Ulises de Jesus Diaz is a design principal in ADOBE LA (Artists, Architects and Designers Opening the Border Edge of Los Angeles). As a community/urban activist, artist and architect, he is working to strengthen the voice of an expanding and diverse community in Los Angeles, with an emphasis on the Mexican and Chicano/a presence on the cultural and environmental landscapes of Southern California.
His work includes publications and artworks in which he addresses how the diverse cultures Los Angeles influence its public open space, art and architecture. Working in collaboration with curators and staff at the Japanese American National Museum, Ulises designed Common Ground: The Heart of the Community, an exhibition surveying over 150 years of Japanese American history in the United States. While serving as an urban designer during the Chinatown Yard Charrette, and as a member of the California State Parks Cornfields Advisory Committee, Ulises combined urban activism, design and community participation to help create of one of the largest urban parks in downtown Los Angeles. These efforts led to a Vision Plan which is now being used to develop the new Los Angeles State Historic Park. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio; the Gamel Dok Architecture Museum in Copenhagen; and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
As a Loeb Fellow, Ulises explored culturally based environmental awareness and stewardship. His research included issues of sustainability, environmental restoration, urban forestry and ecological activism in relation to public open space. Ulises aimed to develop ways of connecting people with their city through a deeper understanding of the natural processes which occur there, such as, the movement of light, air and water.