IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
Date: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Venue: LA Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California
Speaker: Celeste Headlee, Host and Executive Producer of On Second Thought on Georgia Public Broadcast
Honoree: The Skid Row Housing Trust, accepted by Chief Executive Officer Mike Alvidrez
Celeste Headlee hosts the show, On Second Thought, at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, heard in five states. She has been a host and correspondent for NPR and PRI since 2006, anchoring The Takeaway and various shows at NPR, like Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and Weekend Edition. She has also appeared frequently as a guest on CNN, the BBC, and other international networks, and she anchored presidential election coverage in 2012 for PBS World.
Celeste has trained journalists, through NPR's Next Generation program, since 2006. Her book, Heard Mentality, was released in May of 2016. In 2014, she narrated the documentary, Packard: The Last Shift, for the Detroit Free Press.
The Skid Row Housing Trust is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization based in downtown Los Angeles that develops and operates permanent supportive housing for individuals who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness, and/or addiction so that they can lead safe, stable lives.
Since 1989 the Trust has developed almost 30 permanent supportive housing projects, creating almost 2,000 safe homes for formerly homeless and low-income adults and developing a successful building model for urban cores. The Trust is committed to “design equity,” the notion that everyone, especially those who have been homeless, benefit from high-quality design and beautiful living environments. It also partners with renowned architecture firms to create stunning buildings that contribute both to the healing and stability of its residents and to the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood.