Frances Anderton



Frances Anderton is the author of Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, published by Angel City Press, and winner of a Gold award for best Regional Nonfiction from Foreword Reviews. She has co-produced short films for the nonprofit housing developers Community Corporation of Santa Monica and Venice Community Housing. She is currently researching “Awesome and Affordable” housing as a Fellow of Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT: LA). She writes a regular newsletter on design and architecture for KCRW public radio station, for which she previously hosted the show DnA: Design and Architecture, and produced the current affairs shows Which Way, LA? and To The Point. She also supports the creation of programming at Helms Bakery District. Honors include the Esther McCoy Award, from the Architectural Guild of USC School of Architecture, for her work educating the public about architecture and urbanism.. She serves on the boards of AIA/LA, Community Corp, and Palm Springs Modernism Week.

Currently Teaching
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    Urban Housing Types and Typologies
    Urban Housing Types and Typologies

    Despite the cultural dominance of the single-family home in Los Angeles, this region has also been a laboratory for innovative multifamily housing. This course introduces precedents dating back to circa 1900, from bungalow courts and garden apartments to today's Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) and the return of low-rise compounds following the legalization of ADUs, JADUs and the passage of SB 9 and 10. The course will show how designers and builders of multifamily housing in Los Angeles have been highly innovative, synthesizing regional climate, lifestyle, aspirations for the good life and building technologies with diverse influences from overseas. Students will also learn about the politics of multifamily housing in Los Angeles, its role in economic and racial segregation and the persistent struggle around rental affordability and stability.

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