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William F. Stern Visiting Professor Lecture: Brooks + Scarpa

Monday, September 21, 2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


This lecture is being held via Zoom. CLICK HERE to register and gain access!


DENSE CITY:  Housing for Quality of Life and Social Change

The effects of increased housing costs continue to cripple urban areas throughout the country, with the supply of new, affordable housing failing to keep up with demand. In Los Angeles, new housing models are needed to create livable, dense communities addressing the region’s need for affordable housing. Understanding density and its relationship to the city will begin to inform these new housing models in a manner that is sensitive to the need to house increasing populations without displacing existing communities. Only by making connections between disparate elements and working towards designing cities as a comprehensive whole can sustainable approaches to affordable housing be created. 

About Brooks + Scarpa

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience led by principals Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA,  Honored with the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produce innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments. They have garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. They are also considered pioneers and leaders in the field of sustainable design.  

Their awards include the State of California and National American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award, AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal, National Citizen Architect, Rudy Brunner Prize, Interior Design Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, six National AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Building awards, Progressive Architecture Award, Architect Magazine’s R+D award and many others.  They are also the recipients of the $4.5 mil Housing Innovation Challenge Grant awarded by Los Angeles County for their innovative and scalable solutions to homelessness. They are co-founders of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing and to help develop more sustainable and livable communities. They have also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show with Leonardo DiCaprio.