Resilient Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C08 - The L.A. River—a Confluence of Equity, Environment, and Infrastructure

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


The L.A. River has languished as back of the house of Los Angeles County, a problem to be managed and a costly infrastructure burden because it has been designed solely for flood mitigation and conveyance. Gehry Partners, OLIN, and Geosyntec have led an effort to reenvision a river of access, equity, and public benefit.

Learning Objectives:

Richard J. Jackson

University of California at Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health

Richard Jackson is a Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. A pediatrician, he has held many health leadership positions, including as the California State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He co-authored the books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Making Healthy Places, and Designing Healthy Communities. He is an elected honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and served on the AIA Board of Directors.


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Mark Hanna

Senior Principal Water Resource Engineer

Dr. Mark Hanna is a California registered professional engineer and a senior principal in Geosyntec Consultants’ Los Angeles office. His 20 plus years of experience in water resources, water rights, and integrated planning allows him to offer multi-sector clients comprehensive water resource solutions in the natural and urban environment. In addition to several regional planning studies revolving around local water resources, Mark provides technical leadership to many Los Angeles River projects over its 51-mile length.


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Richard Roark


Richard Roark’s work spans a range of scales and typologies, focused on expanding the civic capacity of the landscape. Projects such as Rebuild by Design; the U.S. Embassy in London; Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; exemplify a practice focused on sustainable, economical and well-crafted public design. His work in sustainability has focused on the reinvestment in neglected neighborhoods and urban landscapes notably the award winning Living Cities project Patchwork Philadelphia and Meeting Green. Richard has been recognized as an active participant in public design advocacy and as an outstanding volunteer of the Philadelphia Community Design Collaborative (CDC).


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Tensho Takemori

Gehry Partners

Tensho Takemori graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. For one year following graduation, Mr. Takemori worked for The Adkins Association, a small firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Takemori continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Masters in Architecture in 1992. After graduating, Mr. Takemori joined Gehry Partners, and has been involved in a range of project types over the past 20+ years.


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FRI-C08 - The L.A. River—a Confluence of Equity, Environment, and Infrastructure

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