Douglas Hanson, AIA: Using Architecture to Transform Communities

Douglas Hanson, AIA launched his Los Angeles based firm, HansonLA, in 2010. He has worked with some of the world’s leading architectural firms designing major cultural, commercial, and residential projects in Asia, Europe, and North America. In Hanson’s current role as President of HansonLA, he is the Design Principal on various residential and commercial projects, and the Master Plan Architect for City Market of Los Angeles, a 10 acre, mixed-use development in the Fashion District, and the Mail Order District, located in Boyle Heights. He has established a reputation for integrating innovative design with the functional and technical requirements of each project in addition to having extensive experience in all phases of design, from research through construction, with cultural, commercial, and residential projects of all scales and magnitudes. Early in his career at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hanson collaborated on major European projects from design through construction. In Barcelona, Hanson managed Vila Olimpica, a collaboration between SOM and Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Hanson then joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates in 1992 as a Senior Associate and Project Architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He has an appreciation of architecture as a societal art and endeavors to advance the worlds of his projects with thoughtful and engaging design and he will continue to not only define skylines but transform communities.

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