Founders of Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University Honored by AIA|LA for Community Contribution
The co-founders of a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary education, research and outreach institute dedicated to training designers and thought leaders to address regional issues of water scarcity, aridity, climate change and the built environment – an organization based out of Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu) – have been honored by AIA|LA for their contributions to the community.
Hadley and Peter Arnold, founding co-directors of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University, were among 10 individuals or organizations named 2013 Presidential Honorees at last night’s annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards, held at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center. The awards honor excellence in work designed and/or built by Los Angeles architects and recognize individuals who take leadership roles in advancing the profession and the City.
Founded in 2008, the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University is a self-sustaining education, research and outreach center dedicated to issues of water scarcity in both the history and future of the American West. It offers undergraduate and graduate students immersive learning opportunities across multiple disciplines; a visiting research fellows program; non-profit planning and design advisory services for watershed communities, public agencies and property owners; and a wide range of workshops, symposia, conferences and publications. For more information, visit the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University.
“Water has always been a critical issue for California and the West, and re-thinking water use in the face of climate change will be central to our region’s environmental, cultural and economic future,” said Hadley Arnold. “We are honored to receive this recognition and the opportunity to share the Arid Land Institute’s message with leaders and creative thinkers in the architecture community and beyond.”
Both Hadley and Peter Arnold have taught multiple history and theory seminars on landscape, infrastructure and urbanism in the arid lands. Their design work has been recognized by Los Angeles’ MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the LA Architecture + Design Museum and the AIA|LA. Their ongoing research on contemporary and historic water infrastructures of the West is supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, LEF, Maxine Frankel Foundation, the Julius Shulman Institute, the Bogliasco Fellows/Villa Liguria Study Center program, US Department of Housing and Urban Development and, most recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Metabolic Studio.
“Woodbury University strives to cultivate leadership through programs that transform our students and the world around them,” said Luis Ma. R. Calingo, Ph.D., president of Woodbury University. “The Arid Lands Institute is just such a program. We are proud to have such progressive and innovative leaders as Hadley and Peter Arnold and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”