Faculty member Ed Ogosta, AIA, principal of Edward Ogosta Architecture, has been unanimously elected by the Culver City Council to a seat on the city’s Planning Commission. The only architect on the five-member board, Ogosta will serve a four-year term reviewing proposed building projects, hearing public testimony, and rendering decisions on the future architectural development of the City.
In the six months since his appointment, Ogosta has used his architectural expertise to assist the Commission in approving numerous projects that will greatly influence the City’s urban future. Notable among these are: Ivy Station, a 5-acre, $260 million transit-oriented live-work development at the threshold to the Culver City Expo Line station, and amendments to the City’s zoning code to limit “mansionization” and protect the small-scale character of neighborhoods.
Culver City is a thriving center for the architectural avant-garde, with one of the highest concentrations of creative architecture firms in Southern California (including Morphosis, run by Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne). The city became world-renowned for Deconstructivist architecture in the 1980s, and continues to embrace projects that push the boundaries of experimentation. As a Culver City resident and professional, Ogosta’s role on the Planning Commission will be to balance the needs of business and the community, while furthering the city’s unique architectural heritage.