ROBERT F. KENNEDY SCHOOLS
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
K-12 CAMPUS, THEATER, PARK
This 10-year project occupies the former site of the Ambassador hotel - a 23-acre deserted void that hamstrung the heart of the Wilshire District for over 30 years.
The design process drew competing preservationists, activists, politicians, and educators into a protracted EIR conflict and, ultimately, litigation.
The central architectural premise: The City, its neighborhoods, and its rapidly growing student population deserve better; deserve the same stateliness, service, and public pride-of-place once reserved for privileged royalty and movie stars.
The park - dedicated to Robert F. Kennedy's and others' struggles for social justice - is a fitting public frontage to the campus along Wilshire Boulevard.