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 currently the principal designer of the Las Vegas federal Courthouse, awarded under the new Federal Design Excellence Program, and the City of Santa Monica’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Operations Center.

March 4
Linda Hart
The Roman Forum as Inspiration for American Public Architecture

Linda Hart is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Architecture at UCLA. While completing her dissertation, she is teaching architectural history in the LA area, including at SCI-Arc and UCLA Extension. She is also a research assistant at the Getty Center.

March 11
Kate Diamond
In Transit

Kate Diamond is a partner with Siegel Diamond Architects and is in charge of design. For the past 10 years, the practice has focused on public institutional projects. Their most visible project is the new air traffic control tower at LAX. Siegel Diamond has also completed the Baldwin Park Metrolink station and is working on the new Metro Red Line station at Universal City.

March 11
Paolo Tombesi
Cost Vs. Investment: Public Buildings and Innovation Gateways

Paolo Tombesi is an architect and the Los Angeles correspondent for Casabella. He is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis at UCLA on the design of the Disney Concert Hall. His scholarly interests include the relationship between architecture and the building industry, the history of architectural practice, and large scale design. He has taught at various institutions in Europe and teaches at SCI-Arc.

March 25
Stefanos Poluzoides
The Publicness of Public Architecture in Los Angeles

Stefanos Polyzoides is a principal at the Los Angeles firm Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists. He is also an associate professor at the USC School of Architecture. He was the lead consultant on the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and is currently planning the new Glendale town center. He has built public buildings for various universities and cities.

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