Liz Falletta and Raquel Ramati will discuss zoning lessons and innovations from Los Angeles and New York City.
Open House: 6:00pm
Liz Falletta is currently a professor teaching architectural and urban design at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Her courses focus on design as an interdisciplinary activity and explore how the intersecting values of architecture, planning and development can inform the design process and improve design outcomes. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching design across disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
In addition to teaching full time, Ms. Falletta is principal of Falletta Development, which developed one of the first small lot subdivisions in Los Angeles, located on Huntington Drive in El Sereno. She has consulted on many small lot subdivisions throughout Los Angeles and worked as an entitlements consultant on various single and multi-family housing projects. Liz is a licensed architect and a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.
In recognition of the breadth of her expertise, Ms. Falletta has been appointed to the City of Los Angeles’ Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC). This 21-member group is the first line of critique for the city’s recode LA project, a $5 million dollar, five year plan to overhaul the zoning code. Liz is leading the Housing Working Group, a subcommittee of the ZAC working to prioritize issues of housing production, affordability and sustainability throughout the re:code project. She is also a member of the California Planning Roundtable.
Liz holds a master of architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a master of real estate development from the University of Southern California.
Raquel Ramati, architect and urban designer, is president of Raquel Ramati Associates Inc. She has earned an international reputation as an urban designer and planner, first as the head of the Urban Design Group at the NYC Department of City Planning, and as an art commissioner, and later as a private consultant working with developers, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups.
Ms. Ramati designs master plans and acts as a development consultant for site selection, zoning analysis, design guidelines, processing, architectural and open space planning. As the head of urban design, she initiated and led the implementation of six new ordinances which are now part of the zoning regulations. She developed feasibility studies for more than 200 of New York’s major sites. The studies include architectural zoning bulk diagrams, analysis of maximum floor area, air rights usage, Landmark buildings and all other regulations. Internationally, Raquel Ramati has worked in Poland, India, Italy, Japan, and Israel.
Raquel Ramati has extensive experience in designing master plans. Among her master plans include; a waterfront and master plan for South Town on Roosevelt Island, New York, a development of a new town in Pomezia, Italy, the Hadera Center and the Ramat Gan Center; mixed-use developments in Israel.
Raquel Ramati is the author of a signature planning book, “How to Save Your Own Street”, published by Doubleday. In addition to being the president of her firm, Raquel Ramati Associates, she is presently an adjunct professor in the Real Estate Graduate Program at the Columbia University School of Architecture, and at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Ramati is a graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York City and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. She currently teaches urban design and planning at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, Columbia University, and Columbia University GSAPP’s Real Estate Development program.
Ramati has also recently been associated with PLP Architecture as a Senior Planner.
This special event is the first in the spring series of NYC Architecture + Real Estate events with Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, and is supported by the Fetner Family Gift.