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.
ClientCity of Los Angeles
LocationLos Angeles, CA
The new civic heart of Los Angeles
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.
Associate Director | US Civic Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA
Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.
Global Director - Placemaking + International
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 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.