In the News: Children's Institute's New Frank Gehry Designed Watts Campus

August 4, 2022
Pilar Padilla

Children’s Institute (CII) in Los Angeles opened its new 20,000-square-foot campus designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry in summer 2022, becoming its first ever purpose-built home in the community of Watts. The $20 million Children’s Institute campus is a permanent investment and commitment to the community of Watts, an architectural landmark and a critical resource for families.

Maria Hall-Brown has a conversation with Martine Singer, President & CEO of Children’s Institute about their brand new facility. The new space will offer therapeutic programs, parenting workshops and after-school activities to serve a community still recovering from the pandemic.

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“The Gehry building is intended to be an anchor to draw more investment into the community and help revitalize it, above and beyond the [Children’s] Institute’s purpose of assisting local residents.”
KTTV Fox 11

“Son bienvenidos en cualquier edificio de CII y estamos aquí para servirles”.


“Child care, individual and group therapy, and other services at Children’s Institute now have a permanent home in the community.”

Spectrum News 1 

“However, it’s Gehry’s next-to-debut L.A. project that, although more modest in scale and less headline-grabbing in nature than the others, is poised to have the most meaningful impact.”
The Architect’s Newspaper

“Este hermoso edificio, diseñado por Frank con gran cuidado, generosidad y comprensión, nos permitirá ser un verdadero socio de la comunidad”.


“I wanted this community to walk in and feel that we poured our hearts and souls into the design for them… I hope that this building can help facilitate nurturing, care, and healing. That’s what we designed it to do.”
Architectural Digest

“Choosing the corner of 102nd and Success for this beautiful new site is our way of saying that we keep our commitments, and we’re here to stay.”
LA Sentinel

“The new Watts campus is a beautiful symbol of Children’s Institute’s ongoing commitment to our city and this neighborhood in particular.”

Building, Design + Construction

“We are thrilled to increase our investment in the future of this extraordinary neighborhood in such a public way.”

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