Architects from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, who found their way to the Pacific Ocean in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s as emigres or exiles, exercised a powerful influence on the development of a specifically Californian modernist architecture. The symposium “Building Paradise: Exile Architecture in California” brings together leading architects and scholars from Europe and the United States to examine how the work of such luminaries as Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, Julius R. Davidson; and later Konrad Wachsmann and Erich Mendelsohn responded to the climatic, political and cultural conditions of California.

symposium : 19 november – 21 november 2003
Wednesday, 19 November 2003 at Getty Museum Lecture Hall
4.00 pm Kurt Forster Weimar & Como
“The Invention of a California Architecture”
5.15 pm Reception

Thursday, 20 November 2003
at USC Watt Hall

10.00 am Welcome addresses by representatives of USC and Villa Aurora
10.20 am Bernd Nicolai
“Trier Architecture in Exile”
11.00 am Barbara Lamprecht
“Los Angeles Neutra’s Unsung Lessons: Expanding Well-Being and Compressing the Footprint”
11.40 am Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
01.30 pm Joseph Rosa San Francisco
“Albert Frey and the Idealized Desert”
02.10 pm Heinrich Wefing, San Francisco
“The Magician’s House: Paul Huldschinsky, Julius R. Davidson and Thomas MannĂ­s Villa in Pacific Palisades”
02.50 pm Gabriele Diana Grawe, Paris
“The Legacy of the Bauhaus and the West Coast”
03.30 pm Discussion
04.30 pm Coffee break
05.00 pm Veronika Kellndorfer, Berlin
“Slide show”
06.00 pm Hans Hollein, Vienna
“Rudolf Schindler”
at USC Gin D. Wong Conference Center in Harris Hall

Friday, 21 November 2003
at Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades

10.00 am Round-table discussion with Deans of the faculties of architecture in Los Angeles
“The influence of emigrè and exiles on architectural education in Los Angeles”
11.30 am Coffee / Sandwiches
12.00 pm Stefan Behnisch, Stuttgart and Los Angeles
“Projects between Germany and California”
12.20 pm Frank Escher, Los Angeles
“Projects between Switzerland and California”
12.40 pm Nina Nedelykov, Berlin
“German architects in the United States”
01.00 pm Discussion
01.30 pm Julius Shulman, Los Angeles
“Illustrated lecture”
02.00 pm Thomas Hines, Los Angeles
“Concluding remarks: the state of current research and the way forward”

Co-sponsored by the Villa Aurora, USC School of Architecture and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.