The next OTDI Lecture is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st at LACE Gallery.
Kivi Sotamaa, Sotamaa Design Ltd. & Florencia Pita, Mod


Kivi Sotamaa
Sotamaa Design Ltd., Finland & Columbus, OH
Kivi Sotamaa is Visiting Professor at UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design starting October 07, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Ohio State University. In 2006 he was Visiting Professor at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Institut für Architektur in Vienna. He is also the principal of SOTAMAA DESIGN ltd. Until 2005 he was one of the founders and principals of OCEAN NORTH.
Architect and critic Greg Lynn wrote of Kivi Sotamaa that he combines “a deep appreciation for architectural design in terms of materials and construction with a keen awareness of contemporary fashion and design culture” and is “without question the most couture of his generation” and produces “the most stunning and beautiful forms designed on a computer.” [Praxis Magazine # 6 2004, Constellations In Practice -article]
Sotamaa’s creative work is widely published and exhibited. His work has been exhibited by MoMA, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Fondazione Trussardi and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa. Publications featuring his work include the New York Times, Phaidon’s 10×10 Architects, New Scandinavian Design, Forum Sweden, AD, Praxis, Kenhiku Bunka, L’Arca and Domus. His most current projects are the PS1 Young Architect Award finalist entry currently on display at MoMA and an apartment building in USA, to be constructed in 2007.
Sotamaa holds a Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki [UIAH] and in addition has studied at the Helsinki University of Technology and the Royal College of Art in London.

Florencia Pita
Mod, Los Angeles, CA
Mod is a collaborative practice that thrives for the mannerist use of digital technology. As new modes of design and production are more involved with new technologies, the firm intends to focus in the underlying mechanisms of overlaying forms.
Florencia Pita is an architect who has been engaged in practice, teaching and research of architecture at large. She graduated in 1998 from the National University of Rosario, School of Architecture in Rosario, Argentina, degree: Licensed Architect. In 1999 she was awarded the 2000 Fulbright-Fondo Nacional de las Artes Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University and in 2001 she received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, AAD Program. Pita received the first prize in the 2001 Metro Design Plaza International Competition, Lexington-Kentucky. Her work has been published in Log, Architecture Record, Arquine, among others. Moreover she has been part of numerous exhibitions; upcoming exhibitions include the Chicago Art Institute and the solo installation ‘Alice’ at LA ART in Los Angeles.
Florencia Pita is currently Full-time Design Faculty at Sci-Arc teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate design studios as well as Visual Studies instructor of advanced software. She is also Visiting Faculty at Pratt Institute in New York teaching graduate Design Studio.

Lecture 7:30pm at LACE Gallery located at 6522 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood, 90028.
Admission is free for current LA Forum Members, $10 for non-members.

Architecture, like all creative undertakings, thrives on conversation. Comb the critical biographies, ask a colleague, or take a hard look at whatever it is you currently are working on. Chances are you will find in each case that the big breakthroughs came not while burning the midnight oil in solitude, but rather somewhere in those informal chats that take place among friends and colleagues. Sure, we all have experienced our share of eureka moments, those solitary flashes of late-night brilliance. But we are all also familiar with the sobering corollary that under scrutiny, most of these discoveries quickly fizzle. Successful ideas tend to arise not from singular effort behind closed doors but rather from the healthy skepticism, gentle prodding, and competitive challenges that inevitably arise when like minds get together to talk about their work. Think of Blobs without Boxes or the Whites without the Grays. Try to imagine a one-man Bauhaus. Think how boring it would be.

Since 1988, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has offered Out There Doing It as an antidote to professional boredom. Conceived by Aaron Betsky, John Kaliski, and Kris Miller, Out There Doing It hopes to catalyze productive discussion and benevolent agitation within Los Angeles architectural culture. In the two decades since its inception, many of the young Turks we have chatted with have grown up to become bona fide stars in the discipline. This year’s series, which will be documented in a forthcoming publication, expands its scope to check in on some of those familiar personalities, introduce a crop of promising new ones, and welcome a few new players from out of town to the party. We have encouraged each participant to focus on works in progress and on their latest ideas and obsessions. Whether the architects are familiar or not, we hope that the work presented will be new, fresh, and in some cases, even a little raw. Our aim is to engage a broad cross section of LA architecture and to amplify the already vibrant conversations central to being Out There Doing It in Los Angeles.

September 13 at MAK – Hitoshi Abe & Ramiro Diaz Granados and Heather Flood of F Lab
September 20 at MAK – René Peralta & Michael Kovac
September 27 at MAK – Anthony Guida with Lushlife, Roger Sherman with cityLAB, Greg Kochanowski and office42
October 4 at MAK – Alexander Elias & Wes Jones
October 11 at MAK – Gaston Nogues and Benjamin Ball & Darin Johnstone
October 18 at LACE – Mario Cipresso and Chris Warren & Chava Danielson and Eric Haas
October 25 at MAK – Paul Murdoch & Tom Wiscombe
November 1 at LACE – Florencia Pita & Kivi Sotamaa

All lectures start at 7:30 pm.
The lectures that occur at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture are located at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood. The lectures that occur at LACE is located at 6522 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood.
Admission is free for current LA Forum Members, $10 for non-members.