Christoph Korner selected as Juror for LA County ADU Competition

Woodbury School of Architecture Chair Christoph Korner has been selected as a juror for the Part of the Solution : YES to ADU Competition. The competition explores LA County’s updated ADU ordinance to address new opportunities for secondary units in single family lots.

The competition aims to address the rising housing concerns in Los Angeles County. The homeless population in Los Angeles County has been increasing at an alarming rate over the last five years. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, steadily rising housing costs and stagnant incomes are the underlying cause, with the highest economic stress falling on renters. In 2016, in response to this humanitarian crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors launched the Homeless Initiative, a comprehensive plan that includes strategies to increase affordable housing through the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s.)

As partners in the Homeless Initiative’s Second Dwelling Units Pilot Program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program, in collaboration with the Department of Regional Planning, the Community Development Corporation, and Chief Executive Office, is helping to promote the development of ADU’s. Civic Art invites its creative community to participate in this design competition to reimagine freestanding ADU’s in Los Angeles County. Part of then Solution: YES to ADU encourages architects and designers to serve as creative strategists in service to the Homeless Initiative, promoting affordable housing with inspiring, tangible examples of freestanding ADU’s that the public can visualize in their yards and neighborhoods.

Winning entries will be announced at an awards event and exhibition in March 2018. Corresponding workshops and interviews facilitated by community partners will allow residents to engage directly with architects, builders, artists, and planners around topics investigated in the design competition: design and construction of ADU’s; potential job creation around the new building typology; how the ADU might affect families, neighborhoods and civic space.

You can find the full jury list below:

Dana Cuff, Director, cityLAB, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Milton Curry, Dean, USC School of Architecture

Renee Dake Wilson, Principal, Dake Wilson Architects; VP LA City Planning

Hsinming Fung, Principal, Hodgetts + Fung; Director of International Programs SCI-Arc

Bettina Korek, Founder, ForYourArt; LA County Arts Commissioner

Christoph Korner, Cofounder GRAFT; Chair Interior Architecture, Woodbury University

Brenda Levin, Principal, Levin & Associates Architects

Jon Sanabria, Deputy Director, Department of Regional Planning

Geoffrey Siebens, Assistant Director, Community Development Commission

Christoph’s selection as juror was announced shortly after the firm he co-founded, GRAFT, was selected to curate the German Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.



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