FAIA, Design Partner
Paul Danna is a design partner in SOM’s Los Angeles office, where he leads architecture, interior architecture, and urban design projects. Over the course of his career, Danna has designed award-winning projects across a broad range of building types in the United States and abroad. His work has been published worldwide and has been recognized by organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Urban Land Institute.
Danna’s portfolio includes distinguished commissions such as the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse in Long Beach; headquarters buildings for the Los Angeles Police Department, the Korea Development Bank, and RAND Corporation; and the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Pen Factory and the historic Desmond Building in Los Angeles. Most recently, he completed the new LEED® Platinum-certified Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, which won the AIA’s highest awards for design and sustainability.
Danna's work is at the forefront of sustainable design. He has led the design of many LEED®-certified projects, including the first LEED® Gold workplace building in Southern California, and the first net-zero-energy large commercial office building in the United States. For his advancements in sustainable design, he has received accolades from institutions such as the AIA Committee on the Environment, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 2013, Danna was elected to the AIA's distinguished College of Fellows. He was chosen for his innovations in the design and planning of workplace projects, his leadership within the profession, and his service to the community.