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Announcing the 2015 Ethics & Leadership Panel

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AAU School of Architecture Ethics and Leadership Panel : Affordable Housing

Monday, April 6th, 2015 11:00am -12:30pm

601 Brannan Atrium Space

The event will be live-streamed and recorded at

The School of Architecture has chosen to highlight the leadership roles that community developers, planners, architects and designers take in San Francisco in advocating for a diversity of affordable and special needs housing projects. Panelists will give brief introductions to their work and their careers, followed by a moderated panel discussion and ending with a Q&A from online and onsite students.

Moderator: Mimi Sullivan, AIA  Saida + Sullivan Design Partners


Panelist: Anne Torney, AIA / LEED AP. Partner at Mithun.


Anne Torney is an architect who has made affordable multi-family housing and transit-oriented urban infill the focus of her work for more than 20 years. She brings a deep commitment to community outreach and sustainable design to all her projects, which range from supportive studios for formerly homeless seniors, to the revitalization of isolated public housing sites into walkable, mixed-use and mixed-income communities. Anne sees housing and urbanism as a continuum rather than discrete disciplines; and design as a powerful tool for health and social equity.


Panelist: Michael Pyatok, FAIA. Principal at Pyatok.


Michael Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for over 45 years. Since opening his own office in 1984, it has designed over 35,000 units of affordable housing for lower-income households in the US and abroad, and developed participatory design methods to facilitate community involvement throughout the design process. He has helped many communities plan and develop new housing, neighborhood plans and community facilities.


Panelist:  Donald Lusty. Senior Project Manager, San Francisco MOHCD.

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Don currently works as a Senior Project Manager at MOHCD where he performs program planning and implementation work in the areas of housing finance and affordable housing development.  Current projects include 95 Laguna Street, a new construction project providing LGBT-friendly senior housing for low income senior households, Central Freeway Parcel O, a new construction project providing 112 units of housing for low income households, including a set-aside for formerly homeless families, as well as work related to expiring bond projects, among others.  Prior to working at the City, Don worked as a Project Manager at The Related Companies, a developer of affordable and market rate multi-family and mixed-use properties in California.  From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a Senior Project Manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest nonprofit housing developer in California.  A graduate of UC Berkeley, he earned a Master’s degree in City Planning in 1995.

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