In 2012, as part of the City's effort to work closely with the community to develop the concept and design for the new Sixth Street Viaduct, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Council District 14 appointed nine community members to provide input to the Design Aesthetics Advisory Committee (DAAC).
These committee members working closely with the Bureau of Engineering, and were asked to provide input on:
- Bridge aesthetics for the new structure
- Associated roadways under new structure
- Colors, textures, lighting, railings
- Community/City gateway monumental elements
This committee was also integral to the selection of the final design of the new viaduct.
Hitoshi Abe, Chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design and Principal at Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Cesar Armendariz, Vice President, White Memorial Medical Center and Professor of Business at USC
Yuval Bar-Zemer, Arts District resident and developer
Jonathan Jerald, Arts District resident and Secretary of the Los Angeles River Artists Business Association (LARABA)
Tony Harris, Partner at Point C Partners
Ozzie Lopez, Boyle Heights resident and former Executive Director of the Boyle Heights Technology Center
Lewis MacAdams, Co-founder and President of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)
Eric Owen Moss, Director at SCI-Arc and Principal at Eric Owen Moss Architects
Doug Suisman, CEO at Suisman Urban Design
The first meeting of the DAAC was held in July 2012, followed by four additional meetings.
The DAAC members were also asked to participate in the international design competition, led by the Bureau of Engineering, to select the winning design concept for the viaduct in 2012.
The committee members attended community presentations and provided feedback on the submitted designs. Following this four month process, the members of the committee unanimously agreed on the selection of HNTB, with Michael Maltzan Architecture, as the designer of the new viaduct.