HR&A’s LA Office Expands and Relocates to Downtown LA


“HR&A has transformed its Los Angeles presence, broadening our services to clients we have proudly served for over thirty years. Stronger transactional and real estate advisory skills will expand our practice in Southern California, and the western states. Symbolized by moving our office downtown, HR&A will continue to contribute to the reinvention of urban life that is the common passion of our growing partnership.”
-John Alschuler, HR&A Chairman


HR&A is thrilled to announce a significant expansion in our Los Angeles office with the addition of Amitabh Barthakur, AICP as a new Partner and Judith Taylor as a new Principal. As of December 16, 2013, HR&A’s Los Angeles office has also relocated to downtown LA.


“The addition of Amitabh and Judith, coupled with our move to downtown LA, enables us to further support our clients with industry-leading real estate development, economic revitalization and energy efficiency advisory services,” says Paul J. Silvern, the Partner-in Charge of HR&A’s Los Angeles area office.


With over 20 years of experience, Amitabh brings a combination of international experience and a deep understanding of planning, policy and market issues pertaining to California and the western US. Amitabh has led an extensive range of high-profile local and international studies in the areas of sustainability, land use economics, land use and environmental policy, strategic planning, tourism, and hospitality. His clients have included the City of Los Angeles, State of California, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation in India, and Economic Zones Company in Qatar, among others. Amitabh comes to HR&A after serving as a Vice President of AECOM, where he headed the economics practice in Los Angeles and then as Regional Director for the Planning, Design, and Development (PDD) business line for AECOM in India. He was previously a Principal with Economics Research Associates.


Judith brings 10 years of experience in the fields of land use consulting and community development, with an emphasis on economic analysis to inform community plans, specific plans, revitalization and land use strategies, and the entitlements process. Judith has a wide range of experience providing customized analysis for her public and private clients throughout the west coast. Judith’s specialties include fiscal impact analysis, economic impact analysis, real estate market analysis, and economic development and funding strategies. Prior to joining HR&A, Judith served as a Partner and Director of Real Estate and Economic Planning practice at Pro Forma Advisors, a land use economics firm headquartered in Hermosa Beach, California, and as a Senior Associate with Economic Research Associates and the economics practice at AECOM.


With these strong additions to HR&A’s senior team in Los Angeles, we look forward to continuing to support the economic development and public policy goals of our clients nationally and internationally.


Starting December 16th, our new address in Los Angeles is:


700 S. Flower Street
Suite 2730
Los Angeles CA 90017


Our main phone number in Los Angeles will remain the same. Please contact us if you have any questions: (310)581-0900. Amitabh can be reached by email at and Judith can be reached at