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Letter from the Vice President
AIA PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
A conversation with
Barbara Bouza, FAIA
How would you describe your
cycle of family homelessness and poverty
The ability to play to our strengths as leaders
public and private resources, and com-
As Co-Managing Director of Gensler's LA
is critical when making informed decisions
office, and a Leader of the global Health
and having a point of view in an increasingly
& Wellness and Sciences Practice Areas,
divided world. I have always embraced a
Barbara Bouza is without a doubt one of
collaborative leadership model, because
LA's prominent leaders of the architecture
it ensures other perspectives are heard
profession. In her role as AIA|LA's cur-
remained in housing and are going from
As the chapter's President-Elect for
2019, what program are you most
excited to develop?
Do you have a motto you live by?
Los Angeles is going to be the host city for
of us, anyone can be here, but we make the
rent Vice President and 2019 PresidentElect, we asked Barbara to share with
us her goals and inspiration for leading
What is the value of the AIA?
the 2020 AIA National Conference, so this
We have a unique platform that brings
will be one of my key areas of focus through-
students, emerging professionals, archi-
out 2019 as chapter President. We have
tects, and industry partners together. Every
an amazing opportunity, like no other city,
individual member of the AIA has a shared
to demonstrate our diversity and creativity
responsibility to elevate the quality of life in
across multiple platforms.
our communities through design excellence
by mobilizing trained volunteer mentors,
munities who understand that a roof over
one's head is merely the starting point to a
better life. In LA, nearly one third of those
who are homeless are families and young
adults. All of our Imagine LA families have
surviving to thriving.
There are so many opportunities right in front
"choice" to be present and create a meaningful impact.
Favorite DTLA coffee spot?
You can often find me connecting with others at Nice Coffee in the City National Plaza
on Flower Street which has become an
extension of my work environment. The
friendships I have personally built by getting
Are you on the board of any other
organizations in Los Angeles?
involved with the AIA are invaluable.
Yes, I am on the Board of Directors for
into a hub of creative energy has been a
and awareness. The relationships and
Imagine LA, where our mission is to end the
transformation of downtown Los Angeles
great place to connect with other architects.
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