A Conversation with Mia Lehrer on Her Origins, Civil Service, and Design Leadership

“You know, I went into it thinking about how I can design a park. And when I was in school,  they were people who were designing fun beautiful parks.  And Peter Walker, for example, was there at the same time as Frank Gehry.  They were all into art, like how art influenced design. But the other guys that we had to take courses from were into a whole different thing. Like, how do you understand the world? How do you impact it the least? How do you do good planning?”

– Mia Lehrer, FASLA, founder and president of Mia Lehrer + Associates, an urban design and landscape architecture firm in Los Angeles


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