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October 31st, 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, November 3rd

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

Film screening co-sponsored by Woodbury School of Architecture and the LA Forum

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio.

Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States of America. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect chronicles the life and work of the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio.

Woodbury Univ./Ahmanson Main Space/ 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. /Burbank, CA 91504

Tuesday, November 15th, 2001- 6 pm



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


Jose Oubrerie: Architecture in a Time of Uncertainty

Jose Oubrerie is a Professor at The Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, which he joined as Chair in 1994 after his tenure as Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. After an early career in painting, Oubrerie studied Architecture in Paris and became the protégé of Le Corbusier, working on numerous projects such as the Brazil Pavillion, Hotel d’Orsay, the Strasbourg Convention Center, the Olivetti Offices and Factories in Milan, the Venice Hospital, the Zurichhorn Pavillion, and the Firminy Church. In 1970, Oubrerie became a registered architect and started his own office in Paris with several commissions. A monograph of essays about the Miller House, edited by architectural theorist Jeffrey Kipnis, is due this winter as well as a book about Oubrerie’s recent CCNY exhibition “Architecture With and Without Le Corbusier,” featuring the Firminy Church and the Miller House. SCI-Arc/W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

November 2nd, 2011- 7pm


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


LA’s Olympic History

The Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, presents an afternoon at the LA84 Foundation, a thoughtful and beautiful example of adaptive reuse in West Adams. Wayne Wilson, LA84’s VP of Education Services and an expert on Olympic history, will speak about the legacy of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Games. We’ll tour the Eugene W. Britt Residence (Alfred F. Rosenheim, FAIA, 1910) and the Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center (Heidi Hefferlin Architect, 1988); see rare artifacts and ephemera from one of the world’s largest sports collections; and relax in the garden over wine and appetizers. $20.00 includes light refreshments (advance sales only; applicable toward new membership on the day of the event). Free to SAH/SCC members (RSVP required). LA84 Foundation 2141 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 1 – 3 pm



For the last 20 years, Legrady has explored computational technologies and photography and their potentials to develop new forms of visual expression. For Refraction, Legrady used photographs that he has taken in 1970s and reinterpreted the images using lenticular technology. The ending result is cinematic and suggests a narrative to a story. In addition to the photographs, installations with two new dynamically generated animations will be presented. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog featuring an essay by photograph historian, Abigail Solomon- Godeau.       Edward Cella Art+Architecture

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 2011- 6pm – 8pm

November 5 – December 31, 2011


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


Southern California Development Forum presents: Entertainment

Don’t miss out on a change to hear from some of the industry’s leading professionals in a discussion about changes in production technology, long range views of corporate real estate assets, and why there is a need to reinvest in development. The panelists will examine how current trends in entertainment and the economy will drive future development.

Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011- 7pm-9pm


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


Mark Foster Gage: Design Liquidity

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, Yale University School of Architecture; Principal, Gage/Clemenceau Architects, New York. His writings have been published in numerous academic and popular publications including Log, Journal of Architectural Education, A+U, Volume, Fulcrum, Perspecta, and AD. Recently completed books include Composites, Software and Surfaces: Towards a High Performance Architecture with Greg Lynn, and Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts, for W.W. Norton & Company publishers, both published in 2011. The work of Gage/Clemenceau Architects has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin, and the 2010 Beijing International Biennale.

SCI-Arc / W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

November 9th, 2011- 7pm


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


The Legacy of the California Design Exhibitions

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Craft in America Study Center, this all-day program explores the rich heritage of the California Design exhibitions held at the Pasadena Art Museum between 1954 and 1976. It includes panel discussions with curators and artists involved in the exhibitions, as well as screenings of period and recent documentaries. Attendees may visit California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” at LACMA and the related Golden State of Craft exhibition across the street at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

November 12th, 2011- 9:30am – 4pm


County of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan

The County of Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing concerning the Final Plan. Interested persons will be given an opportunity to testify or submit written comments concerning the Final Plan as well as the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was previously released for public comment.

Hall of Records/ Room 150 / 320 West Temple Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012

November 16th, 2011- 9am


Xu Weiguo: XWG Works

Xu Weiguo is a Professor and Head of the Architecture department at the Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing, China. He was awarded his doctorate from Kyoto University in Japan and was a visiting scholar at MIT. Weiguo has published more than ten books on design methodology and new digital technologies in architecture, and his papers have been included in numerous journals. Weiguo has served as one of the curators of the last four editions of the prestigious Beijing Architecture Biennale. He has also lectured internationally including in the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Israel and Russia. He is principal of XWG archi-studio in Beijing, China.  SCI-Arc / W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

November 16th, 2011- 7pm


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


John Southern: Seeding Production, Explorations and Conjecture in Contemporary Culture

John Southern (M.Arch ’02), a SCI-Arc alumnus, is principal of the Los Angeles architecture firm Urban Operations. His office specializes in design/build projects, installations, and research endeavors which seek to expand critical discourse within the design profession. Urban Operations has extensive experience in collaboration and focuses on a variety of practical topics and conceptual avenues within contemporary culture. The firm’s work has appeared in galleries and publications in both Europe and the US. Recent projects include a pocket park for the Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles, an experimental hillside home, and a pair of CNC-fabricated formwork pieces entitled Diamond Dogs. Southern teaches design studio and theory seminars at Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, Calif.

SCI-Arc / W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

November 30th, 2011- 7pm



FACADE TECTONICS conferences are held twice each year. We strive to include participation and presentations by a broad range of contractors, architects, engineers, manufacturers, building owners, academics and others committed to the design, delivery and use of building enclosures. FACADE TECTONICS #7 is structured in a single-track format in one large auditorium space. Speakers include Ihab Elzeyadi, Michel Michno, Kevin M. Kavanagh, John Enright, Steven Ehrlich, Neil M. Denari, Lorcan O’Herlihy, Yo-ichiro Hakomori, Zoltan E. Pali, Bob Burkhammer, Caleb King, P.E., Jonathan Schuyler, Thad Reeves, Andrew Nance, Pavel Getov, Peter Simmonds, Chuck McMullen, Roger Fricke, Sanjeev Tankha.

USC / Gin Wong Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

Friday, December 2nd, 2011


Anna Neimark: Infrastructural Monument

The political monument, under the Soviet regime, was embodied in the construction of a new water infrastructure. Geography was thus transformed into an architectural scale. Concrete, machines, and water formed a single continuous artificial landscape. Representing this object as both geographic and architectural, the installation extrudes one side of the canal system into a foam wall-an infrastructural monument.

Funding provided by the Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASHSS) research grant program at the University of Southern California.

WUHO Gallery / 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Opening: Thursday, December 8th, 2011- 7pm



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


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



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


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



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


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