Our Mission

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.

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
P.O. Box 219774
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Email Us:
info@laforum.org

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History of LA Forum

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.

History of Events

The Forum’s special events include visits to the top of city hall and freeway overpasses, a theory reading group, fax-in projects, debates, provocations, and collaborations with other community groups.

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Lectures & Symposia History

Lecture series are generally organized each season and are announced to the interested public and Forum members through flyers/announcement posters and the Forum web site. Historically, the majority of the lectures have been held on the back lawn of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House on Kings Road in West Hollywood, where we still host our Fall lecture series. Current lecture venues include the Woodbury Hollywood gallery space on Hollywood Boulevard, where we host LA Forum Events @ WUHO. Admission is free to members while non-members pay a nominal fee.

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History of Publications

Through various media, including books, pamphlets, newsletters, online articles and artist portfolios, the LA Forum fosters and documents discourse about architecture, design, and the city.

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Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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.

2016 Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors:
Roberto Sheinberg, President
Geoffrey von Oeyen, Vice-President
Mimi Zeiger, Vice-President of Information
Khristeen Decastro, Vice-President of Development
Michael Sweeney, Vice-President of Operations
Russell Fortmeyer, Treasurer
Orhan Ayyuce
Rob Berry
Andrea Dietz
Jessica Fleischmann
Matthew Gillis
Ella Hazard
Victor Jones
Jennifer Marmon
Eric Nulman
Eric Olsen
Astrid Sykes
Chris Torres

Advisory Board:
Hitoshi Abe
Aaron Betsky
Gail Peter Borden
Pamela Burton
Joe Day
Tim Durfee
Frank Escher
Hsin Ming Fung
Margaret Griffin
Sarah Lorenzen
Jason Kerwin
Alice Kimm
Janet Sager Knott
Mark Lee
Kimberli Meyer
Norman Millar
Merry Norris
Linda Pollari
Michael Pinto
Mohamed Sharif
Warren Techentin
Patrick Tighe

Administrative Assistants:
Mark Montiel
Patricia Bacalao

2015 Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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
Russell Fortmeyer, Treasurer
Orhan Ayyuce
Gail Peter Borden
Khristeen Decastro (Membership Coordinator)
Jessica Fleischmann
Matthew Gillis
Victor Jones
Eric Olsen (Volunteer Coordinator)
Roberto Sheinberg
Geoffrey von Oeyen

Advisory Board:
Hitoshi Abe
Aaron Betsky
Pamela Burton
Joe Day
Tim Durfee
Frank Escher
Hsin Ming Fung
Margaret Griffin
Sarah Lorenzen
Brooke Hodge
Jason Kerwin
Alice Kimm
Janet Sager Knott
Mark Lee
Kimberli Meyer
Norman Millar
Merry Norris
Linda Pollari
Michael Pinto
Mohamed Sharif
Warren Techentin
Patrick Tighe

2014 Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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

Advisory Board:
Jessica Fleischmann
Russell Fortmeyer
Victor Jones
Eric Olsen (Volunteer Coordinator)
Roberto Sheinberg
Geoffrey von Oeyen

2013 Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors:
Thurman Grant, President
Siobhán Burke, Vice-President
Carmen C. Cham, Vice-President of Information
Duane McLemore, Vice-President of Development
Michael Sweeney, Vice-President of Operations
Matthew Gillis, Treasurer
Orhan Ayyuce
Rob Berry
Nathan Bishop
James A. Black
Gail Peter Borden
Russell Fortmeyer
Ella Hazard
Eric Olsen
Iris Anna Regn
Linda Taalman
Mimi Zeiger

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

2012 Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors:
Thurman Grant, President
Siobhan Burke, Vice-President
Carmen Cham, Vice-President of Information
Duane McLemore, Vice-President of Development
Emily Morishita, Vice-President of Operations
Gloria Lee, Treasurer
James Black
Heather Flood
Russell Fortmeyer
Matthew Gillis
Eric Olsen
Iris Anna Regn
John Southern
Michael Sweeney
Linda Taalman
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter
John Winston
Mimi Zeiger

Advisory Board:
Hitoshi Abe
Aaron Betsky
Pamela Burton
Paul Danna
Joe Day
Tim Durfee
Margaret Griffin
Brooke Hodge
Jason Kerwin
Alice Kimm
Mark Lee
Kimberli Meyer
Norman Millar
Merry Norris
Michael Pinto
Linda Pollari
Janet Sager
Mohamed Sharif
Warren Techentin

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