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2015 Graduate Thesis Weekend & All-School Graduation

SCI-Arc’s annual Graduate Thesis Weekend & Graduation Ceremony will take place September 11-13, 2015 on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles.

A culmination of up to three years of study and coursework leading toward the Master of Architecture and M.Des.R post-graduate degrees, this three-day public event has students presenting their final projects to critics from all over the world, and culminates with an all-school commencement ceremony for both undergrads and grads. In addition to attending presentations and reviews, participants and guests can also tour the school and its facilities, including the newly opened Magic Box digital fabrication lab and cutting-edge Robot House.

SCI-Arc is pleased to present a commencement speech by outgoing SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, whose tenure at SCI-Arc concludes in the fall.

On Sunday, September 13, from 5-7 p.m., students, their families and guests are invited to participate in an all-school graduation ceremony, where degrees will be conferred to graduating students in the B.Arch, M.Arch and M.Des.R post-professional programs.

A reception will follow the ceremony, which will be held in the graduation pavilion designed and built by SCI-Arc faculty Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, with the help of a transformative grant from ArtPlace.

For those attending the event, on-site parking will be available at 350 Merrick Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Students, family members and friends unable to attend the ceremony can watch the live broadcast at

Graduate thesis projects will remain on view throughout the school until September 18. In addition, a special Selected Thesis Exhibition showcasing outstanding projects selected by guest critics will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery between September 18-23, 2015.

RIGHT NOW Symposium @ SCI-Arc (September 25-26, 2015)

SCI-Arc is pleased to announce RIGHT NOW, a 2-day public forum hosted September 25-26 on the school's campus in downtown Los Angeles. Organized by new SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso, along with faculty members
Todd Gannon and Tom Wiscombe serving as emcees, the symposium will take stock of some of the most promising directions in contemporary architecture, using the conversation, as opposed to the conference paper, as its primary catalyst. The hosts will set the stage for five provocateurs to instigate unscripted conversations among a broad cross-section of today’s most exciting practitioners, using their recent work as lenses through which to examine specific topics in contemporary architecture.

RIGHT NOW speakers include Benjamin Bratton, Thomas Daniell, Neil Denari, Mark Foster Gage, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Lydia Kallipoliti, Ferda Kolatan, Jimenez Lai, Jennifer Leung, Lucy McRae, Jason Payne, Rhett Russo, Theo Spyropoulos, Liam Young and Michael Young.

SCI-Arc design faculty joining the conversation include Joe Day, John Enright, Marcelyn Gow, Dora Epstein Jones, Elena Manferdini, Anna Neimark, Florencia Pita, Casey Rehm, David Ruy, Marcelo Spina, Peter Testa, Peter Trummer, and Andrew Zago.

Aiming to tease out new ideas as opposed to harden nascent positions, RIGHT NOW is less interested in taking inventory of the latest projects than in using new work to amplify the volume of contemporary discourse and to swerve ongoing conversations in new directions.

Read the latest symposium news on our blog



6:00pm – 6:30pm

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Opening Remarks
Todd Gannon

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Session One: Estrangement and Alluring Objects
Provocation: David Ruy
Panelists: Mark Gage, Elena Manferdini, Jason Payne, Marcelo Spina and Tom Wiscombe


10:00am – 12:30pm

Tom Wiscombe

Session Two: International Practice, Publicity, and Iconicity Provocation: John Enright Panelists: Thomas Daniell, Neil Denari, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Jennifer Leung and Peter Testa

Coffee Break

Session Three: Aberrations, Synthetics and Weird Nature
Provocation: Marcelyn Gow
Panelists: Theo Spyropoulos, Ferda Kolatan, Lucy McRae, Rhett Russo and Casey Rehm

Lunch Break

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Session Four: Character, Posture, and Legibility
Provocation: Dora Epstein Jones
Panelists: Florencia Pita, Jimenez Lai, Peter Trummer, Andrew Zago and Anna Neimark

Coffee Break

Session Five: Lyricism, Lies, and Other Forms of Fiction
Provocation: Joe Day
Panelists: Ben Bratton, Lydia Kallipoliti, Todd Gannon, Liam Young and Michael Young

Closing Comments:
Hernan Diaz Alonso

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