Lecture by Michael Maltzan, MArch '88 of Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles. Since founding MMA in 1995, Michael Maltzan, FAIA, has created a practice which engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and information driven culture, charting a new trajectory for architecture and the public realm. Building on his background in the arts, he is committed to creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities. Through a shared belief in architecture's role in our cities, this work, from MoMA to Skid Row, creates new connections across a range of scales and programs. His most recent Skid Row project, the New Carver Apartments provides 97 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents. This project was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.