President & CEO | AIA | NCARB

Mr. Christopher Pak is an accomplished developer, architect, and community leader in Koreatown with over 30 years’ experience in the area as the Principal and Founder of Archeon Group, an award-winning architect & design firm in Los Angeles, executing several successful international and domestic projects. Most notably, Mr. Pak was the General Partner/Developer and Architect in The Solair Residences, one of the largest mixed-use transit oriented projects in Los Angeles. Completed in 2009, The Solair is a 186-unit luxury condominium, 22-story development comprised of 40,000 SF of retail above an MTA Subway in the heart of Koreatown.

Significant Local projects include:

  • Directed the renovation of Historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the first hotel built in Hollywood
  • Mama Shelter, development of Trendy Boutique Hotel in Hollywood
  • Renovation & Architecture of the Former l. Magnin Building in Koreatown.
  • Overseeing the addition and renovation to the Van De Kamp site; high-end Assisted Living Facilities throughout Southern California; designed over 2,000 units affordable housing projects for underserved communities;
  • Development of a 350,000 SF Industrial Condo in Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles
  • 150,000 SF Retail/Health/Sports facility in Wilshire Center, Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, Mr. Pak actively contributes and demonstrates his leadership in various capacities with several civic, professional, and non-profit organizations. He has developed a reputation that is highly touted when it comes to obtaining entitlements, planning, community outreach and government advocacy for various projects and repositioning. Mr. Pak has directed both public and private sector projects for such clients as the LA Unified School District, LA County MTA, City of LA Housing Department, City of LA Community Redevelopment Agency, Belmont Village Corporation, Majestic, Shamrock Holdings, and Meringhoff Properties.

Formerly on Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, he was the first Asian-American Board Member since its inception in 1927. Appointed by Former Mayor Riordan, Mr. Pak has also served the City of Los Angeles as the Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals and on the Board of Airport Commissioners. Mr. Pak was a Community Advisory Member to the National Bank of California,  Southern California Edison. Mr. Pak received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Former Chair/Commissioner, Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Los Angeles Former Board of Directors/Commissioner, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, City of Los Angeles
  • Former Commissioner, Vice President, Board of Recreation & Parks, City of Los Angeles
  • Former Commissioner, Board of Airport Commissioners, City of Los Angeles
  • Current Economic Development Advisor to Mayor of Gwangju, South Korea
  • Former State Commissioner, California Regional Water Quality Control Board/ Los Angeles Region
  • Former Commissioner, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, City of Los Angeles
  • Former Board Member, California League of Conservation Voters
  • Member, Building Commission for the Los Angeles Archdiocese
  • Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles City College Foundation
  • Board Member, Cal Poly Pomona National Development Council
  • Advisory Board Member, Los Angeles Development Fund
  • Member, International Business Advisory Committee for Mayor James Hahn
  • Member, LA County Supervisor - Asian American International Business Advisory Committee
  • Board of Governors, Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Former Board of Directors, YMCA-Westchester Community
  • Former Board of Directors, Asia America Symphony Association
  • Former Board of Directors, Asian American/Engineers Association
  • Charter Member, Cal Poly University at Pomona Asian American Alumni
  • Alumni Advisory Committee, School of Environmental Design, Cal Poly University at Pomona
  • Former Member, Consumer Advisory Panel, Southern California Edison
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Lend-A-Hand Foundation
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Korean American Coalition
  • Former Member, Community Relations Council, National Bank of California

HONORS & ACTIVITIES

  • City of Los Angeles, 2018 The Board of Public Works Honors
  • Honorary Guest of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Asia Business Trip Delegation.
  • Finance Committee Member for John Kerry for President
  • Member, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Transition Team
  • Guest Speaker at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on Transit Oriented Development
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America, San Gabriel Valley Chapter
  • Leadership Award, California Asian Pacific American State Employees Association
  • Los Angeles Beautification Award
  • Chair, 2001 City of Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair, 2000 Hong Kong/China Insurance Delegation & Symposium to the US
  • Speaker at Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Managing Partner | DEVELOPMENT

As Managing Partner of the firm, bringing a wealth of experience into DCX Developers where he focuses on ground-up development, operations, strategy, and real estate finance. A former graduate of Cornell University, he has developed and founded multiple hospitality ventures in both the East and West coasts for the past decade. He oversees project origination, preliminary site review and analysis, coordination of all debt financing related matters and securing/closing all land deals. In his spare time, he enjoys an active lifestyle playing basketball, tennis, and traveling overseas.

Education

B.S., Cornell University – Real Estate Hospitality Finance

Affiliations

  • Cornell Real Estate Club of Los Angeles
  • Cornell Hotel Society Alumnus
  • Central City Association
  • South Park Business Improvement District Member
  • Cornell LA Chapter Business Alumni

Managing Partner | VP of Development

As a managing partner of DCX Developers, Mr. Liwanag is involved with the market analysis and overall strategy for potential multi-family and mixed-use development projects in the core Los Angeles submarket Korea town. Mr. Liwanag coordinates preliminary site review and land acquisition, financials, entitlements, and design. Mr. Liwanag manages day-to-day coordination with current and potential investors ensuring that DCX Developers and their capital partners are in sync with development goals through all phases.

Previously, Mr. Liwanag’s varied career included a stint at Creative Artists Agency and Universal Pictures as a senior financial analyst. Mr. Liwanag is a co-founder of a men's bespoke clothing boutique in Beverly Hills called Franc Milton. His combined love of design and architecture led him in the world of real estate development.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International Development Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)