Potentially exciting news today that the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects is laying the groundwork for a new architecture center similar to those belonging to AIA chapters in Dallas, Seattle, and New York. AIA/LA Executive Director Nicci Solomons confirmed the news to Curbed today and provided a few tantalizing details about what we can expect from the new resource. The goal for the Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles, Solomons explained, will be to "engage the public and the industry regarding architecture and urban design." The Architect's Newspaper first spotted a job listing for a campaign director to run an $8 to 15 million capital campaign to "support the acquisition and renovation of an existing building" for the project. Solomons said they envision the Center as a collaborative space and a hub for related local organizations. (Although she didn't name any specifics, AN hears rumors that the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and the Urban Land Institute's Los Angeles chapter are possibilities.)
As for the potential location of the new Center, AIA/LA is still working out the details. Solomons said that they would like to be centrally located--either Downtown, proximate to the political center of City Hall, or along Museum Row on the Miracle Mile.
As for the hire of the new campaign manager, a lengthy series of interviews has given way to a shortlist of candidates. An already incorporated nonprofit, which includes Frances Anderton, host of the KCRW show DnA, and Carl Muhlstein, executive director of Cushman and Wakefield's Downtown Los Angeles office, will oversee the endowment of the Center. Image of the New York Center for Architecture via The Architect's Newspaper
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