Mia Lehrer

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Mia Lehrer is a Salvadorian-born American landscape designer. As a young girl, Lehrer was inspired by her parents and the work they did in their community which piqued her interest in the outdoor environment. During her time as a student, Lehrer studied the work of Frederick Law Olmsted,[1] a renowned landscape architect. She received a B.A. from Tufts University with a degree in environmental design and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.[2] Lehrer is one of the first professionals to incorporate both of her degrees to design sustainable landscapes.[3]


She is the founder and president of Mia Lehrer + Associates,[4] a landscape architecture firm based in Los Angeles, California. Her breakthrough to public work was her work on the master plan for the Silver Lake Reservoir. Notable projects include the Annenberg Community Beach House, the revitalization of the San Pedro Waterfront, and 3.5 acres of outdoor gardens for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She designed Vista Hermosa Park, which was the first new public park in downtown Los Angeles in 100 years.[5] More recently,[when?] Leher has been involved with the design and building of complex large-scale infrastructural projects. Lehrer was a key author of the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan[6] and has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Los Angeles, and community groups on related reviving efforts for nearly 20 years.[7][8] In 2010 she was named a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.[2]

On June 25, 2014, President Obama appointed her to serve a four—year term on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.[2]

She won the competition to design the FaB Park[9] on First and Broadway in Los Angeles. Her design proposal was among the four finalists.[10]

In 2015, Lehrer served as one of six selection committee members for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.[11]

Lehrer is also a lecturer at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture.[12]


  • Merit Award for Institutional Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter - for their design of the North Campus Garden at the Natural History Museum[13]
  • LA Design Festival ICON Award 2015[14]
  • ASLA 2009 Professional Awards- Analysis and Planning Category Honor Award - for Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, Los Angeles, CA[15]


  • Ishihara Park[16] and Beach Improvements, Santa Monica, CA (2017)
  • Los Angeles River Greenway[17] and Bike Path, Los Angeles, CA (in progress)
  • Los Angeles River Revitalization,[18] Los Angeles, CA[19]
  • Water + Life Museum and Campus, Hemet, CA[20]


  1. ^ Administrator, Olmsted Parks. "Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. - National Association for Olmsted Parks". Olmsted.org. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "MIA LEHRER APPOINTED TO THE U.S. COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS - States News Service". Biography In Context. Gale. July 31, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Iconic Hispanic Angelenos in History: Mia Lehrer". KCET. October 9, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  4. ^ d.o.o., Promotim. "Working / Mia Lehrer + Associates Office". LehrerArchitects.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Morrison, Patt (August 12, 2014). "Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park, and how L.A. can build them". Retrieved March 23, 2017 – via LA Times.
  6. ^ "Can Anyone Win in Architecture Criticism? An Appeal for a "New Sincerity"". ArchDaily.com. November 9, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "This Designer Wants to Create a Real River for Los Angeles". MetropolisMag.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "What's Taking L.A. River Revitalization So Long?". KCET.org. November 25, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "FAB Civic Center Park". OMA.eu. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "2015 National Design Award". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Call for Entries: $50,000 Award for Urban Excellence". BrunerFoundation.org. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Mia Lehrer, FASLA". USC School of Architecture. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Construction, MATT. "Mia Lehrer + Associates Merits ASLA/Southern California Award | News | MATT Construction". www.MattConstruction.com. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Design Festival". ladesignfestival.org. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "2009 Professional Awards". www.ASLA.org. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ishihara Park: Project Details". SantaMonicaParks.org. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Multiple firms to design 12-mile long Los Angeles River bike path - Archpaper.com". Archpaper.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles: The River City? - ArchDaily". ArchDaily.com. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  19. ^ "Los Angeles: The River City?". ArchDaily. 2014-08-01. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  20. ^ d.o.o., Promotim. "Sustainability / Water + Life Museum and Campus". LehrerArchitects.com. Retrieved March 4, 2017.