The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is an independent nonprofit organization that instigates dialogues on design and the built environment through public programming, exhibitions, and publications. L.A. is a catalytic place for architecture and design, offering lessons that extend globally. Our curatorial stance frames and challenges what architecture means in an evolving city.
A critical voice in L.A. since 1987, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design’s activities bring together architects, artists, designers, urban thinkers, and the public. Through each decade the Forum has vigorously interrogated the culture of architecture and urban design in L.A.
A dedicated, working Board of Directors — members of L.A.’s architecture and design communities — produces our public programming and publications. Our events, newsletters, books, and competitions speculate on urbanism and create dialogues around contemporary design. Our programming routinely features the work of emerging and boundary-pushing designers.
Ideas fomented include the codification of The LA School and the development of “everyday urbanism.” Over the decades, Forum research has included typological analyses of boulevards, dead malls, and dingbat housing.
Influential publications originated with the Forum include Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles (1992), Everyday Urbanism (1999), and The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles (2008). Forthcoming titles include Dingbats 2.0 and The LA Forum Reader.
The current website was launched in March, 2010. Site Design + Programming by Handbuilt in collaboration with the LA Forum board of directors. This website redesign project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
2014 LA Forum Board of Directors:
Ella Hazard and Mimi Zeiger, Co-Presidents
Duane McLemore, Vice-President
James Black, Vice-President of Information
Rob Berry, Vice-President of Development
Michael Sweeney, Vice-President of Operations
Matthew Gillis, Treasurer
Gail Peter Borden
Carmen C. Cham
Khristeen Decastro (Membership Coordinator)
Eric Olsen (Volunteer Coordinator)
Geoffrey von Oeyen
2014 LA Forum Advisory Board:
Hsin Ming Fung
Previous Los Angeles Forum Boards: