Douglas Hanson, President, hansonLA

Douglas Hanson, President, hansonLA

Doug-HansonDouglas Hanson has nearly two decades of experience working with some of the world’s leading architects and architectural firms. He has gained a broad depth and range of experience designing major projects in Asia, Europe and North America. Mr. Hanson is equally accomplished in all aspects of project development, from predesign and design work to construction and project management. His experience includes cultural, multidisciplinary collaborations, large-scale residential and mixed-use projects, as well as more modestly scaled commercial and retail projects.

Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago/London, 1985-1991
Design Team
At Skidmore Owings & Merrill of Chicago/London, Mr. Hanson was a member of the design team for multiple projects in London and Barcelona, including the 500,000 sf Bishopsgate office and retail project in London, and Hotel de la Artes and Vila Olimpica in Barcelona. Having completed the design and construction documents for these major projects, Mr. Hanson joined the on-site architectural team, following all three projects through completion of construction. Significantly, the Vila Olimpica project was a collaboration between SOM and Frank O. Gehry & Associates; Mr. Hanson was responsible for managing the collaboration.

Frank O. Gehry, 1991-1998
Senior Associate
When he joined the office of Frank O. Gehry as a Senior Associate in 1991, Mr. Hanson was named project architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. As a member of the design team, Mr. Hanson worked closely with the Guggenheim and the local Basque development company. The nature of FOG/A’s seminal design required the production, under Mr. Hanson’s leadership, of especially detailed construction documents in both the traditional graphic format and as a computer database, in order to articulate the complex geometry of the sweeping curves. After completing Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Mr. Hanson led a number of other FOG/A projects as either project architect or senior designer including the Samsung Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, Korea and the Weatherhead School of Management at the Peter B. Lewis Campus in Cleveland, USA.

HansonLA, 1999-2004
After forming his own practice in 1999, Mr. Hanson established a longstanding association with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. From writing the building program for the museum’s proposed expansion, to conceiving, designing and building exhibits for Academy collections and special installations, to collaborating with the office of Renzo Piano, Mr. Hanson was engaged in the entire arc of this multi-dimensional project. Mr. Hanson also worked with creative companies, such as Kastner, to not only design their space but to integrate that into their brand.

DeStefano & Partners, 2004-2010
Design Principal, Managing Principal Los Angeles
In 2004, Mr. Hanson merged his office with DeStefano & Partners an internationally acclaimed architecture, urban planning and interior design firm serving both public and private sector clients in the United States, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Douglas was the Design Principal of the Los Angeles office, where he was responsible for the conceptual direction and development of design. Mr. Hanson was quickly recognized as one of the leaders in high-rise residential design in Los Angeles. He was also invited to participate in numerous competitions including the Korean Air Museum.

HansonLA 2010
Founder and President
Mr. Hanson now leads the award winning design firm HansonLA. He has established a reputation for integrating innovative design with the functional and technical requirements of each project. His international experience and diversity has transcended into his work in Los Angeles. Mr. Hanson is the Architect for Broadway@4th, a 34 story building in Los Angeles’s Historic Core and serves as the master plan Architect for one of LA’s largest urban projects, The City Market of Los Angeles, a 10 acre mixed-use project in the downtown Fashion District. He will continue to not only define skylines, but transform communities.

Professional Accreditations and Associations

  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects
  • Registered Architect, States of Illinois, Colorado, California, Nevada and Arizona
  • Los Angeles Conservancy
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • City Ballet of Los Angeles, Advisory Board Chairman
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • NDSU School of Architecture Advisory Board

Professional and Student Juries

  • AIA Chicago Design Awards Jury
  • University of Southern California, Jury
  • AIA San Antonio Design Awards Jury
  • ULI Urban Plan 2010, Los Angeles
  • Cal Poly Pomona, Jury


  • University of Colorado, Master of Architecture, 1984
  • North Dakota State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1980