Douglas Hanson, AIA, ASID

Masters, NCARB


Douglas Hanson has worked for over three decades both with globally recognized architecture firms and independently. He has extensive experience in all phases of design, from research through construction, with cultural, commercial, and residential projects of all scales and magnitudes. As a manager of offices and projects alike, he is a practiced leader. He has an appreciation of architecture as a societal art and endeavors to advance the worlds of his projects with thoughtful and engaging design.



HansonLA 1998 – 2004, 2010 – Present

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. 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 Ten50, a 25 story building in Los Angeles’ South Park 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.

De Stefano + Partners 2004 – 2010

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. Hanson 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.

Gehry Partners, LLP 1991 – 1998

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.

Skidmore Owings & Merrill 1985 – 1991

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.


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 Architecture Registration Boards
City Ballet of Los Angeles, Advisory Board Chairman
Urban Land Institute
American Society of Interior Designers
NDSU School of Architecture Advisory Board