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Letter from the President


s a student at UCLA, I remember experiencing the transition

to promote inclusivity of professionals from all ethnic, economic,

of seeing our city, and the world, through a different lens;

educational, generational, and sexual orientations in leadership and

that of an architect. This early, transformational experi-

hiring practices across the profession. In 2018, we at the AIA|LA are

ence lives on with me today as it directly impacted my professional

authoring our own Best Practices pledge to encourage EDI in the

development and demonstrated to me the important role that

field of architecture and design.

we, as architects, play in shaping our communities and impacting

The AIA|LA membership continues to be a leading source of design

our environment.

excellence and civic leadership for the City of Los Angeles. Our

Leading one of the Nation's largest AIA Chapters is a tremendous

Awards programs celebrate talented designers, photographers,

honor and affords me the opportunity to serve our membership in

and influencers. Our Tours open closed doors, allowing the public

developing programs, supporting advocacy, and providing resources

to enjoy architecture, interior design, and cultural resources. As

that will aid our members to produce inspiring projects that enrich our

Angelenos, we know the influence of our voice echoes beyond city

communities. To me, the AIA|LA has always represented a revered

lines - so let's speak up.

organization that serves as a trusted resource, advocates on behalf

As members of the AIA|LA Community, I invite you to make your

of our profession, and works to connect us all. As President, I hope
to continue to support our members in achieving their professional
goals, improve upon the resources that we offer as a chapter, and to
advance key initiatives that affect our profession.
In 2018, the AIA|LA Board of Directors continues to push the goals
of a more diverse and inclusive profession through expanding our

presence known. Host a lunch-and-learn, sponsor a conference,
grab coffee with a student from your alma mater, or join an AIA|LA
Committee. Let's expand our influence and reach across the aisle
to build a strong network for our collective future.

architectural community. By connecting with students from elementary school to college and offering mentorship opportunities with
our membership, we are investing today in the leaders of tomorrow. The Chapter is at the forefront of a national conversation on
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI). Expanding on the pledge for
50/50 gender equity in the workplace, we apply similar principles

2018 AIA Los Angeles Membership Directory & Resource Guide

Tania Van Herle, AIA
Principal, Corporate Systems Leader
Harley Ellis Devereaux

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