DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Old Bank District developer and Downtown housing pioneer Tom Gilmore can add another first to his list of accomplishments: Following a $1 million gift to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, school officials announced this week that they will establish the Downtown school’s first endowed chair, the Gilmore City Chair.
“I didn’t know it was the first chair in the history of SCI-Arc,” Gilmore said. “Once in a while you have to start thinking about the long-term growth of a city, not just in terms of development or retail, but education too.”
Gilmore, an architect by training, kicked off the current Downtown housing boom with his apartment project at Fourth and Main streets.
He has been a SCI-Arc trustee since 2001. School officials said the endowment will be used to study issues such as architecture’s role in dense city environments. Gilmore is scheduled to speak at SCI-Arc at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
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