About the Studio
Change in a great city like Los Angeles is inevitable. It is an ongoing and, most often, a gradual process that comes in many forms. New development brings changes, as do new regulations, a shifting economy, new technology, and expanding knowledge. It combines principles of city planning, architecture, and landscape architecture to re-imagine the city as more than buildings and roads, but as a space for connectivity, sustainability, and diversity.
Founded in 2006, the Studio practices an integrated approach that brings together principles of good urban design with innovative policy. The Studio aims to make it easier to build spaces that provide functionality, variety, delight, and a sense of belonging: a better Los Angeles.
Who We Are
The Studio is a part of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, and is supported by a network of student interns from across a range of disciplines. Our mission is to guide this change to build a better, more livable city. At the heart of this mission is to integrate a multidisciplinary approach to shaping places, neighborhoods, and cities.
- Citywide Design Guidelines (Residential, Commercial, Industrial)
- Small Lot Design Guidelines
- Walkability Checklist
- Designing a Healthy LA
- Bikeable Design Toolkit
- Downtown Design Guide
- Downtown Street Standards
- Central City Community Plan: Urban Design Chapter
- Placemaking Academy
- Do Real Planning
- 2008 American Planning Association, Los Angeles Section: Planning Excellence for Best practices, Large Jurisdiction, Walkability Checklist
- 2008 American Institute of Architect, Los Angeles Chapter: President's Honoree, Urban Design Team Award, Downtown New Street Standards/Design Guide
- 2009 American Planning Association, Los Angeles Section: Planning Excellence for Best Practices, Large Jurisdiction, Downtown New Street Standards/Design Guide
- 2009 SCAG, 3rd Annual Compass Blueprint: President's Award for Excellence, The South Collection
- 2014 American Planning Association, Los Angeles Section: Best Planning Practices - Small Lot Design Guidelines
- 2014 American Planning Association, California Chapter: Best Planning Practices - Small Lot Design Guidelines
Lectures, Reviews and Design Studio projects.
Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Southern California (USC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), among others.
Cal State Northridge; UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; UCLA Extension - Landscape Architecture, Woodbury University; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; University of Southern California (USC).