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Los Angeles Civic Center Master Planning

Our master development plan presented a holistic vision for a vibrant mixed-use community uniting municipal, cultural, retail and residential facilities in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, California.

City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
3 million+ sq ft Area
Ongoing Status

The City of Los Angeles controls a number of fragmented properties and facilities in the broader Civic Center area – some of which house critical municipal functions, while others are under-utilized or nearing the end of usability. Our master plan outlined the area’s potential to become one of LA’s most robust transit-oriented developments, evolving the area from a single-use public facilities district into a vibrant 24/7 mixed-use community. The strategy comprises a six-phase development sequence featuring more than 1.2 million square feet of new civic office space through the development of three new public-owned civic buildings, two private developments on City property, and the creation of new public space on the existing City Hall East parcel.

The Civic Square will be a focal point of this development, providing a contemporary spin on the traditional European square, creating a defining central gathering point for civic employees, residents and visitors alike. Accessibility, connectivity, and City Hall’s iconic architecture informed the planning framework, expressed through a diagonal axis that connects City Hall both visually and physically with surrounding communities. The concept land use plan and urban design guidelines will ensure a vibrant public realm with active ground floor uses and flexibly programmed open spaces.

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Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Gary Andrishak

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC
In support of city shaping, transit plazas are the Italian piazzas of the 21st century.

Gary Andrishak boasts a multidisciplinary portfolio of significant work to his credit, during his more than 35 years in the planning and design community. He is equally at home in the co-joined disciplines of land use planning and transit planning, from the standpoint of producing urban master plans concentrating on Transit Oriented Development. Gary is skilled at developing branding, marketing, and communications strategies for public transit systems, with an aim to increase transit ridership and reduce automobile use. He is also expert in the development of public outreach communications plans to ensure the public is well-informed and able to participate in the planning process.