October 10th, 2011


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 LA Forum hopes to offer a greater understanding of how architecture is produced, assembled, and disseminated in the contemporary cultural milieu. Tickets – click here
All lectures are Thursday nights, 7:30pm at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House – 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
October 2011 – November 2011
Next Lecture: This Thursday, October 13thVOLKAN ALKANOGLU with response by James Michael Tate


Curse and Vision: The Future of Westwood Village
Public Symposium by UCLA’s cityLAB
When it comes to Westwood Village there is one thing everyone agrees about: it has seen better days. But the Village’s promise becomes more apparent when visions for its future are put into play. UCLA’s cityLAB has engaged two teams led by prominent designers-Neil Denari and Roger Sherman-to suggest different visions for Westwood Village: Living Culture and Car-Lite Village.
Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater / 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Today, October 10th, 2011- 4:00-6:00PM

Odile Decq: Beyond Horizon
Odile Decq set up her practice after graduating from La Villette in 1978, while studying political science in Paris and pursuing a post-graduate program in Urban Planning. Her first commission, Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France-completed in 1990-received international acclaim and numerous prizes. Publications documenting the building underlined the emergence of a new style born from punk rebellion, while also questioning the project, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, and the architecture of Odile Decq Benoît Cornette.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall / SCI-Arc Campus
October 12th, 2011- 7pm

David Fletcher, Fletcher Studio : LA River Master Plan
Urban designer and landscape architect, professor David Fletcher of Fletcher Studio will speak on the development of LA RiverMaster Plan. His work addresses process, void, symbiosis, alternative transportation networks, green infrastructure, and post-industrial urbanism. Fletcher Studio is an innovative practice committed to a collaborative and contextual approach to spatial design practice and to the planning of unique and sustainable landscapes, urban spaces, and living infrastructures. Design and planning solutions come from the interaction with the many people, processes, histories, policies, economies and ecologies that are specific to a place.
Fletcher Jones Auditorium / Woodbury School of Architecture / 7500 Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank, CA 91504
Friday, October 14th, 2011 – 7 pm

Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architectes-Urbanistes
Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Constructed of mirror-clad walls that create a series of unique geometric spaces, the installation invites visitors to make their way through these spaces while experiencing a constant play of reflection and illusions. Decq’s exhibition aims to induce a sensory experience, both vivid and discomforting, one that pulls the human mind in various directions simultaneously. The primary geometry of each space is the triangle, but by inclining the walls at different angles, the architect forces visitors to perceive the space as something different.
Friday, October 14, 7-9pm: Exhibition discussion with Odile Decq and SCI-Arc Exhibit: October 14 – December 4, 2011

Eames HouseFundraiser
Escher GuneWardena is proud to be working with the Eames Foundation on the restoration of the Charles and Ray Eames house. With the living room temporarily on display at LACMA, a conservation project that began decades ago has moved into a new phase.  Please support this important endeavor and join us for the first evening of a series of fundraising events. Celebrate and support the successful journey of the Eames House Living Room to and from its temporary stay at LACMA. 100% of your gift will support essential work on the Eames House structure under the 250 Year Project, work that must be done before the Living Room’s return in early April 2012.   $250 per guest /$ 200 per Eames Foundation member. Contact us to order tickets at 424-229-4038 or by Thursday, October 13, 2011. All parking on Corona del Mar.
203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Saturday, October 15th, 2011 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MAK Center – Fall Fundraiser- The Lovell Beach House
In conjunction with the exhibition Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is pleased to open the Lovell Beach House (R.M. Schindler, 1926) in Newport Beach for public tours on Sunday, October 16 as a fundraiser. Tickets will grant guests admission to the house at designated times.
Sunday, October 16, 2011- 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas: Back to the Future
Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas is a professor of Architecture at the University of Granada, Spain, and a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Switzerland. His works have been acknowledged internationally, and received awards including the European Prize for Urban Public Spaces, the International Prize of Stone Architecture, and the Contractword Award. His Nasrid Wall Project received the National Prize for Best Project on Historical Heritage and eight other prizes and mentions, becoming the most awarded of its kind in Andalusia.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall / SCI-Arc Campus
October 19th, 2011- 7pm

“Romanza, the California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright”
Michael Miner, Producer/Director of the new Frank Lloyd Wright Documentary has announced the discovery of a group of never before seen artifacts. These recently discovered artifacts will be unveiled following the world premiere of new Wright film. All proceeds from the screening will be donated to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. General admission is 25.00 advance purchase, 30.00 day of event. Student admission is 15.00 with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Alex box office in person or by phone 818-243-2539 12 noon to 5 PM Friday thru Sunday. Or by internet anytime at  The Alex Theatre / 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA
Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 8pm

Projections: pinkcomma
Projections, an installation by the Boston-based gallery, pinkcomma questions the future of urban design through new technologies. If all design can be read as an attempt to predict-and shape-the future, then no specialization looks further into the future than urban design. But what does the future look like? Projections tries to make sense of the myriad competing visions of tomorrow-and how they relate to cities-by asking a series of questions: What are the likely parameters of a future possibility? What can past conjectures tell us of our future? Where do the design opportunities lie?
WUHO Gallery / 6518 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition: October 22-November 5

AIGA LA (Re)xtravaganza!
(Re)xtravaganza!, a blowout celebration acknowledging the international AIGA (Re)designAward winners for the best design thinking in sustainable and socially responsible design. This extravaganza not only celebrates sustainable design solutions with the power to spark our influence in the care of our planet, but supports the programs of AIGA LA and future students of design. An event not to be missed! Tickets are limited. Purchase your ticket today!
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
October 27th, 2011- 7pm-11pm

ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY: Design + Business Symposium
This year’s student organized symposium will focus on sustainability within the scope of design and business . The metropolitan area of Los Angeles is facing many environmental, infrastructural and socio-economical challenges in the 21st century. In order to address these, different sustainable concepts and technologies are being developed and successfully implemented. Highly acclaimed professionals will share insights into the challenges and successes of dealing with this issue.
PLEASE REGISTER. Lunch Provided.
Woodbury University- Fletcher Jones Auditorium/ 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank
Saturday, October 29th, 2011- 10:30am-5:30pm

Unfrozen Music: Architects in Concert
Classical piano, chamber music, indie rock, and jazz… all performed by LA area architects! Master of ceremonies: Sam Lubell, California Editor at The Architect’s Newspaper FREE Admission
MLK Auditorium at Santa Monica Main Library / Doors open at 6:30pm
Saturday, October 22, 2011 – 7:00 pm

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

Markus Miessen: The Nightmare of Participation
Markus Miessen is an architect and writer. He is principal of Studio Miessen, Berlin and Professor at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany. He has published numerous titles, in various collaborations, including “Waking Up From the Nightmare of Participation” (Expodium, 2011), “The Nightmare of Participation” (Sternberg Press, 2010), “Institution Building: Artists, Curators, Architects in the Struggle for Institutional Space” (Sternberg Press, 2009), “East Coast Europe” (Sternberg Press, 2008), “The Violence of Participation” (Sternberg Press, 2007), “With/Without: Spatial Products, Practices, and Politics in the Middle East” (Bidoun, 2007), “Did Someone Say Participate?” (MIT Press, 2006), and “Spaces of Uncertainty” (Müller+Busmann, 2002).
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall , SCI-Arc
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011- 7pm

Motopia: A New Age for Modular Construction
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 2nd, 2011 – 4pm

The Afterlife of Architecture
Stephen Kieran, FAIA, partner in the Philadelphia based firm KieranTimberlake will offer the keynote lecture for the Visions & Voices sponsored all day symposium, Motopia: A New Age for Modular Construction.
KieranTimberlake is an award-winning and internationally published architecture firm noted for its research, and innovative design and planning services. Founded in 1984 in Philadelphia by Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA, the firm is comprised of fifty-four professionals, who reflect the firm’s commitment to the highest quality in design and client service.
Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, USC
November 2nd, 2011- 6pm

Lecture Matias del Campo
Principal, SPAN Architecture, Vienna “Sensible Bodies – spatial opulence, Intensities and romantic notions”Founder of the architecture practice SPAN based in Vienna, Matias de Campo was born in 1970 in Santiago, Chile and studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2006 he was an Artist – in – Residence at the MAK Center in Los Angeles. He has been a guest professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (D) and the ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
Perloff Hall, UCLA
November 4th, 2011 – 6:30pm

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

Recent Work: Greg Otto
USC Assistant Professor Greg Otto founded Buro Happold’s Los Angeles office in 2006 and functioned as Office Director through 2008. In 2009, Greg turned his focus to digital modeling and collaboration technologies, and their application within the practice as Director. Having been educated as an architect and engineer and engaged in the practice of both, Greg’s focus has been on multi-disciplinary, collaboration between the architect and engineer, and the potential for innovation that this brings.
Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, USC
November 9th, 2011- 6pm

2011 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region
Los Angeles is home to one of the most highly concentrated and valued pools of creative talent and innovators in the country. Combined, these forces generate billions of dollars in annual revenue and sustain the economic success of the region. The robust creative economy manifests the business return of our multifaceted creative capital, for which increased investment is vital.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn / 200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
7:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30 a.m. – Program – The Otis Report

Building Skins: Blurring the boundary between inside and out
Join us for cocktails and festive hor d’oeuvres at the offices of HOK. A panel of experts who literally push the envelope of what building skin means will be exploring issue of biomimicry, ventilation, energy production and other surprisingly exciting trends in engineering of building enclosures.
HOK / 9530 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
Thursday, November 10th, 2011- 6pm- 8pm

MAK Day: Schindler House
Pacific Standard Time Hollywood / Wilshire Region Focus Weekend
12-5 PM Free and open to the public all day, featuring a tour, readings and more.
1 PM Walk-through with exhibition curators
Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Michael Maltzan
Michael Maltzan, FAIA, is design principal ofMichael Maltzan Architecture. Since founding his firm in Los Angeles in 1995, Mr. Maltzan has created a practice which engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and our information-driven culture. Building on his experiences as a child in Levittown on Long Island, New York, and his belief in the role architecture can play in the contemporary city; his work synthesizes the ambiguity of the contemporary world through an architecture that is both a catalyst for new experiences as well as an agent for change. This work, from MoMA Queens to Skid Row, creates new connections across a range of scales, programs, and environments.
Fletcher Jones Auditorium / Woodbury School of Architecture / 7500 Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank, CA 91504
Friday, November 18th, 2011- 7 pm

Lecture: Tom Wiscombe
Principal, Emergent, Los AngelesTom Wiscombe is a licensed architect living in the United States. He is founder and principal of EMERGENT, an internationally recognized design office operating at the forefront of digital design since 1999. EMERGENT’s work stands out in terms of its synthesis of form, pattern, color, and technology. In 2009, ICON Magazine named Principal Tom Wiscombe one of the “top 20 architects in the world who are making the future and transforming the way we work”. Tom is a senior faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Perloff Hall, UCLA
November 21st, 2011 – 6:30pm


Sponsored by Society of Design Administration to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, 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.
Event will be held October 7-18, 2011

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

Artist’s Reception: The Architecture of Los Angeles – Through the Lens of Luke Gibson
The Architecture of Los Angeles – Through the Lens of Luke Gibson
Architectural photographer Luke Gibson shares images of some of his favorite buildings that make Los Angeles a world-class showcase of architecture – from historic to contemporary, day to night, downtown to the beach. In a city overrun with billboards, mini-malls, and cookie-cutter housing , this exhibit of imagery attempts to showcase the beauty that architecture can contribute to the City of Angels. This is the idealized world of this architectural photographer. “Los Angeles is an ever-changing cityscape,” says the LA-based photographer, “and there’s always something new to capture with one’s lens and imagination.” RSVP at MORE
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Opening Night: October 8th, 2011 – 6pm – 9pm
On Exhibit: October 11th – 28th

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 Angelszeroes in on a small yet discerning slice of L.A.
Exhibition: September 10th- October 29th, 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

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

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design
This exhibition is the first to focus on the formidable range of architectural historian Esther McCoy’s practice, and affirm her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. Co-curators writer Susan Morgan and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer have worked closely with the Esther McCoy Papers–an invaluable primary source comprised of thousands of documents and photographs–housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, as well as local archives.
At the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 – 6-7 PM Curator-led exhibition walk-through / 7-9 PM Reception
Exhibition: September 28, 2011 – January 8, 2010
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011:  Esther McCoy Film Screening: An evening film screening and discussion that will include Architecture West (1950), written by Esther McCoy and directed by Erven Jourdan; and, The Dodge House, 1916 (1965), written by Esther McCoy and directed by Robert Snyder.

Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship
For the first time, the words of Charles and Ray Eames will be the lens of an exhibit, enveloping the visitor in a 21st century typographic “surround”. Their philosophy of design and life will be explored through Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), and complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an inter-active digital experience.
A+D Museum/ 6032 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
October 1, 2011- January 16, 2012

California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects-furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design-the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”
Resnick Pavilion LACMA
October 1, 2011 – March 25, 2012

Richard Barnes: Unnatural Spaces
Richard Barnes: Unnatural Spaces illuminates a range of explorations into the excavated, compiled, and organized manufacturing of display. Highlighting works from Barnes’ Unabomber (1999) and Animal Logic (2009) series, the exhibition takes a provocative look at the way architecture is both a complicit partner in, and also an unwitting subject of, the practice of presentation. This exploration is uniquely extended to include Barnes’ global body of commissioned work, from Los Angeles to Kazakhstan
Ahmanson Main Space/ Woodbury University/ 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank   Sunday, October 9th, 2011- 7:30- 10:00pm

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, Ehrlich 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.