The Los Angeles Forum is pleased to have honored Aaron Betsky, Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute and founding member of the LA Forum, at a reception held at the stunning new Vitra showroom in Santa Monica on December 11th.

Mr. Betsky, who was recently featured in an issue of Newsweek devoted to cutting edge design, is currently the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam and was the curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2001. He is active as a writer on design, serves frequently as a critic and competition juror, and has taught at several universities in the U.S. Among his publications on architecture and design are Landscrapers, Architecture Must Burn, Violated Perfection: Architecture and the Fragmentation of the Modern, and critical studies of Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind.

Thom Mayne, architect and founder of the firm Morphosis,presented an award of recognition to Mr. Betsky and artist/DJ Dave Muller will provide the music. The Vitra showroom is located at 1327 Fifth Street in Santa Monica. The reception began at 7:00 pm and is open to the public.

The Forum graciously acknowledges the sponsorship of ARC American Reprographics Company, Veniceproperties, Leo A Daly & Associates, Vitra, Stoli Russian Vodka, Consulate General of the Netherlands, Osborn Architects, Delta Graphics, Nabih Youssef & Associates, Panelite, Hype arc, and Wally’s Wine.

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