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LECTURES: 2011.10.25

Architecture & Politics: A Roundtable Discussion with Jeff Kipnis, Thom Mayne & Eric Owen Moss

A roundtable discussion
Jeff Kipnis, Thom Mayne & Eric Owen Moss

Tue, Oct 25, 12pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Jeffrey Kipnis
For more than two decades Jeffrey Kipnis’s work has shaped the thinking, imagination and creative work of architects and critics. From seminal studies of the work of such key practitioners as Philip Johnson, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind, to theoretical reflections on the intellectual, cultural and political role of contemporary architecture in such essays as Toward a New Architecture, Twisting the Separatrix and Political Space I, to his award-winning film on the work of Frank Gehry, to exhibitions on architectural drawing and design, Kipnis has brought a restless, generous and provocative originality to bear on the issues that have defined contemporary architecture.

Eric Owen Moss
Eric Owen Moss holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. He founded his office, Eric Owen Moss Architects, in 1973. Staffed with twenty-five professionals designing and constructing projects in the United States and around the world, the firm has garnered over eighty design awards from Progressive Architecture magazine and the American Institute of Architects. In 1999, Moss won the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001, the firm won the AIA/LA Gold Medal for Design; and in 2003, Moss won the Gold Medal Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley. Moss was the 2007 Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize recipient from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for "a significant contribution to architecture as an art." In December, Moss will be awarded the 2011 Jencks Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Moss continues to build, teach, lecture and exhibit. Eric Owen Moss first taught at SCI-Arc in 1974, and was appointed director in 2002. He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

Thom Mayne
A product of the anti-establishment of the 1960s, Mayne was among seven faculty members and approximately forty students who left Cal Poly Pomona in 1972 to create SCI-Arc, "a college without walls." Since then, he has been a frequent guest, juror, lecturer and generous supporter of the school. Founded as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and rigorous research, Mayne's firm, Morphosis Architects, was formed in 1972, the first year of SCI-Arc's history. With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards and numerous other design recognitions.In addition to co-founding SCI-Arc, Mayne has remained active in academia. He has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale, Harvard Graduate School of Design, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, SCI-Arc, Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and several other international institutions. Mayne holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.

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