Live Tour: Affordable Housing in West Hollywood

Join us for a closer ook into two affordable housing developments in West Hollywood. 

When: Friday, November 13, 5pm EST

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West Hollywood is well known for entertainment (Sunset Strip), hospitality (Soho House) and design (Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center). While design is an important element for its residents and decision-makers, equity and affordability are equally valued.

These goals of the city come together in two projects that exemplify excellence in sustainable affordable housing: Sierra Bonita Housing designed by Patrick Tighe, FAIA (National AIA HUD Secretary Award), and The Courtyard at LaBrea designed as a collaboration between John Mutlow, FAIA, and Patrick Tighe, FAIA.

Both projects were developed by The West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (WHCHC), whose mission is to develop affordable housing within the city for persons in need of shelter. 

Join John V. Mutlow, FAIA and Patrick Tighe, FAIA  to learn more about Sierra Bonita Apartments (41 units for people living with disabilities) and The Courtyard at La Brea (32 units for formerly homeless LGBTQ youth and others living with disabilities).

Learning objectives

  • Recognize what physical models are available to make housing more affordable, and what professionals and educational institutions can do to promote change.
  • Discuss the effect of gentrification on the supply of affordable housing in Los Angeles and the challenges we face as a city.
  • Explain how Community Housing Corporations influence the design and construction of affordable housing projects within their communities.
  • Explore how quaint and peaceful courtyards can be constructed in urban environments, and why such spaces are important to communities of affordable and equitable housing.

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  • John V. Mutlow


    Professor of Architecture, Graduate School Chair | University of Southern California

    John V. Mutlow FAIA, AA Dip. (TP), M.Arch (UD) UCLA, practices architecture in Los Angeles and is a...
  • Patrick Tighe


    Tighe Architecture | Principal

    Patrick Tighe, FAIA, FAAR, is one of Los Angeles’ preeminent architects. The highly acclaimed...

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