Jon Mills’ leadership at LPA has spanned over 28 years, during which he has directed many of LPA’s significant projects. These opportunities have leveraged a broad spectrum of specialized experience in the design of corporate, developer, retail, religious, civic and most recently, educational facilities. His projects have been honored with numerous awards from both the architectural and educational communities.
Educational projects have been a career focus and passion for Mills. He enjoys the collaborative design process in building consensus among the stakeholders in education: schools, educators, students, parents, governmental agencies and the broader community.
In addition to Mills’ professional commitment to education, he also volunteers time to mentor high school students through his participation on the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program. This national non-profit service organization facilitates after-school mentoring of students towards careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Mills focuses his outreach efforts within the Los Angeles and Orange County region. In addition to his mentoring activities, he works through the ACE Board to raise funds in support of student scholarships as a reward for those pursuing a secondary education.
Mills received his professional degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California. Since graduating in 1985, he returned to his alma mater as a visiting lecturer and instructor of sustainability-related courses for both the undergraduate and graduate schools of the USC School of Architecture. Mills’ support of the School has been further enhanced with his volunteer role on the Executive Committee for the USC Architectural Guild Board of Directors and as the USC Architectural Guild President.