Pittman Dowell Residence, Los Angeles – Michael Maltzan

“…Mr. Maltzan may be the only American architect of his stature with significant experience in a far less glamorous field: providing shelter and other accommodations for his city’s poor. Over the past 16 years he has worked on several housing projects for the homeless and an arts complex for underprivileged children that are remarkable for their architectural sophistication and their spirit of public service.” -Nicolai Ouroussoff, New York Times

The residence xplores how architecture can create both new possibilities for its highly vulnerable, dramatically under-served residents as well as for the city at large.  The project aims to construct not only a new optimism for public housing in Los Angeles, but to form an armature for change through architecture.