LA-Más is a non-profit that performs design-based experiments with the city as our lab. Our mission is to look critically at systemic problems in the LA area and provide solutions based on research and community engagement. By using alternative models of social inclusion and collaboration, we hope to shape the future of equitable city growth.
Elizabeth is co-founder and leads the LA-Más office, working on projects that seek to establish the potential for design-based outcomes in community health. With a diverse background in designing for ‘Northern and Southern’ resource-limited environments, Elizabeth has managed numerous research and community immersion projects. Recently Elizabeth has managed and designed a maternity and pediatrics ward for over 100 patients in Nyanza, Rwanda.
Director of Social Impact
Helen is working to redefine the intersection of community development and social equity, with a focus in minimizing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. A native Angelino and urban planner, Helen has extensive community-based experience working for former Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti. Recently, Helen managed transit-oriented development and asset build portfolios at Living Cities, a national funders collaborative. Helen holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Kennedy School of Government.
Stacey Rigley is a project manager focusing on developing projects with our partners in Haiti and Northeast LA. In the past Stacey had participated in design research and construction on various scales including developing a kit-of-parts for Los Angeles' Metro Rail. During her Masters research at the UCLA Suprastudio working on the Culture Now Project she began exploring the unique relationship between culture and health in the built environment with a specific focus on post-Katrina New Orleans.
María Del Carmen Lamadrid
María completed her MFA in Media Design from Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Practice/Field program, in partnership with UNICEF Uganda Tech4Dev and the award-winning Designmatters. Her research there on alternate modes of land tenure evidence for women empowerment against paternalistic land rights was supported by a grant from Intel’s Vibrant Data project. Previously, she acquired a BFA in Image and Design from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico.
Born in Peru and brought to the United States at age 13, Susana acquired her B.Arch at Woodbury University in May 2014. In Fall 2013, Susana began working with the Architecture + Civic Engagement Center collaborating on research, design and material investigation for a facade improvement for a non-profit learning center in Los Angeles. This year, a student design-build project Susana was part of, was featured in Public Architecture by the AIA as a case study for pro-bono work for public good.
Sal Vargas is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Architecture from Woodbury University. While attending Woodbury Sal has gone on to become a prize winner in the AISC Open Steel Competition. Within Mas Sal has been helpful in developing initial schematic design and graphic development on various projects.
Co-Founder | Board President
Mia is the founder of Mia Lehrer + Associates - known for its design and development of a wide spectrum of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and commercial projects. She is especially proud of her firm’s work in the public realm in such venues as parks, green belts, schools, waterways, and vibrant neighborhoods and streets. In 2007, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.