Metropolis magazine is holding a Think Tank discussion at HMC Architects’ Los Angeles studio on September 18, 2019. Moderated by Metropolis Editor in Chief Avinash Rajagopal, the panel of distinguished guests will address the topic:  “Spaces for Good Governance: Workplace Design in the Public Sector.”

Government employees are on the front line of an increasingly turbulent public. They need well-designed spaces that support their health and well-being, prioritize safety and a sense of security, and help them to efficiently interact with the public. However, departments in the public sector often have limited funds and office designs are grim and outdated. While many leaders “do not want to be Google,” they recognize the need to update their facilities to accommodate growing staff or updated technologies while still facing public scrutiny on efficiency and cost effectiveness.

These industry leaders will offer perspectives and discuss how to make the public-sector office an attractive place to work while considering the unique challenges of change management and implementation in that sector.

Panelists include:

Sergio Lechuga

Associate/ Senior Project Designer, Interiors, HMC Architects

Gary Lai

Principal, Director of Sustainability, AHBE / MIG

Heidi Creighton

Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering

Amelia Doyle Feichtner

Senior Design Manager, City of Santa Monica | Public Works


Date: September 18, 2019

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Location: HMC Architects 633 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Metropolis Think Tank is a continuing education program (AIA CEU HSW accredited) that travels to top architecture and design firms to challenge them to think differently in various areas of design.