About Here LA


Here LA was founded in 2015 in Los Angeles by Amber Hawkes and Shannon Davis, urban designers who have overseen a number of private, public, and non-profit sector urban design and planning projects throughout Los Angeles and around the nation.

Here LA approaches urban design from a social science perspective with an emphasis on the design process and community collaboration as the foundations for final products, plans, drawings, and designs.  Amber and Shannon are focused on incorporating innovative, pop-up, and interactive community outreach methods into their projects, for example through “tactical” and temporary installations, in-the-field trainings, walk and bike audits, consensus-building presentations, developers' forums, and design charrettes.

Amber and Shannon speak at conferences, forums, and universities, and both are instructors at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in the Graduate School of Urban Planning.

Here LA is a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Amber Hawkes, AICP guides the firm's conceptual open space design and 'big picture' strategic planning. She works to simplify and clarify complex ideas into digestible pieces.


Shannon Davis is Here LA's Civic Technology guru and guides the firm in incorporating technology at all stages of a project - during community dialogue, design iteration, or final product design.