Brenda Levin

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Brenda A. Levin is a Los Angeles-based architect and advocate for historic preservation. She is the 2010 recipient of the Gold Medal Presidential Award from AIA Los Angeles.[1] Her major projects include the restoration of iconic L.A. landmarks like the Bradbury Building, the Griffith Observatory, the Wiltern Theatre, and City Hall.

Levin was born in New Jersey. She studied graphic design at Carnegie Mellon and New York University, and architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.[2] She moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and worked for architect John Lautner for two years. Her first project in Los Angeles, through the firm Group Arcon, was the renovation of the James Oviatt Building on Olive Street after it was purchased by developer Wayne Ratkovich.[3] This was the first of many projects with Ratkovich that included the Wiltern theater, the Chapman Market, and the Fine Arts Building. She opened her firm, Levin & Associates, in 1980.[4]


  1. ^ AIA/LA Gold Medal Awarded to Brenda Levin for Contributions to Los Angeles' Revitalization The Planning Report, October 2010
  2. ^ Ridgway, Suzanne. "Profiles of Success: Brenda Levin". Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Vincent, Roger (August 2, 2009). "A friend to L.A.'s best old buildings". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Jao, Carren. "Q & A: Brenda Levin Talks Preservation". Design Observer. Retrieved 14 December 2013.