July 4th, 2011


ON THE MAP 2011 – Varying Degrees:
Recent Projects in Higher Education

Higher education plays a major role in this country’s development and economic recovery.  Around Los Angeles, academic institutions such a Caltech, UCLA, USC, and the Claremont Colleges have undertaken large-scale campaigns promoting new construction and renovation across their campuses, and producing a new crop of spectacular projects. The 2011 ON THE MAP series will open the doors to some of these new exciting projects by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Frederick Fisher and Partners, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis and others, highlighting the contributions that higher education is making to our city.
Ongoing LA Forum Exhibit:  New Park Design in Los Angeles
Within the past five years many important parks have been designed for a wide variety of areas within the Los Angeles Basin. Yet there has been little discussion about these parks: what they look like, how they function, and how they relate to contemporary Los Angeles. This exhibition will survey six major parks that are currently being designed, that are in construction, or have been completed recently.  The exhibit will foster discussion about the current state of public park space and design within Los Angeles.
LA Forum Events @ WUHO – 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
June 2 – July 8, 2011
Review – ‘New Park Design in Los Angeles’ in Los Angeles Times
By Emily Green

Pecha Kucha Night
The next Pecha Kucha night will take place as part of Little Tokyo Design Week.
Featuring 48 leading contemporary voices with “Future City” as its thematic focus, LTDW PechaKucha Night will be a dynamic, multi-faceted presentation of visionary cities and city life.  Emcees include Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein (PechaKucha Founders) as well as Barbara Bestor and Mohamed Sharif.
This PK event is part of the 4-day  Little Tokyo Design Week.
July 16th, 2011- 8pm
Upcoming LA Forum Exhibit:
4 Projects: 4 Scales Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects
This exhibit is comprised of four recent project by the New York based firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL): the Water Proving Ground-a speculative approach to New York City’s harbor in anticipation of sea level change, commissioned by MoMA; Arthouse at the Jones Center-a contemporary art center in Austin Texas; Sullivan Family Student Center-a student lounge for the College of Education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie; and Lobby Wall-a site specific sculpture for Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s entry lobby in their forthcoming building in New York City.
LA Forum Events @ WUHO.
Exhibition Opening: July 21, 2011 – 7-10pm
July 21 – August 27, 2011


How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
HAMMER Screening / Co-presented with the Getty Research Institute

This documentary explores the passions and influences of British architect Norman Foster. He discusses what inspired him to design some of today’s most stunning and innovative architectural structures, such as the Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, and the world’s tallest bridge, in Millau, France. (2010, Dirs. Carlos Carcas & Norberto López Amado, 78 min.)

Tuesday, July 5th 2011, 7pm, FREE


Come in! 2: Surf. Skate. Bike. – AplusD, Los Angeles

A+D Museum presents the 2011 installation of COME IN! The hottest of Los Angeles’ young design talent take over the museum’s galleries, offices, storage closets and bathrooms. COME IN! fuses this year with the L.A. themes of Surf, Skate and Bike.
COME IN! 2 was recently featured in the NY Times/T Magazine. 

The Party: Drinks will be served, music will be loud and the LA Derby Dolls will be skating while guests check out art in action with live screenprinting, the Border Grill food truck and skateboarders tearing it up in the A+D Skatepark. Live music performance by HEALTH AND BEAUTY.

The Party: July 7th, 2011 – 6-9pm, Advance Tickets Available- General $10, Student w/valid ID $5, Members FREE.

Exhibition Dates: June 14th – July 24th, 2011


LOCAL EDIBLES: Organic, Edible Gardens – Ilan Dei Studio

Eat Your Garden: Organic, Urban Gardening in Your Backyard

Talk by Christy Wilhelmi, Owner of Garden Nerd. Would you like to eat from your own garden? Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd will teach you how. Learn tricks and tips to growing a successful organic vegetable garden in a small space, perfect for urban areas. Find out more about what grows well in Southern California each season (and issues in gardening near our ocean environment), and how to get the most out of your garden with BioIntensive design methods, from information about soil aspects to beneficial insecteries.To register, contact:, or phone: 310-302-9222

Thursday, July 7th, 2011- 7pm, FREE



Engagement Party at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

The Engagement Party offers Southern California-based artist collectives and collaborators an opportunity to make new artworks, interacting with and exploring MOCA and its resources in unexpected ways. Invited to work on site for three months, the artists may employ any medium, discipline, or strategy to create performances, workshops, screenings, lectures, or any other activity emerging from the group’s particular focus. As participants in Engagement Party during Summer 2011, The Los Angeles Urban Rangers will present the following three explorations of Downtown L.A. on the first Thursday evenings of July, August, and September 2011.

All are FREE to the public and no reservations are required, except as noted.

Bunker Hill Expedition: Thursday, July 7th, 2011- 7-10pm

Trailhead located at MOCA Grand Avenue

L.A. River Ramble: Thursday, August 4th, 2011- 7-10pm

Trailhead located at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Critical Campout: Thursday, September 1st, 2011- 7-10pm

Overnight space is limited. Campsite reservations will begin on August 1, so please reserve early by emailing

Trailhead located at MOCA Grand Avenue


Fifth Annual USC Symposium on Extreme BIM: Parametrics and Customization

The speakers for EXTREME BIM 2011 were instructed to give presentations that advance the idea of building information modeling, show things that most of the audience may not be aware of, and demonstrate that BIM is cool and cutting edge! We have put together a slate of speakers that includes representatives from architecture, engineering, construction, education, and owners. Explore a side of BIM that you have not seen before! Register for event here.

University of Southern California, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles 90089

Friday, July 8th – All day


TOPO/GRAPHY – Edward Cella Art + Architecture
TOPO/GRAPHY investigates the mapping of the relief, stratigraphy and history of land. In this presentation, eight contemporary artists explore the land as muse, becoming explorers, excavators, and surveyors through abstraction, line and process.  A multi-media presentation of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and drawings, TOPO/GRAPHY ultimately considers how human beings position themselves within an evolving and increasingly complex world.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 2011- 6pm- 8pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, July 9th through August 28th, 2011

IN CONVERSATION: Mary Heebner, Brian Hollister and Steve Schmidt

Saturday, July 23, 2011/ 4:00 PM

IN CONVERSATION:  Flora Kao, Adam Silverman and Michael Whiting

Saturday, July 30, 2011/ 4:00 PM

Charged2020: The Global Renewable Energy Forum

Driving sustainable innovation along the renewable energy generation, storage, and smart grid value chains.  Charged2020 is an annual senior executive summit that brings together key business leaders, researchers, technologists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and investors along the renewable energy generation, storage and smart grid value chain. The aim is to discuss strategic opportunities for creating a clean energy future through the development of sustainable technologies and innovative leadership practices.

University of San Diego/ 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Monday and Tuesday, July 11th-12th, 2011


USC School of Architecture: 19th Annual Summer Courses in Historic Preservation

This program offers fifteen days of classes with noted experts from Southern California and the United States, which, taken together, are intended to act as a general introduction to the field of historic preservation. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the preservation movement as it has evolved during the past century, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area will introduce students to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes and communities. Among sites to be visited and studied are the Gamble and Freeman houses, Rancho Los Alamitos, Watts Towers, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

July 11th-27th, 2011- All Day


IPD and the New! Team to Win

Presented by Southern California Development Forum

The 6th Annual Team to Win program is incorporating the principles of Integrated Project Delivery into the world of successful team building.  Our panel of industry influencers and decision makers will discuss team selection within the IPD framework and discuss their roles and the qualities that contribute to a high performing team and how IPD has changes teaming strategies.    Moderator- Michael White, Director, Gensler; Confirmed panelists-Judy Caruthers, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL); Rob Jernigan, Gensler; Qingyun Ma, Dean, USC School of Architecture; Dave Seastrom, DPR Construction.

Tue, July 12th, 2011- 7:15am- 9am



The AIA Los Angeles Chapter Nominations Committee will meet to compile a list of nominated and solicited names for the following offices for the 2012 AIA|LA Board of Directors:Vice President/President-Elect; Secretary; Directors and AIA California Council Representative Letters of interest should be addresses to: Stuart C. Magruder, AIA – Chair, Nominations Committee c/o Nicci Solomons at AIA Los Angeles; 213.639.0777 or

If you are a member-in-good-standing interested in being considered for one of the open positions, please submit your name by Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:00 PM.


Little Tokyo Design Week: FutureCity

Celebrating the power of cutting edge design and technology now emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. Design’s ability to move us towards a more sustainable and creative urban lifestyle is at the heart of this four-day festival. Organized thematically and geographically around four Design Zones, Little Tokyo Design Week will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a “New Urban Lifestyle.” Southern California has long been a leader in innovation, high tech industry, and experimental thinking and Little Tokyo, one of downtown LA’s most sought-after districts, is ripe to serve as a testing ground to re-evaluate our existing lifestyles and re-think the future of urbanism in Los Angeles and beyond.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011-Sunday, July 17th, 2011

VIP Reception: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Flag Stop 2011

Flag Stop is proud to present the First Alternative Contemporary Art Event. This Labor Day Weekend Exhibition will be open Friday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 4th at South Bay Lexus in Torrance. This Exhibition will feature a alternative art experience in a unique location curated by some of California’s most innovative curators. Flag Stop is free and open to the public.By partnering with local designers, curators, collectors and businesses Flag Stop is rethinking the possibilities of exhibiting art. FLAG STOP’s mission is to present new and emerging contemporary art to a larger audience outside of the main stream art venues. For more information email .

Curator and Art Submission Deadline-  July 15th, 2011

VIP Reception – September 2nd, 2011- 6:00-9:00pm


Embedding Health and Equity in Southern California’s Regional Transportation Plan

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will soon be hosting public participation workshops to gather input for the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The development of the SCS provides an opportunity for public health leaders to play a key role in encouraging healthy, sustainable growth in Southern California. Join us at this free training to learn about opportunities to engage in SB 375 and the Sustainable Communities Strategy and how to embed health, safety and equity in long-term transportation planning. RSVP to: Molly Hartman at or (510) 444-8027 x343 by July 12

July 16th, 2011- 9:30 am – 2:00 pm


Ojai: A Postcard History – Lecture & Book Signing

Join SAH/SCC for a slide-illustrated lecture on the architecture of Ojai by Craig Walker, former SAH/SCC Board Member and co-author of the recent book Ojai: A Postcard History (Arcadia, 2010).  Craig will share images and insights about the architecture of Ojai, past and present, drawing from Ojai’s legacy of Mission Revival architecture and featuring the work of architects Mead and Requa, Wallace Neff, Carlton Winslow, Arthur B. Benton, Robert Stacy-Judd, Arthur C. Martin, Roy Wilson, George Washington Smith, Julia Morgan, and J. Cleveland Cady. The event is free and reservations are not required. Light refreshments provided. See for directions and parking information.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011-  1:00 pm


John Lautner Foundation “John Launter 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 16th-November 13th, 2011- All Day


John Lautner 100th Birthday Tour

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is pleased to partner with The John Lautner Foundation on a house tour on the occasion of John Lautner’s 100th birthday. The tour is part of a series of events this year that seek to further educate the public about Lautner’s important work. Proceeds will benefit The Lautner Foundation and the MAK Center; both are non-profit organizations that help preserve and highlight the region’s modern architecture. The Tour includes Harpel House (1956), Jacobsen House (1947), Schwimmer House (1982), and the Sheats/Goldstein House (1963/1989). The MAK Center had originally announced the tour for Sunday, July 17th, but due to the planned closure of the 405 freeway, and the anticipated traffic problems throughout the region, the tour date has been changed to Saturday, July 23rd.

Saturday, July 23rd- 10:00am-5:00pm


LA’s Mighty River –   June/July Carpool Tours with hiddenLA,

Led by Jenny Price

Everyone in Los Angeles has seen the LA River in film, and has heard that it’s being revitalized. We’ll walk and drive along the river, as we talk about its central role in the city’s history and the necessity of the ambitious revitalization to LA’s future. Bring snacks, drinking water and shoes that can get a little wet.  Dogs welcome. Spaces limited, and advance sign-up required.

$25 adults, $20 students/seniors/ FOLAR members/hiddenLA members, $10 teens 13-18, $5 kids 8-12.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011- 8:30am-4:30pm


Urban Hikes: LA Cultural/Architectural tours

A unique series of tours devoted to the exploration and celebration of sometimes-forgotten parts of Los Angeles, URBAN HIKES provides a unique and enriching view into neighborhoods such as Little Tokyo, Leimert Park, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, the Downtown Historic Core, Boyle Heights and many more. Los Angeles poet and native Mike Sonksen, aka ‘Mike the Poet’, performs his poems while providing the cultural, historical, and architectural tour. Tours meet in the neighborhood explored, running about 60-90 minutes.

Highland Park- Sunday, July 17th, 2011- 11:00am

West Adams- Sunday, July 24th, 2011- 11:00am

LA River- Sunday, August 7th, 2011- 11:00am


LOCAL EDIBLES: Southern California Cuisine – Ilan Dei Studio

Talk by Alan Jackson Executive Chef and Owner of Lemonade Restaurant

Part 2 of Local Edibles series. You’ve Grown Your Garden, Now Eat! This lecture introduces exciting recipes and ways to create using your own vegetables and herbs produced by your own green thumb! Alan Jackson from Lemonade Restaurant, a local Venice favorite, will be offering tips, cooked and fresh ideas, as well as general inspiration to those who came to our Local Edibles lecture as well as newcomers.

To register, contact:, or phone: 310-302-9222

Thursday, July 28th, 2011- 7:00pm


Rawhide: The New Shingle Style

Exhibition discussion with Jason Payne and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception in the SCI-Arc Gallery

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce the exhibition Rawhide by Los Angeles-based architect and SCI-Arc alumnus Jason Payne (B.Arch ’94). Rawhide explores Payne’s critically-acclaimed project Raspberry Fields, a residential project sited in northern Utah, focusing on its signature use of curled shingles as exterior cladding. For the SCI-Arc Gallery, Payne and his boutique architectural practice Hirsuta explore the architectural surface, from “skin” to “hide,” in a full-scale reconstruction of part of the roof of Raspberry Fields, which forms the central piece of the gallery exhibition.

July 29th – September 11th, 2011

Opening: Friday, July 29th, 2011- 7:00-9:00pm


Special Urban Hike- Richland Farms

Join DeLaB and A+D Museum for a special behind-the-scenes tour of Richland Farms with local Richland Farms advocate Dr. Lloyd Wilkins.  Local residents, activists, and organizations such as Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, and the Watershed Council, view Richland Farms as a model of ecological sustainable, and urban agricultural renewal.  Yet, despite its rich history, increased development pressures threaten the future of Richland Farms.  Tickets: General $20, A+D Members and deLaBBers $10, Students: $5

Sunday, July 31st, 2011- 1:00pm-3:00pm


The House of Quality: Boyle Heights and the Music of Democracy

From the 1930s to the 80s, The Phillips Music Company of Boyle Heights was a space where residents of Boyle Heights, an LA neighborhood of Mexican-, Jewish-, and Asian-American immigrants celebrated for its heterogeneity and political community, could encounter each others’ traditions and invent new ones. Explore this rich musical, cultural, and democratic history through a multimedia presentation by USC professor Josh Kun. All concerts are FREE.

Grand Performances Summer Concert Series, Downtown Los Angeles

Thursday, August 4th, 2011- 8:00pm


A Night at The Phillips Music Company

This imagined evening of musical history, set in the landmark Phillips Music Company store, features an all-star line-up of musicians, writers, and Boyle Heights locals, along with video, rare photos, and spoken word tributes. Reflecting the rich tapestry of immigrants who shared the trials of assimilation into mainstream Angeleno culture, the Phillips family invites you to join us as we celebrate the neighborhood and the Company’s East LA democratic ideal. All concerts are FREE. RSVP on Facebook

Grand Performances Summer Concert Series, Downtown Los Angeles

Saturday, August 27th, 2011- 8:00pm




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. Prizes include “Juror’s Favorite,” “Best Meal,” “Best Use of Labels,” and “Structural Ingenuity.” At the event’s completion, the cans are donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food you procure, ingenuity and luck? 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 7-18th, 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


2012 Rome Prize Competition

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

Competition Deadline: 1 November 2011

Extended Deadline: 15 November 2011 (additional fee applies)




with the Schindler House as the backdrop

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House recently premiered the first half of a two-part exhibition, entitled 91 92 93. The exhibition, presented in January and May, will examine the creation of an aesthetic idiom through key projects of the early 1990s with the migration of artists from New York to Los Angeles. Part One of the exhibition serves as a performative aspect, with the residence of Warren Niesluchowski, longtime assistant to Alanna Heiss of P.S. 1 in New York City. His piece will continue exploring concepts first presented in Simon Leung’s installation Warren Piece (in the 1970s) –which will be shown in Part Two of the exhibit–as a modern chapter in the enigmatic figure’s life.

Part Two: May 11th to August 1st, 2011



30+ sessions 50+ leaders 100+ speakers: The XED program offers sessions in Marketing, Sustainability, BIM Analytics, Landscape Urbanism, Real Estate, Seismic Design, Parametrics, Architecture, and 20 other topics. Taught by experts in the field and targeted toward evolving trends and new knowledge, sessions are designed to be intellectually challenging and socially stimulating.

Program runs from May 19th – August 5th


MAK Center presents the Light Pavilion by Lebbeus Woods

and Chritoph A. Kumpusch

This singular opportunity to experience the work of the internationally respected experimentalist, Lebbus Woods, is offered at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments. Created in collaboration with Christoph A. Kumpusch, the Light Pavilion will be Woods’s first built piece of architecture. Inserted mid-level in the Steven Holl building, the Pavilion will function as a beacon of light and provide focus for the community. Intended as an entirely experimental space, the structure employs a dynamic geometry that contrasts with the more regular rectilinear lines surrounding it. At the Garage Top, the Light Pavilion will be represented by construction drawings, in-process photographs, and a model. The Mackey Apartments are located in the Mid-City district, at 1137 South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles 90019.

Exhibition: June 17th-August 6th, 2011 (Fridays & Saturdays only, 11am to 6pm)



An architectural exhibition exploring the 4D possibilities of architecture

at SUPERFRONT Located in the Pacific Design Center.

Curated by Martin Roy Mervel and Ralph Spencer Steenblik.

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

Exhibition: May 26th- August 31st, 2011




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

Exhibition Dates: June 25th-September 1st, 2011

Opening Reception:  Saturday, June 25th, 2011- 4-6pm

The Work of Frederick Fisher, tour led By John Berley, Associate, Frederick Fisher & Partners Architects, includes transportation and lunch: Saturday, July 16th, 2011-  10am -3pm, $125, for registration and info: (310) 665-6850, or website.

Lecture/Gallery Tour with Fred Fisher: Saturday, July 23, 11am-Noon, FREE


Los Angeles Forum 2011 Sponsors and Contributors:

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

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