William E. Roschen
President Los Angeles City Planning Commission
career manifests the new paradigm of "citizen architect" as civic leader who can engage communities in the sometimes difficult conversations required to advance infill and redevelopment projects that make neighborhoods sustainable, affordable and livable.
appointment as president of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission
culminates two decades of practice and occurs as a significant body of his
work - more than 2.5 million square feet and 1,500 housing units - comes out of the ground near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.
Bill opened a storefront office there in 1989 and immersed himself in the community, serving on the boards of local arts and youth leadership organisations, and establishing a "place-based" urban architectural practice working on affordable housing, historic preservation and mixed-use transit-oriented development projects that are providing density, gravity and vitality to revivify Hollywood's once magnetic downtown.
It is work that has provided Bill
with a critical skill set at a time when Los Angeles and the nation are turning away from suburbanisation and privatisation and toward urbanism, collectivism and a renewed interest in and recognition of the value inherent in the public realm.
Bill studied architecture at Columbia University (Master's degree) with an emphasis on urban architecture, historic preservation and philosophy of aesthetics; at Arizona State University (Bachelor of Architecture) with an emphasis on sustainable design; at Penn State University with an emphasis on systems and structure; and he trained in civic engagement leadership at CORO in Los Angeles.