Design Selection

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, the Bureau of Engineering created the Design Aesthetics Advisory Committee (DAAC) to provide input on the design of the future Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project.

The Design Aesthetics Advisory Committee (DAAC) provided input on:

  • Bridge aesthetics for the new structure
  • Associated roadways under new structure
  • Colors, textures, lighting, railings
  • Community/City gateway monumental elements

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. 

Committee Members

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 DAAC met five times. The committee members also attended community presentations and provided feedback on the submitted designs. Following a 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.