EAA history

From the very beginning, members of the Engineers and Architects Association have been  leaders of the City of Los Angeles. Formed at first to promote the Arts and Sciences connected with Engineering, Mechanical, and Architectural Construction, EAA now represents over 6,000 white collar professionals working for the City of Los Angeles in nearly every City department.

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EAA Board Presidents

current

Mark Santistevan

Bureau of Engineering

2019

Saturday Aisuan

Personnel

2017-2018

Gonzalo Barriga

Bureau of Sanitation

2016

Karen Rodriguez

City Clerk

2013-2015

Melissa Popovic

LAPD

2010-2012

Sharon Johnson

Information Technology Agency

2010

Dewanna Sharp

Personnel

2004-2009

Michael Davies

Transportation

2003

Sami Wassef

Transportation

1999

Steve Hutchinson

Bureau of Engineering

EAA executive directors

current

Steven E. Belhumeur

2017-2019

Bill Violante

2017-2019

Michael Davies

Interim

2012-2016

Gregory J. West

2012-2016

Benjamin Pezzilo

Interim

2012-2016

Michael Davies

Interim

2012-2016

Angel Calvo

Interim

2010

Josif Kahraman

1999-2010

Robert Aquino

1999

Robert Duncan

EAA Founders

1865-1938

Sumner P. Hunt

Sumner P. Hunt got his start supervising the construction of City Hall for Caulkin & Haas before establishing his own architectural practice in 1891. He would later go on to design multiple mansions in West Adams: the Doheny Mansion being the most famous among them. Also designed the National Historic Landmark Bradbury Building, as well as other historic buildings – including the Lummis House and the Vermont Square Branch Library.

1856-1934

Frederick Eaton

Frederick Eaton was Mayor of Los Angeles from 1898-1900. During Eaton’s administration, Congress approved the San Pedro Harbor. The City had a population of 100,000 people with just 200 automobiles at the time.

While Eaton was Mayor of Los Angeles, he created the Los Angeles Water Department (later known as DWP) and appointed William Mulholland as Superintendent and Chief Engineer. Both Eaton and Mulholland conceived the idea of bringing water to LA from the Owens Valley. Together, they planned the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

1855-1935

William Mulholland

In 1902, Frederick Eaton named William Mulholland as Superintendent of the newly formed Los Angeles Water Department. As the head of the predecessor to the LADWP, Mulholland designed and supervised the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

early & notable members of eaa

William Martin Aiken

A noted architect of national reputation for his designs of federal buildings, including the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. He established a partnership with Arthur Benton (see below) during the 1890’s in Los Angeles.

Burr Bassell

civil engineer who became most noted for his monograph on earthen dams (1904) which became a standard text on the subject.

DJ Macpherson

Aurthur B. Benton

Another noted architect who championed the Mission Revival style, most noted in the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  He also designed homes in the original Angelino Heights development – the City’s first Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) area.

William B. Clapp

J.H. Dockweiler

City Engineer 1891-94 and 1897-98 and a prominent member of the American Society of Civil Engineers for many decades. He managed a number of major public works projects both in Los Angeles and in the Bay Area. 

Dockweiler State Beach is named after his younger brother, Isidore.

Theo Eisen

A noted architect of national reputation for his designs of federal buildings, including the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. He established a partnership with Arthur Benton (see below) during the 1890’s in Los Angeles.

John Paul Krempel

A noted architect of both residences and public buildings; one of his surviving designs is Engine Co. No. 28 on Figueroa Street (now a restaurant).

Octavius Morgan

A noted architect and co-designer of St. Vibiana Cathedral. He was a founding partner of Morgan, Walls and Clements, the firm responsible for the designs of the El Capitan, Mayan and Wiltern theaters.

Fred Thomas Perris

The Chief Engineer of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and the town of Perris, CA is named in his honor.

Frank H. Olmstead

Served as City Engineer, 1898 – 1900; his previous work with the Santa Fe Railroad included directing the layout of the towns of Fullerton and Santa Fe Springs.

Frank Van Vleck

One of the founders of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society (in 1886). More than 200 Sigma Xi members have been awarded Nobel Prizes over the years, including Albert Einstein and Linus Pauling.

C.S. Compton

Served as the City Engineer 1894 – 96.