weekly feature | Sep 30, 2015 |
Frank Gehry to headline 10th Design Leadership Summit in LA

By Katy B. Olson
From October 27 to 29, the Design Leadership Network's annual summit will unfold in Los Angeles, after two years in New York, with a variety of arts and culture programs, lectures and workshops. Programming will be led by icons and industry leaders including Tony Ingrao of Ingrao Inc, Andy Cohen, co-CEO of Gensler, Josh McManus of Rock Ventures, Grace Clayton of Conscious Leadership Immersion, architect Frank Gehry and architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the HAAS Brothers, among others, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. This year's program will focus on Los Angeles and its current "design renaissance" as well as hands-on professional development for members.

“This year we’ve developed a program that brings more interaction into the summit and puts that peer to peer connection at the forefront of the experience. This year will truly be a Masterclass workshop that not only inspires but aims to provide real professional development," says Peter Sallick, founder of the Design Leadership Network. "The Design Leadership Network was developed with the goal of creating a community where peers can learn from one another to strengthen the design industry as a whole.”

Three days of events and programs will kick off with an evening reception and dinner at The Four Seasons on October 27, while the following day will spotlight the business of design and architecture, with expert speakers including Rheinstein, Ingrao and architect and landscape architect, Mark Rios, principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studios discussing the business behind their success. Also on October 28, Cohen will lead a design leadership discussion, and attendees will be invited to Collaborative Leadership Workshop sessions focused on issues they face, as cited in a pre-Summit survey. Other programming that day includes discussions in practical business practices and means of finding balance and meaning at work. The evening will conclude with a keynote delivered by Gehry and Goldberger, and a gala dinner.

October 29’s programming will focus on the city of Los Angeles and its current design renaissance, with an opening keynote presented by Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, followed by a panel comprised of leaders Adam Blackman and David Cruz of Blackman Cruz, Gerard O'Brien of Reform Gallery, and Johnson Hartig of Libertine. The morning—and the Summit—will conclude with top Los Angeles area architects, including managing principal and co-founder of Marmol Radziner, Leo Marmol, and architect Kulapat Yantrasast in discussion, before attendees are invited to experience Los Angeles themselves via a selection of tours. DLN shares the Summit's tour schedule with EAL, below:

Architect’s Eye, Pacific Palisades: Tour host Lee Mindel brings attendees on a guided tour of the architecture of Pacific Palisades with stops at well-known and lesser recognized architectural sites.

Artful Homes: Private Collection Visits: In a city alive with art, some of the most impressive work resides in private collections.

Hollywood Modernism, East Side: Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project, Hollyhock House and Neutra VDL House.

Hollywood Modernism: West Side: Tour host John Edelman brings attendees through a selection of modern Los Angeles designs, including the Case Study houses.

L.A. Makers, Studio Visits: In recent years, international communities are looking west to seek out inspiration and source talent, and Los Angeles is receiving its due as a leader in the emerging design-art hybrid movement. Join L.A. design insiders Oliver M. Furth and Sean Yashar, for exclusive visits to the studios of three Los Angeles design stars: HAAS Brothers, Adam Silverman and Stefan Bishop.

LACMA: A tour of twentieth and twenty-first century design with curator Bobbye Tigerman through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Downtown L.A.: Visit a vibrant part of the city in the midst of a transformation with stops at Mark Taper Forum, Abalone Shell Wall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and newly opened Broad Museum.

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