Partner | Gruen Associates

Debra Gerod


Debra Gerod, FAIA, LEED AP is a Partner at Gruen Associates with 30 years of unparalleled experience in the industry. As a leader in collaboratively teaming with world-renowned A/E/C professionals, her expert guidance has resulted in landmark projects including the newest addition to the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple—the Audrey Irmas Pavilion—where she is serving as the Partner-in-Charge and Project Manager. As the Executive Architect, Gruen Associates is leading the team which includes OMA as the Design Architect for the newest addition to the 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary and oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. The design forms new connections within the existing campus and creates a new urban presence with the modern multi-purpose gathering space amidst the temple.

Additional projects include the LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement, Airport Metro Connector Station that will re-establish LAX as an iconic gateway to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan, Tower Theatre in Los Angeles’ Broadway District, Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Capitol Area East End Complex, Robert E. Coyle US Courthouse, Foley Federal Building and US Courthouse, Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, the Burbank-Anaheim Segment for the CA High-Speed Rail Authority, the Pacific Design Center Red Building and the US Embassy Berlin.

A “hands-on” Project Leader, Debra has expertise in sustainable design and has been on the forefront of the movement, since studying the subject at the University of Colorado/Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and then continued on to design several passive and active solar projects. Currently serving as the 2020 President for AIA|California, Debra is also a past president of AIA|Los Angeles. Debra volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Heal the Bay, and was a long-time board member for the ACE Mentor Program of Los Angeles. Debra was elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013.