Wendy Gilmartin received her professional degree in Architecture from Rice University in 2006 and is a licensed architect in California. She is the founding principal of Wendy Gilmartin Architecture (WGA) and was formerly the Los Angeles partner for Frohn&Rojas who also have offices in Berlin and Santiago de Chile. She has helped realize notable regional public and private design projects such as the 2013 AIA Restaurant design award winning Nobu Malibu, Grand Park in downtown, and an artist’s retirement community at the Salton Sea. As a journalist and author with the LAWeekly, The Los Angeles Times, Architect’s Newspaper, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Heyday Publishers, BOOM: A Journal of California and KCET’s Artbound, she has drawn attention to the architectural landscape of the ordinary and the everyday, shedding light on aesthetic and political debates over urban development throughout the region. She has also played an important role in building a number of alternative spaces for art and architecture, including Elephant art space in Glassell Park, SuperfrontLA, and the Eternal Telethon series. Implicit in these initiatives is an interest in creating spaces for learning and engagement, and an active pedagogy of public experience. Her combined experience provides a background in urban design, architectural design, project management, and critical and journalistic writing on design, urbanism and real estate development issues.