Design for Dignity

Design for Dignity

Date: 7/23/20 10:00 AM
Location: Virtual

This year, the AIA|LA's conference on homelessness and housing production, Design for Dignity, will be held virtually, making it accessible to those across the country who seek more information, and interaction with others working on this crisis.

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Design for Dignity
Thursday, July 23 | Friday, July 24 | Tuesday, July 28 || 6.0 HSW LUs
Single Day and Three-Day Passes Available

Design for Dignity, the AIA|LA conference on homelessness migrates to a virtual conference this year due to COVID-19. Clearly the pandemic presents dangerous challenges for those living without shelter and will be part of Design for Dignity programming. National figures such as the Urban Institute's Monique King-Viehland will speak, as well as clients, innovators, policy makers, and architects who have experience with construction methods that accelerate the production of housing.

Here's a brief overview of the three sessions. Followed by a speaker list.

> Thursday, July 23: Day One looks at the context of our time-COVID-19 and the disproportionate number of Black people in America without shelter. This session will also survey how these two crisis affect policy making.
> Friday, July 24: Day Two features tools that scale-up the production of housing, rapidly.
> Tuesday, July 28: Day Three offers a discussion with policy makers.

For a full list of speakers, see below:

July 23: "Catharsis from Crisis to Transformation: Shifting Ground"

Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA –Founding Partner & President, Lehrer Architects LA (moderator)
Tom De Simone – President & CEO, Genesis LA
Natasha Hicks – Government Performance Lab - Detroit Innovation Fellow, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Monique King-Viehland – Director, State and Local Housing Policy, Urban Institute
Heidi Marston, MPA – Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
Molly Rysman – Housing and Homelessness Deputy, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, County of Los Angeles & Stanton Fellow, The Durfee Foundation
Sean Spear – Assistant General Manager, Housing Development, Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department
Pete White – Founder & Executive Director, Los Angeles Community Action Network

Friday, July 24 – New Types of Housing Solutions

Wade Killefer, FAIA – Partner, KFA Architecture & Vice-President/ President-elect, AIA Los Angeles (moderator)
Dafna Kaplan – Founder & CEO, Cassette
John E. Molloy – CEO, Flexible PSH Solutions, Inc.
Roger Sherman, FAIA – Design Director, Gensler
Theadora Trindle – Planning & Development Manager, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Prophet Walker – Co-Founder & CEO, Treehouse Co-Living

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Homelessness in LA: Understand it Today, Change it Tomorrow

Alice Kimm, FAIA – Principal, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects and Member, Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI) (moderator)
Amy N. Anderson – Chief Housing Officer, Office of Mayor Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Kelli Bernard – EVP & National Cities Leader, AECOM & Chair, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission
Simon Ha AIA, LEED AP – Partner, Steinberg Hart & Chair, Skid Row Housing Trust
William Huang – Director of Housing, City of Pasadena

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