Announcements November 8, 2023

Our LA Studio talks equitable design at the ULI Fall Meeting 2023

Sean Joyner, Gabrielle Bullock, Christopher Pearson, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson at ULI LA Fall Meeting
From left to right: Sean Joyner, Gabrielle Bullock, Christopher Pearson, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Several members from our Los Angeles studio recently participated in this year’s Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference welcomed over six thousand land-use professionals from across the globe to LA. 

In a session titled Designing for Equity, our director of global diversity Gabrielle Bullock, was joined by senior vice president at Hudson Pacific Properties Christopher Pearson, and Los Angeles City councilmember Marqueece Harriss-Dawson. The three speakers discussed issues of displacement, inclusion, and the importance of equitable practice and community engagement in fostering inclusive design and development. Destination Crenshaw was a prominent case study throughout the discussion, serving as a model for the session attendees of how professionals can practically pursue equitable design and development in their work. Sean Joyner, a writer and communications strategist in our Los Angeles studio, moderated the panel discussion. 

From left to right: Sabina Cheng, Ade Hakeem, Leigh Christy, and Murat Karakas.

In another session titled Demystifying Embodied Carbon, Leigh Christy, a managing principal in our Los Angeles Studio who is currently serving as ULI LA’s Innovation Council Co-Chair, helped lead one of several roundtables that sought to investigate myths, misconceptions, and strategies around embodied carbon. The roundtables were preceded by presentations about climate action and embodied carbon reduction. The ULI Los Angeles Innovation Council is a forum that explores “holistic approaches to sustainable, resilient, operational, and affordable innovations in technology, design, construction, and policy.”  

Several leaders from the San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles studios were also part of a Pathways to Inclusion Dinner that took place in LA’s Fashion District. The invitation-only event gathered a small cohort of 50 leaders and professionals to engage in discussions around making impact through social equity and environmentalism in Los Angeles.