MESSAGE FROM THE SCI-ARC ALUMNI COUNCIL
Two years ago I returned to Los Angeles, after living in Boston for more than two decades. While on the East Coast, I stayed connected to SCI-Arc. I read the magazine, attended alumni events in New York and Boston, and kept in touch with a few classmates. Once I moved back to Southern California, I joined the Alumni Council and have learned even more about the school and have made many new connections with other alumni.
It has been great to experience how SCI-Arc, in its new permanent location in the Arts District of Downtown LA, has become part of the city. Walking the length of the building exposes one to the intense passion of the students and to the work they produce. SCI-Arc’s energy and its unique voice is the common thread that links all alumni over the past forty-two years. Below are a few examples of current school initiatives that are especially exciting:
— Magic Box: with an unprecedented level of philanthropic support, the school is building a 4,000-square foot digital fabrication lab to house leading-edge technology and foster innovation
— Habitat for Humanity: a new design-build opportunity for students, providing low-income housing that takes design into account
— The Great Wall: an off-shoot of the Habitat project, this research project is investigating approaches to mitigate air pollution through design and materials
This year, the Alumni Council’s goal is to engage alumni as we carry out the mission of connecting alumni to each other, the school, and students, and supporting SCI-Arc’s advancement. We are working with school leadership to strengthen ties among alumni. We recently celebrated the Main Event, where more than 400 attendees honored Eric Owen Moss and raised more than $200,000 for student scholarships.
Our message is simple: We want you involved! Maybe you live around the world, or maybe you live across town. No matter where you are, when you graduated, or where your career has taken you, we want to hear from you. You can get involved in a number of ways:
- Attend lectures or watch them online,
- Visit the school during thesis weekend and see student work,
- Volunteer to review students’ resume and portfolios,
- Post your work on the SCI-Arc Alumni Portal,
- Host or attend a SCI-Arc mixer or get-together where you live, and
- Donate to the school, to whatever program you feel most connected to.
We have a few new members on the Council this year: Beth Holden (B.Arch ’98), Dana SwinskyZachery Main (B.Arch ’13) and hope you will reach out to us, if you are interested in joining next year.
Please explore the website and take a look at the latest view book. As you do, I hope you’ll also be eager to get involved.
Beth Gibb (M.Arch ’89)
Chair, Alumni Council 2014-15
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Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch ’95) and Silvia Kuhle of Standard designed the new Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery located on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. This central gallery, with its coffered ceiling and lensed skylights, is the central feature of the design. The gallery also features a permanent James Turrell 'Skyspace' with a retractable roof, and Turrell programmed LED lighting built into the skylight design. The gallery opening is scheduled for May and the inaugural show is James Turrell's work, coinciding with his LACMA retrospective.
Jennifer Marmon (M.Arch ’01) and her Los Angeles practice Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR) received an AIA New York Merit Award for their zero carbon proposal for the Helsinki Library. The M House, one of Marmon’s current projects situated in a canyon near the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory, is scheduled to top out this summer.
SCI-ARC ALUMNI COUNCIL, 2014-2015
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