Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

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Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design (founded in 1987) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative art, architecture, design, and urbanism that takes the city as a laboratory. The Forum plays a vital role among architecture organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, presenting, and debating architectural and urbanistic speculations about Los Angeles.


LA Forum programming includes publications, lectures, competitions, and exhibitions. Featured lecture series include the Out There Doing It series that features emerging voices in the design field, and the On the Map series which stages presentations by architects in spaces of their design. The LA Forum also presents a local version of Pecha Kucha night developed in Tokyo by Klein Dytham Architects.

The LA Forum has a rich history of publications. Currently in production is the a series of LA Forum Pamphlets



The LA Forum annual fundraiser is an event that draws together the Los Angeles area architectural community in a social event. Proceeds support LA Forum programming. Each event has honored an influential figure in Los Angeles design culture.

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The LA Forum is led by an all volunteer board which develops all programming and publications. Founded in 1987 the Forum has provided a platform for emerging voices and a compelling forum for architectural discourse.

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