August 29th, 2011


Tm Gratkowski – Online Gallery on

Beyond Merzbau, ready-mades, combines, deconstruction, and mash-ups lies a tangle of fragmented vignettes, patterns, and colors where one encounters thought-provoking words, images, and stories and the experience is visceral as well as intellectual. What, at first, may appear as formal aesthetics will, upon closer examination, reveal a subject matter that is often complex, challenging, and sometimes difficult to take issue with…



URBAN STATES: The Space of Politics

Urban States is pleased to announce The Space of Politics, an intensive series of events dedicated to enhancing urban awareness and its potential to influence architectural design. In its inaugural year, Urban States / USC will host Markus Miessen, and Kenny Cupers to lead a week-long workshop in combination with special lectures, an exhibition, and panel discussion.

Series: AUGUST 24 – 31, 2011


The Nightmare of Participation: Markus Miessen

Markus Miessen is an architect and writer. In 2002, he set up Studio Miessen, a collaborative agency for spatial practice and cultural inquiry, and in 2007, he co-founded the London- and Berlin-based architectural practice nOffice. In 2008, he founded the Winter School Middle East (Dubai/Kuwait). In Fall 2011 he will launch a new professorship for Critical Spatial Practice at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101, USC

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – 6pm


LOS ANGELES URBAN RANGERS  – Engagement Party at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

The Engagement Party offers Southern California-based artist collectives and collaborators an opportunity to make new artworks, interacting with and exploring MOCA and its resources in unexpected ways. As participants in Engagement Party during Summer 2011, The Los Angeles Urban Rangers will present the explorations of Downtown L.A. on the first Thursday evenings of July, August, and September 2011. All are FREE to the public and no reservations are required, except as noted.

Critical Campout: Thursday, September 1, 2011.  Overnight space is limited. Campsite reservations will begin on August 1, so please reserve early by emailing Trailhead located at MOCA Grand Avenue.


AIA|LA & The Department of City Planning: Working Together to Build Better Communities – Professional Volunteer Program

Are you interested in providing critical feedback to help improve urban design in the City of Los Angeles? Join the AIA|LA & DCP Professional Volunteer Program today! We’re looking for leading design talent to help the Los Angeles Department of City Planning’s Urban Design Studio critically review upcoming projects throughout the City. Los Angeles City Hall- Conference Room 721-200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012,  RSVP in advance

September 6th, 2011 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Some City Angels @ Edward Cella + Architecture

A group exhibition conceived to characterize the ever hard to grasp, frustratingly elusive, yet undeniable phenomenon termed the ‘L.A. Vibe.’  The exhibition casts a lens on the diversity of art currently being made in Los Angeles through highlighting a notable gathering new and recent works of eight artists active today.  Organized by guest curator, Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue and presented against the backdrop of the unprecedented Pacific Standard Time exhibitions and collaborations, Some City Angels zeroes in on a small yet discerning slice of L.A.

Exhibition: September 10th- October 29th, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10th, 2011- 6pm- 8pm




Karim Rashid, Trina Turk, Richard Meier and artist Chase participate in living exhibition. The Architecture + Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) is celebrating its tenth year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programming at its annual fundraiser, this year titled “Celebrate 2011: The Wearable”. We will feature wearable creations provided by top creative talent from the realms of architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial and the visual arts.

A+D Museum (6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, across the street from LACMA)

Saturday , September 10th, 2011- 7:00 – 11:00pm


SCI Arc Lecture: Thom Mayne: 2011 Commencement Address

Founder and Design Director, Morphosis; Member, SCI-Arc Board of Trustees

A product of the anti-establishment of the 1960s, Mayne was among seven faculty members and approximately forty students who left Cal Poly Pomona in 1972 to create SCI-Arc, “a college without walls.” Since then, he has been a frequent guest, juror, lecturer and generous supporter of the school.

In the Graduation Pavilion on the SCI-Arc campus

September 11th, 2011 – 5pm


Hilde Overbergh’s “Repositioning Basics” at CB1 Gallery

Continuing her interest in the confrontation between nature and culture, the paintings on view explore the pictorial space, where the physicality of painting and the play with architectural elements, in all senses, become the subject of the picture.  Opening

Reception: Sunday, September 11th, 2011 – 5pm-7pm

Exhibit: September 11 – October 16, 2011


Amy Yoes “Light Lab” at CB1 Gallery

The cathedral-like space of CB1 Gallery becomes host to a geometric structure built along a quasi-organic logic. Lit voids and constructed forms emerge out of the universal language of building: bracket, ramp, tower. The structure’s electric glow is both vernacular sign and illuminated dream. Painted surfaces of black, white, and grey accentuate the relationship between components and viewer sightlines, simultaneously disrupting spatial expectations.

Reception: Sunday, September 11th, 2011 – 5pm-7pm

Exhibit: September 11- October 16, 2011


Southern California Development Forum Presents: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Please join us for a lively discussion on the status of the real estate office markets in Los Angeles. Learn where are the opportunities, who are the tenants actively today and in the future, how do you win the business and when do you strike.

Register online / Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 – 7:15am-9:00am



– a series of three roundtable discussions –

You are invited join the AIA|LA Urban Design Committee in a series of roundtable discussions about the urban transformation of the Los Angeles region. The overriding subject is how much land we are wasting to facilitate our current automobile-centric transportation system – and how we can most effectively reorganize ourselves as a culture to make better use of our most precious resource – open space!

Please RSVP to Will Wright at link below. Limited Capacity

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800 Los Angeles, CA 90010

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 – 7pm-9pm


INTERIORS COMMITTEE: Design Meets Los Angeles (DMLA) 2011 – A Night in Havana The annual Design Meets Los Angeles (DMLA) event will take place this year at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. Tickets are now available for purchase. Silent Art Auction.

The Annenberg Beach House / 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

September 15th, 2011 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm


19th Century Victorian Circus at Heritage Square Museum

Step back in time to experience a 19th century Victorian Circus at Heritage Square Museum’s annual fundraising event. The Longfellow, Shaw & Morgan’s Circus Jubilee at Heritage Square will feature Victorian-era circus performers and acts, including dancers, contortionists, fortune tellers, a ringmaster, and much more. The event will raise critical funds to move the museum forward to continue with significant projects and programs including Preservation through Practice (PTP) and A Golden Vision.

Tickets are $125 and free parking is available at the site; carpooling is recommended.

Saturday, September 17th, 2011- 3pm – 7pm


SAH/SCC Presents Architect William Krisel – Documentary Screening & Talk

If you missed the standing-room-only screening of the acclaimed documentary “William Krisel, Architect” last year at the Getty Center, mark your calendar for this very special afternoon with the architect. Following the screening, architect William Krisel, AIA, will be on hand to discuss his career and to field questions from the audience. Throughout his 60-year career, Krisel is best known for his residential developments in Palm Springs with the Alexander Construction Company. Bringing modernism to the masses, he has designed more than 40,000 individual housing units across the U.S.

This event is free and reservations are not required.

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 – 1:00 pm



The Museum of California Design announces that its 2011 Award Benefit will honor designer/artist/craftsman Peter Shire for his outstanding contributions to American design. The event will be held in at the Dan House which was designed by Franklin Israel in 1995. This is a rare opportunity to see an exceptional, architecturally significant home that is not open to the public. Selected examples of Peter Shireʼs furniture and ceramics will be on exhibit. The event schedule will include an Award presentation by Ms. Anderton, a live auction conducted by Peter Loughrey, founder and president of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, and a silent auction. Tickets: $125

22540 Carbon Mesa Road Malibu, CA 90265

Sunday, September 18, – 2pm – 5pm


Forward Motion: Advancing Mobility in California & Québec

A convergence of circumstances-energy security, climate change, air quality concerns-have led to a rapid push toward sustainable transportation. California and Québec have led the charge, researching and proposing solutions from their respective corners of North America. These solutions and ideas will be presented at Forward Motion: Advancing Mobility in California & Québec. This half-day symposium, organized by Art Center College of Design and the Québec Delegation in Los Angeles and in partnership with the Université de Montréal, will examine impact on vehicle and infrastructure design in light of the roadmaps laid out by each particular region. The event will be held at the Hillside Campus, Art Center College of Design.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


SCI-Arc Lecture: Philip Beesley: Diffusive Architecture

Philip Beesley’s creative work has focused on ‘field’ oriented sculpture and landscape installations over the last two decades, developing into responsive kinetic architectural environments that approach near-living functions. The textiles in these installations have recently taken the form of interlinking matrices of mechanical components and arrays of sensors and actuators that respond to occupants moving within the environment. Lightweight lattice and geodesic organizations form a structural core, employing digitally fabricated lightweight scaffolds that contain distributed networks of sensors.  W. M. Keck Lecture Hall on the SCI-Arc campus

Wednesday, September 21, 2011- 7:00pm

Not yet featured on SCI Arc website – just announced.


Deborah Aschheim: Feeling-of-Knowing

Presents five-year survey of works by Los Angeles-area artist Deborah Aschheim

San Diego, July 2011 – Deborah Aschheim: feeling-of-knowing will be presented at the University Art Gallery of San Diego State University from September 20 through December 3, 2011. Additional special events are noted below. The exhibition tour, reception, and all other events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

University Art Gallery of San Diego State University

Exhibition: September 20 through December 3

Exhibition Tour: Friday, September 23rd at 6:00pm Reception for Aschheim and Mezzacappa will follow from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Lecture by Deborah Aschheim: Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Memory and Place: Saturday, November 19th, 2011


Archibald Knox: In the Ministry of the Beautiful

Liam O’Neill presents a fascinating look at 19th century artist/designer Archibald Knox who, from his isolated studio on the Isle of Man, crafted impressive and popular metalwork and jewelry in the Arts & Crafts style. $20, $15 to Friends of the Gamble House (FoGH) members. Reservations are required. (626) 793-3334 ext. 52 or visit

Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101

Tuesday September 27th, 2011- 7pm


SCI-Arc Lecture: Jesse Reiser: Projections and Receptions

Principal, Reiser+ Umemoto, RUR Architecture, New York.  Reiser was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with partner Nanako Umemoto. He is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.

W. M. Keck Lecture Hall on the SCI-Arc campus

Wednesday, September 28, 2011- 7:00pm

Not yet featured on SCI Arc website – just announced.


CO/LAB at Art Platform- Los Angeles

Co/Lab brings together 19 non-profit art institutions, alternative spaces and independent art initiatives under one roof at the inaugural edition of Art Platform-Los Angeles, the modern and contemporary art fair for Los Angeles. Co/Lab participants include: Artist Curated Projects; Actual Size; The Artillery Magazine Lounge; Control Room; Durden and Ray; Emma Gray HQ; JAUS; LA Pedestrians; Las Cienegas Projects; Materials and Applications; Monte Vista Projects; Night Gallery; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; Statler-Waldorf Gallery; Summer Camp’s Project; RAID Projects; language; Weekend; WPA and Workspace.

Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011



Sponsored by Society of Design Administration to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food bank, and organized by a collaboration of design industry leaders and AIA Los Angeles, Canstruction LA invites teams of prominent Los Angeles architects, engineers, and designers to create exciting exhibits made entirely of cans of food, to be put on public display and awarded prizes by a panel of judges. At the event’s completion, the cans are donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Teams of Los Angeles Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Designers and Students attending Schools of Architecture, Engineering and Design are eligible, with at least one licensed professional required on each team. Space is limited – enter today! Event will be held October 7-18, 2011 – Teams will be accepted in order of receipt of entry form; Entry Fee $200 to benefit Foodbank. Make check payable to: “Los Angeles Regional Foodbank” Mail to: Ms. Stephany Boyd/ 2640 Cedar Avenue Long Beach, CA 90806 / (562) 972-8702


2011 Design Awards Party presented by Italian Living|Umbria

The AIA|LA Design Awards showcase the best of built and unbuilt work located in Los Angeles or designed by LA-based architects.  For more than 65 years, AIA|LA has been celebrating the best in Southern California architecture. Come partake in the tradition by purchasing tickets to this annual event! Design Award winners and Presidential Honorees will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Party presented by Italian Living|Umbria.  The evening also includes a tour of the newly finished Red Building!

Red Building Tour: 5:30-6:30pm

Cocktail Reception: 6:30-8:00pm

Awards Announcements: 8:00-9:00pm

Pacific Design Center

October 26th, 2011 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm


2012 Rome Prize Competition

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the Rome Prize competition. One of the leading overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and the humanities, the Academy offers up to thirty fellowships for periods ranging from six months to two years. Rome Prize winners reside at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome and receive room and board, a study or studio, and a stipend.  Stipends for six-month fellowships are $14,000 and stipends for eleven-month fellowships are $26,000.

Competition Deadline: November 1, 2011

Extended Deadline: November 15, 2011 (additional fee applies)


Motopia: A New Age for Modular Construction

“The language of design, architecture and urbanism in Los Angeles is the language of movement.” – Reyner Banham Architecture today rolls, flows, inflates, breathes, expands, multiplies and contracts, and searches for its next user. And yet, such architecture is not merely building or product design, but rather recognition of the fluidity of circumstances – the mobility of demographics and information. As the discipline of architecture maintains an increasing capacity to respond to this fluidity, the one-day symposium will enable USC students to engage with real world practitioners and multi-disciplinary scholars who are crafting experiments to prepare for a future continuously on the move. “Motopia: A New Age for Modular Construction” will bring together a range of creative forces behind mobile architecture including architects, educators, theorists, museum curators and writers.

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, USC

November 2, 2011 – 5-8pm


eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.

November 7, 2011 – Deadline for submitting questions.

November 15, 2011 – Early registration deadline




An architectural exhibition exploring the 4D possibilities of architecture

at SUPERFRONT Located in the Pacific Design Center.

Curated by Martin Roy Mervel and Ralph Spencer Steenblik.

Including: Craig Hodgetts, Syd Mead, Carlos Barbosa, Marcos Novak, Tim Durfee, Orhan Ayuce, F. Myles Sciotto, Roberto Prodo, Christopher Aykanian, Jay Vanos, Robin Nanney, Henrey Dominquez and Michael Fox

Exhibition: May 26- August 31, 2011




This site-specific installation by architect Frederick Fisher is organized in honor of the 10th anniversary of his building, the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts at Otis. For this installation, Fisher has physically and metaphorically superimposed a 142′ circle (the same dimension of Rome’s Pantheon and the Galef building square) in the form of a wall “ruin” into/onto the square footprint of the Galef building and grounds. The fragments of wall are faced with enlarged reproductions of sketches from Fisher’s residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2008 to create a recollection of the narrative murals covering the interiors of buildings, a tradition erased by the abstract plastic language of Modern architecture.

Exhibition Dates: June 25-September 1, 2011


John Lautner Foundation “John Lautner Turns 100″ Programming

In celebration of what would have been John Lautner’s 100th birthday on July 16, 2011, the series will showcase Lautner’s extraordinary body of work while informing and inspiring the public about the importance of preserving it. Taking place in Los Angeles, California and Marquette, Michigan, programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, home tours, symposia, receptions, and more. Also check out our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute changes and updates.

July 16-November 13, 2011- All Day


Los Angeles Forum 2011 Sponsors and Contributors:

Sponsors: St. Thomas the Apostle School, Blueprint, Colornet Press, and Woodbury University.

Contributors: AHBE Landscape Architects, Architects’ Newspaper, Arktura, Boffi, D+ Con Construction, Daly Genik Architects, Fred Fisher and Partners, Gehry Partners, Gensler, Griffin Enright Architects, House & Robertson Architects, Inc., Hinerfeld-Ward, Inc., Ilan Dei Studio, KCRW, Koning Eizenberg, LA AIA, Merry Norris Contemporary Art, Morphosis Architects, Pamela Burton & Company, Taylor & Company, Thornton Tomasetti, Osborn, SCI-Arc, Warren Techentin Architecture, Uprinting and WD Partners.