OTDI 2011: AfterImage
Doris Sung with response by
Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess
Thursday, 10.06.11 – 7:30pm

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents Out There Doing It 2011: AfterImage. A provocation to cross-disciplinary conversation through expansion of the synergies between architecture and related design practices.

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.


After receiving her B.A. at Princeton University and M.Arch. at Columbia University, Doris Sung worked in various offices in cities across the U.S. before arriving in Los Angeles in 2001.  She developed her research focus while teaching at University of Southern California (USC), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America.  In 1999, she opened her office, dO|Su Studio Architecture, and soon received many AIA and ASID awards for her work, including the prestigious accolades of AIA Young-Designer-of-the-Year and ACSA Faculty Design Award.  Currently, she is working on developing smart thermobimetals, an unfamiliar material to architecture, as a third skin (the first is human flesh, the second clothing and the third architecture).  Its ability to curl when heated allows the building skin to respond and mediate between our two natures: man and the environment. Funded by the national AIA Upjohn Initiative, Arnold W. Brunner Grant, Graham Foundation Grant and USC ASHSS and URAP Awards, Sung will install a large demonstrative sun-shading structure called “Bloom”, made primarily out of thermobimetal at the Materials&Application Gallery in Los Angeles in October 2011 in collaboration with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, architect and glass expert, and Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer.


Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier lead Didier Hess, a collaborative art practice that explores public experience, the built environment and the infrastructures created to tie those forces together. Hess and Didier are directors of Materials & Applications, a non-profit research center that functions as an outdoor exhibition space and community hub for the interface between architecture, art, and public space. Projects and events can be seen at For nearly twenty years Jenna has worked in the water feature industry and is the principal of Fountainhead Water Feature Design and Engineering –  Fountainhead is a leader in sustainable design for water and specializes in integrating rainwater catchment technologies and on site storm water management into water features and the landscape. Oliver has spent nearly twenty years working in a field between visualization and mechanization, and posts thoughts on his website

All lectures begin at 7:30pm at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

All lectures are free for LA Forum members, $5 for students & $10 for non-members. To pre-purchase tickets via Paypal, click here. All lectures are outdoors, please dress accordingly.


with response by Special Guest
Thursday, 10/13

with response by Monica Nouwens
Thursday, 10/27

with response by Roel Schierbeek
Thursday, 11/03