The Friends Of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT: LA) is pleased to name Liz Falletta as the recipient of its second Fellowship in Los Angeles residential architecture.
FORT: LA was established in 2018 to promote stronger civic identity and community cohesion among the residents of Los Angeles County by advancing scholarship and facilitating wider exploration of our architecturally significant residential buildings.
“In the City was a Garden” proposes an in-depth, cross-disciplinary study of eleven garden apartment projects built between 1941 and 1953 in the Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw, and Ladera Heights neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood and the Westmont section of Los Angeles County.
“By situating these important architectural resources in a broader context we can better prepare them to become a part of the solution to our 21st Century housing shortage. It is hoped that this research will help balance preservation of our architectural history with the pressures of gentrification and neighborhood change,” she wrote in her application statement. The results of Falletta’s work will include detailed cross-disciplinary project histories, historic and/or contemporary photos of residences, and a trail map for use in future FORT: LA programs.
“Our board of directors and advisory committee members are excited to support this innovative study of an often overlooked aspect of Los Angeles residential architectural history, one which might hold clues towards addressing contemporary problems,” said Russell Brown, FORT: LA’s founder. The selection committee includes government leaders, leading architects, educators from multiple Southern California Universities, members of the philanthropic community, and others.
Falletta is a Professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy. She has received two masters degrees, one in architecture from SCI-Arc and another in real estate development from USC, and nearly 20 years of teaching experience. In addition, she serves on the city’s Zoning Advisory Committee for their new zoning code, developed one of the early small lot subdivisions in Los Angeles and recently published a book studying important housing design precedents in Los Angeles and their related development types.