This week, the LA Forum takes a break from our typical DLA interview format to share information and links about the way the AEC community has come together to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we may each contribute. We hope this newsletter finds you navigating the ever-shifting situation in good health and positivity. Your comments and additional resources are welcome in response.

This interview was conducted on April 8, 2020.


Operation PPE is an effort by architects, designers, and makers around the country to use their skills and tools to help produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical community. In Los Angeles, an initiative led by Alvin Huang, Director of Graduate Studies at the USC School of Architecture is joined by a growing team of architectural firms, students and volunteers to use 3d printers to produce PPE face shields and masks for use by healthcare workers. The office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a call to action to all those having access to 3d printers to join the effort.

Operation PPE has been covered by, among others, KCRW’s Design and Architecture, Architects’ Newspaper, the LA Times and Architecture Magazine, which also looks at How Architects, Designers, and Makers Can Help and Volunteer in the Coronavirus Era.

Do you have 3d printing capacity? Sign up on this Google Sheet to participate in Operation PPE Los Angeles, led by USC Architecture.

Masks for Humanity

Masks for Humanity connects people who need handmade face masks with people making handmade face masks.

LA City guidelines and LA area funds

LA times guidelines on how to make a non-medical grade face mask of the type now recommended for wear in public places. Includes a no-sew mask option.

Official City Guidelines on Face Coverings

COVID-19 specific updates for City of LA

COVID-19 emergency response fund (Mayor’s office)

LA Regional Food Bank – donate

Photo Credits:  Alvin Huang, Director of Graduate Studies at the USC School of Architecture.  Images courtesy of Alvin Huang.
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