Mar 16th 2021

Video | Mia Lehrer

MIA LEHRER from IIT Architecture Chicago on Vimeo.

Renowned landscape architect and environmental advocate Mia Lehrer, FASLA, gave an exclusive lecture to the College of Architecture community. Lehrer is founder of Studio-MLA and internationally recognized for her progressive landscape design and advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public spaces.

Lehrer founded her practice 25 years ago with the mission to improve life through landscape architecture. Today, Studio-MLA has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a robust and multidisciplinary team working to address urban issues through environmental systems planning and built resilience strategies.

Lehrer has led the team’s design and implementation of ambitious public and private projects including the landscape and public parks associated with the new NFL Entertainment District and SoFi Stadium on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood. Her active and recent projects include Dallas’s Fair Park Community Park, a sensitive revitalization of San Francisco’s historic Levi’s Plaza, Los Angeles’s Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the L.A. County Natural History Museum Nature Gardens, Vista Hermosa Natural Park, in addition to many urban river-related projects, including the Rio Tietê in São Paulo, Brazil, L.A.’s Taylor Yard G2 Park, and the Upper L.A. River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan.

Among her recent accomplishments, Lehrer is the newest Commissioner of the all-female Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she served on President Barack Obama’s U.S. Fine Arts Commission, and was honored with the American Society of Landscape Architects LaGasse Medal.