BERNARD ZIMMERMAN LECTURE SERIES: Elizabeth Timme & Helen Leung, LA Mas
LA Mas co-executive directors Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung use their non-profit urban design organization to advocate for lower-income and underserved communities through policy and architecture.
They carry out projects in communities undergoing economic, social and demographic transitions, which often result in being underserved or overlooked by traditional service providers either because cities face limited budgets and constrait capacities to fulfill well-intentioned plans to improve and uplift neighborhoods that need them most. LA MÃ¡s tries to fill this gap through its unique fee-for-service approach: its team identifies what already works in these communities, preserving its local identities while collaborating with traditional service providers to " uncover challenges with existing policies and connect the dots between project solutions."
LA Mas' projects spans developments programs in categories ranging from small business and alternative housing, to public realm (pedestrian and right-of-way projects to promote safe and accessible streets). Its team also actively engage communities to be involved in policies that impact the places in which they live, work and play. The organization regularly partners with non-profit coalitions such as Alliance for Community Transit - Los Angeles (ACT-LA), the LA Street Vendor Campaign, and the Opportunity Fund.
Learn more about the organization's projects and participation in local initiatives at https://www.mas.la.