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Cultural Heritage Commissioners

Richard Barron, AIA is a registered architect and has practiced architecture in Los Angeles for 30 years. Since 1987, he has been Principal of Richard Barron/Architects Inc., where he has specialized in the rehabilitation of historic structures for affordable housing. He has won Preservation Awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy and California Preservation Foundation for the rehabilitation of St. Andrew’s Bungalow Court in Hollywood, for the adaptive reuse of downtown Los Angeles’ St. George Hotel as affordable housing, and for the adaptive reuse of Hollywood’s Palomar Hotel, site of a tragic, deadly fire in 2001, as senior apartments. As a founding member of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, he helped spearhead the passage of a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) for Highland Park, and has served on the Highland Park HPOZ Board since its inception.

Pilar Buelna has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and currently serves as Divisional Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army Southern California.  She was previously the Director of the Parent Information & Resource Center at Families in Schools, with a focus on increasing student achievement through parental involvement. She has also served as board secretary for Equitas Academy Charter School, located in the Pico Union area where she was raised, and as president of the Parent Leadership Board for Sacred Heart High School.  In September 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument Authority, where she served as vice president of the Commission.  She received a Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University, a Bachelor's in English Literature from California State University Northridge, and is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California. 

Diane Kanner brings to the Commission a background in journalism and public relations. Her interests in history and historic preservation have led to significant involvements with the Junior League of Los Angeles, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the Los Feliz Improvement Association and the Los Angeles City Historical Society.  She is the author of the book Wallace Neff and the Grand Houses of the Golden State, about which a Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote, “it is unusual to find such good, clear writing in a picture book.  Kanner captures the spirit of Neff’s work.”  She is currently preparing a manuscript on Dorothy Buffum Chandler’s role in the creation of the Los Angeles County Music Center.

Gail Kennard is the President of Kennard Design Group (KDG), a Wilshire Center architectural firm founded in 1957 by her late father, Robert Kennard, FAIA.   KDG is the oldest African-American-owned architectural practice in the Western United States.   The firm's projects include public buildings, transportation, education, recreation, and multi-unit housing.  Raised in Los Angeles and currently living in Hollywood, Ms. Kennard began her career as a journalist for United Press International and Time Magazine, and as a journalism adviser for UCLA.   She serves on the Board of Advisors for the USC School of Architecture and is a Board Member and former President of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.

Barry Milofsky is a Partner in M2A (Milofsky and Michali) Architects in Los Angeles, bringing over 40 years of experience in coordinating complex historic preservation and urban development projects. He has won numerous historic preservation awards, recognizing his work on projects such as the Los Altos Apartments, John C. Fremont Library, and the Glen Lukens Residence and Studio. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage, on the Design Review Panel for Hollywood in Council District 13 and the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. He was Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission in the City of Huntington Park from 2006-2012 and is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly, Pomona.