President and Principal | Levin & Associates Architects
Brenda A. Levin
Architect Brenda A. Levin, FAIA is known for revitalizing Los Angeles’ urban, historic and cultural form. For 40 years her architecture and urban design firm has pioneered the preservation and redefinition of important historic landmarks, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, as well as new educational and cultural buildings.
Ms. Levin is a native of the New York metropolitan area. She studied graphic design at Carnegie Mellon and New York Universities, then pursued architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to starting her own firm, based in Downtown Los Angeles since 1980, she worked for legendary architect John Lautner. The firm has received recognition and awards from professional, national, and California preservation organizations, as well as business and governmental agencies.
The firm’s recent and current projects of significance are the Centerfield Plaza at Dodger Stadium including new concessions, bars, beer gardens and gathering spaces; the $72 Million renovation and expansion of the 1200 seat John Anson Ford Amphitheatre for the County of Los Angeles; the restoration of the 1929 Wilshire Boulevard Temple; a pedestrian bridge, new middle school campus and Visual Arts Building for Oakwood School; the renovation and reinvention of seven former Howard Hughes buildings for creative office space at Hercules Campus at Playa Vista; and the ongoing transformation of Grand Central Market.
As an active member within the architecture profession and community, Ms. Levin currently serves on the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Alumni Council, the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, and the Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation, and is a member of the Trusteeship/International Women’s Forum.
In addition to numerous print articles, publications on the firm include a monograph, “Brenda A. Levin, Levin & Associates Architects: Los Angeles,” published in 2001 to present her ideas and work; a 275-page photo and essay book documenting the restoration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple; and a book on the multi-year Dodger Stadium improvements.
In 2010 AIA/Los Angeles selected Ms. Levin to receive the Gold Medal, which is the highest honor it can bestow on an individual. In 2017 Ms. Levin received Project Restore’s Architectural Angel Award.