Center for Architecture & Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA)

Moves Forward with New Partner – A+D Museum, NEA Grant, and Official Logo

 Los Angeles, CA (August 15, 2014) – The Center for Architecture & Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA) – an initiative spearheaded by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) to promote broad public interest in the design of a high quality built environment in Los Angeles – continues to move closer to realizing the ultimate goal of occupying a physical space in Downtown LA, with a projected opening date of 2017.

Similar to architecture centers in New York, San Francisco, and Dallas, CALA’s intent is to engage the public on architecture and urban design in Los Angeles. CALA will be housed in a collaborative space that will serve as the new headquarters for AIA|LA and additionally be occupied by other likeminded organizations, creating a hub for architecture and design discourse.

One such collaborating organization, with whom CALA has formally partnered, is the A+D Museum. Since its own founding in 2001, the A+D Museum’s mission to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach is undeniably aligned with CALA.

CALA is preparing for a major capital campaign to fund its venue and activities.  Although the formal launch has yet to occur, CALA already received its first grant. Under the stellar leadership of CALA’s Board of Directors – led by President Scott Johnson, FAIA (Johnson Fain); Vice President Mike Enomoto, FAIA (Gruen Associates); Treasurer Dean Larkin, AIA (Dean Larkin Design); and Secretary Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA (Perkins+Will), as well as Directors Barbara Casey (Casey & Sayre); John Dale, FAIA (Harley Ellis Devereaux / A+D Museum); Rob Jernigan, FAIA (Gensler); Michael Lehrer, FAIA (Lehrer Architects); Stuart Magruder, AIA (Studio Nova A Architects, Inc.); Michael Mann, FAIA (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill); Steve Matt (MATT Construction); Kevin Ratner (Forest City); Mark Rios, FAIA (Rios Clementi Hale Studios); Tracie Stearns (Coalesse); and Nabih Youssef, S.E. (Nabih Youssef Associates) – CALA was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  to support a series of Walking Tours in the city.

The Walking Tours, one of many programs that CALA plans to organize, are designed to allow architecture and design aficionados to explore Los Angeles in new ways. They are set to begin in 2015. CALA Executive Director Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIA , said, “We are thrilled to receive the support of the NEA toward fulfilling one of our missions to engage and inspire the public.”

CALA has also unveiled its official logo, which emerged from a public competition to design the proposed branding for the new institution. To be eligible for consideration, each submitted logo was required to include both the full name and acronym, with the goal of positioning the Center as a modern, vibrant, and recognizable hub of education and exchange related to the built environment in Los Angeles.



Contact: Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIA

Center for Architecture & Urban Design Los Angeles

Tel: 213.639.0770