It takes a big team to develop a project as important and complex as the new Houghton Park Community Center.  The City of Long Beach has assembled an impressive group responsible for everything from funding, planning and regulatory compliance to
architectural and landscape design.


The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department is a four-time recipient of the National Parks and Recreation Society’s “Gold Medal” Award for outstanding management practices and programs.


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The mission of the Long Beach Development Services is to make a difference in our community by building a dynamic, safe and sustainable city that honors its past and embraces the future.


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The Public Works Department acts as the infrastructure arm of the City of Long Beach. It specializes in the planning, design and construction oversight of capital improvement projects throughout the City.


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Building a new Community Center has been the dream of Sonny Seng for nearly a decade.  As the center’s administrator, Sonny will be an intregal part of the group that will determine how the new facility can best serve the community.


Rex Richardson


Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson is a driving force behind the new Houghton Park Community Center.  He sees the center as a community “landmark” and envisions a new facility that can anchor an exciting education corridor including Jordan High School and the new library slated for the north end.


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Houghton Park Community Center - More than 20,000 teen visits each year!

ABOUT RJM Design Group Inc., The Houghton Park Master Plan Design Firm


Our mission is to assist communities in the planning and design of environments that enhance the quality of life for all. We believe quality design is the physical expression of fundamentally sound ideas, infused with imagination and Creativity.

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Larry Ryan, Principal


Larry P. Ryan is a founding principal of RJM Design Group, Inc. With over twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Ryan has been involved with a wide variety of planning and landscape architectural projects that range from master planned communities to neighborhood parks.

His project involvement encompasses all phases of site development, including concept formulation, agency processing, design development, and construction implementation. He has worked with numerous communities in the evaluation of accessibility issues and the design of appropriate cost-effective solutions.


Zachary Mueting, Project Landscape Architect


Zachary Mueting has been with RJM Design Group for 18 years. Zachary is a licensed landscape architect, certified playground safety inspector, and a LEED accredited professional with a strong background in recreation planning and design. Starting as a draftsman, Zachary has worked his way up to his current position as project landscape architect. His experience is unique having developed proficiency in all areas of RJM’s business capacity as well as community planning.  Zachary’s experience, education, professional accreditation, and publication of community consensus building techniques enables him to fulfill his role assisting with community outreach, grant development, landscape planning, and design services.

ABOUT SPF:architects, The New Houghton Park Community Center architects.


“SPF:architects specialize in projects that require a high level of design sensitivity,
technical expertise and hands-on principal involvement.”

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Zoltan Pali, Founding Principal


A native Angeleno, Zoltan Pali founded Studio Pali Fekete architects – aka SPF:a – in 1988 with the mission of generating architecture that fuses forces of site, program, budget, nature, and culture. His approach is decidedly modern – having been mentored by the LA modernist, Jerrold E. Lomax, FAIA, a protégé of Craig Ellwood. In 2005, Zoltan Pali was inducted as one of the youngest members of the AIA’s College of Fellows. Zoltan’s smallest project may even be his most significant – he won an AIA National Honor Award for Architecture for the design of the Somis Hay Barn – a small horse barn that reinvents the prototype, and which has been published around the globe. He recently completed the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills- an award winning renovation of an historic post office with an addition of a state of the art 500 seat performing arts theater.


“The Houghton Park Community Center is a dream project for any architect.  It fuses history, culture, community and the highest aspirations of architecture- namely to create a place that serves members of all generations.   Our vision for the project will start with these ideals but will be strengthened by concrete issues such as safety, permeability, access, and program flexibility.  We are pleased to be entrusted with this and are ready to bring it to fruition.”

Judy Fekete, President


Judit M. Fekete serves as the managing principal of the firm, overseeing its strategic direction and maintaining the firm’s rigorous reputation for quality as President and CEO. Ms. Fekete’s unique background juxtaposes the complexities of large-scale commercial architecture with refined taste and understanding of the arts. After joining forces with Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA in 1990, Ms. Fekete formed SPF:a in 1995 and collaborated with Pali on the firm’s numerous award-winning architecture projects. As the firm’s architect-developer Ms. Fekete both designed the building and started the development company that created the award-winning MODAA Building in Culver City, winner of LA Business Council’s Mixed Use Project of the Year in 2007, Southern California Development Forum’s Community Enrichment Award, an AIA Los Angeles Design Citation and an California Council AIA Merit Award. The block-long, mixed use facility houses SPF:a’s architectural offices alongside a full-service art gallery, café, and live-work lofts.

Siddhartha Majumdar, Project Manager


Experience in public and educational projects have driven Siddhartha’s interest finding solutions that work for the multitude while retaining the level of detail and attention to spaces that makes them accessible and comfortable for the individual. Managing projects that integrate within an existing environment has special challenges and projects like the UCLA Center for Embedded Networked Sensing as well as the Wildwood School are testament to Siddhartha’s ability to coordinate design and construction on a active jobsite, maintaining the use of existing facilities. Siddhartha is also currently working on the Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge in Long Beach and the melding of architecture and landscape on that project will further inform his approach to the Houghton Park Community Center design.


“Being outdoors, being in community, being active, learning new skills- creating a place that provides for all this is the most rewarding experience an architect can have and I feel fortunate to be part of it.”

Kyle Pfister, Senior Designer


With a background in fine art and professional architectural experience in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles, Kyle Pfister has developed an understanding of architecture as a discipline firmly rooted in culture but dependent on technology, economics and craft to be fully realized. He was a key team member for LACMA West where he was responsible for the design and detailing of key interventions within the historic building as well as coordinating all structural modifications and improvements. In 2011 Kyle led the design for a 14,000 sq ft permanent exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County collaborating with the museum on the development of narrative content and the design of casework and exhibitory, an undertaking that involved coordinating a new exhibit with existing spaces that spanned between the original Natural History Museum built in 1913 and an addition in the 30’s. Kyle Pfister was also a part of the team working on the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and was responsible for the design development of the exterior cladding and theater interiors.


“Sometimes I think of architecture as the crystallization of our values or a statement of what’s important to us. The Houghton Park project reflects our need for spaces to come together in and  the role of architecture to connect community to nature. “

Michael Lindell, Senior Designer


Michael comes from a very diverse and artistic background. He started his career as a custom architectural fabricator and sculptor in Chicago, Illinois. This experience has proved invaluable to his transition into architecture. Always a hands on designer Michael has incorporated his love of fabrication and art into a unique sensibility towards a poetic, pragmatic and inventive problem solving. As a Senior Designer Michael is involved in many of SPF:a’s projects including the pedestrian bridge on Seaside Way in Long Beach.


”What interests me is the opportunity to integrate landscape and architecture as a holistic response towards creating a great communal experience.”

Janet Yoon, Project Designer


As an academic and design practitioner, Janet combines research and architecture to regenerate programmatic value for existing, often overlooked, sites. Most recent projects include a museum and an outdoor performance venue. Past projects include student recreational center, learning hospital and central utility plant building on environmentally sensitive sites with stringent requirements for energy efficiency at several University of California campuses. Academic work has been published internationally and presented at the Architecture + Design Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Portland State University and the University of Michigan. She currently holds a position of adjunct faculty at Woodbury University School of Architecture teaching core design studios


 “I am very excited about this opportunity to participate in the building of the next phase of this dynamic and robust community’s growth. “

ABOUT Mia Lehrer + Associates, The New Houghton Park Community Center landscape architects.


“Mia Lehrer + Associates develop landscape design concepts that engender richly layered experiences, deploying the
enduring qualities of natural and man made elements.”

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Mia Lehrer, Founding Principal


Mia Lehrer is the founding principal of the Los Angeles firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates. Born in El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. Following her education, she gained valuable experience by working on large-scale public projects as well as residential gardens. Ms. Lehrer leads the ML+A office in the design and development of a diverse range of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects. She is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs, working with natural landmarks such as lakes, and rivers, and her advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public space.

Jan Dyer, Principal


As a project manager and licensed Landscape Architect, Jan Dyer has led project teams on various watershed, civic master plan, park design and higher education projects. With over 18 years of experience she has been responsible for project design through construction administration on a wide range of projects.  Ms. Dyer provides creative and sustainable leadership in project design and excellent project management skills to all phases of projects. She is committed to the community design process and has facilitated many outreach meetings for the firm. Jan has been the Project Manager for Los Angeles World Airport projects, Jordan Downs Public Housing Master Plan, the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment, the Third Street Corridor Specific Plan, the San Gabriel Greening the Code Project the Compton Creek Earthen Bottom Feasibility Study and the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program She is currently working on the Gerald Desmond Bridge for the Port of Long Beach, and the Union Station Master Plan.


“I am looking forward to further reinforcing the integral relationship between the neighborhood and its ‘heart’  by bolstering the community experience and building a great space that emulates the values of its stakeholders. “

Margot Jacobs, Associate


Margot Jacobs, Associate, at Mia Lehrer + Associates, has worked on a wide range of projects from public parks, educational and cultural facilities, green infrastructure applications including regional water mitigation systems and trail networks to pocket parks, streetscapes, green roofs and residences in the US, Central and South America. Drawing on her background in interaction/product research and design, Margot’s approach to placemaking combines design strategy, community engagement, and sustainable practices to enhance environments and promote meaningful connections. Throughout her career, she has been committed to work that responsibly improves quality of life. Ms. Jacobs earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.


“We are very excited about this opportunity to strengthen what is already the heart of community through the transformation of this community center and surrounding courtyards into a meaningful place that reflects  the  imagination of the people who use it.”


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