Frontier Housing Symposium

Join Woodbury School of Architecture for the Frontier Housing Symposium at Gensler on October 8 from 6pm – 8pm. HOUSING+ is a year-long program of lectures, exhibitions and studio inquiries focused on a topic that is of particular relevance to Los Angeles and Woodbury School of Architecture.


500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States

As an institution of higher learning that integrates architecture, interior design, and real estate development programs, Woodbury School of Architecture believes that affordable housing is a critical architectural question and a basic human right. Our fall symposium, ‘Frontier Housing’ addresses the challenges of building housing on the fringes of our technological, geographical and social territories: city edges, international borders, and inner-city gaps. The housing symposium is free and open to the public.


Frontier Housing Symposium Panelists

Jen Kim, Housing Innovation Director, Office of Mayor Garcetti
Jen Kim has been working to implement innovative permanent supportive housing models in Los Angeles County. As the Housing Lead for the County’s Homeless Initiative, she developed the Housing Innovation Challenge, and in her new role as the Housing Innovation Director, she oversees the $120 million HHH Housing Challenge to fund new and scalable models of permanent supportive housing.

Angie Brooks, Managing Principal, Brooks+Scarpa
As the Managing Principal at Brooks + Scarpa Angela Brooks, FAIA supervises all of the office operations. Angela has pioneered more holistic ways of delivering affordable housing, sustainable architecture and advances in social equity. She has been practicing architecture since 1991 and is responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall management.

Lawrence Scarpa, Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA is Principal and partner of Brooks + Scarpa. He is a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing. Most recently, he co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.He has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools, and is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California.

Kevin Hirai, COO, Flyaway Homes
As the COO of Flyaway Homes, Kevin Hirai founded FlyawayHomes to help end homelessness in a sustainable way. The team’s work aims to build quality permanent supportive housing for ⅓ the cost and in ⅓ the time of traditional methods. FlyawayHomes uses modular techniques to develop shared housing units, and use social impact equity or other private funding methods to do it.  Kevin is a graduate of USC, holds an MBA in finance and is a recent graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design (AMDP ’18).

Rachel Allen, Principal, RADAR
Rachel Allen is owner and Principal of RADAR, Inc., a Los Angeles design firm committed to Building Connection. RADAR currently has over 300 units of housing in development. Rachel was the recipient of the 2002-2003 Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in architecture, the Mayor’s Appointee to the HPOZ Board in Lincoln Heights, and a member of the Architecture and Design Advisory Panel of the Hammer Museum, the Board of Directors for the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Outpost for Contemporary Art.

Simon Ha, Partner, Steinberg Hart, BArch ’01
Simon Ha has nearly two decades of experience in the planning, design and construction of large-scale mixed-use, hospitality, and multi-family projects. With an education in urban housing development from Harvard GSD, Simon leverages his knowledge of functional design while achieving urban goals. Simon is active on various boards and committees, including the AIA National Housing Knowledge Community, Skid Row Housing Trust, and City of LA’s Zoning Advisory Committee.

Hector M. Perez, Partner, The RED Office
Hector M Perez is an Associate Professor at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego and Principal at De-Arc – a design studio in La Jolla, CA. Hector has lectured throughout Latin America and taught design studios & workshops at universities throughout the United States, Mexico and Latin America. Hector co-founded The RED Office – a Design-driven Real Estate Development Office – with partners Ted Smith & Kate Meairs.

Katerina Salonikidi, Product Director, Connect Homes
Katerina Salonikidi is the Product Director for Connect Homes, a design-build architecture firm specializing in modern prefab homes. Utilizing a new modular system, Connect Homes can fully-finish homes in their Southern California factory and ship nationwide. In Connect Homes Katerina is responsible for the constructability of the homes into production, the development of the modular system and evolution of the overall product.

Moderator: Roger Sherman, Design Director, Gensler
Roger Sherman, AIA is a Design Director and leader of the Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative at Gensler LA. Since joining Gensler, he has authored an infrastructure and urban development plan for Northern Haiti as well as mixed use projects anchored by Permanent Supportive Housing for Boyle Heights (2017) and South LA (current). Roger is former Co-Director of cityLAB, an urban design thinktank at UCLA, where he is an Adjunct Professor.

Moderator: Rob Jernigan, Co-Regional Managing Principal, Gensler
Rob is known to peers and clients as an accomplished architect, mentor, and community leader.  Rob’s impact is evident in the renaissance of downtown LA as a live, work, and play neighborhood. He uses his expertise in design and city-making to address the critical issues that affect the world today-such as developing housing solutions for the homeless. The AIA California Council awarded Rob its Presidential Citation for changing the face of architecture in LA. Rob is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


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