October 17th, 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: NEXT Thursday, October 27th

B.A.D. BUREAU OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN with response by Monica Nouwens


Oyler Wu’s Netscape Tour and CNC Pumpkin Carving at Knowhow Shop

It may not feel like October with these 90-degree temperatures but we’ve got two design events just oozing with Halloween spirit this month. On October 18, as part of Design Week Los Angeles, we’ll investigate SCI-Arc’sNetscape, a giant architectural spiderweb that was knitted by our friends at Oyler Wu. Then, on October 29, we’re heading to Knowhow Shop LA in Highland Park for a high-tech take on pumpkin carving: We’ll be CNC-routing and laser-cutting pumpkin sconces. Come on out, don’t be scared!

Oyler Wu’s Netscape Tour in SCI-Arc parking lot.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 5:00 to 6:30pm


CNC Pumpkin Carving at Knowhow Shop

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 3:00 to 6:00pm

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


Gerdo Aquino: Integrated Natural Systems

Aquino is President of SWA architects and Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Central City Association of Los Angeles. He is also a visiting Associate Professor of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture Degree Program, University of Southern California. He received his master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1996; Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, 1994. He will be lecturing about integrated natural systems.

Fletcher Jones Auditorium, Woodbury University

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, 6:00pm


The Urban Transformation of Los Angeles – Part 2

The concern about wasted space in the automobile-centric model is a relatively new topic for us to embrace and validate first! Through a series of open forum meetings and discussions we aim to ‘normalize’ this subject until it becomes commonly understood – just like the fact that cars using oil cause resource shortages, which in turn can cause international conflict, or that cars burning oil pollute our air… if we talk about our inefficient use of land and urban space because of our dependence on cars, we can link that subconsciously with our congestion problem… and once we’ll have that cemented in people’s minds, THEN we can begin to find real solutions.

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Lecture by Katherine Spitz, Principal of Katherine Spitz Associates

As Principal of Katherine Spitz Associates, Katherine Spitz participates in all stages of project development, from design through project management and construction administration. Trained as a painter and licensed as an Architect, Landscape Architect, and LEED AP, she brings a strong sense of rigor combined with creative aesthetics to each project. Katherine is particularly interested in applying the experiential qualities of landscape to the civic realm. In 1993, Katherine founded Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc. (KSA), now a nationally recognized landscape architecture firm. This ten-person firm engages in all scales of landscape architecture and urban design, from public spaces, streetscapes and parks to select private gardens.

Forum, Ground Floor, Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, OTIS College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90045
Thursday, October 20, 2011- 7:00 PM


“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


Lecture, Tour and Lunch at The Growing Experience
Urban farms and architecture… Two dissimilar entities? Or are there similarities?  Join us as we discuss, “The Role of Architecture in the Urban Farm”, specifically in Long Beach.  Following the lecture will be a tour of the Growing Experience, an active urban farm, and food made from locally sourced produce.  This will be a fun family affair; bring your kids!  Hands-on kids activity will be available to children during the lecture. AIA and USGBC members: $15, non-members: $20, kids 12 and under FREE. Register by 10/18 at

750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach

Saturday, October 22, 10:00am – 12:30pm


Markus Miessen: The Nightmare of Participation

Principal, Studio Miessen, Berlin; Professor, Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany

Markus Miessen is an architect and writer. 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

October 26th, 2011 – 7:00pm


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


Water, Energy, and Climate Challenges Facing the U.S. West: A Briefing for Designers

The future of development across the western United States is intricately linked to the availability of water. A precious, but often overlooked and misunderstood resource, water impacts policy, the environment, and economics. Addressing these issues, a team of scientists and researchers from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability will present findings, brief attendees, and answer questions on water, energy, climate change, and strategic design opportunities for a water-smart future. “We are delighted that UCLA’s IoES is joining us in this effort” said Peter Arnold, architect and ALI co-director. “Design without science is folly.” Designers, scientists, and researchers will come together for this half-day seminar tackling the critical water challenges facing the U.S. West.

Ahmanson Main Space, Woodbury School of Architecture

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 9:30 am -12:30 pm


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




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


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



Unruly gathers four attitudes about undercurrents in systems of composition. The show is a collection of drawings, objects and performance, each exploring the relationship between inundation and control, a relationship we lovingly call ‘data management.’ Drawing tools include code, time, spreadsheets, and robotics.Work byChandler B. McWilliams, Objectum (Laurel Consuelo Broughton & William Andrew Atwood), Lisa Little & Emily White – Layer.

Arena 1, Gallery Santa Monica Art Studios 3026 Airport Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405

October 15th, 2011 – November 19th, 2011

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm


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

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


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.