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What’s a Guggenheim? Symposium

Fri, Jan 30, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Moderated by SCI-Arc Cultural Studies Coordinator Todd Gannon, the symposium presents several design proposals by SCI-Arc faculty, including Eric Owen Moss Architects, Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, IDEA Office, Jones: Partners; Architecture, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Pita & Bloom and Xefirotarch

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation continually re-invents the contemporary museum experience through their commitment to architecture. Architectural masterpieces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao not only speculate on new ways of organizing art and space, but they create alternative worlds. At the close of the era of mega-projects and the globalization of the art world, the question is: what’s next?

After foiled attempts to build in Vilnius in 2008 (with architect Zaha Hadid), and then in Helsinki in 2012, the Guggenheim Foundation has once again set out to build. The socio-political climate has changed since Bilbao, and architecture, too, seems to be at a crossroads. What will this new attempt do for art? What new worlds will it construct? How will architects respond differently in this century than in the last? Will a contemporary sense of austerity and local culture transform the architectural icon?

Hosted in conjunction with an eponymous exhibition on view January 30-March 1, 2015 in the SCI-Arc Library, the symposium will address some of these questions through discussing competition proposals submitted by SCI-Arc directors and faculty.

CJ Lim: Food City

Wed, Feb 4, 2014
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Ming Fung

CJ Lim is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and served as Vice-Dean at the Bartlett, UCL. He is also the founder of Studio 8 Architects, an international award-winning practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape. His teaching and designs focus on multi-disciplinary innovative interpretations of cultural, social and environmental sustainability programs.

Commissioned by the British Council UK for the Venice Architecture Biennale, his celebrated project ‘Virtually Venice’ was an investigation of East-West cities, cultures and identities. He is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Arts London ‘Grand Architecture Prize.’

Lim's authored books include Smartcities + Eco-warriors (2010), Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half Dimensions (2011) and Food City (2014), published by Routledge.

Food Parliament, Food Cities (2014), CJ Lim

The follow up to Smartcities + Eco-Warriors, Food City explores the issue of urban transformation and how the creation, storage and distribution of food has been, and can again become, a construct for the practice of everyday life. Global in scope, the lecture and book address the frameworks of over 25 cities through the medium of food and how the city is governed.

Gregg Pasquarelli: Never Ever Don’t: Why SHoP Breaks the Rules

Wed, Feb 11, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by John Enright

Since 1996, SHoP has set the standard for creative exploration in the field of architecture and modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. At the heart of the firm's method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect's traditional roles.

Founding partner Gregg Pasquarelli has been at the center of this deeply collaborative practice for nearly twenty years. Under his leadership, the studio has grown to over 200 people, with projects completed or underway on four continents. Celebrated designs such as the Porter House apartments, the East River Waterfront, and the Barclays Center arena have cemented SHoP's reputation for smart, successful, transformative neighborhood interventions.

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY│SHoP Architects

In 2009, SHoP was honored with the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award. In 2014, Fast Company named SHoP “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World.” Beyond the office, Pasquarelli has been lecturing widely and teaching at schools such as Yale, Columbia, Syracuse, and the University of Virginia.

Henk Ovink: Design and Politics

Wed, Feb 18, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Henk Ovink is Principal of ‘Rebuild by Design’ and Senior Advisor for Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. He leads the long term and innovation rebuilding efforts for Secretary Donovan. He started, developed, and leads the ‘Rebuild by Design’ competition (RBD), developed to ignite innovation for a new standard of regional resilience in design and development, in building and rebuilding in the light of climate change, sea level rise and future economic, ecological and cultural demands. RBD was named #1 in CNN’s 2013 Top 10 Most Innovative Ideas.

Rebuild by Design created alliances for change, pushed for research by design and connected with real projects, linking design to politics and advocating reform through new perspectives, through cultural change. The collective actions are no frame or set boundaries but more a movement, like a school. This school is no metaphor but real; it is the cultural change within institutions and the design world that creates better places and policies through design and collaboration, through a process of reform. Because we need new questions in order to get new answers, everyday and everywhere. And at the same time we need to reconnect with our past, re-learning what we forgot, connecting with what was lost. Not to celebrate the past, but to go on, ignite the future and bring reform, by design.

Goldman Sachs building during Hurricane Sandy, New York City, 2012

Ovink was both Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director National of Spatial Planning for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He teaches at Harvard GSD, Syracuse University SoA, TU Delft and the University of Groningen. He is a member of the advisory boards for MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism, The Berlage Institute, Delft University of Technology and of the Master City Developer Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’ and curates the debate series ‘Design and Politics: The Next Phase’ for Aedes Network Campus, Berlin. He also initiated the research program Design and Politics at the TU Delft and is Chief Editor of 010 Publishers’ Design and Politics.

Raimund Abraham Lecture: Eric Owen Moss + Frank Gehry: You Can't Rehearse Something You Haven't Invented Yet

Wed, March 4, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

SCI-Arc will host a conversation with Frank Gehry and Director Eric Owen Moss to mark the school’s 5th Annual Raimund Abraham Lecture.

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry built an architectural career that has spanned five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned him several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973 and throughout the years has garnered over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004 Conjunctive Points was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan. In 2007, he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Samitaur Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014, he was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” in Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.

Craig Dykers: Snøhetta Works

Wednesday, Mar 11, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

As one of the Founding Partners of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers has led many of the office’s prominent projects, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, the Redesign of Times Square, and the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process. Snøhetta often works to create contemporary architecture seeking to avoid segregation and disassociation.

Dykers’ lecture will describe how this can be a considered value and how some of Snøhetta’s projects have addressed this way of thinking. Whether or not a project focuses upon an individual or groups of persons, the architecture engages physically and therefore intellectually with the body.

SFMOMA Expansion, San Fracisco│Snøhetta

Dykers will present the firm’s most recent projects including the Redesign of Times Square, the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco, the James B. Hunt, Jr. Memorial Library at North Carolina State University, and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Ontario.


Visiting panelists: Holly Block, Belmont Freeman, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Claudio Vekstein and Universo Garcia Lorenzo
SCI-Arc panelists: Florencia Pita, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Marcelyn Gow and Dwayne Oyler

The Havana/LA/Havana public symposium explores architecture in Cuba envisioning possibilities for the future of Havana’s built environment, and encouraging a renewed cultural and artistic exchange between Cuba and the United States. The event presents the new generation of Cuban architects shaping the future of Havana’s urban landscape, in conversation with their peers in Los Angeles and architectural scholars, historians, and critics.

Eric Owen Moss: Not Farewell But Fare Forward

Wed, Mar 8, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Eric Owen Moss is principal and lead designer at Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA). He received a Bachelor of Arts from the UCLA in 1965, a Masters of Architecture from the UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design in 1968, and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972.

Spiretec Campus, Greater Noida, India│Eric Owen Moss Architects

Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. He has also been a longtime professor at SCI-Arc, and has served as the school’s Director since 2003.

EOMA has been the recipient of over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was honored with the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001, and as the AIA/LA Educator of the Year in 2006. He received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. In 2007 he was honored with the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, and in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by RIBA. In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014 Moss was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” by Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.

Marcelyn Gow: Tropes

Wed, Mar 25, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Hernan Diaz Alonso

Marcelyn Gow is a partner and founding member of servo Los Angeles, a design collaborative invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states.

servo’s projects integrate a combination of digital and analog techniques of design and fabrication and consider how this coexistence affects the objects that are produced, as well as their inherent aesthetic qualities. Current projects include a forthcoming installation at LAMAG—the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Recent work includes exhibition design for Bonniers Konsthall, a proposal for a multipurpose lecture hall in Stockholm, and a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape in Cancun. Publications include a monograph entitled Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and The New Mathematics of Architecture.

Aquetrope, SCI-Arc Gallery, Spring 2013 │ servo Los Angeles

Gow received her Architecture degrees from the Architectural Association and Columbia University, as well as a Dr.Sc. from the ETH Zurich. She has lectured internationally and contributed to numerous journals including Perspecta, Via and AD. She currently teaches graduate design studios and critical studies seminars SCI-Arc.

Henry N. Cobb: The Voice of Architecture

Wed, Apr 1, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Henry N. Cobb is a founding principal of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, based in New York City. During the six decades since his firm was established in 1955, his practice has embraced a wide variety of building types in cities across North America and around the world.

Throughout his career, Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching, most intensively during a five-year term (1980-85) as Studio Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he continues to teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer.

Cobb is a recipient of the Gold Medal for Architecture, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, 2013│Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Hypostyles, a site-specific exhibition designed by Cobb will open in the SCI-Arc Gallery on Thursday, April 2, 7pm with a gallery talk featuring Cobb and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception.

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