LA-Más, the non-profit urban design organization focused on underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods and led by GSD alumna Elizabeth Timme MArch ’10, founder and Co-Executive Director, and Kennedy School alumna Helen Leung MPP/UP ’11, Co-Executive Director, has had an exciting and eventful year.

In March, The Architectural League of New York named the organization one of eight winners of its 2018 Emerging Voices award. The prize honors North American organizations and individuals with “distinct design voices that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.” Timme is the first legacy winner of the award, with her father, Robert H. Timme, winning it in 1982.

In July, LA-Más was featured on the cover of Metropolis as part of the magazine’s annual New Talent series, spotlighting practices across the design spectrum. A few weeks later, LA Magazine selected Timme and Leung as two of 11 women who are “making LA a better place.” Most recently, Curbed profiled LA-Más’ work in LA’s Koreatown in the article “Whimsical improvements make Western more walkable.” The organization was also named a Groundbreaker by Curbed last year.

In addition, LA-Más was selected this year as a Washington Street Civic Project Leader by Exhibit Columbus. The award honors mission-driven organizations that use “architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable.” Read more about Exhibit Columbus and other GSD alumni recognized. 

Learn more about LA-Más.

Image courtesy of Brian Guido via Metropolis.