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Los Angeles cultural institutions are ringing the changes — and tapping design talent from around the world to bring those plans to life. How do architects make the cut for these career and culture-defining projects? Who best interprets local conditions? And should global cities like LA try and maintain regional character by nurturing local talent or invite the brand of the world’s most talented designers to our high profile sites?

Get some answers when Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, head of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, and Christopher Hawthorne, LA’s Chief Design Officer, headline a line-up of architects, design journalists and teachers for an all-day forum at A+D Museum. DnA host Frances Anderton is co-host of the forum, which was prompted by the realization that no LA architects had made the cut for any of the recent redesigns of buildings on Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row, and will take place against the backdrop of the current exhibition at A+D Museum: The Los Angeles Schools.