for civil projects. As an architect in an engineering-focused organization, she has championed design discussions as integral to the process of project delivery.

Facebook:  LABureauofEngineering

Haily
Zaki

A creative at heart, Haily Zaki satisfies her love for modern design by promoting great companies doing interesting things. She launched Secret Agent PR in 2008 with the specific mission of infiltrating the media in the name of good design. She is also a co-founder of the Los Angeles Design Festival and an erstwhile contributor to Inhabitat and The Architect’s Newspaper. In her spare time, she blogs about her adventures on the Intel Report and is the proud mom of two ridiculously precocious little boys and a 90-pound pitbull.

Twitter: @secretagentPR
Instagram: @secretagentPR

Melani
Smith

As Principal and Director of Meléndrez’s planning and urban design practice, Melani Smith works at regional, community and site-specific scales, engaging project stakeholders in creative ways including pop-up urbanism, visioning, multimodal complete streets, corridor, streetscape, park and open space, TOD, and First/Last Mile connectivity plans. Melani is proud to have been appointed a member of Mayor Garcetti’s Technical Advisory Group for his Great Streets Initiative. She co-chairs the Land Use Leadership Committee of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles and is on the organization’s Advisory Board. She also co-chairs the Downtown 2020 Committee of the Central City Association in downtown Los Angeles.

Twitter: @Melendrez_LA
Instagram: @Melendrez_LA

Kristina
Wong

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, writer and comedian who has toured her work across the the United States, Canada and the UK. Her show “Going Green the Wong Way” earned her the honor of “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. Kristina’s work was recently featured in October in the New York Times. Her newest show “The Wong Street Journal” premieres in 2015 and explores global poverty and features original rap music she recorded with local rappers in Northern Uganda.

Twitter: @mskristinawong
Instagram: @mskristinawong

Alissa
Walker

Alissa writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications including Los Angeles Magazine, Dwell, The New York Times, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. She is the urbanism editor for Gizmodo and a “DJ” (design journalist) for the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and in 2011 she was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities. Alissa lives in a Dodger blue house in Silver Lake where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and authors the blog A Walker in LA.

Twitter: @awalkerinLA
Instagram: @awalkerinLA

Erin
Cullerton

Erin is the founder of Design Agency Co., a boutique PR firm specializing in strategy, communications, and social engagement for the design industry. As the former deputy director of AIA San Francisco, she launched numerous community and cultural engagement initiatives, including the popular Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s first month-long design festival. She has consulted on several national festivals, and garnered support for her efforts from the National Endowment for the Arts, Graham Foundation, and LEF Foundation. She is an honorary AIA SF member, an occasional design writer, and an obsessive fabric collector.

Twitter: @designagencyco
Instagram: @designagencyco

Marissa
Gluck

Marissa is Director of Huge Ideas at Huge, where she oversees the digital agency’s industry thought leadership. Marissa became interested in Los Angeles’ architecture as she was completing her master’s thesis for The London School of Economics and USC. Thus began a love affair with LA’s buildings, sushi and sun. In her spare time, Marissa writes about LA real estate, architecture and urban planning for the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Cities, and Los Angeles Magazine, volunteers as a docent for the Schindler House in West Hollywood, and chases after late night taco trucks.

Twitter: @marissagluck
Instagram: @msgluck

Valerie
Watson

Valerie Watson works for LADOT as an urban designer and Assistant Pedestrian Coordinator. Valerie, along with her colleagues in the LADOT Active Transportation Division, works to promote implementation of pedestrian-focused design, develop active transportation plans and policies, establish effective partnerships within the City and with advocacy and community organizations, and secure funding opportunities to enhance safety for people who walk, bike and take transit. Her work has led the formalization of People St, a city-wide program, evaluation tools, and public interface that offers communities a process for installing plazas, parklets and bicycle corrals, design treatments that repurpose road space as public open space.

Twitter: @LADOTPeopleSt
@LADOTofficial
Instagram: @LADOTPeopleSt

Yuval
Bar-Zemer

Yuval Bar-Zemer was born in Israel and graduated from the Music Academy of Jerusalem. In 1987, he abandoned a promising career as a saxophonist, moved to Los Angeles and founded Dekel Construction. In December of 2002, Bar-Zemer joined efforts with Leonard Hill to create Linear City Development LLC, a real estate development company that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. He is a founder of the Institute for Field Research, a member of the Planning Committee of the New Cities Foundation and serves on the Board of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association.

Deborah
Deets

Deborah is the lead Landscape Architect for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation Watershed Protection Division. Her love of natural process is clear from her work, which like her educational background is rooted in the biological sciences and in fine art/scientific illustration. Her work duties involve design and development of standards for public infrastructure, as well as innovative practices used for public and private projects. As lead for the Technical and Problem Solving group within the City’s Greenstreet Committee, she assists with project coordination and advising for projects by Non-Governmental Organizations, City Departments, and other governmental agencies.

Twitter: @lastormh2o

Mia
Lehrer

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, is the founder of the Los Angeles-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A), known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. A native of El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has applied landscape and urban design innovation and technical expertise on complex Design/Build infrastructure projects, and continues to play a significant leadership role in project stakeholder outreach and consensus building.

Twitter: @MLAGreen

Dr. Lucile
M. Jones

Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as the USGS Science Advisor for Risk Reduction while also leading the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction, to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation. In January 2014, she partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to undertake a year-long study of seismic risk in the City. Dr. Jones is most recently known for creating and leading innovative research projects like ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario and the Great ShakeOut.

Twitter: @DrLucyJones

Jeremy
Levine

Jeremy Levine is the principal of Jeremy Levine Design, which focuses on sustainable and modern architecture. He collaborates with local artists and DIY hackers to create innovative and unique solutions. His work has been featured on the cover of Dwell Magazine and the Discovery Channel. Jeremy is on the board of directors of Side Street Projects, which promotes design education through mobile woodworking buses, and the Harpo Foundation for the Arts, which supports emerging and unrecognized artists. Currently, he is working with kids at a local middle school to design a reading lounge for their library. It turns out kids don’t like to read in a straight back chair hunched over a wooden table.

Twitter: @sidestreetorg

Seleta
Reynolds

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She is responsible for leading the department as well as day-to-day operations. Reynolds has over 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, she led the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section responsible for innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide. Reynolds’ recent projects include protected bike lane design and construction, the launch of a bike sharing system, the revamp of a citywide traffic calming program, and a Vision Zero initiative.

Twitter: @seletajewel
@LADOTofficial

James
Rojas

James Rojas is a national leader in community engagement. He has developed Place It!, an inclusive method that uses artmaking as part of the community visioning process. In collaboration with municipalities, non-profits, educational institutions, and museums he has facilitated over 400 workshops to help thousands of people engage, educate and empower them to transform their communities. He holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Twitter: @JamesRojas

Brian
Glodney

As an Associate of Planning and Urban Design at Gensler, Brian is an urbanist, deeply fascinated with the formation and evolution of the built environment. His work is focused on re-envisioning the urban realm, collaborating with both public and private entities, while positively impacting individual health outcomes and long-term community resiliency. Brian has an innate ability to conceptualize a project, integrate stakeholder aspirations, and build lasting bonds and partnerships between disparate organizations and communities with the ultimate mission of securing a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future. He is constantly seeking to forward the dialogue about urban design and its influence on the built and natural environments.

Twitter: @GenslerOnCities

Casey
Lynch

Casey Lynch is the co-founder of LocalConstruct, a leading Los Angeles-based development firm specializing in urban revitalization. Committed to retrofitting the urban core for a sustainable future, Casey and his business partner Mike Brown have developed and entitled over 1,700 residences along with multiple commercial, retail, and mixed-use projects across the Western United States. His projects include The Owyhee, a historic adaptive-reuse project in Boise, Idaho; Blackbirds, a development in Echo Park designed by renowned architect Barbara Bestor; and a 59-unit urban infill housing project in Eagle Rock with architect Simon Storey. Casey currently resides in Echo Park with his wife Dianne and new daughter.

Twitter: @localconstruct
Instagram: @localconstruct
Facebook: LocalConstruct

Hadley
Arnold

Hadley Arnold serves as Executive Director of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University.  ALI’s mission is to advance design innovation at the nexus of water, energy, and climate change.Hadley work focuses on bringing water scarcity and climate adaptation to the forefront of design education, practice, and policy in drylands. At the same time, ALI brings together designers with scientists, policy makers, and citizens to harness the leadership potential of design vision. ALI’s current public initiative, Divining LA, is a multi-year collaboration designed to advance research, design vision, and ambitious public engagement for a water-resilient future.

Twitter: @aridlandsinst

Peter
Arnold

Peter Arnold serves as Director of Research at the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University. His work focuses on how water, energy and climate change impact the design of the built environment, and how design can positively impact water supply, energy inputs, and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Peter’s current research uses geospatial environmental modeling to assess the potentials for capture and reuse of stormwater, in both urban and rural drylands settings. The modeling may in turn suggest constructive strategies for a well-adapted built environment.

Twitter: @aridlandsinst

Frances
Anderton

Frances is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture aired monthly on 89.9 KCRW and podcast weekly at KCRW.com/dna. She is also a former producer of KCRW’s national and local current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?, both hosted by Warren Olney. In addition, she is a frequent public speaker on architecture and design. Prior to this she reported for many years on West Coast design for The New York Times. She has authored and edited several books and is currently co-teaching a research-based studio at USC Architecture School with Frank Gehry. In 2009 she was made an honorary member of the AIA/LA, and in 2010 the USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild gave her their sixth Esther McCoy Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism.

Twitter: @francesanderton

Bettina
Korek

Bettina Korek is a Los Angeles-based producer, creative entrepreneur, and founder of ForYourArt. In the spirit of Los Angeles, ForYourArt (FYA) is a nimble, non-hierarchical, and independent public practice. FYA functions as a fluid platform and network for the production and distribution of artists’ work as well as the advancement of a spirit of patronage. FYA is known for its weekly publication, Plan ForYourArt—a trusted resource for discovering art across Los Angeles.

Twitter: @bettina_korek @ForYourArt
Instagram: @bettinakorek

Deborah
Murphy

Deborah Murphy, Associate AIA, serves as an Urban Design/Planning and Grant Preparation consultant to organizations including Metro; the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach; and many nonprofits. Deborah is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks and is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She also teaches part time at Cal Poly Pomona.

Twitter: @lawalksdmurphy

Cathy
Gudis

Cathy Gudis is a professor in history and director of the PhD program in public history at UC Riverside. She is a founding member of Project 51, whose Play the LA River invites Angelenos to reclaim the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities. She’s worked with artists’ collectives including the Empire Logistics Group, LA Urban Rangers, and LA Poverty Department, and on preservation-related projects for the LA Conservancy and the cities of LA and Riverside.  Cathy’s recent curated exhibitions explore such divergent subjects as the California missions, the work of Deborah Sussman, and geographies of detention. Author of Buyways: Billboards, Automobiles, and the American Cultural Landscape, Cathy has held fellowships at the Smithsonian, Huntington Library, Getty Research Institute, and Harvard University.

 

Rudy
Espinoza

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development organization designing innovations to responsibly revitalizing low-income, urban areas. Rudy specializes in identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, researching the informal economy, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. He serves on Board of Transportation Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles, the Advisory Board of the LA Development Fund, the Board of Directors for the LA Kitchen, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and the LA Food Policy Council. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.

Twitter: @MR_DOLPH

Kevin
Wronske

A native Floridian, Kevin came to Los Angeles 15 years ago to study architecture. Upon graduating in 2002, he founded Heyday Partnership, a design/build/develop office, with his brother Hardy Wronske. As a truly vertically integrated firm, Heyday handles everything from land acquisition to architecture to general contracting in house. Focusing singularly on local infill housing, Heyday has now completed over 40 homes and is the leading LEED Gold/Platinum homebuilder in Los Angeles. Kevin is a licensed architect and received his B-Arch. from SCI-Arc and his master’s degree from Harvard University. He currently lives in a Heyday home in Silver Lake.

Moby

Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He started DJing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes. He released his first single, “Go” in 1991, and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others. Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Moby’s latest album innocents, featuring Wayne Coyne, Cold Specks, Damien Jurado, Mark Lanegan, and Skylar Grey, was released in October 2013. He also writes the popular Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog.

Twitter: @thelittleidiot
Instagram: @trichardmelvillehall

Juan
Devis

Juan Devis is a creative leader in public media. Devis is currently the Sr. Vice President of Content Development and Production for the largest independent television network in the United States, KCETLink. In this capacity, Devis has had to develop strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses to ensure a new slate of content for two stations—KCET + LINK TV—securing funds and maintaining an editorial vision and cohesiveness for the company’s new mission. Devis has also charted the stations’ new Arts and Culture initiative and is the Executive Producer of the Emmy Winner Artboundconsisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub and the creation programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions.

Twitter: @JDevis @KCETArtbound

Tafarai
Bayne

Tafarai Bayne is a Los Angeles native who has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 13 years, with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting South Los Angeles. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission. Tafarai is currently serving as the principle of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and production. His Current clients include TRUST South LA, The California Endowment, Community Services Unlimited and CicLAvia.

Twitter: @tafarai
Instagram: @tafaraibayne

Lila
Higgins

Lila Higgins is a museum educator with 13 years of experience in environmental education, exhibit development, and citizen science programming. In late 2008 she joined the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHM-LA) where she oversees the Museum’s Citizen Science program, and is also a lead educator on the Museum’s newest indoor/outdoor exhibits, the Nature Lab and Nature Gardens. These exhibits focus on urban biodiversity in Los Angeles and serve both to highlight citizen science projects in the region, and as a training ground for participation. In her free time she leads play workshops and programs for various groups including Disney and most recently became part of Project 51: Play the LA River.

Twitter: @lilamayhiggins
Instagram: @colilaoptera

Daveed
Kapoor

Daveed Kapoor has practiced architecture, development and construction in Los Angeles since 2000, and has completed over 70 commissions in California. In 2005, he founded Utopiad, a land development and architecture collective focused on redressing social justice issues in Los Angeles. Utopiad has designed, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in LA, Santa Monica and San Francisco. With community organizations, developers and city agencies, Daveed works to design and build pop-up placemaking projects which transform underutilized spaces into places for people. He commutes by bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes, bus-only lanes, parklets and pedestrian upgrades.

Twitter: @daveedkapoor
Instagram: @daveedkapoor

Nat
Gale

As Great Streets Program Director, Nat Gale oversees the coordination and collaboration across City Departments and with community stakeholders related to Great Street Projects. In the near-term, project implementation will focus on temporary treatments, including plazas and parklets, as well as robust community partnerships and programming. Outside of the project specific role, Nat will be overseeing the development of citywide policy guidance to help change burdensome regulations or promote innovative solutions that help create and sustain vibrancy on our streets. He is an avid cyclist, dedicated transit-user, and a proud pedestrian.

Twitter: @njg2103
Instagram: @nathanielgale

Mike
Alvidrez

Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director for the
Skid Row Housing Trust
, has a distinguished career in affordable housing development. Mike has worked for Community Corporation of Santa Monica and served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing. Mike joined the Skid Row Housing Trust as a Project Manager in 1990, one year after the company was founded. In 1995 Mike led the effort to create the Trust’s Property Management Company. Mike became Executive Director for the Skid Row Housing Trust in 2004.

A native Angelino with a Masters degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mike has helped build the Trust into one of the leading organizations providing permanent supportive housing and implementing the Housing First model in Southern California. Under his leadership and guidance, Skid Row Housing Tust has set the standard for providing homes and improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable among us.

Twitter: @SkidRowOrg

Sara
Hernandez

Sara Hernandez serves as the Downtown Area Director and Special Counsel for Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, managing a team that is actively working to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles through increased economic development, policy changes, improved constituency services, transportation alternatives and a multitude of public infrastructure projects and public/private partnerships. A former LAUSD teacher and trained attorney, Sara has helped Councilmember Huizar launch his Pershing Square Renew initiative this past year which brings together government, community and local business leaders to reinvision Pershing Square into a world-class public space for those who live, work and love Downtown LA. She lives in Downtown Los Angeles right next to Pershing Square and her free time, runs an educational non-profit that she founded,
Helping Young People Excel- Los Angeles (HYPE)
.

Twitter:
@JoseHuizar

@HYPELosAngeles1

Tara
Maxey

Heirloom LA co-owner Tara Maxey was formerly a pastry chef who trained with Suzanne Griswold of Spago and Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery. Although she still jumps in the kitchen, Tara now primarily runs the company’s marketing and public relations. A California native who has traveled the state observing the negative impact of industrial agriculture on the environment and the inhumanity of factory farming, Tara is passionate about the need to change our country’s food system. Recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as a Los Angeles Commissioner to the Commission of Community and Family Services, she plans to advocate for progressive food policy, along with other issues and needs facing the city’s most disadvantaged groups.

Twitter: @heirloomla
Instagram: @heirloomla

David
Russell

David Russell earned his B.F.A. in Painting/ Art History from the University of Tulsa. He then completed his K-12 Art Education teacher licensure program at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Russell received his M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011. His thesis and work explores the modernization of the L.A. infrastructure, the politics of art in public space, ethical strategies of community engagement and alternative pedagogical strategies. Russell is currently the co-executive director of MobileMuralLab, a mobile art space that focuses on mural education and production in Los Angeles.

Twitter: @MobileMuralLab
Instagram: @MobileMuralLab
Facebook: MobileMuralLab

Kat
Superfisky

Kat is an urban ecologist/educator/designer who devotes her days, nights and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Ecology and Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan, Kat moved 2,300 miles across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees L.A. (and its river) as the perfect laboratory to explore how to “rebuild” urban areas into more symbiotic cities. Kat currently works at Mia Lehrer + Associates, teaches at UCLA, and is helping to instigate public education and engagement with the LA River through River Tours, Project 51’s Play the LA River, and various popup events and activities.

Sam
Lubell

Sam Lubell is the West Coast Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper and the co-curator of the recent exhibition Never Built Los Angeles. He has written five books about architecture: Never Built Los Angeles, Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis Paris 2000+, London 2000+, and Living West. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Architectural Review, and other publications. His next project will be the book and exhibition Never Built New York.

Twitter: @sjlubell @archpaper

Julie
Eizenberg

Julie Eizenberg, AIA, brings design vision and leadership to Konig Eizenberg‘s wide range of projects. Julie is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the architecture of everyday life. Under her and partner Hank Koning’s lead, the firm has earned more than 120 awards for their projects, including 25 AIA awards, the 2009 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award, and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design.

Twitter: @KEArch

Lawrence
Horn

Lawrence Horn is a resident and ambassador of the Skid Row Housing Trust. He currently volunteers at the Community Support Center to help provide permanent supportive housing in Downtown Los Angeles so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.

Alex
Ward

Alex Ward, AIA, LEED GA, is an architect with 35 years of experience designing award-winning projects in the United States, Japan, China, Britain and Israel. His broad project background includes everything from airport terminals to churches, housing to high rise office buildings. At lxw design, inc, Alex directs design on all projects, from the conceptual stage through detailing and construction. His design approach emphasizes simplicity, clarity and functionality, creating human-scaled environments that support a larger social community Alex currently serves on the Board of the Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Gale
Holland

Gale Holland covers homelessness and poverty for the Los Angeles Times. Starting in 2005, she edited the Times Metro section’s cops and courts beat, wrote news columns and covered higher education. A series about college construction abuses that she wrote with Times colleague Michael Finnegan won a 2012 investigative reporting award from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. A Los Angeles native, she has worked for USA Today, Copley News and L.A. Weekly and wants to understand the consequences of income inequality.

Twitter: @geholland

Michael
Pinto

Michael Pinto is an architect, educator, and community activist. In practice Michael is a principal at NAC|Architecture where he has developed a practice that is at once conditionally driven and socially charged. Michael is the founder of Project Food LA[/url}, a creative practice centered on the social and political implications of food production. For 10 years, Michael was the Director of SCI-Arc’s acclaimed Community Design Program, which engages students in research and construction of socially-driven projects for nonprofit and civic agencies and he is currently Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University engaging students in projects about urban sustainability.

Helene
Schpak

Helene Schpak has been involved with the subject of public mobility since being appointed by then-Councilmember Garcetti to the Glassell Park-Cypress Park Community Design Overlay Advisory Committee in 2001. She led an eight-mile educational hike along the proposed rail alignments for California High Speed Rail proposal that weighed the impacts on communities, pedestrians, urban environment and our natural resources. In 2007 she spearheaded the Cypress Park/Glassell Park Walkabout that documented 12.5 miles of roadway from a pedestrian point of view. For recreation she chooses various areas in the county to explore on foot.

Twitter: @SchpakH

Becky
Dennison

Becky Dennison is the Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), a grassroots organization working to ensure the human right to housing, health and security are upheld in Los Angeles. Becky has been working in the Skid Row community of Downtown Los Angeles since 1994 and working with LA CAN in Downtown and South Central Los Angeles since 2002.  LA CAN’s leadership and membership is committed to fight for a Los Angeles that does not tolerate the current racial/economic segregation and mass criminalization but instead promotes an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities and upholds racial and gender justice.

Twitter: @lacanetwork

Allen
Compton

Allen Compton is principal of SALT Landscape Architects. He has a wide range of experience in both public and private sector design and project management. He has designed projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District, County of Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, City of Brea, Los Angeles Council District 14, Trust for Public Land, Sony Studios, and California Institute of the Arts. He was also a designer and project manager at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where he worked on projects for the Sony Studios campus and was the project designer for Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

LA History

This mother and daughter team use social media to draw attention to the amazing online resources and offline events focused on Los Angeles history. In 2010, The Awl named @LAhistory as one of the top 20 Twitter feeds to follow nationwide. Now with over 20,000 followers on Twitter and 2200 on Instagram, the pair continue to chronicle Los Angeles history in hopes of countering the common stereotype that Los Angeles has no history.

Twitter: @LAhistory
Instagram: @LAhistory

Fabian Wagmister

Fabian Wagmister’s work focuses on participatory creative technology projects that promote civic engagement and community empowerment. He collaborates with diverse communities to generate reflexive media systems emphasizing cultural and locative specificity. In this context technology and culture converge into a performative social practice of collective creativity interweaving investigation and expression in public space. Fabian is the founding Director of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP) at UCLA. He also directs the Interpretive Media Laboratory (IMLab), collaboration with California State Parks focused on the development of participatory interpretive systems for the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Twitter: @UCLAREMAP

Sponsors

The Ratkovich Company: Density Sponsor

Our Making LA Density Sponsor is The Ratkovich Company, a Los Angeles development company that engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings. The company has completed, or has under development, more than 16 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties in Los Angeles County. The company is completing the repositioning and development of The Alhambra, a 45-acre mixed-use urban community in the city of Alhambra, and redeveloping The Hercules Campus at Playa Vista, a landmark property comprised of 11 historic buildings, including the hangar where Howard Hughes’ legendary Spruce Goose was built. The Hercules Campus includes 537,130 square feet of building space on over 1.2 million square feet of land. The company has won numerous awards for its restoration of historic landmarks.

Perkins+Will: Water Sponsor

de LaB is working with Perkins+Will as our Water Sponsor. Perkins+Will is a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations.

Twitter: @perkinswillLAO
Instagram: @perkinswill
Facebook: Perkins+Will

The BLOC: Density Sponsor

The Density Sponsor for Making LA is The BLOC, a mixed-use urban development located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Originally built in 1973, Macy’s Plaza was designed by architect Charles Luckman whose vision for the property was to be a “wonderfully human environment, where people can work, sleep, shop and eat, all in one exciting urban center.” That vision remains as The Ratkovich Company works to revitalize the property into a thriving, vibrant, pedestrian-friendly cityscape where Angelenos and visitors alike can work, sleep, shop, eat and dream—a modern day Agora.

Twitter: @TheBlocLA
Instagram: @TheBlocLA

Gensler: Community Sponsor

de LaB is proud to welcome Gensler as our Community Sponsor for Making LA. Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Over 4,000 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether Gensler is refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, they strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

Twitter: @GenslerOnCities

CARS LA: Transportation Sponsor

With 25 years of experience, Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates opportunities to engage with culture and community. Their work is built upon the principles of strategic collaboration, connectivity, exploration and celebration.

Twitter: @CARSLA
Facebook:  Community Arts Resources

Partners

California Home + Design

California Home + Design is the premier destination for design, art, architecture and real estate in California. In addition to copies of the magazine, Making LA attendees will receive a two-year subscription to the publication for only $15.

Twitter: @cahomeanddesign

dublab

Music for Making LA is by dublab, a non-profit web radio collective devoted to the growth of positive music, arts and culture. Support dublab’s mission to share beautiful music via the world’s best DJs.

Twitter: @dublab

Maker City LA

Maker City LA is a workspace collective for creative businesses, makers, and entrepreneurs in downtown Los Angeles. We are dedicated to serving the needs of LA’s creative community by providing inspiring workspace, essential tools of the trade, classes, unique events, and a collaborative environment—all in one place! Learn more about how to join Maker City LA here.

Twitter: @MakerCityLA

CALA

The Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA) is a non-profit organization established to bring together artists, architects, engineers, planners, developers, builders, designers, politicians, and the public in a discourse about urban life. CALA will add value to the Los Angeles region by building a design commons that provides a neutral meeting place to advance and promote the quality of the built environment and a venue where multiple organizations and individuals transcend professional boundaries to share ideas, interests, concerns, and solutions to issues in the built environment.

AIA|LA

Formed 115 years ago, AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of LA’s local architecture and design community. AIA|LA’s membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthier, more sustainable and economically competitive.

Twitter: @AIALA

The Architect's Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. The Architect’s Newspaper delivers quality news and cultural reporting through print, web, blog, newsletter, or twitter—all the news you want, in all the ways you want to get it. Subscribe here.

Twitter: @archpaper

A+D Museum

The mission of A+D Museum is to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach. We’re happy to support A+D in their quest to feature designers and architects who are improving Los Angeles. Become an A+D member here.

Twitter: @AplusD_LA

Cognoscenti Coffee

Coffee for Making LA is provided by Cognoscenti Coffee, a multi-roaster shop with an open mind. Visit them at three locations across Los Angeles: Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City, Proof Bakery in Atwater, and Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.

Twitter: @cogcoffee

FORM

With an emphasis on modern design, FORM fills a unique niche featuring emerging talents and precedent- setting work in the areas of architecture, interior, landscape, furniture, product design, materials, and technology. FORM’s aim is to showcase high-concept projects that provoke and inspire. Technology coverage highlights how the manufacturing and design disciplines are bridged, for example, by electronic media, molding, milling and weaving. Readable, intelligent and visually stunning, the magazine presents design with exuberance as well as substance.

Twitter: @formmag

Good Eggs

Breakfast at Making LA will be provided by Good Eggs, the farmers’ market meets online grocery. Shop from over 100 of the best local farmers, dairies, butchers, bakers and more. You choose exactly what you want, your food is made fresh and they deliver it right to your door—for free! Good Eggs’ mission is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.

Twitter: @goodeggsla

KCET

KCET is the nation’s largest independent public television station. On air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. We offer a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world.

Twitter: @KCET

SMMoA

Through its exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, the Santa Monica Museum of Art fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art—local, national, and international.

Twitter: @SMMoA
Instagram: @SMMoA
Facebook: SMMoA

Outpost

Design of all our Making LA materials is thanks to Outpost, a design, branding and technology studio located in the outskirts of Los Angeles. Founded in 2011 by Keith Scharwath and Atley G. Kasky, Outpost helps companies, organizations and individuals communicate to the world through compelling design and creative storytelling.

Twitter: Outpost_LA

Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Making LA is proud to partner with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for LA residents.

Twitter: @LAMayorsOffice

Mosey

Mosey is a brilliantly simple way to answer “I’m coming to your town. What should I do?” Build, share and experience custom adventures. Created by friends for friends.

Twitter: @wemosey
Instagram: @wemosey
Facebook: Mosey

FormDecor

Furniture at Making LA is provided by FormDecor, America’s largest event furniture rental provider of authentic, iconic 20th Century furniture and accessories, especially the Modern and Mid-Century masters. FormDecor is a one-stop source for modern furniture rentals, and maintains a year-round depth of inventory for set designs, trade shows, and a myriad of corporate and social events.

Twitter: @formdecor
Instagram: @formdecor
Facebook: FormDecor

Los Angeles Walks

Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos. As a volunteer-supported organization dedicated to promoting walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Walks educates Angelenos and local policymakers concerning the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and fosters the development of safe and vibrant environments for all pedestrians.

Twitter: @losangeleswalks

The Unique Space

Housed in a historic old factory at 1275 6th Street, The Unique Space offers a fresh, inspiring co-work space, private offices, and is LA’s hottest new event rental space. With roots firmly planted in community, The Unique Space is home to innovation, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Twitter: @TheUniqueSpace
Instagram: @TheUniqueSpace

Jackpine

Are you a change-the-world type? Jackpine is a technical collective of designers, programmers, and project managers seeking good ideas. Jackpine partners with inspired people to build apps: mobile, web, anything and everything. (Mention de LaB when you contact them, and they’ll be sure to get back to you immediately.)

Droga Chocolates

Droga creates confections that surprise and surpass expectations. In a nutshell, Droga reimagines traditional confections using all natural, premium ingredients. Many of them have a unique flavor twist or a delicate nip of sea salt. Droga focuses on what matters – all natural ingredients, delicious taste, and fun packaging. So, when you’re in the mood to indulge, Droga offers the perfect combination of flavor and fun. All you need is a friend to share it with because it’s addictive. Trust them, they should know.

Twitter: @drogachocolates
Instagram: @drogachocolates
Facebook:  Droga Chocolates

DTLACheese

Located inside the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, DTLA Cheese is a full-service cut-to-order cheese counter and eatery. It is the passion of Lydia & Marnie Clarke and Chef Reed Herrick which will bring something exciting to the culinary forefront. Their first store, started in 2010, is in the historic downtown Claremont Village.

Twitter: @dtlacheese
Instagram: @dtlacheese
Facebook:  DTLA Cheese

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Friends of the Los Angeles River envisions a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable Los Angeles River within a greenway from the mountains to the sea. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1986, FoLAR’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

Twitter: @FoLARtweets

LA2050

LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. We’ve looked at the health of the region as it exists today along eight indicators of human development, and we’ve made projections about where we’ll be in the year 2050 if we continue on this path. The LA2050 Goals – which were created and ratified by more than 30,000 Angelenos – measure Los Angeles’ progress toward becoming the best place to play, learn, connect, create, and the healthiest place to live.

Twitter: @LA2050
Instagram: @LA2050
Facebook:  LA2050

Krystal Chang Projects

Botanical arrangements for Making LA are provided by Krystal Chang Projects, a multi-disciplinary studio practice that designs flowers, landscapes, and structures. Krystal Chang Projects draws on indoor/outdoor living, the Mediterranean climate, native plant communities, and things found and foraged.

Instagram: @krystalchang

Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano is a first generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Inspired by both of the cultural contexts in her life, she creates work utilizing a variety of mediums including drawing, collage, sculpture, and motion. Her work bears reference to those in low socio-economic positions, with particular interest in the customs and beliefs, as well as the architecture, fashion, and informal economies present within this segment of society. A current theme explored in her work is the socio-cultural aspects of drug trafficking, and the branding and acceptance of the drug lord lifestyle. She is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Yelp

Yelp is a website and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses. Founded in July 2004, Yelp has taken root in countries across the globe, making it the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. The Yelp community is made up of engaged locals who connect online and off to share their opinions about local businesses.

Twitter: @YelpLA

Sunbeam Vintage

Two great vintage furniture dealers collided and formed SUNBEAM VINTAGE in an old theater in Highland Park, CA. What began as a secret warehouse that sold exclusively to stores and designers is now open to the public. Mid-Century Modern is our specialty, but sometimes we can’t help ourselves and pieces mix in from the ’40s through the ’80s. Come in any day and chill out on one of our many sofas, have a drink, listen to some tunes and chat about this passion we all share.

Instagram: @sunbeam_vintage

SUPERORGANISM / Tom Villa

SUPERORGANISM is a design/build studio specializing in structures, furniture and lighting to create organized, fluid spaces. Often incorporating design components that are mobile or reconfigurable SUPERORGANISM focuses on delineating and optimizing functional areas to allow for more flexible, open space. Tom Villa started SUPERORGANISM in downtown Los Angeles in 2009 to focus on spatial and object design after experience working in design, art, photography, graphics and galleries, museums and retail window and shop design, signage and installation. This background in both two and three dimensional creative fields shapes the use of graphic and experiential communication in a SUPERORGANISM design.

Twitter: superorganismla
Instagram: @tomvilladesign

I LOVE CREATIVES

I LOVE CREATIVES is a free weekly email of listings serving artists, creative communities, and beyond. Whether you’re searching for a photographer, in need of a rad studio-mate, or are looking to promote a creative workshop, you can find it or list it here. Think of it like craigslist for creatives, but delivered to you in your inbox. 

Twitter: @ilovecreatives

Mel McGraw Productions

Melanie McGraw is an award-winning writer, director and producer. Her film PITSTOP won a Student Academy Award® and BAFTA/LA Best Student Film Award. Her feature script, NUMB FOR JESUS, was selected by the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab and placed in the top 15% of both the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Competition and Austin Screenplay Competition. She is currently in pre-production on NUMB FOR JESUS and in development on various feature scripts and a one-hour cable television drama. Mel earned an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is a member of the Film Fatales collective in LA. She edited and produced our Making LA video.

Twitter: @melmcgrawfilm

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