Neal I. Payton, FAIA

Principal, Torti Gallas + Partners (USA)

Neal is a Principal at Torti Gallas + Partners in the United States, where he created and directs the firm’s office in Los Angeles. Focused on the infill and refill of cities and towns, he leads the office’s efforts at designing residential and mixed-use buildings in urban and urbanizing locations and in the development and redevelopment of neighborhoods and downtowns.

Working across scales, the common themes in all of his efforts are: connectivity to transit networks, a focus on walkable urbanism; infill; public participation in the design process, and the inextricability of urban design with economic development. He has been a leader in Transit Oriented Development (TOD) sites throughout North America, transforming surface parking lots at new transit stations into vital neighborhoods. Locally, he is collaborating with Australian firm, Roberts Day on a TOD site at the Lilydale Quarry outside of Melbourne.

Before arriving in Los Angeles, Neal co-directed Torti Gallas’ Urban Design efforts in their Washington, DC area office. He has also served on the faculty The University of Virginia, Rice University, Washington University in St. Louis and The Catholic University of America. His efforts have been honored with awards for Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Land Institute, among other organizations.

His article entitled, ͞Transit Oriented Development, is included in the recently published, Architects of Community: The Work of Torti Gallas + Partners, (Vendome, 2017).

Neal has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.

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