Martha Lampkin Welborne, FAIA, is the Managing Director of the Grand Avenue Committee, a public/private partnership focused on revitalizing the civic and cultural districts of downtown Los Angeles through the creation of a $3.0 billion project that includes six highrise buildings and a 16-acre civic park. The Grand Avenue initiative will add to the notable features that already exist at the top of Bunker Hill, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Music Center, the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A joint powers authority, the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority, was established in 2003 to implement the project, with the Grand Avenue Committee serving as the implementing staff.
Prior to her work at Grand Avenue, Ms. Welborne was the Project Director of the Surface Transit Project, an initiative that led to the creation of Los Angeles County's Metro Rapid bus, one of the most successful new transit systems in the country. As an architect and city planner, she previously has worked as an Associate Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Los Angeles. She was also a Principal of Sasaki Associates, Inc. in Boston.
Welborne currently serves as a member of MIT's Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, serves on the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and serves on the Board of Councilors for USC's School of Architecture and for Classical KUSC. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and received the Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies degree and the Master in City Planning degree from MIT. She was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Currently, she serves as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Building Responsive Cities: Technology, Design, and Development
as author at MIT World Series: Changing Cities: Celebrating 75 Years of Planning Better Futures at MIT,
together with: Dennis Frenchman, Antonio di Mambro, Lawerence Vale (moderator), Tom Campanella,