Leg Day Turns 13: AIA|LA Interviews Michael Lehrer, FAIA, Founder of Legislative Day

Last Updated: November 8, 2012

Leg Day Turns 13: AIA|LA Interviews Michael Lehrer, FAIA, Founder of Legislative Day

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Leg Day Turns 13: AIA|LA Interviews Michael Lehrer, FAIA, Founder of Legislative Day

Celebrating it's thirteenth year of coordinating Legislative Day, AIA|LA caught up with its founder, former AIA|LA Board President, Michael Lehrer, FAIA and asked him a few questions about the beginnings of Legislative Day and what he thinks it has become.

AIA|LA: How long have you been involved with Legislative Day:
ML: I was President of the Chapter in 1999 and that's when I founded Legislative Day. I founded it because as vice-president, the year before, I had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. where we'd been lobbying for 40 years and Sacramento. It was such an exciting, scary and powerful experience, that I realized that the personal experience of going and talking to a legislature and being nervous, and having them look you in the eye and take you seriously as a citizen, I thought that's what we have to have as architects in our city.

AIA|LA: Did you have a goal when you first started going to City Hall?
ML: My goal was two fold, one to change the nature of our profession, understanding that being a designer and a citizen are one and the same. The other was to change the culture of our City and City leadership to note that architects and the profession should be part of their mental landscape.

AIA|LA: Do you feel that anything has changed in the past 13 years?
ML: We were just with the City Controller, Wendy Greuel, and what did she say? She said she has been meeting with us these last 10 years because we've become a part of the mindscape of the City. When we started this 13 years ago, there wasn't a position or funding for a Director of Government Affairs, and now we have Will Wright, which indicates to leaders around the City that know him, and respect him to know and respect our profession. That's really why I began Legislative Day. I'm proud of it and pleased that political outreach has become a part of our profession. It's a very important part of what it is to be an architect in Los Angeles and a VERY important part of why the AIA|LA is such an important organization. Why being a member and participating actually makes a real difference to the City and makes a difference to us in our individual professions and practices.

Click here for more information on Lehrer Architects

Click here to read about this year's Legislative Day at City Hall!

To become involved with political issues and government, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director of Government & Public Affairs

Last updated: 10-Dec-2012 02:27 AM
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