The Los Angeles Section of the APA is pleased to present the first in an ongoing series of discussions addressing the ways in which planners and designers are working to solve the public health challenges afflicting our communities. This first event will focus on recent (and ongoing) efforts by the City and County of Los Angeles to address public health issues through new and innovative policies and procedures. Bill Roschen, head of the City's Planning Commission, will discuss the City's efforts, including the development of a Public Health Element for the General Plan Framework. Jean Armbruster, director of the County Public Health Department's PLACE program will speak about Project RENEW and the department's other initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes by adapting the physical environment. Susan Tae, Supervising Regional Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, will focus on the County's Healthy Design Ordinance, passed earlier this year.
The discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Nettler, Managing Editor at Planetizen.com
Bill E. Roschen, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C is Principal at Roschen Van Cleve Architects and President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Bill Roschen’s career manifests the new paradigm of “citizen architect” as civic leader who can engage communities in the thoughtful conversations required to advance infill and redevelopment projects that make neighborhoods sustainable, affordable, livable, and healthy. As President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, he has taken the lead on introducing for citywide consideration a Health Element as a component of the Los Angeles City General Plan Framework and has initiated partnerships with the County Department of Public Health. He founded the Streets for People (S4P) Program, and is building unprecedented working relationships between planning and health and other government departments. In his most recent appointment, Bill serves as Co-Chair of Mayor Villaraigosa’s newly formed citywide Cabinet on Transit Oriented Districts and Developments.
Bill holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University, with an emphasis on urban architecture, historic preservation and philosophy of aesthetics, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University, with an emphasis on sustainable design. He currently teaches a graduate seminar in crafting forward-thinking public policy at Woodbury University School of Architecture.
Jean Armbruster, MA, is the Director of the PLACE Program (Policies from Livable, Active Communities and Environments) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The program’s mission is to foster policy change that supports the development of safe, healthy, active environments for all Los Angeles County residents. PLACE makes grants and provides technical assistance to cities and communities to promote the development of policies such as bicycle and pedestrian master plans, complete streets, and safe routes to schools plans.
Ms. Armbruster received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College and her Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach. She loves hiking with her dog in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Susan Tae is a Supervising Regional Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning. She currently oversees the Zoning Permits North Section, which reviews proposed development in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, including renewable energy, surface mining, and landfill operations. She has been appointed a Hearing Examiner for Los Angeles County, and is formerly an elected Board member of the Los Angeles City Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, including Planning and Land Use, and Executive Subcommittees.
A native of southern California, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).