10653655_841903149175558_1644074448251760017_n    HOST: Natural Histories for Los Angeles

  Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles This fall, curators from three Los Angeles-based organizations come together as part of World Wide Storefront, a Storefront for Art and Architecture project, to present Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles. This series […]

09.13.2014 ||||||||||||||||||||||

      On the Map 2014: shoptalk

  On The Map 2014: shoptalk This year’s “On the Map” series turns a spotlight not on the end products of finished buildings, but on the processes by which design is achieved. The shoptalk events invite designers to reveal the […]

07.28.2014 ||||

      On the Map 2013: South of the 10

  On The Map 2013: South of the 10 Countering the LA Forum’s bias towards visiting architecture primarily within a narrow swath of Los Angeles spanning downtown to the Westside, the 2013 “On the Map” series will explore equally interesting […]

07.01.2013 |||||


The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents Out There Doing It 2012: Forge, Forage, Fabricate. The Fall 2012 edition of the LA Forum’s Out There Doing It lecture series features practitioners whose work defies the schism between the physical […]

10.24.2012 ||||||||||||

  OTM2012_v5    On The Map 2012: Supercession

On The Map: Supercession Supercession is the evolutionary redevelopment of projects and sites within the mature city, considered as a form of historical drama.  Urban architecture exists rarely as a terminal and definite resolution; but rather as a temporary prospect […]

07.19.2012 ||


Architects today co-conspire with a host of key figures in a fluid exchange of imagination spanning from pre-design to post-occupancy. Whether privately volleyed or publicly launched, these dynamic, ad-hoc, and non-linear exchanges provide the fuel that drives design and makes innovation possible. Through interrogating and encouraging these conversations, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design hopes to offer a greater understanding of how architecture is produced, assembled, and disseminated in the contemporary cultural milieu.

09.14.2011 |||||||||||||

  OTM2011_Draft_20110726    On the Map 2011 – Varying Degrees

ON THE MAP 2011 – Varying Degrees: Recent Projects in Higher Education Higher education plays a major role in this country’s development and economic recovery.  Around Los Angeles, academic institutions such a Caltech, UCLA, USC, and the Claremont Colleges have […]

06.18.2011 |||||||

  OTDI-10_Poster    Out There Doing It 2010: In Medias Res

In Medias Res, “in the midst of things,” or “into the middle of affairs,” is a narrative device that begins a story in the middle or at the end. These events are staged as ongoing conversations in architecture, conversations in […]

10.06.2010 |||||||||

  OTM2010 Poster    On the Map 2010: Habitation

The HABITATION series is an invitation to experience a form of living that is not necessarily yours, yet encourages critical examination of the players who develop, fund and inhabit Los Angeles from the inner city to the west side.

07.13.2010 ||||||||||||||||||||

  FieldReports2009_Poster    Field Reports 2009: Research & Deploy

Research & Deploy, The LA Forum’s fall lecture Series, examines the role of research in contemporary architectural practice.

09.25.2009 ||||||||||||||||

  Lect09_ArchAfterNat    Three Lectures on Architecture After Nature by John May

Three lectures by John May, Lecturer in the departments of Geography and Architecture at UCLA, on issues of Site and sustainability.

09.02.2009 |||

  FldTrp09_Poster    Field Trips 2009: Backstage L.A.

BACKSTAGE LA examines different forms of infrastructure and their relationships to the global community of Los Angeles.

06.09.2009 |||||

  Series_OTDI_08    Out There Doing It 2008: Loose Talk

Partnering of presentations by Architects with follow-up discussions with generational predecessors.

09.23.2008 |||||||||||||

  OTM_2008    On The Map 2008: Back to School – First Event

Thursday July 17,2008 7:30 $15.00 admission, LA Forum Members free CNCA High School 3500 W. Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90004 Daly/Genik Architects Conversation with Kevin Daly, Christopher Hawthorne, and Mark Hansen Today, contemporary school designers face a crisis. Hamstrung […]

07.09.2008 ||||||

  otdi-07post    Out There Doing It 2007

The next OTDI Lecture is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st at LACE Gallery. Kivi Sotamaa, Sotamaa Design Ltd. & Florencia Pita, Mod LECTURERS: Kivi Sotamaa Sotamaa Design Ltd., Finland & Columbus, OH Kivi Sotamaa is Visiting Professor at UCLA Department […]

09.03.2007 |||

  OTM_2007Poster    On the Map 2007: Extra Small Excess

This summer the LA Forum’s “On The Map” series draws from the spirit of excess celebrating the obsessive spirit of the small project, and maps a momentary constellation of Los Angeles projects that speak to larger aspirations than size.

06.14.2007 ||||||||||

      Out There Doing It 2006

The Los Angeles Forum’s annual Out There Doing It lecture series provides a forum for alternative, young, emerging, experimental, research-based, and conceptual design practices to speak about their work before their peers. Listen to and join in dialogue with the speakers […]

09.05.2006 |||||||||||||||||

  OTM06_Post    On the Map 2006

The Forum’s 2006 On the Map series focuses on houses and studios: June 15: ONE-WINDOW HOUSE Touraine + Richmond 2129 Linden Avenue, Venice 90291 June 22: URBAN BEACH HOUSE Lee + Mundwiler 7 Vicente Terrace, Santa Monica, 90401 June 29: […]

06.01.2006 |||||||

      Out There Doing It 2005, the Return

First held in 1989, the Forum’s OUT THERE DOING IT lecture series at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House has provided Los Angeles with a key venue for emerging design practitioners. The names in the […]

09.28.2005 ||||||||||||

  2005-07-14_instabullu1    On the Map 2005

During the months of June and July the Forum once again holds “On the Map,” a lecture series that intends to build a critical map of Los Angeles’s architectural milieu while providing access to some works that might otherwise remain […]

08.20.2005 |||||||||||||

  2004-newspaces-trevor    New Spaces, New Cartographers

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design launches its fall 2004 series, New Spaces and New Cartographers. New Spaces and New Cartographers examines the fields and networks defining contemporary spatiality together with the extraterritorial spaces remaining left over […]

09.04.2004 |||||||||||

  2004-onthemap-roger    On the Map 2004

During the months of June and July the Forum will hold their annual “Out There Doing It” summer lecture series – now called “On the Map”- that will occur in recently completed architectural projects. This series intends to build a […]

05.24.2004 ||||||||

      Out There Doing It 2002

This annual series has been an important showcase for emerging design talent in Los Angeles over the last fifteen years. All lectures take place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, […]

05.21.2002 |||||||||||

      slippery when wet: specific conversation about generic conditions in los angeles

This series of evenings, dealing with architecture in the newly transformed city, take place at Woodbury University’s Center for Community Research and Design 6518 Hollywood Blvd. Street parking or paid parking in rear lot. Admission $7, Forum members. The evenings […]

01.09.2002 |||||||||||||||||||

      Out There Doing It 2001

For the last twelve years, Out There Doing It, the summer lecture series sponsored by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, has served as an important venue for emerging design talent. Set at the MAK Center for […]

08.20.2001 ||||||||

      Out There Doing It 2000

This annual series, taking place at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, has been an important showcase for emerging design talent in Los Angeles over the last ten years. This year’s lineup included artists and […]

06.30.2000 |||||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_TheForumGoesOutIntoTheGardenandBeyond(1)    Lecture Series – The Forum Goes Out Into the Gardens and Beyond

The Forum Goes Out Into the Garden…and Beyond 6/22 Emmet L. Wemple and Marcia A. Babalas, Landscape Architects Emmet L. Wemple & Associates is one of Southern California’s most important site planning and urban design firms. Their landscape projects can […]

06.01.2000 ||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_2000-BookTalk(1)    Lecture Series 2000 – Book Talk: LA writers on Architecture and Urbanism

Spring 2000 Lecture Series BOOK TALK LA writers on Architecture and Urbanism A lecture series featuring new publications by LA-area writers on various subjects relating to architecture and urban design May 9: Mary Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian, “Wrapper: 40 […]

05.01.2000 |||||||||

      Book Talk 2000

The spring 2000 lecture series, Booktalk, brought together LA writers on architecture and urbanism to discuss recent publications. The participants included: Mary Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian, Wrapper: 40 Possible Surfaces for the Museum of Jurassic Technology(William Stout Publishers, 2000) […]

03.24.2000 |||||||||

  Series_1999-TerratoriesofEngagement(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1999 – TerrAtories of Engagement: Exploring and exposing the relationship of art, the garden, the landscape and nature

TerrAtories of Engagement Exploring and exposing the relationship of art, the garden, the landscape and nature Spring 1999 lecture series May 18 > TerrAtories Janet Sager’s training in fine art, environmental design and art history has given her insight into […]

05.01.1999 ||||||||||||||||

  OTDI_1998    Out There Doing It 1998 07.21.1998 ||||||||||

  Series-Lectures_1997-FakeEstates(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1997 – Fake Estates: Where art and architecture meet, exploring the conceptual, formal, metaphorical use of architecture by LA artists

Fall 1997 Lecture series Fake Estates: Where art and architecture meet, exploring the conceptual, formal, metaphorical use of architecture by LA artists November 11 Dave Bailey, Sam Durant, moderated by Connie Butler November 18 Catherine Opie, Renee Petropoulos, moderated by […]

11.01.1997 |||||||||||||

  Series-Discussion_1997-GMattaClark(1)    Discussion Series 1997 – Gordon Matta-Clark Film + Videos

he Los Angeles Forum for Architectural and Urban Design is pleased to present the first West Coast screening of newly restored films and videos of Gordon Matta-Clark.  The films document Matta-Clark’s well-known building cuttings, explore urban phenomena, and capture aspects […]

10.01.1997 |||||||||||||||

      1997 Lecture Series INSIDE OUT: Critical issues in the Relationship of Architecture and Interior Design

LA Forum Spring 1997 Lecture Series INSIDE OUT: Critical issues in the Relationship of Architecture and Interior Design April 15 – ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR DESIGN: THE DESIGN DIVORCE? Panelists: Barbara Barry, Interior Designer Nancy Troy, Art Historian, USC Judith Sheine, […]

04.15.1997 |||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1997-InsideOut(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1997 – Inside Out: Critical Issues in the Relationship of Architecture and Interior Design

Lecture Series, Spring 1997 INSIDE OUT Critical Issues in the Relationship of Architecture and Interior Design TUESDAY APRIL 15 1997 “Architecture/Interior Design: The Design Divorce?” PANELISTS: Barbara Barry, interior designer • Nancy Troy, art historian, USC • Judith Sheine, architect […]

04.01.1997 ||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1995-NaturalProductions(1_edited    Lecture Series 1995 – Natural Productions: Landscape and Nature in the City

Landscape and Nature in the City Summer Lecture Series 1995 June 19 Mike Davis Cannibal City: Los Angeles and the Destruction of Nature Mike Davis is an urban and environmental historian and author of the acclaimed book City of Quartz. […]

06.01.1995 |||||||

  Series-Lecture_1995-PerspectivesPublicArchitecture(1)    Lecture Series 1995 – Perspectives on Public Architecture

Perspectives on Public Architecture February 26 Mehrdad Yazdani Public Projects Mehrdad Yazdani is a principal and director of design at Dworsky Associates. His designs for numerous public facilities have been published internationally and have received many design awards. He is […]

02.01.1995 |||||

  Series-Lecture_1995-ArchitectureCraftContemporaryLA(1)    Lecture Series 1995 – Architecture and Craft in Contemporary Los Angeles


01.01.1995 |||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1994-AboveBelowBeside_compiledsmall_1    Lecture Series 1994 – Above, Below & Beside

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles The MOCA Architecture Design Council The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design present Above, Below & Beside Urban Design, Urban Theory, Urban Culture Saturday, May 14 9:30 am – 4:30 pm […]

05.14.1994 |||||||||||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1994-LAUrbanismNewPublicRealms(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1994 – LA Urbanism: New Public Realms

L.A Urbanism: New Public Realms 24 January Doug Suisman 31 January Steven Flusty 7 February Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris 21 February George Lipsitz 28 February Marco de Michelis 7 March Joanne Berelowitz DOUG SUISMAN is the founder and principal of Public Works […]

01.01.1994 ||||||

  Series-Lecture_1993-WomenDesignTheory(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1993 – Women Design Theory

Association of Women in Architecture & Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Women/Design/Theory All lectures are at 8PM at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road. Admission is free for Forum members, $7 for nonmembers. For information call […]

09.01.1993 ||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1993-TheDesignEnvrioment(1)    Lecture Series 1993 – The Design Environment

The Design Environment Monday, April 12 RON REZEK – Industrial Designer Educated at UCLA in Interior Design, Rezek has taught at Art Center College of Design, SCI-Arc, and UCLA.  He designs light fixtures, equipment for lifeguards, fans, and architectural projects. […]

04.01.1993 |||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1992-ThatOtherStuffLAVernaculars(1)    Lecture Series 1992 – That Other Stuff: L.A. Vernaculars

That Other Stuff: L.A. Vernaculars From the conventional to the exotic 10/26/92 Margaret Crawford and John Chase “Relatively Normal” A re-evaluation of what’s Vernacular and what ain’t.  An exploration of vernaculars defined by consumerism and daily life; their beauty and […]

10.01.1992 ||||||||

  Series-Discussion_1991-BeyondBuildingsArtWithWalls(1)    Discussion Series 1991 – Beyond Buildings: Art With Walls

The Los Angeles Forum for Architectural and Urban Design presents The Green of Plant Architecture without Buildings Another spacey discussion from the gals and guys at the Forum Architects who think they’re artists In Space Inventing Space The Brown of […]

10.01.1991 |||||

  Series-Discussion_1991-ImageReality(2)    Discussion Series 1991 – Image Reality

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents Image Reality The reality behind the image of Los Angeles The reality of the image Los Angeles – is there a there here? And now? July 29 Eric Moss Michael […]

07.01.1991 ||||||

  Comp1_small    Lecture Series 1991 – Teaching Architecture

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents a new lecture series Teaching Architecture March 4 Craig Ellwood, Lecturer Introduced by Barry Wasserman, Chairman Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture March 11 Eugene Kupper, Associate Professor Introduced by Richard […]

03.01.1991 ||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1990-CityDesignLA(1)    Lecture Series 1990 – City Design LA

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design 3 events. 3 locations City Design L.A. L.A. It’s a big town. Orange groves seen from the red car. The big boys have plans. It’s time you found out what’s going on. […]

09.01.1990 ||||||||||||||||||||||||

  Series-Lecture_1989-AContinuingSeries(1)_edited    Lecture Series 1989 – A Continuing Series

A continuing series of informal presentations and discussions by practitioners in Los Angeles July 17: John Lautner July 24: Michael Burch O’Herlihy + Warner July 31: Guthrie + Buresh; Lubowicki Lanier August 7: Janek Bielski: Christian Hubert August 14: Josh […]

07.01.1989 ||||||||

  Poster Design: Ed Fella    Out There Doing It 1989

Out There Doing It 1989 A Series of Lectures and discussions by independent practitioners in Los Angeles. January 30: Franklin D. Israel February 13: Aks Runo | Central Office of Architecture February 27: Johnson/ Favaro, Michele Saee March 27: Ron […]

01.01.1989 ||||||||||||

  Series-Discussion_1988-LivingOnTheEdge(2)    Discussion Series 1988 – Living on the Edge

The Los Angeles Forum for Architectural and Urban Design Living on the Edge RSVP Saturday, October 29, 9-11:30 am Harold Hotel, 323 East Fifth Street Workshop: Homelessness and Shelter; with Andy Robeson, Director, SRO Housing Corporation Limited to 15 people […]

10.01.1988 |||||||||||||||||

  Series-Discussion_1987-MovingTargets(1)    Discussion Series 1987 – Moving Targets

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Moving Targets Seven More Discussions May 18 Alexis Smith June 1 Richard Keating June 15 Barbara Goldstein June 29 Thom Mayne July 13 Michael Woo, city councilman July 26 Projects August […]

05.01.1987 ||||||

      History of LA Forum Series

Link to: History of Lectures + Symposia page.

01.01.1987 |||||||||||||||||||||