with response by Roel Schierbeek
Thursday, 11/03

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.

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.


Lisa Little and Emily White are co-founders of Layer, a Los Angeles based architecture practice. Layer’s approach to design is rooted in rigorous material experimentation and a sensitivity to the nuance of human perception. Current projects include a house in Venice, and installations at the Skirball Cultural Center and the New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Layer’s projects have also appeared in the 2010 California Design Biennial, Interior Design, The Los Angeles Times and at Materials & Applications.

Lisa’s work, at Layer and in independent projects, engages ambient phenomena through built form. She holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has worked as an associate at Patrick Tighe Architecture and as a designer in the office of Pugh+Scarpa Architects. She teaches design studios at Woodbury University. Previously, she was the director of a software development team at Discreet Logic and a hardware design engineer developing systems for film and television post production.

Emily has exhibited, lectured and published on topics ranging from manufactured islands to the history of code in fibrous architecture. Emily holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a B.A. from Barnard College. She has worked for Testa + Weiser and Naga Studio Architecture, Dubai, and has taught design studios at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley and Woodbury University. Emily is currently on the faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.


Roel Schierbeek is a structural engineer working for ARUP in Los Angeles. His main interest lies in marrying the structural language of a project to its architectural intent. After having worked in the Netherlands, Roel joined RFR in Paris in 2005 where he worked on light weight roofs and facades, super high rise, footbridges and high profile competitions. He was asked to join the newly founded TESS in Paris as an associate in 2007, before moving to Los Angeles recently. He has worked extensively with architects such as OMA, morphosis, Gehry, Richard Meier & Partners and teaches structural engineering at SCI-Arc.