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AIA|LA Encourages LAUSD and LACCD to each hire a

District Architect to Oversee Capital Improvement Programs

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA – March 21, 2011 – The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects (AIA|LA) sent letters today to the LAUSD Board of Education and the LACCD Board
of Trustees encouraging each district to utilize the leadership resources of the AIA|LA Board of
Directors on how to most effectively move forward with each of their respective building

Each districts’ building program strengthens our communities with opportunities for better public
education and ensures our region’s ability to compete economically on the global stage. As
LACCD and LAUSD work to revitalize their building programs, there is an excellent opportunity
to further integrate the leadership of the architecture profession to help identify the most effective
way forward.

We urge each district to hire District Architects as the next LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive
and LACCD Director of Facilities Planning & Development to ensure he or she has the right
set of qualifications to execute the next set of investments with the mastery and discipline that
such an undertaking will most certainly demand. Those who manage the facilities capital
investment program require the skills, technical capabilities, construction-management
experience, equilibrium in judgment, values and interests that only those with training and
experience in the real world of planning, design and construction can offer—in short, an

Architects are uniquely qualified to embrace the full range of technical capabilities and possess
the expertise required to execute large-scale capital improvement programs; and most
importantly, possess the judgment to fulfill the greater agenda of realizing first-rate campuses and
facilities for students, parents and communities. Architects are better qualified at managing the
work because they have a comprehensive perspective of the entire planning, design and
construction program.

AIA|LA looks forward to working with each district to ensure that our capital improvement
programs benefit the public as widely as possible.

About AIA|LA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated
to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as
well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. AIA Los Angeles is a
not-for-profit professional membership association comprised of 3200+ architects and designers.

For more information please contact:

Will Wright
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
(213) 639-0764
AIA Los Angeles - 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800 - Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: (213) 639-0777 Fax: (213) 639-07667