SCI-Arc Los Angeles Events 2016: Lectures + Exhibitions

SCI-Arc LA Architecture Events in 2016, Lectures, CA Exhibitions, Los Angeles Architects News, Talks

SCI-Arc Los Angeles Events 2016

Southern California Institute of Architecture, California, USA: Exhibition + Events

SCI-Arc Events – current programme and news, 2017

Dec 2, 2016

SCI-Arc Scholarship News

SCI-Arc Launches New Scholarship for LAUSD Students

Scholarship is intended for first-year Undergraduate students

Los Angeles, CA (November 29, 2016) ¬– SCI-Arc is proud to announce a full-tuition scholarship for current Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. This scholarship is intended for first-year freshman, and is merit-based. It will be awarded for the 2017-2018 year, and can be extended to cover all 5 years of tuition, provided the student remains in the top 10% of their class. Applications are currently being accepted online, and are due by January 15, 2017.

“SCI-Arc is embedded in the fabric of Los Angeles. With this scholarship we are reaffirming our relationship to the city’s public education system,” says SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso. “We are proud of our well-rounded and rigorous Undergraduate program. A Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc provides a creative way to see the world not only in architectural terms, but in sociological, political and economic terms as well.”

SCI-Arc Scholarship architecture news

SCI-Arc, located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, is one of the nation’s only independent schools of architecture. With 500 students (250 of them undergraduates), it is a hub of public discourse, new technology, and speculation about the future of our great city and beyond. The SCI-Arc Undergraduate Degree (B.Arch.) is an accredited 5-year professional degree allowing graduates to become licensed professionals. While the curriculum is focused on creativity and design excellence, we are also committed to a broad liberal arts education.

The role of the architect in the 21st century has changed from one of technician and administrator to leader of large groups of professionals, stakeholders, and creative teams. Now more than ever, architects need to be able to think critically, argue their positions, and express their visions in a wide variety of contexts. Our liberal arts education– which includes art history and theory, film history and theory, philosophy, new forms of science and models of nature, contemporary civilization and geopolitics, and rhetoric/ debate– prepares students for this new, broader role in society. The mission of the SCI-Arc undergraduate education, through this combination of design excellence and the liberal arts, is to create students who will be the intellectual leaders of their generation.

Graduates of the SCI-Arc Undergraduate Program are highly sought-after, both by architectural offices around the world, as well as by the world’s best graduate programs. The Program is ranked #2 in Undergraduate Programs Most Admired by Deans and Chairs in the 2017 DesignIntelligence survey.

Seniors interested in applying to SCI-Arc’s LAUSD Full-Tuition Scholarship must be graduating in the summer of 2017 from a LAUSD High School. The student must apply before the January 15, 2017 deadline. There are no additional documents required other than a completed admissions application. A portfolio of work may be submitted but is not required. The review committee is looking for an exceptional LAUSD student who is highly motivated and committed in pursuing architecture. The LAUSD Scholarship winner will be announced in March 2017. If you have any questions about the scholarship please contact the Office of Admissions at 213.356.5320 or by e-mail

Sep 28 + 21, 2016

SCI-Arc Events

Michael Sorkin Studio & Terreform at SCI-Arc


October 21 – December 4

Opening Reception – Friday, October 21, 7pm

Los Angeles, CA (September 20, 2016) – SCI-Arc is pleased to announce, Metrophysics, an exhibition by Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform opening October 21 in the SCI-Arc Gallery.

Architecture lives as both object and aggregation: buildings and cities. If the pursuit of an environment that is sustainable, equitable, beautiful, and rich with difference is common at every scale, the valence of these values varies by situation.

Metrophysics by Michael Sorkin Studio:
Metrophysics by Michael Sorkin Studio

Metrophysics foregrounds projects rooted in the urban, including buildings and sites designed with both practical and polemical intent. The work is from a team that operates as both a “traditional” architectural studio responding to clients, and as a research practice that formulates its own agenda of investigation and intervention.

Discoveries are passed back and forth and what Terreform has learned over the years from New York City (Steady) State – an elaborate speculation meant to determine just how autonomous our city can become – informs “official” projects Sorkin Studio has undertaken in Wuhan, Xi’an, or Istanbul and vice versa. All, however, test the limits of physical design to serve and enlarge broader human and planetary needs and desires and to represent ideas about happiness.

Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform

In 2005, Michael Sorkin Studio underwent a mitosis with the founding of Terreform. Given a long history of polemical and activist work in a variety of registers, including design, advocacy, and writing – there’d been a long simmering desire to find a form of practice that was more transparent with the non-commercial – even utopian – projects and ambitions that engaged us.

Not wanting to give up the prospect of “ordinary” building, however, we formalized the conceptual split into a “straight” architectural practice and an organization doing research, unsolicited interventions, publishing, and propositions. The studio works in a single spirit with a focus on questions of city, on its morphology, systems of equity, and metabolic behavior. Each side serves as the lab for the other but we’re all on the same page: the iron fiscal curtain between the two entities is a membrane that’s completely porous to ideas.

Aug 5, 2016

SCI-Arc Fall 2016 Events


Events at SCI-Arc are always free and open to the public

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SCI-Arc is pleased to announce its fall 2016 series of public events. SCI-Arc public lectures this coming fall will introduce speakers from a broad cross-section of today’s most exciting practitioners, including Amale Andraos, Preston Scott Cohen and Enrique Norten, among others.

The lecture series is complemented by several exhibitions: a group show of the thesis projects from this year’s graduating class including the winner of the Gehry Prize, a site-specific SCI-Arc Gallery exhibition by Michael Sorkin in collaboration with Terreform and a series of artifacts, drawings and photographs curated by Victor Jones. Admission to SCI-Arc-hosted public events and exhibitions is always free and open to the public.

September 9-11 Graduate Thesis Weekend & Graduation Ceremony
14 #SCI-Arc: Architecture in the Age of Digital Media Roundtable
23 Selected Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception
26 Sianne Ngai Lecture
28 Ellie Abrons & Mira Henry Duel + Duet
October 5 Amale Andraos Lecture
7 Victor Jones: Infrastructural Etiquette Library Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception
17 Preston Scott Cohen & Hernan Diaz Alonso Duel + Duet
21 Michael Sorkin Studio & Terreform: Metrophysics Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception
26 Martin Gran Lecture
November 2 Kai-Uwe Bergmann Lecture
11 Zachary Tate Porter Lecture
16 Enrique Norten Lecture
2 Offramp Launch Reception
December 7 Josep Miàs Lecture

Visit for more information about upcoming lectures. All events begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Lectures take place in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast at Gallery opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery & Kappe Library Gallery spaces.

September 9-11, throughout campus & September 11, 5-7pm, Graduation Pavilion
SCI-Arc’s annual Graduate Thesis Weekend will take place September 9-11, 2016 on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles. The 3-day series of thesis reviews is followed by an all-school graduation ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 5-7pm, featuring alum Brendan MacFarlane (B.Arch ’84) as commencement speaker.

September 14, 7pm in the SCI-Arc Gallery
#SCI-Arc: Architecture in the Age of Digital Media Roundtable Discussion

Speakers include Birgit Lohmann, CEO/Editor in Chief of designboom, Devin Gharakhanian, Creative Director
of SuperArchitects, Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Managing Editor and Podcast Co-Producer at Archinect, Lucy
Redoglia, Communications and Social Media at LACMA and Benjamin Bratton, Professor of Visual Arts and
Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at UCSD. Discussion moderated by Bruno Juricic, architect,
curator and emergent scholar in the field of architecture, art and technology.

The roundtable will address the speculative directions for architecture in relation to contemporary
digital culture. As information becomes increasingly mobile, instantaneous and pervasive, speakers will
look at the current impact of digital media and the roles online publications and social media will play in the
future of architecture and design.

September 26, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Sianne Ngai: Theory of the Gimmick
Professor of English, Stanford University

Sianne Ngai is Professor of English at Stanford University. Her books are Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard University Press, 2012), winner of the Modern Language Association James Russell Lowell Prize; and Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005). Sections of both books have been translated into Swedish, Italian, German, Slovenian, Portuguese, and (forthcoming) Japanese. Ngai was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and has taught at the Cornell School for Criticism and Theory. In 2015 she received an honorary D. Phil in Humanities from the University of Copenhagen.

Ngai’s current project explores the gimmick as a capitalist aesthetic category encoding a contradictory relation to labor and time. Extending Ngai’s previous work on the historical significance of the rise of equivocal aesthetic categories (such as the merely ‘interesting’) and with an eye to the special difficulties posed by the very idea of an aesthetics of production (as opposed to reception),Theory of the Gimmick explores the uneasy mix of attraction and repulsion produced by the gimmick across a range of forms specific to western capitalism.

These include fictions by Mark Twain, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, and Helen DeWitt; twentieth-century poetic stunts; the video installations of Stan Douglas; reality television; and the novel of ideas.
Sianne Ngai

September 28, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Ellie Abrons + Mira Henry: Duel + Duet: The View Inside Things
Ellie Abrons, University of Michigan / Mira Henry, SCI-Arc

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Ellie Abrons

Mira Henry is a designer and an educator. She holds a Bachelors in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA. She is the recipient of the Henry Adams AIA Award and Archiprix International Gold Medal for her Master’s research project “Urban Upholstery”. She is faculty at Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc). Prior to teaching she worked as a project architect for Office dA and Monica Ponce de Leon Studio in New York. Henry is principal of Henry Architecture (HA), an office based in Los Angeles committed to the double interest in text and effect, in the conceptual and the material and in the status of the architect as cultural producer and service provider.
Mira Henry

Ellie Abrons is an architectural designer and educator and the principal of EADO. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she was the A. Alfred Taubman Fellow in 2009 – 2010. Her work focuses on material experimentation and reuse, digital fabrication, and explorations of formal allusion. Abrons received her Masters of Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles, where she graduated with distinction, and her BA in art history and gender studies from New York University. Abrons is the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany and her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, A+D Gallery and the Architectural Association. An exhibition of Abrons’s work, entitled Inside Things, was recently shown at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and she is a contributor (as part of T+E+A+M) to the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Ellie Abrons

October 5, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Amale Andraos: Lecture
Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Amale Andraos is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and co-founder of WORKac, a New-York based architectural and urban practice with international reach. In addition to Columbia, Andraos has taught at universities including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Design School, and American University in Beirut. Her publications include Architecture and Representation: The Arab City; 49 Cities; Above the Pavement, the Farm!; and numerous essays. WORKac is focused on re-imaging architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural, and the natural. It has achieved international recognition through institutional projects such as the Edible Schoolyards; a new conference center in Lebreville, Gabon; or the Miami Collage Garrage. In addition to other awards, WORKac was named the 2015 AIA New York State Firm of the Year.

October 17, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Preston Scott Cohen + Hernan Diaz Alonso: Duel + Duet
Preston Scott Cohen, Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc / Hernan Diaz Alonso, Principal, Xefirotarch , SCI-Arc Director/CEO

Preston Scott Cohen is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world. Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University.
Preston Scott Cohen

Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed directorship of SCI-Arc in September 2015. A faculty member at the school since 2001, he has served in several leadership roles including Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis program from 2007-2010, and Graduate Programs Chair from 2010 – 2015. He has been widely credited with spearheading the transition of SCI-Arc to digital technologies, playing a key role in shaping the school’s graduate curriculum. In parallel to his role at SCI-Arc, Diaz Alonso is Principal of the Los Angeles-based Xefirotarch, a multidisciplinary practice praised for work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments and radical exploration of architecture. A gifted educator, he has been acknowledged throughout the years with prestigious appointments such as Yale University’s Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design in 2010, Visiting Design Studio Faculty at Columbia GSAPP from 2004-2010, and an ongoing appointment in the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In spring 2015, he served as Yale University’s Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design.

October 26, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Martin Gran: People, Process & Projects
Partner and Managing Director, Snøhetta Design

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Norges Bank, Snøhetta

Martin Gran is partner and Managing Director in Snøhetta Brand Design. Prior to this, he was Scandinavian Design Group’s New Business Director and Strategic Advisor, responsible for major brands in Europe and the Nordic region. In 2006 he worked at McCann Erickson New York with clients like Master Card and Air Canada. He began his career at Leo Burnett Insight in 1998 as a Strategic Planner. From 2000 to 2003, Martin was a Director at Leo Burnett Advertising Agency. Snøhetta began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception. The firm’s work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. Museums, markets, reindeer observatories, landscapes and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose.

November 2, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, RIBA: HOT TO COLD
Partner, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York

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W57, BIG, Image by Nic Lehoux

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states), and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan BIG U to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He complements his professional work through previous teaching assignments at University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, IE University in Madrid and his alma mater the University of Virginia.

Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG. BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is a New York and Copenhagen based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Recently completed projects include the Danish Maritime Museum (2014), Superkilen Park (2013), Gammel Hellerup Multi-Use Hall (2012), Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo (2010) and The 8 House (2010).

November 11, 7pm on The Steps
Zachary Tate Porter: Cuts and Fills: Constructing a Discourse on Ground
Lecturer, USC

Zachary Tate Porter is an educator, designer, and historian based in Los Angeles. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between building and ground within modern and contemporary architecture. Porter’s PhD dissertation, “Shifting Grounds of Architectural Practice: Boundary Conditions and Field Formations in the U.S. Design Professions,” analyzes the ways in which professional jurisdiction shaped conceptions of landscape and site within American architectural practice during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the 2015 – 2016 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc, Porter edited the school’s online journal, Offramp. His work has been featured in gallery exhibitions, art magazines and online publications, such as The Draftery and Better Magazine. Porter currently teaches at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.
Zachary Tate Porter

November 16, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Enrique Norten: Lecture
Director/Founder, TEN Arquitectos, Mexico City, New York

Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, was born in Mexico City where he graduated in1978 from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in architecture. He obtained a master of architecture from Cornell University in 1980. In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos) in Mexico City and in 2001 he opened his second office in New York. Since 1998, Norten has been the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a professor of architecture at Yale University, UCLA, USC, Michigan, SCI-Arc, Parsons, and Pratt Institute.

He has held the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, the O’Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been the Eliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University and the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University. He is a regular member for the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Deutsche Bank’s Board of Trustees and the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. Norten was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American architecture in 1998. In 2005, he received the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council and in 2007 he obtained the “Legacy Award” from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to U.S. arts and culture.
Ten Arquitectos

December 7, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Josep Miàs: Lecture
Principal, MiAS Architects, Barcelona

Josep Miàs has been principal of award-winning practice Miàs Architects in Barcelona since 2000, committed to research and experimentation, and new approaches to technology, fabrication and construction. Known worldwide for works such as Fontanals Golf Club, Banyoles City Center Urbanization, Barceloneta Market, 22@Plug-in Barcelona Building, iGuzzini Barcelona Corporate Building among others. Winner of National and International Awards highlighting International Stone Architecture Award, A+Architizer Award, Archdaily Building of the Year Award, A+ Architecture Best Spanish Educational Facility Award, Catalonia Construction Award, City of Barcelona Architecture and Urbanism Award, Girona Architecture Award and Best Young Catalan Architect Award.

Shortlisted at WAF Singapore Best Building of the Year Award. Nominated at European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies Van der Rohe Award. Finalist at Plataforma Arquitectura Work of the Year Award, European Prize for Public Space, European Landscape Prize, Decade Prize, and FAD Award. Recognition for International Relevance by AIA NYC, COAC and BarcelonaTech UPC. Works published and exhibited internationally in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Berlin, Kiev, London, São Paulo, Venice, Belgrade, NYC, Philadelphia and Singapore among others. Lecturer and guest critic in many international universities and Visiting Professor at Städelschule Frankfurt and Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge. Currently Professor at ETSAB Barcelona, and visiting professor at UNISS Alghero and Bartlett UCL London.
Mias Architects


September 23 – October 2, 2016 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
2016 Selected Thesis Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 7pm

A juried exhibition of exceptional thesis projects by 2016 graduates, featuring the 2016 Gehry Prize winning thesis, and a selection of the best graduate thesis projects, will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery, September 23 – October 2.

October 7 – December 4, 2016 in the Kappe Library
Victor Jones: Infrastructural Etiquette
Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 7pm

When the Basento Bridge opened to the public in 1976, it was greeted with mixed reaction. Praised by some for its elegant shape and innovative design, the bridge was condemned by others for being overly indulgent and unnecessarily complicated. At a time when there was virtually no substantive design conversation about infrastructure’s social value beyond utility, structural engineer Sergio Musmeci and his partner, architect Zenaide Zanini, conceived a provocative project mindful of environmental equity. Now, as design discourse turns its attention to infrastructure’s civic and social role in cities, cultural activist Victor Jones triggers a reassessment of the Basento Bridge and how its formal “imposition” – derived from soapy film and bubbles – is not only straight to the point but affirms notions of socially-minded and aesthetically-driven infrastructure. Jones’s mise-en-scène of artifacts and drawings alongside images by architectural photographer Hélène Binet capture a glimpse of the bridge’s daring ambition.

Victor Jones is a designer, writer, and cultural activist. His creative and intellectual work stands at the intersection of architecture, community engagement, and the urban experience. Infrastructure as a social, political, and spatial instrument is a central theme of his scholarship, design research, and teaching. Jones’s written works include “New Orleans – Ecological Urbanism” in Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory, and Urban Design (Routledge, 2013); (IN)FORMAL L.A.: The Space of Politics (eVolo Press, 2014); and Un pont à part | A Distant Bridge (MétisPresses, 2016). In addition, Jones is design principal of Fièvre + Jones Inc. Projects include Bywater Houses (2015), Watt House Project Platform (2011), and a skate park in New Orleans (2009). Jones has taught design studios and seminars at Tulane University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. He lives and works in Los Angeles with his partner Alain Fièvre.

October 21—December 4, 2016 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform: Metrophysics
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 7pm

Architecture lives as both object and aggregation: buildings and cities. If the pursuit of an environment that is sustainable, equitable, and beautiful is common at every scale, the valence of these values varies by situation. Metrophysics foregrounds projects with meanings rooted in the urban, including buildings and sites designed with both practical and polemical intent. The work is from a team that operates as both a “traditional” architectural studio responding to clients, and as a research practice that formulates its own agenda of investigation and intervention. Discoveries are passed back and forth and what Terreform has learned over the years from New York City (Steady) State – an elaborate thought experiment to determine just how autonomous our city can become – informs “official” projects Sorkin Studio has undertaken in Wuhan or Xi’an. All, however, test the limits of physical design to abet broader human and planetary needs and desires.

1 Jun 2016
SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship

Scholarship will Fully Cover Tuition for Young European Architects to Study at SCI-Arc

SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship

Los Angeles, CA (June 1, 2016) – SCI-Arc is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship for European architects eager to expand their knowledge of contemporary architecture. The SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition for SCI-Arc’s 2-year Master of Architecture program at the SCI-Arc campus in Los Angeles. As SCI-Arc’s international presence expands, the school is thrilled to enable top talent from Europe to study at SCI-Arc in LA. Eligible candidates must demonstrate citizenship of any of the 28 countries within the European Union along with proof of having earned an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to the United States’ undergraduate degree in architecture.

SCI-Arc M.Arch show:
SCI-Arc M.Arch show

Director Hernan Diaz Alonso said this of the new initiative: “Europe has always had and continues to have a critical and decisive role in how architecture is shaped. We are excited to expand our commitment to European architects via this scholarship, the first one at SCI-Arc of its kind. This bridge between SCI-Arc and Europe will serve to advance architecture as a creative discipline”

Sci Arc builidng exterior:
Sci Arc Exteriors
photograph : Tom Bonner

This scholarship, led by Graduate Program Chair Elena Manferdini, aims to bring some of the best architecture students from Europe to engage with SCI-Arc’s culture of architectural innovation. A native of Italy, Manferdini has taught in the M.Arch 2 program for over 13 years. “I know firsthand how a scholarship and the trust of an institution can change someone’s career,” Manferdini said. “At 22, I came to Los Angeles on a scholarship to pursue a Master of Architecture degree. Twenty years later, I have built a career in this country; now, as Graduate Chair of one of the most prestigious architectural schools in the US, I am proud to be able to give back and offer the same opportunity to another talented young architect to realize his or her dreams by receiving a full tuition scholarship to study at SCI-Arc.”

SCI-Arc M.Arch show:
SCI-Arc M.Arch show

A professional Master of Architecture degree, SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 2 program is specifically designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in architecture and are looking to focus their architectural education on contemporary tools, techniques, and technologies and to expand their experience in digital design, fabrication, and critical thinking. M.Arch 2 design studios propel advanced design exploration and offer students an educational model that promotes close collaboration with a team of distinguished faculty and critics including Hernan Diaz-Alonso, Elena Manferdini, Tom Wiscombe, Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne, Marcelyn Gow, Marcelo Spina, and Peter Trummer.

SCI-Arc M.Arch show:
SCI-Arc M.Arch show

SCI-Arc is an internationally-renowned school of architecture that draws over half of its student population from over 46 various countries. The SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship is part of a school-wide effort to draw upon SCI-Arc’s international reputation and bring together talented architects from around the world by financially supporting them to push the boundaries of architecture.

Additional information on SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 2 program can be found on SCI-Arc’s official website here.
For scholarship requirements, guidelines and application information, please visit the scholarship webpage on the SCI-Arc website here.

SCI-Arc M.Arch show:
SCI-Arc M.Arch show

All applications for the scholarship will be reviewed by Hernan Diaz Alonso (SCI-Arc Director), Elena Manferdini (Graduate Program Chair) and one guest juror. The deadline to submit all application materials for the SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship is June 30, 2016.

27 Apr 2016


Joe Day/deegen-day design

June 3 – July 24, 2016
SCI-Arc Library
Friday, June 3, 7pm: Opening Reception

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 26, 2016) – SCI-Arc is pleased to present Joe Day/deegen-day design: ARRAYS, opening June 3 in the SCI-Arc Library. ARRAYS collects over three dozen maps and diagrams developed by Joe Day and his practice deegan-day design over the last two decades. Many chart a domain within the field – contemporary architecture in Los Angeles, digital vanguard possibilities, the interests of his SCI-Arc colleagues. Others explore the neighboring disciplines of fine art, urbanism and cinema. Some imagine cross-pollinations between those worlds.

Joe Day/deagen-day design ARRAYS

Combining the methods of Charles Jencks and Rosalind Krauss, Day deploys a wide array of timelines, scenario planning “quads” and Expanded Field diagrams to draw connections between disparate projects and actors. Many resemble complex games of tic-tack-toe, cat’s cradle, or target practice. Building on Day’s more general interest in vision and architecture, these arrays are themselves exercises in envisioning and redefining the various contexts in which he works.

Joe Day

About Joe Day/deagen-day design

Joe Day is a designer and architectural theorist in Los Angeles, where he leads deegan-day design and serves on the design and history/theory faculty at SCI-Arc. In both his design and writing, Day examines the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture as visual disciplines. In addition to frequent publication of his design work, Day’s critical writing has been featured in journals including Architecture magazine, Interior Design, LoudPaper, Deutsche Bauzeitung and Architecture and Urbanism in Latin America, as well as in surveys including Sessions (SCI-Arc, 2005) and Evil Paradises (New Press, 2007).

He edited an AIA award-winning monograph of Frank Israel (Rizzoli, 1992) and contributed an additional forward to the 2009 edition of Reyner Banham’s seminal study, Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (University of California Press, 2009). In the spring of 2012, he taught at Yale School of Architecture as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Chair. Day’s recent Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime (Routledge Press, 2013), explores new polarities in contemporary architecture and urbanism. Current projects include a Media Center at Columbia College Hollywood and residential work throughout southern California.

SCI-Arc Launches SCI-Arc Shanghai, a New International Platform

SCI-Arc Shanghai News – Dec 1, 2015

Hypostyle Installation – March 3rd, 2015:

Hypostyle Installation

Hypostyle Installation

Hypostyle Installation

Hypostyle Installation

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Hypostyle Installation

Hypostyle Installation

4 Mar 2015

SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibitions

Henry N. Cobb’s “Hypostyle” Installation Opens April 2, SCI-Arc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2 Apr 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2015) – Thursday, April 2, 7pm: Exhibition Discussion with Henry N. Cobb and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present Hypostyle, a site-specific SCI-Arc Gallery installation by architect Henry N. Cobb. Since time immemorial, hypostyles have been constructed as halls wherein highly ordered arrays of vertical supports populate roofed spaces that are conceptually limitless—but to widely varying effect.

In the Great Hall of the Temple of Ammon at Karnak (1408-c.1300 B.C.), massive columns take preemptive pride of place within a space that is consequently experienced as entirely residual. By contrast, in the Great Mosque at Cordova (786-c.1000 A.D.), tiered arches supported by relatively slender columns grant primacy to a lofty space ennobled by their intricately contrived celebratory presence. More ambiguously, in the Basilica Cistern at Istanbul (532 A.D.), space and structure achieve an uncanny balance that stirs both wonder and apprehension.

And in the Grain Storage Warehouse at Altdorf (1912 A.D.), the flared heads of Robert Maillart’s octagonal columns induce an altogether thrilling sense that the space has been created by compressing what had once been a solid block of concrete into a forest of slender vertical supports.

The hypostyle in this SCI-Arc Gallery installation is an experiment. Far from being intended to demonstrate or test a general theory, its purpose is simply to discover the experiential consequence of populating a hypostyle not with columnar solids but with planar elements joined to form vertical constructs that shape figural spaces both within and between them.

Each of the twenty constructs comprising the installation is composed of four 3-foot by 8-foot 1-3/4-inch thick hollow-core doors: three joined to form an H-shaped vertical that is then capped by a fourth roofing the space below. Rotation of the constructs in alternating rows sequentially in both directions introduces a larger-scale order, further enhancing a complex interplay that blurs the distinction between solid and void, open and closed. One construct in the center row is omitted to create a gathering space within an otherwise uninterrupted array. A hypostyle thus constituted is without precedent, and its effect on the occupant cannot be fully predicted by drawings: it must be experienced.

Exhibition Team

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, he 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. He 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.

Installation project manager and SCI-Arc faculty member John Southern is the principal of Urban Operations, an architecture and research firm based in Los Angeles, California. The office specializes in both architecture and installation projects that expand critical discourse within the design profession. Through its research division,, Urban Operations explores a wide variety of themes within contemporary discourse and produces publications that reveal and critique architecture’s cultural impact upon the built environment. The firm’s research projects and built work have appeared in exhibitions and publications around the world, including the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Sep 5, 2014

SCI-Arc Graduation Ceremony

SCI-Arc All-School Graduation Ceremony Presents Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Architect Greg Lynn as 2014 Commencement Speakers

SCI-Arc is pleased to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and architect Greg Lynn of FORM as commencement speakers at the school’s graduation ceremony taking place on Sunday, September 7.

Ceremony will be broadcast live at

Entry by invitation only

SCI-Arc Graduation Ceremony 2013

Sunday, Sept. 7 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

SCI-Arc Campus, 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

• Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor
• Greg Lynn, Professor, UCLA AUD
• Eric Owen Moss, SCI-Arc Director
• Hsinming Fung, Director of Academic Affairs, SCI-Arc
• Hernan Diaz Alonso, Graduate Programs Chair, SCI-Arc
• John Enright, Undergraduate Program Chair, SCI-Arc
• Anthony Morey (B.Arch ‘14), Student speaker

SCI-Arc’s Graduate Thesis Weekend & Graduation Ceremony will take place September 5-7, 2014 on the architecture school’s campus in downtown Los Angeles. The three-day event features thesis projects designed by close to one hundred graduate students who will present their designs to critics from around the world. Event will culminate in an all-school commencement ceremony for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2014, featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and architect Greg Lynn of FORM as commencement speakers.

Dec 12, 2013

Spring 2014 Public Programs at SCI-Arc

SCI-Arc Announces Spring 2014 Public Programs

Admission to SCI-Arc events is always free

Los Angeles, CA (December 11, 2013) – The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce its Spring 2014 schedule of public lectures, discussions and exhibitions. The downtown LA architecture school’s highly anticipated series of public events provides audiences with access to award-winning architects, urban historians, artists, designers, curators, writers, scholars, and other cultural figures. Upcoming programs span from innovative theory to contemporary architecture, technical practice, writing, and urban planning. Admission to SCI-Arc-hosted public events and exhibitions is always free and open to the public.

Johnston Markee, Los Angeles: Vault House, Oxnard, California, 2013:
Vault House, Oxnard, California
photo from architects via SCI-ARC

The school’s spring 2014 public programs series features the following lectures and exhibition talks:

Jan 15 Jen Stark Lecture
Jan 17 Jeffrey Kipnis + Stephen Turk Exhibition Talk + Opening Reception
Jan 22 Alberto Kalach Lecture
Jan 31 Lars Müller Lecture

Feb 5 Barry Bergdoll Lecture
Feb 7 Onramp No.4 Book Launch + Discussion
Feb 12 Antoni Vives Lecture
Feb 19 Kevin Ratner Lecture

Mar 5 Wolf Prix (Raimund Abraham Memorial Lecture)
Mar 12 Johnston Marklee Lecture
Mar 14 Florencia Pita/fpmod Exhibition Talk + Opening Reception
Mar 19 Stan Allen Lecture
Mar 26 Mark Z. Danielewski Lecture

Apr 4 Baumgartner + Uriu Exhibition Talk + Opening Reception
Apr 19 Spring Show School-wide Exhibition of Student Work, Opening

Jun 20 Heather Flood Exhibition Talk + Opening Reception

All events begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Lectures takes place in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast live on Gallery discussions and opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery. For additional information including lecture updates and gallery hours, please visit

January 15, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Jen Stark: Art, Science & the Cosmos
Artist, Los Angeles
Stark’s sculptures seemingly reconstruct elements of time, nature and the cosmos on an exponential scale. Her artwork is instantly recognizable for its breathtaking color spectrums rendered in mind-bending forms cut from paper, wood and other organic materials. During her presentation, she will explain her art process and her works relationship to math, science & the universe. She will reveal universal designs in nature that have the same shapes regardless of their size: from the shape of a huge galaxy, to fractals and tiny microorganisms under a microscope. Stark also draws inspiration for her works from the rhythmic visual qualities of mandalas and other such sacred objects, as well as the imagery of topographic maps, geometric repetitions and 3-dimensional prisms.

Alberto Kalach, TAX, Mexico City: José Vasconcelos Public Library, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005-2011:
José Vasconcelos Public Library
photo from architects via SCI-ARC

January 22, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Alberto Kalach: Alberto Kalach Workshop
Principal, Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX), Mexico City
Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach’s concern for the emerging problems of his vast native city has inspired projects at a range of scales, from his minimal $5,000 houses to housing developments and urban master plans. Kalach’s most ambitious speculative plan, México Ciudad Futura, is the largest project ever conceived for Mexico City.

January 31, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Lars Müller: 2014: Avant-Garde is Analog
Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich
Lars Müller is a graphic designer and publisher based in Switzerland. He established his design-studio in 1982 and started publishing books on typography, design, art, photography, and architecture. Lars Müller Publishers have published over 600 titles to date, many winning awards for their content and design. Müller has taught at various universities in Switzerland and Europe and is currently a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

February 5, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Barry Bergdoll: Out of Site/In Plain View: On the Origins and Modernity of the Architecture Exhibition
Meyer Schapiro Professors of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA, New York
Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History at Columbia University and a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where from 2007-2013 he served as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. At MoMA, he has organized, curated, and consulted on several major exhibitions of 19th and 20th-century architecture, including last year’s “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes” with Jean-Louis Cohen and “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light” with Corinne Bélier and Marc LeCoeur. He served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006-2008, Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in winter 2011, and in 2013 delivered the 62nd A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

February 12, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Antoni Vives: Barcelona 5.0: The Polis is Back
Deputy Mayor, Barcelona, Spain
Antoni Vives currently serves as Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, where his vision for the next generation “smart city” is redefining the city’s approach to urbanism, infrastructures, environment and urban services. An influential thinker and city planner, he plays a significant role in Barcelona’s long-term efforts of repositioning itself within the global economy. In his role, Vives oversees Urban Habitat, an area that includes urbanism, town planning, housing, infrastructures, environment and urban services and ICT. He is also Vice President of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and Counselor for the City District of Les Corts, and serves as Senior Advisor for the Prince of Asturias Professorship of Spanish Studies of the London School of Economics.

February 19, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Kevin Ratner: High-Rise Modular
President, Forest City West
Kevin L. Ratner is President of Forest City West, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City is an owner, developer and manager of a diverse portfolio of premier real estate located throughout the nation, with approximately $10.9 billion in total assets. Ratner is responsible for Forest City’s commercial and residential businesses on the West Coast. In addition to the development of market rate, affordable, and high-density urban housing, Ratner and his team are currently involved with several mixed-use, developments focusing on technology and today’s innovation economy. Ratner has worked in Forest City’s Los Angeles office since 1998 and has been extensively involved in the development of more than 1,500 multi-housing units, including several high-profile redevelopment projects in Southern California.

Wolf Prix, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna: Dalian International Conference Center, Dalian, China, 2008-2012:
Dalian International Conference Center
photo from architects via SCI-ARC

March 5, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Wolf Prix: On Raimund Abraham: “Visions in Exile or Before We Were So Suddenly Interrupted”
Principal, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Vienna
Wolf D. Prix co-founded COOP HIMMELB(L)AU in 1968. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and at SCI-Arc. His most well-known international projects include the Falkestrasse attic conversion in Vienna, the multifunctional UFA Cinema Center in Dresden, the BMW Welt in Münich, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, the Busan Cinema Center in Korea, as well as the Dalian International Conference Center in China. Projects currently under construction include the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France and the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

March 12, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee: Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die
Principals, Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles
Johnston Marklee’s diverse portfolio, led by principals Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, is unified by a singular conceptual approach to each project where the relationship between design and building technology are explored to create unique works of architecture. While maintaining a deep commitment to architecture history and the discipline’s ongoing discourse, Johnston Marklee draws upon an extensive network of collaborators in related fields to broaden the breadth of design research, which has a particular focus on the arts. Current projects include The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas; a campus for the UCLA Graduate Art Program in Culver City, California; DEPART Foundation’s Poggio Golo winery in Montepulciano, Italy; Pavilion of Six Views, in Shanghai, China for the West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art; and Chile House/META, a community arts center in Penco, Chile.

Stan Allen, SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York: M&M House, New York, 2013:
M&M House, New York
photo from architects via SCI-ARC

March 19, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Stan Allen: Landscapes and Buildings
Principal, SAA/Stan Allen Architect; Professor, Princeton University School of Architecture, New York
Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. From 2002 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. His architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia. Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture.

March 26, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Mark Z. Danielewski: Parable #8: Z is for Zoo (or Transgressing Barriers Against Creative Survival)
Novelist, Los Angeles
Mark Z. Danielewski is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. He is currently finishing the very beginning of The Familiar, a 27-volume novel about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten.


January 17 – March 2, 2014 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Jeffrey Kipnis + Stephen Turk
Figure Ground Game
Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 7pm
Jeffrey Kipnis discusses the exhibition with SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

The Figure Ground Game, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary romp, draws upon animation, film, computer games and art to reaffirm and amplify architecture’s ongoing speculative contest with instantiated power staged on the ground. Not an exhibition, but rather a curated show, the Figure Ground Game features the work of a half-dozen architects, painters, a sculptor and more, all related to one another by a desire to mine the tradition and history of figurality in the arts as it has been inflected in recent years by technology, media and the discourse of enfranchisement in order to rethink the consequences of the building-ground relationship a step or two further. Among the conjectures foregrounded in the show are new building postures, co-dependent structures, non-local contextualism, and perhaps most important of all, an assertion of a desire to see comedy achieve an equivalent status to tragedy in architecture, as it has for centuries in all of the other arts to the profound increase in their powers and the resultant existential benefit to each and all of us.

March 14 – April 20, 2014 in the SCI-Arc Library
Florencia Pita/FPmod
UMMA Table & Objects
Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, March 14, 7pm
Florencia Pita and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

The SCI-Arc Library presents an installation of Florencia Pita’s work, UMMA Table & Objects, originally commissioned by Museum Director Joseph Rosa for the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The installation explores the provocations and intersections of digital technology, material experimentation, and ornament in the work of Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer. It traces the evolution of Pita’s design ideology through installation pieces, urban design, tableware, furniture, and architecture, as well as small adornments. Her boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design.

The works on view where displayed at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from January 19 to June 16, 2013, in an exhibition titled: Florencia Pita/ FPmod. The Umma Table and several objects here commissioned by Museum Director Joseph Rosa for Florencia Pita’s first retrospective exhibition.

April 4 – May 18, 2014 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Baumgartner + Uriu
Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 7pm
Herwig Baumgartner and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

Apertures4 is part of an ongoing topic in the work of Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu that challenges the notion of apertures as flat glazed openings and redefines it as three dimensional objects creating thresholds between interior and exterior. It thus confronts the idea of the static frame with edges that are always in flux and can respond to environmental forces, such as sun and wind, exploiting the latent potential of energetic exchanges between the natural and the built environment. Apertures4 re-defines the DNA of the window in terms of function, components, appearance and materiality. In particular, it attempts to refine a current discourse of digital ecologies emphasizing an architecture in between nature and technology that can evolve into an interactive building organism. By using advanced silicone composites that allow a gradient of material properties within a single object, Apertures4 is able to respond to environmental forces without mechanical parts, creating a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies and material expressions.

June 20 – August 3, 2014 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Heather Flood/F-Lab
Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, June 20, 7pm
Heather Flood and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

Heather Flood is a designer of information, graphics, and architecture. In 2007 she founded F-lab, a form laboratory that focuses on the popular application of contemporary design and fabrication techniques.
F-lab’s recent commissions include a retail expansion strategy and store prototype for a new frozen yogurt brand, the design and installation of an exhibition that showcased the work of 45 contemporary designers, and the design and fabrication of a winning scheme for the SCI-Arc Board of Directors conference table, dubbed CHUB. Prior to founding F-lab, Flood was a founding partner in the research and design firm HOLA. With HOLA, Flood completed projects for the Los Angeles office of TBWA/Chiat/Day, the New York office of Bartle Bogle and Haggerty, Nissan/Infiniti, CKOne, Coca-Cola, Samsung, the City of Chicago, Pitti Imagine Discovery, Yogini Apparel, and Soledad Enrichment Academy.

Nov 20, 2013

SCI-Arc New Lab

SCI-Arc Announces New Lab for Design Prototyping and Fabrication


LOS ANGELES—(November 20, 2013)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced that it will break ground on a technologically transformative new digital fabrication space that will ignite the kinds of innovation, entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking that are the hallmark of a SCI-Arc education. Dubbed the Magic Box, the 4,000-square-feet, 2-story digital fabrication lab will be built at the south end of the SCI-Arc building and will connect to the school’s existing Robotics Lab and Analog Fabrication Shop to form the RAD Center—a one-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional facility providing access to several different methods of fabrication and assembly. The Magic Box will house three times as many high-speed laser cutters, 3D scanners and ABS plastic printers as are currently available to students and faculty.

SCI-Arc New Lab
picture : SCI-Arc

“With the new Magic Box, SCI-Arc enlarges its capacity to produce conceptual and technical magic,” says SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss.

The school is half-way through planning and on schedule to start construction in the beginning of 2014, and it looks like incoming students will walk through the doors of SCI-Arc’s quarter-mile-long building and into the new robotics, analog and digital fabrication space next fall. And what they’ll find will be impressive.

Embracing and integrating the most up-to-date technologies from the moment they become available, the lab will allow students to build, vacuum form or 3D print their models to life using a wide array of materials, from wax to translucents, to plastic, to flexible materials, to metal. These models would then undergo further experimentation with the help of 6-axis robots, which have already been in use at SCI-Arc for more than 2 years.

“By creating the Magic Box, SCI-Arc reinforces its most critical priority to prepare students to work with today’s most revolutionary technologies, in an environment designed for tomorrow’s world,” says SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Ming Fung, who oversees new research initiatives for the school. SCI-Arc’s new Magic Box is being built for change in a world in which change is constant. Together with the revamped woodshop and existing cutting edge robotics lab, it will provide a one-of-its-kind platform for research, experimentation and prototyping. But most importantly, it is designed to shape-shift as new generations of students make the building their home and new technologies yield new approaches to teaching and learning.

19 Sep 2013

SCI-Arc New Trustees

SCI-Arc Welcomes Richard Baptie, Tim Disney & Enrique Penalosa as New Trustees

Richard Baptie of the general contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie, Writer, Director and Producer Tim Disney, and Urban Strategist Enrique Peñalosa, a Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Join SCI-Arc’s Board of Trustees

LOS ANGELES (September 18, 2013)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) elected three new trustees to its ranks today: Richard Baptie, a Senior Vice President of Hathaway Dinwiddie and head of their Southern California office; Director and producer Tim Disney, a principal of Blu Homes; and urban strategist Enrique Peñalosa, formerly the mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.

SCI-Arc New Trustees
photo : SCI-Arc

“SCI-Arc has extended the political reach and intellectual capacity of its board of trustees by adding Tim Disney, Richard Baptie, and Enrique Peñalosa to its board,” said SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. “Disney brings a supportive interest in art and design along with expertise in housing pre-fabrication; Baptie is an alumnus and long-time advocate for architecture education, and a builder with a unique reputation for constructing large and complex urban projects; and Peñalosa brings an international political pedigree and an expertise in Latin American urbanism to the SCI-Arc community. Welcome all.”

SCI-Arc’s Board is chaired by land-use attorney Jerry Neuman. It now includes 25 members, among them noted individuals such as Rick Carter, William Fain, Frank Gehry, Tom Gilmore, Thom Mayne, Kevin Ratner, and Ted Tanner.

“As one of the highest ranked architectural institutions in the country and among the foremost thought leaders in the world in the areas of planning, design and the built environment, we believe it is important to have a Board that reflects that same stature,” stated Neuman. “Dick, Tim and Enrique more than fit that bill, they personify it and I am proud to have them join the school as Trustees.”

The SCI-Arc trustees unanimously elected Baptie, Disney and Peñalosa to the board at their quarterly meeting held September 18th on the school’s campus in downtown Los Angeles.

Richard Baptie is a Senior Vice President and head of the Southern California office of Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company. He is currently the Principal-in-Charge of the Emerson College construction project in Hollywood and a large office complex for an entertainment company in Glendale, among other duties. He has been involved as a leader in many notable projects in Southern California including The Getty Center, The Reagan Library Air Force One Pavilion and the 2000 Avenue of the Stars project. Baptie joined Hathaway Dinwiddie in 1985, having studied Architecture at SCI-Arc. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. Involved in the community, Baptie is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Business Council, The Kidspace Museum, past President of the USC Architectural Guild and has served on the capital campaigns for the Music Center and the Downtown YMCA.

Tim Disney has written, directed or produced 15 feature films, documentaries, and television programs. From 1992 – 2000, he served as Chairman and CEO of Virtual World Entertainment, a leading developer and operator of 3D gaming and simulation technology. Disney was a founding investor and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blu Homes Inc., the leading manufacturer of green pre-fab housing. He also serves as President of The Rowena Group, a private investment firm, and as a Director of Shamrock Capital Advisors, a leading private equity investor in the fields of media, entertainment, and communications. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Fine Arts, Disney serves as a Trustee of California Institute of the Arts. He co-founded the international aid organization World Connect, and serves on the Board of several other charitable organizations.

Enrique Peñalosa is an urban strategist whose vision and proposals have significantly influenced policies in numerous cities throughout the world. He currently is President of the Board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York. As Mayor of Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá from 1998 to 2001, Peñalosa profoundly transformed the city, turning it into an international example for improvements in quality of life, public spaces, mobility and equity. He implemented a model giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private car use, building schools and libraries in the poorest neighborhoods, as well as adding hundreds of miles of protected bicycle paths, sidewalks, pedestrian streets, bicycle highways, greenways, and parks. Peñalosa has lectured all over the world in governmental, academic and citizens’ forums, and his ideas have been featured in many of the world’s most important media.

SCI-Arc News

9 Jun 2013

Confederacy of Heretics Symposium

14-15 Jun 2013


Keynote Address by Architecture Gallery’s Coy Howard and Thom Mayne

LOS ANGELES – Hosted by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., the “A Confederacy of Heretics” exhibition related symposium offers a unique lens through which to analyze a pivotal moment in the development of late 20th century architecture. The two-day event features a roundtable conversation with original Architecture Gallery participants, and panel discussions on exhibition related topics.

WHAT: “A Confederacy of Heretics, The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979” Symposium

WHO: Keynote: Thom Mayne & Coy Howard
Moderators: Jeffrey Kipnis, Todd Gannon and Ewan Branda

Thom Mayne:
Thom Mayne
photo : Richard Schulman

Featured Panelists:
• Original Architecture Gallery participants: Eugene Kupper, Frederick Fischer, Frank Dimster, Peter de Bretteville, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Craig Hodgetts, Eric Owen Moss and Coy Howard
• Panel discussions with Barbara Bestor, Annie Chu, John Enright, Hsinming Fung, Paul Goldberger, Wes Jones, Mark Mack, Nick Seierup and Andrew Zago

WHEN: Friday, June 14, 3-9pm
3:00pm – Revisiting the Architecture Gallery, a conversation with original Architecture Gallery participants moderated by Jeffrey Kipnis
6:00pm – Keynote lecture by Thom Mayne and Coy Howard, introduced by Eric Moss
7:30pm – Reception in the SCI-Arc Gallery Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm
10:00-12:00pm – Media and Globalization of Los Angeles Architecture panel discussion moderated by Ewan Branda
1:30-3:30pm – Eccentric Projections panel discussion moderated by Todd Gannon

WHERE: W.M. Keck Lecture Hall Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Please RSVP to to secure a spot.
For more information, visit:

30 May 2013

Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype

Lebbeus Woods work
image from Southern California Institute of Architecture

Jun 28 – Dec 1, 2013

Earthwave Installation, Traction Triangle at Bloom Square
At the intersection of Traction Avenue, Rose Street & East 3rd Street, the Arts District, Los Angeles, CA 90013
June 28–December 1, 2013
June 28, 7pm: Earthwave Opening Reception

SCI-Arc Gallery
October 11–December 1, 2013
October 11, 7pm: Exhibition Opening Reception & Symposium with Hernan Diaz Alonso, Christoph a. Kumpusch, Dwayne Oyler and Alexis Rochas, and introduction by SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

Los Angeles, CA – (May 28, 2013) – The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype, an exhibition and public art installation assembled by an exhibition team including Hernan Diaz Alonso, Christoph A. Kumpusch, Dwayne Oyler and Alexis Rochas. Complemented by a symposium and catalog, this exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery and related large-scale public art installation in the Arts District’s Bloom Square, aims to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created.

When Lebbeus Woods lectured at SCI-Arc in 2003, he was introduced on stage by director Eric Owen Moss: “And finally, ‘I will forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. And I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use: Silence, exile, and cunning.’ So said Joyce’s Stephen Daedalus. I don’t know that Joyce’s goal is attainable. But it’s the most moving advocacy I know for Daedalus’ heroic aspiration. That aspiration also resonates in Lebbeus Woods’ voice. That is the Woods archetype. Silence. Exile. Cunning.”

Three blocks away from its campus in the Los Angeles Arts District, SCI-Arc will complete Woods’s Earthwave, an “inhabitable drawing” originally designed, but never built, for the 2009 Biennale of Architecture and Art of the Mediterranean in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Earthwave was one of twenty drawings that reinterpreted area buildings destroyed in the 1908 Messina earthquake. The temporary 18’x 18’, two-and-a-half-ton steel structure built by SCI-Arc is set to be unveiled on June 28. It includes four parallel steel frame “swarms,” each frame penetrated by a dense field of steel vectors, using the urban Arts District as a backdrop for Woods’s dystopian vision. The public will be invited to conceptually inhabit the sculpture in a 1:1 scale, giving the piece a new dimensionality and relating back to the 2-D and 3-D nature of the project.

The SCI-Arc Gallery component of Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype, opening October 11, will include several original, rarely seen Woods drawings from private collections, and most notably, recently uncovered video footage from a 1998 interview recorded in Vico Morcote, Switzerland, then part of a SCI-Arc European campus program. The video articulates Woods’s philosophy and the forces and influences which shaped his thinking, including the work of Heinz von Foerster and the systems-thinking theory of Cybernetics. A public symposium on opening night will feature a panel of young architects who will discuss Woods’s influence on their generation.

Support for Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype provided by Angel City Brewery. Additional assistance provided by the MAK Center Los Angeles, LADADspace and LARABA.

SCI-Arc exhibitions and public programs are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Earthwave project team: Adam Orlinski, Ali Fouladi, Ryan J. Simons, William Orlando, Carlos Rodriguez, Cecil Barnes, Joe Jacobson.

12 Apr 2013

Hsinming Fung of SCI-Arc Appointed ACSA President-Elect

LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2013) — The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) designated Hsinming Fung, SCI-Arc’s Director of Academic Affairs, as president-elect of the prestigious organization representing accredited architecture colleges nationwide. The appointment recognizes Fung’s leadership and forward-thinking vision in today’s rapidly shifting political and economic context that has brought about profound changes in architecture education.

Hsinming Fung
photo from Southern California Institute of Architecture

“It is time to re-tune the expectations of our programs,” says Fung. “As the practice of architecture transforms, and it will, it is the schools and their programs which must look ahead to exploit the opportunities of new, practical and effective roles for the profession.”

Fung will serve on the ACSA Board for a three-year term, beginning on July 1, 2013, with the first year served as Vice-President, the second as President, and the third as Past President.

In her role, Fung will be part of a variety of ACSA committees, including Finance and Publications, will head the committees for Scholarly Meetings and Planning, and will nominate the chairs of ACSA conferences to be held during her term as President.

Committed to architectural education for nearly thirty years, Fung was appointed Director of Academic Affairs at SCI-Arc in 2010, after eight years of teaching and serving as the school’s Director of Graduate Programs. Previously, she has taught at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for 16 years, with stints at Yale University as the Eero Saarinen Professor in 1995 and 2000, and at Ohio State University as Herbert Baumber Professor in 1996.

An AIA registered architect, Fung is principal and Director of Design for the renowned Los Angeles-based architecture firm Hodgetts+Fung (H+F). Since founding H+F in 1984 with partner Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, she has overseen the design of distinguished projects such as the renovated Hollywood Bowl, the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, the Wild Beast Pavilion at California Institute of the Arts, and a host of other influential designs. Current projects include renovation of the historic Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City, the Rosa Parks Metro station, a mixed-use development in West Hollywood, the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and the Diamond Head Theatre in O’Ahu.

Fung’s studio has also earned a reputation for high-caliber exhibition design through such installations as the Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the landmark exhibitions Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses, The Work of Charles & Ray Eames, and most recently at LACMA, California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” The firm also received numerous prestigious awards, including the Fellowship Architecture Award, the Gold Medal from the AIA/LA, the AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award, the GSA Design Excellence Award, and most recently, the R+D Award for their innovative fiberglass roof design for LAUSD modular classrooms.

6 Sep 2012

Frank Gehry Offers Generous Gift to SCI-Arc


Gift Will Endow an Annual Prize to Recognize Outstanding SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis Projects

Los Angeles (September, 2012) — The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced it has received a transformative $100,000 gift from world-renowned architect and SCI-Arc trustee Frank Gehry, and his wife, Berta. The noteworthy contribution will go toward the establishment of the Gehry Prize, to be awarded annually to the best thesis projects selected by critics and jurors in the Graduate Thesis Weekend hosted in September.

Frank Gehry architect
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SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss suggested a quote from Thucydides which conveys the spirit in which the prize is given: “They were born never to live in peace and quiet themselves and to prevent the rest of the world from doing so.” He also praised the donors, after whom the graduate thesis prize will be named, for the generosity of the donation and its prestigious nature. “The entire school community, including students, faculty, staff, administration and board, is extremely appreciative of this extraordinary gift to SCI-Arc,” said Moss. “Thanks to this contribution, we can warranty that SCI-Arc’s advocacy for architecture as a rousing, speculative adventure will endure.” The first Gehry Prize will be awarded at the 2012 graduation ceremony held September 9, 2012.

A SCI-Arc trustee since 1990, Gehry has kept close ties with the school, attending lectures, reviews and special events, and having an active role in the evolution of the institute beginning with its 1972 founding. Gehry’s long-time commitment to SCI-Arc will also be celebrated at the school’s 40th anniversary reception forthcoming in April 2013.

Frank Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned four 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 Prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Art (Architecture), the Praemium Imperiale Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Friedrich Kiesler Prize, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. He is Design Partner in the firm he established in 1962, currently known as Gehry Partners. He is also co-founder and chairman of Gehry Technologies, a global leader in applying technology to building industry challenges. Recent and current projects include 8 Spruce Street, the Campus for New World Symphony, The Pershing Square Signature Center, The Luma Foundation/Parc Des Ateliers, Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS, The Panama Puente De Vida Museo, New West Campus for Facebook, Eisenhower Memorial, and the Foundation Louis Vuitton pour la Creation.

Frank Gehry, Architect, Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles
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2 May 2012

SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition

Ball-Nogues Studio “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression” Exhibition Opens June 1 @ SCI-Arc Gallery

‘YEVRUS 1, Negative Impression’
Jun 1 – Jul 8, 2012
SCI-Arc Gallery

June 25: Exhibition Discussion with Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Hsinming Fung

Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2012)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression,” an installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio, opening June 1 at SCI-Arc.

SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition
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Constructed from non-architectural artifacts, Yevrus 1, Negative Impression is a disposable architecture of literal references that calls into question the contemporary architectural vogue for digital complexity and abstraction. The cast impressions of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats unite to form a strong structural whole that serves as a lookout tower in the SCI-Arc Gallery.

The designers chose the individual components from within the Los Angeles suburban-scape for their iconic and structural potential, as well as their availability. Once chosen, the parts were digitally scanned in three dimensions and cast in biodegradable paper pulp using a proprietary technique the studio refers to as a “Yevrus”—the word “Survey” spelled backwards. With this work, the first in a series of experimental Yevrus projects, Ball-Nogues rethinks the purpose of the site survey. No longer seen as a simple tool for construction and engineering, the survey becomes an instrument for finding form, seeking structural stability and realizing iconic meaning.

18 Apr 2012

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Abigail Scheuer & Abby Sher Welcomed as New SCI-Arc Trustees


NYC Alumna Abigail Scheuer (M.Arch ’93) and LA Philanthropist Abby Sher Join SCI-Arc’s Board of Trustees as the LA Architecture and Design School Prepares for its 40th Anniversary Celebration

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 18, 2012)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced it has elected two new trustees to its ranks: SCI-Arc alumna Abigail (Abby) Scheuer (M.Arch ’93) and Los Angeles philanthropist and developer Abby Sher. “Two design visionaries, twin Abby’s, one from the east, one from the west, will now meet on the SCI-Arc Board,” remarked SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. “It is a double coup for architecture and culture in Los Angeles.”

Abigail Scheuer (left) and Abby Sher (right):
Abigail Scheuer Abby Sher
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The 25-member SCI-Arc Board is chaired by land-use attorney Jerry Neuman, who stated “At the center of SCI-Arc are creativity and an enduring ability to challenge convention and change it for the better. Our two new trustees personify these core values, bringing an incredible amount of expertise, vision and leadership to the board and our school. We are pleased to welcome them to the SCI-Arc community.” The SCI-Arc Board includes noted individuals such as Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Ted Tanner, Kevin Ratner, Tom Gilmore and Rick Carter. The trustees unanimously elected Scheuer and Sher at their quarterly meeting held April 13 in Los Angeles.

Abigail (Abby) Scheuer received her Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in 1993. While in school, she interned with architect Peter Eisenman and SCI-Arc founding faculty Ray Kappe. Upon returning to New York, Scheuer worked for the architecture firm Perkins Eastman, then at a boutique firm specializing in high-end residential projects. In 1997, she co-founded Atema Scheuer Design with fellow alumnus Ate Atema (M. Arch ‘93); their firm focused on commercial and residential projects. During this time, she was a member of the Women in Architecture and Housing Committees of the AIA NY chapter. With the birth of her daughter, Scheuer became a full time mother and focused on fundraising, advocacy and community outreach.

She is on the board of KiDS of NYU Medical Center Foundation; on the advisory board—and recently nominated to join the board of directors—of the Jazz Foundation of America; is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) New York Council, and of the Studio Partners Leadership of Studio in a School, which supports visual arts programming in NYC public schools; and co-founded Green Team in collaboration with NYC Partnerships for Parks and the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Scheuer has served on the SCI-Arc Alumni Council since 2010, recently co-hosting the Alumni and Friends New York event at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Alumni and Friends Los Angeles event at the L House in Culver City.

Abby Sher grew up in Los Angeles in a house designed by mid-century modernist architect Douglas Honnold, and from an early age architecture has been an important influence in her life. Sher studied French Literature at UCLA, followed by a Masters degree in Liguistics. Later, while working as a Clinical Linguist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she authored the Diagnostics Specifications Manual (DSM) III category “Elective Mutism.” In the 1980s, Sher developed Edgemar on Main Street in Santa Monica. Under her guidance, the Edgemar Farms egg-processing plant was transformed into an inventive mixed-use center designed by SCI-Arc trustee Frank Gehry.

Sher enjoys a wide range of interests that have found expression in a variety of diverse and imaginative projects. Her creative pursuits have included making an award-winning documentary film about the Pacific Northwestern woodsman and artist Dudley Carter (1891-1992); founding the Santa Monica Museum of Art as part of the development of Edgemar; performing the political performance art piece A Red Line Connects Us for six months in 2006, and writing an accompanying blog; and performing the Ramayana at REDCAT in 2010 with the CalArts Balinese gamelan group, Burat Wangi. Sher has served on the boards of several social justice, social service and homelessness organizations including Chrysalis, the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Westside Family Health Center, and The Shefa Fund. She is interested in contemporary “new music” and provided the lead gift and name for the CalArts outdoor music pavilion, The Wild Beast, designed by Hodgetts + Fung.

2 Feb 2012

SCI-Arc Welcomes Art Director Rick Carter as New Trustee

The Prolific Academy Award-Winning Art Director Joins
SCI-Arc’s Board of Trustees as the LA Architecture and Design School Prepares for its 40th Anniversary Celebration

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2, 2012)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced it has elected Academy Award winner Rick Carter to join its Board of Trustees. The 23-member SCI-Arc Board is chaired by land-use attorney Jerry Neuman, who stated “At the center of SCI-Arc is creativity and an enduring ability to challenge convention and change it for the better. Rick is the personification of these core values. He brings an incredible amount of expertise, vision and leadership to the Board and our School.” The SCI-Arc Board includes noted individuals such as Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Ted Tanner, Kevin Ratner and Tom Gilmore. The trustees unanimously elected Carter during their quarterly meeting held January 19-20 in Los Angeles.

Rick Carter
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SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss says of Carter: “The quintessential ‘landscape’ architect has joined the SCI-Arc board.”

Born in 1950, Rick Carter grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by the movie industry—his father was a publicist for the actor Jack Lemmon—but took a while to come to the world of film himself. He entered the art department for the first time as an assistant on Hal Ashby’s “Bound for Glory” in 1976, followed by “The China Syndrome” in 1979. His first credit as art director was with Ashby again on “Second-Hand Hearts” (1981), but art directing “The Goonies” in 1985 was a pivotal job, however, as it led to another key meeting for Carter—with that film’s writer and producer, Steven Spielberg. Working on the second unit together, the two hit it off and began a close working relationship that endures to this day.

While Carter’s first credit as production designer was on Francis Veber’s “The Three Fugitives” (1985), it was Spielberg’s TV series “Amazing Stories” (1985-86) that cemented their relationship and also led to an encounter with Robert Zemeckis. Carter proceeded to work solely with Spielberg and Zemeckis for the next 20 years, on everything from “Back To The Future II and III” (1989 and 1990), “Death Becomes Her” (1992) to “Jurassic Park” and its sequel (1993 and 1997), “Forrest Gump” (1994), “Amistad” (1997), “What Lies Beneath” (2000), “Cast Away” (2000), “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (2001), “The Polar Express” (2004), “War of the Worlds” (2005) and “Munich” (2005). Carter then took up the three-year challenge that was the giant, ground-breaking production of “Avatar” (2009) for another Hollywood titan—James Cameron—and his most recent credits are “Sucker Punch” (for director Zach Snyder, 2011), Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” (2011) and the director’s upcoming “Lincoln” (2012).

Carter has been nominated twice for an Academy Award. The first time was for his work on “Forrest Gump” in 1994, and he won the Oscar for Art Direction for “Avatar” in 2010 (an honor he shared with Robert Stromberg).

12 Jan 2012

SCI-Arc Exhibition

SCI-Arc / Caltech Hanwha Solar House

SCI-Arc Caltech Hanwha Solar House
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Los Angeles, CA – The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Caltech Institute of Technology (Caltech), global solar panel manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Hanwha Solar) and California Science Center are pleased to announce the unveiling of the SCI-Arc/Caltech Hanwha Solar CHIP House at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. A ribbon-cutting celebration with Los Angeles Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry, Director Eric Owen Moss of SCI-Arc, Caltech Resnick Institute Director Harry Atwater, California Science Center Deputy Director of Education Ron Rohovit, and Justin Lee, Chief Commercial Officer of Hanwha Solar, will be held Tuesday, January 17, at 2pm at the California Science Center at Exposition Park.

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