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LECTURES: 2010.02.12

Wes Jones Book Launch: "Meet the Nelsons"

Event co-hosted by the LA Forum and SCI-Arc Student Union
Friday, February 12, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Reception to follow

Book cover of Wes Jones' Meet the Nelsons Meet the Nelsons, the sixth volume of the Forum Pamphlet Series, documents "The Nelsons," Wes Jones's notorious comic strip that appeared in ANY Magazine (Architecture New York) from 1994 to 2001.

At once a critical send-up of 1990s architectural discourse and a masterfully executed homage to the traditions and techniques of comic book art, "The Nelsons" addresses themes ranging from the legacy of the machine aesthetic to the challenges of virtuality to key disciplinary personalities such as Buckminster Fuller and Manfredo Tafuri. Each strip combines insider knowledge and healthy skepticism with a sly wit rarely encountered in serious architectural discourse.

This book brings together every frame of "The Nelsons" in a single volume and features bonus texts by Jones himself, ANY editor Cynthia Davidson, and former LA Forum president Mohamed Sharif.

Wes Jones is founder and principal of Jones, Partners: Architecture based in El Segundo and teaches design studio at SCI-Arc.

Cynthia Davidson is a writer and editor based in New York City. She is the director of Anyone Corporation and the founding editor of ANY Magazine and Log.

Mohamed Sharif is Assistant Chair of the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors program at Otis College of Art and Design and a former president of the Los Angeles Forum of Architecture and Urban Design.


Matthew Melnyk: mySpace

WATCH Matthew Melnyk's lecture video >>

Faculty Talk: Matthew Melnyk - mySpace
Friday, February 12, 1pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Tom Wiscombe

Matthew Melnyk is a professional engineer and founding member of the Los Angeles office of Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that opened its doors in Los Angeles in 2006. He has 10 years of professional experience focused largely on stadium and long-span roof design, seismic analysis and design, non-linear form-finding and structural optimization. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999) and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering and Mechanics of Materials (2002) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Matthew has worked with a many local architecture and design firms including Eric Owen Moss, Michael Maltzan, Morphosis, Roto Architects, Pugh + Scarpa, Barton Myers, EMERGENT, OylerYu and Ball-Nogues.


Dragonfly Installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery - under construction

Matthew has been a faculty member in the Applied Studies Department at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since the fall of 2006. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Structures, Materials and Applications and Tectonics. His background in Structural Engineer coupled with a keen interest in Architecture and Design have led him to pursue research that examines collaborative design between architects and engineers, parametric modeling and design optimization strategies, and exploiting material and fabrication sensibilities in design.

As a venue for research and collaboration, he has participated in many of the recent SCI-Arc gallery installations including 'Dragonfly' (2007) with Tom Wiscombe of Emergent, 'Live Wire' (2008) with Dwayne Olyer and Jenny Wu of OylerWu Collaborative, 'Voussoir Cloud' (2008) with Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott of IwamotoScottArchitecture (ISAR), 'A Styrofoam Lover with (E)motions of Concrete' (2009) with Suzanne Zottl, and 'If Not Now, When?' (2009) with Eric Owen Moss.


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