The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design provides a framework for design professionals and members of the general public to explore, evaluate, and impact the development of architecture in Los Angeles. Throughout its 20+ years of operation, the Forum has brought together young designers, seasoned professionals, critics, urban theorists, artists, students, and people interested in their physical environment in a diverse series of activities. The Forum seeks to reach out beyond the confines of professional organizations, schools and established groups and does not limit itself to one approach to design or theory. It provokes discussion, seeks out places and designs unseen or unnoticed by the general public, publicizes architectural investigation and commentary, and promotes the serious exploration of strategies to influence the development of our urban environment.

Financial support for LA Forum projects has been received from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Woodbury University School of Architecture, and from many members over the years. The Forum is widely recognized as one of the most active architecture and urban design groups in Southern California.

Current Supporting Sponsors

Organizational & Institutional Co-Sponsorships


Founded in January of 1987, the Forum has organized lecture series and site visits to significant buildings and sites throughout Los Angeles and the region; hosted a number of special events, symposia and a theory reading group; held several design competitions; distributed a quarterly newsletter and online articles; produced many publications, including Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles (Rizzoli International) and Everyday Urbanism (Monacelli Press), as well as national-distributed pamphlet-sized books; and has worked with other groups, architects and institutions to understand its community and participate in activities to rebuild it.

Events History

Lectures + Symposia History

Publications History

Competitions History


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.

Detailed Website Credits

Credits for Earlier Versions of Website

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

Orhan Ayyuce

Gail Peter Borden

Carmen C. Cham

Khristeen Decastro (Membership Coordinator)

Martina Dolejsova

Jessica Fleischmann

Russell Fortmeyer

Victor Jones

Eric Olsen (Volunteer Coordinator)

Roberto Sheinberg

Geoffrey von Oeyen

2014 LA Forum Advisory Board:

Hitoshi Abe

Aaron Betsky

Pamela Burton

Paul Danna

Joe Day

Tim Durfee

Frank Escher

Hsin Ming Fung

Margaret Griffin

Brooke Hodge

Jason Kerwin

Alice Kimm

Mark Lee

Kimberli Meyer

Norman Millar

Merry Norris

Linda Pollari

Michael Pinto

Janet Sager

Mohamed Sharif

Warren Techentin

Sara Daleiden
Development Consultant

Aileen Tang
Administrative Assistant

Mark Montiel
Administrative Assistant

Andrea Dietz
Development Assistant

Previous Los Angeles Forum Boards:

2013 Board of Directors and Advisory Board

2012 Board of Directors and Advisory Board