Cityworks Design
urban design - transit integration - community vision


Urban Design 

Transit Integration

Community Vision

Urban Design • Transit Integration • Community Vision


Who We Are

Cityworks Design was founded in 2006 by Lisa Padilla, AIA, LEED AP. This Los Angeles-based firm specializes in urban design and architecture with a special focus on public realm and transportation projects. The firm’s work is exemplary of community-based design that addresses issues ranging from pedestrian/bike access solutions to broader land use planning, transit-oriented development, and design frameworks for transit lines.  Lisa and her team have successfully led a variety of LA County Metro projects over the last 10+ years, including innovative designs for Metro’s Rail to River Active Transportation Corridor in South LA and a community-based vision for Union Station's Connect US Action Plan. The firm has crafted design guidelines for Glendale, Long Beach and Santa Monica, and provided urban design support for General Plan updates. Cityworks Design is certified by LA County Metro under the CUCP program as a disadvantaged (DBE) and small (SBE) business enterprise.

How We Work

Cityworks Design collaborates closely with clients and communities to develop ideas that are innovative, place-based, and improve people's everyday lives. The firm has a successful track record working with community groups, neighborhood organizations, institutions, public agencies and cities, to reach consensus on urban design and transit projects.  Lisa Padilla has facilitated hundreds of briefings, meetings, charrettes and public workshops focused on public realm design and consensus building in ways that engage a variety of age groups, cultures and interests.

Areas of Practice


  • APA/LA Best Practice Award: Metro Transfers Design Guide
  • APA/LA Outreach Award: Glendale Tropico Center TOD Plan Outreach
  • APA/LA Transportation Planning Award: Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan, led by Gruen/Grimshaw
  • APA/LA Comprehensive Plan: Long Beach Downtown Plan
  • AIA/LA Presidential Honoree: Urban Design Team for LA Downtown Design Guide, led by PSLA
  • SCAG President's Excellence Award - Glendale Downtown Specific Plan, led by ZGF


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Transportation Planning & Design

  • First-last mile station connections
  • Transfers design and criteria
  • Rail and bus corridors
  • Stations and surrounding areas
  • Station architecture and landscape
  • Transit-oriented communities
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Urban Design & Landscape Design

  • Urban design and design guidelines
  • Streetscape and public realm plans
  • Community and specific plans
  • Landscape design concepts
  • General plans