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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.

Richard Schulman: Portraits of the New Architecture 2

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

Richard Schulman has been making photographs of unique architecture, design and cultural personalities for many years. In the field of architecture, he has focused on the portraits of architects as well as their buildings and designs. Such luminaries include Philip Johnson, Oscar Niemeyer, Tadao Ando, Herzog and DeMeuron, Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingles, Diller and Scofidio, Jean-Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry to name a few. He has also photographed over 30 Pritzker Prize recipients and their work.

Schulman has travelled half the world to photograph unique images. His work has appeared in The New York Times, London Times, Vanity Fair, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Domus, Abitare and hundreds more. He is currently a lecturer on the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Brett Steele + Hernan Diaz Alonso: Directors Talk

Wed, Dec 2, 7
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Brett Steele directs the AA School of Architecture in London, being in charge of a multi-year master plan to improve the AA’s historic Bedford Square home and the school’s rural campus in Hooke Park, where AA students and staff have designed and built five buildings since 2011. Steele has hired and brought to London more than 150 teachers from Europe, Asia & the Americas, who now teach at the AA School, lead seminars and direct design workshops in the Visiting School. Steele has created new departments supporting the work of the school, including a dedicated Digital Platforms and Social Media team; the AA Archive; and AACP Curatorial Practices, which includes a team of curators that have realized exhibitions and special events in London and at the Venice, Beijing, Sao Paolo and other architecture biennales.

Hernan Diaz Alonso has 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 until the present. 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 will serve as Yale University’s Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design.

SCI-Arc lectures, discussions, symposia and special events are archived on the new SCI-Arc Media Archive. Click on the link below to visit the site.