October 3rd, 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
First Lecture: This Thursday, October 6thDoris Sung, with response by Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess

Sunblock 2011
Please join us for an inter-generational Los Angeles Forum Sunblock series event.
Big Parade’s Dan Koeppel leads a one hour walk in, through, and around the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Participants in the event will walk interiors, exteriors, fly-aways and walkways of the seemingly unnavigable spaces of this landmark structure of Post-Modernism that is referred to by political geographer and urban planner Ed Soja as the epitome of getting lost (see video link below). At the juncture of public and private urban spaces and within BROODWORK’s exploration of Time, BONAVENTURE ADVENTURE takes the time to rediscover and reclaim the very idea of getting lost.
Meeting Point: Angel’s Flight (252 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013).
Entrance: Hill St south of 3rd Street.  Less than 200 feet from Angel’s Flight. Good parking can be found at Grand Street Market garage. Free and Open to the Public.
This Saturday, October 8th, 3:30pm – 5pm.


Zvi Hecker: Memory is the Soil of Architecture
Born in Kraków, Poland in 1931, Zvi Hecker grew up in Samarkand, studied Architecture in Technion, Haifa, painting at Avni Academy, Tel Aviv, and taught Architecture at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada and at the University for Applied Arts, Vienna. In 1960, Hecker set up his practice in Tel Aviv, and in 1991 he moved his office to Berlin. W. M. Keck Lecture Hall / SCI-Arc
October 5th, 2011- 7pm

DESIGNING HEALTHIER LIFESTYLES: an AIA|LA design symposium about improving the health impacts of the built environment
Ronald F. Deaton Civic Center/ LAPD/ 100 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
October 7, 2011 – 8:00am – 12:30pm
The AIA Los Angeles Chapter will host a half-day symposium to highlight opportunities to design communities that promote greater physical activity and equitable access to healthier lifestyles. The symposium will bring together architects, policy makers, planners, urban designers, developers and healthcare professionals to discuss innovative strategies to design projects that will help to prevent childhood obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and asthma.

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. 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

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

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

Preserving Lautner’s Legacy: The Spectrum of Stewardship
Panel discussion with owners and restoration architects of homes designed by John Lautner / Co-presented by the Los Angeles Conservancy and The John Lautner Foundation / Architects and owners of fiver recently restored Lautner homes will explore various approaches to stewardship, from restoration to reconstruction and everything in between. The panelists will offer brief visual presentations of five different Lautner projects, then share a range of views on sustaining the architect’s built legacy. $15 general public; $10 members of either presenting organization; includes reception / Reservations required
Wilshire Christian Church Fellowship Hall / 634 South Normandie Ave. (Wilshire Blvd.)
Sunday, October 9th, 2011- 3 – 5pm

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
Monday, 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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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


Selected Thesis Exhibition 2011: A show of outstanding graduate thesis projects
A juried exhibition of exceptional thesis projects by 2011 graduates, featuring this year’s six winning thesis projects and several other selected by guest jurors, will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Thesis winners were announced by director Eric Owen Moss at SCI-Arc’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, September 11.
SCI-Arc Gallery / 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Opening Reception: Monday, September 19th, 2011- 6pm
Exhibition: September 19th – 30th, 2011

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; Slanguage; Weekend; WPA and Workspace.
Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011

Hilde Overbergh’s “Repositioning Basics” at CB1 Gallery
Exhibit: September 11 – October 16, 2011
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

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

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


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.