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Preserving Los Angeles: A Conversation With Ken Bernstein

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | All Events (see all)

Join us virtually on Tuesday, May 9, for Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities, with Ken Bernstein, who oversees Los Angeles’s Office of Historic Resources. In this one-hour program, he’ll share how historic preservation has revived Los Angeles neighborhoods, created a Downtown renaissance, and guided the future of the city. Bernstein showcases Los Angeles as a model for other cities, demonstrating how preservation can revitalize neighborhoods and build community.

Bernstein will be joined by City of Seattle Historic Preservation Officer Sarah Sodt, Historic Seattle’s Eugenia Woo (Director of Preservation Services), and Jeff Murdock (Preservation Advocacy Manager) for an engaging discussion on preservation issues, opportunities, and challenges in Seattle and Los Angeles. There will be time for Q&A. We expect a lively discussion!

About the book:

Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. Bernstein’s informative text is richly illustrated with more than 300 full-color images by prominent architectural photographer Stephen Schafer.

Ken Bernstein, a principal city planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, oversees the city’s Office of Historic Resources, which is responsible for Los Angeles’s historic preservation policies and programs. He also leads the department’s Urban Design Studio, which works to elevate the quality of design for private development projects and major civic investments. The lead staff member for the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission, Ken has overseen the completion of SurveyLA, a multi-year city-wide survey of historic resources, and has led the city’s efforts to create a comprehensive historic preservation program. Before joining the Department of City Planning, Ken was director of preservation issues for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local non-profit historic preservation organization in the country.

Registration is now closed. Please tune in to our live stream on YouTube from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT: 


May 9, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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