Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti argues that with the help of designers like the new graduates, cities will become the generators of solutions to contemporary problems. He stresses that the real work of SCI-Arc graduates will be with rich, human, mash-up cultures, for which actual buildings may serve as punctuation. Garcetti concludes by offering four words of encouragement:
- Be fearless, i.e. dare to dream boldly.
- Be humble, i.e. consider all the ways to powerfully benefit cities that are not ego-driven, or monumental–citing the Ise Grand Shrine and CicLAvia.
- Learn to listen, which combined with boldness and humility makes for a great leader.
- Lead with love–acknowledge that design is about connecting people, for purposes of furthering what Aristotle defined as the purpose of cities: the good life.