This annual series has been an important showcase for emerging design talent in Los Angeles over the last fifteen years.

All lectures take place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood. Admission is free for current LA Forum Members, $7 for non-members, $5 for students with ID. Cash or checks only. No reservations accepted, first-come, first-seated. Parking is available on the street or in the West Hollywood garage at the corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard (8383 Santa Monica Boulevard).

July 30
micro/MACRO LA

an open forum on new practices with talks by Joe Day, Paulette Singley and Kazys Varnelis

As an introduction to this year’s “Out There Doing It” lecture series, panelists will survey a wide array of influences facing practice today. Media and technology, de-centralization and finance, and the historical lineage of L.A. modernism, frame alternative paradigms for navigating the landscape of contemporary architecture in Southern California. Returning to the original, conversational format of the LA Forum, overviews by the panelists will be followed by an open discussion regarding future prospects of design and practice in Los Angeles

August 6 Technology / Tectonics

Marcelo Spina : Marcelo Spina is the founder and principal of PATTERNS, a Design Research Architectural Practice operating in Los Angeles and Argentina which is focused on manufacturing artificially singular environments characterized by the active integration of its material substrates and constituent systems. Current projects include the International Competition for Pusan Korea’s Tower Complex and the Research project for Micro Landscape Systems and Materials

Warren Techentin / Henry Buckingham : Techentin Buckingham Architecture was founded in 2001 as a multi-disciplinary practice exploring issues of form and construction through an examination and interpretation of material conventions and meaning. Their work simultaneously seeks to integrate emerging technologies alongside older, sometimes forgotten techniques of construction.

August 13 De-centralized

Michael Volk : Michael Volk is a founding member of ‘Umbrella Organization’, an architectural practice operating as an extended network of resources striving to explore the nature of collaboration. Using both established partnerships and forging new relationships, U.O. is an evolving search for a method of practice embracing the complexities of contemporary life by tailoring specific collaborations and points of view to the dynamics of situation. Along with his own work recent projects include collaborations with Karl Peter Weber in Germany, Coop Himmelblau in Los Angeles, and a showroom for Cappellini with Piero Lissoni.

David Erdman : David Erdman is one of the founding designers in the collaborative Servo, which bases its four partners in Los Angeles, New York, Stockholm, and Zurich. Servo has exhibited work and published internationally. In 2001 Servo won the Young Architects Award and received an “International Artist Studio Program in Sweden” grant, and were recently included in the “Mood River” exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

August 20 Infrastructure

Scott Fajack : Scott Fajack is an architectural associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He is responsible for the design of facilities infrastructure for the L.A. Water System, and his principal concern is the placement of thoughtful structures into the fabric of the city while respecting the physical and social contexts in which they are located.

Roger Sherman: Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, utilizes a multi-disciplinary orientation which allows it to pursue a wide range of projects, from parts of cities to pieces of furniture. Current projects at the urban scale include an end use plan for Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, NY; Railyard Park, a new public open space network on a brownfields site in Santa Fe, NM; and a Transit Oriented District Plan for North Hollywood, CA.

August 27 Media

Amy Murphy : Amy Murphy works concurrently in the disciplines of architecture and film. Since 1992 she has completed four films projects as well as numerous architectural design projects as the principal in her own firm, Amy Murphy Projects. Her architectural work has been widely exhibited and her films have shown in several US film festivals.

Benny Chan : Benny Chan founded ‘fotoworks’ after graduation from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he received the 1992 Paris Prize. His background in architecture provides a unique understanding of space and structure as it translates to photography, bringing complementary knowledge and skills to a wide range of clientele. ‘Fotoworks’ projects include extensive photography of architectural exteriors, interiors, set design, and product design.

The L.A. Forum would like to thank the MAK Center and FOSH for its hospitality. Joint memberships for the L.A. Forum, the MAK Center, and Friends of the Schindler House (FOSH) are available at the admissions desk, please inquire to either organization for more information.