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PRO Bono: How Design Is Reinventing Los Angeles


Friday, June 21
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m

A presentation around Step Up on Second and the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation’s Step Up on Vine project and the importance of PRO Bono work for all designers. Step Up on Vine is a retrofitted existing 20,718 sf, three-story hotel into a 34-unit affordable housing project. The facility is intended for the psychosocial rehabilitation and support of the homeless affected by severe and persistent mental illness.




Lance Simon, Design Principal of Egan | Simon architecture, has a wealth of experience with a wide-range of projects including multi-family residential, large-scale sports facilities, luxury homes, institutional facilities and office buildings. By using the knowledge he gains from continuously researching fields outside of architecture to best satisfy and inspire his clients, he has designed several award-winning projects in Los Angeles, South Florida, Kentucky and Ohio. His high-design sensibilities are grounded with construction site experience. Mr. Simon is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a member of the Southern California Association on Non-Profit Housing; the U.S. Green Building Council; and the Herman Miller Advisory Council.
Mark Brunetz: Compliments of the International Design Guild Designer Program, an ASID National Industry Partner, Mark currently serves as the National Spokesperson for the Program and it’s Design for a Difference national design contest benefiting local charities. While viewers around the globe know Mark as the Emmy® Award winning co-host of “Clean House” on the Style Network, Mark has also collaborated with Hollywood’s A-list, launched his own line of home furnishings on the Home Shopping Network, and penned his first book Take the U Out of Clutter with Penguin Books. Mark has worked closely with a variety of charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Big Issue in South Africa and Step Up On Second; a Clinton global initiative that converts facilities in Los Angeles into LEED-certified, permanent housing for homeless individuals affected by mental illness.
Carolyn L. Baker is Vice President of Community Development at Step Up on Second and holds a M. Ed. in Organizational Development. As a Commitment-Maker within the Clinton Global Initiative for Step Up, Baker is part of the Executive team that acquires, develops, and operates permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals affected by mental illness on the streets of Los Angeles. In her 25+ year nonprofit career, Baker has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for important safety net agencies. Baker’s mantra is: “it’s the role of a community to heal and sustain ALL of its members