A diverse panel of specialists in the field of architecture, urban planning, and construction discussed Accessory Dwelling Units and their role in increasing affordable housing in Los Angeles County. In collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, an independent organization which instigates dialogues on design and the built environment, facilitated topics including:

  1. Emerging themes in ADU design that address the provision of affordable high-quality living environments
  2. Innovative approaches and opportunities in engineering ADUs
  3. Early design considerations to optimize efficiency and economy of construction

The Panel + Facilitators


Iris Anna Regn
LA County Department of Arts and Culture

Aaron Vaden Youmans
LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design


Elizabeth Timme
Cofounder, LA-Mas, ADU Consultant for Community Development Commission

Roger Sherman
Design Director, Gensler Los Angeles

John Sanabria
Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Liz Mahlow
Principal, NOUS Engineering

Derek Leavitt
Cofounder, Modative Design Build

Yes to ADU: Panel Discussion & Exhibition