Inside SCI-Arc

APRIL 2012


Duel and Duet: A conversation between Brett Steele and Hernan Diaz Alonso: Precedent and Genealogy

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

Brett Steele directs the AA School of Architecture in London and is founder and past Director of the AA Design Research Lab. Since 2005, Steele has hired and brought to the AA School 150 new teachers, alongside 100 teachers to the AA Visiting School, which operates in fifty cities worldwide. Steele has created new departments supporting the work of the school, including dedicated Digital Platforms and Social Media teams; the AA Archive; and AA 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. Steele is the founder and series editor of ARCHITECTURE WORDS and AGENDAS, a series of two-dozen books documenting the work of AA students & units. Steele is a frequent writer, lecturer and critic, and his interests include the history of modern architectural education and cultural communication, and the impact of new media, information economies and networked design technologies.

Hernan Diaz Alonso is Director/Chief Executive Officer of SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and Founder and Principal of Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch. He is an Argentinian architect, designer and educator widely credited for spearheading the transition of SCI-Arc to digital technologies, playing a key role in shaping the school’s graduate curriculum in the past decade. As SCI-Arc director, he oversees the direction of an institution with more than 500 students and 80 faculty members, many of whom are well known in the fields of architecture and design. Along with his leadership at SCI-Arc, Alonso is principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Xefirotarch, known for producing grotesque and sometimes unsettling work that challenges responses to environment. Additionally, Diaz Alonso has been named winner of the 2005 MoMa PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP), the AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture and an honorable mention in the 2013 P/A Awards.

Beatrice Galilee: The Institute Effect

Mon, Dec 7, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

From fanzines to epoch-defining museum exhibitions, the discourse of architecture has traditionally taken place far from the event of the building itself. Yet today as the discipline of architecture expands and contracts, responding to complexities and the varying dynamics of its construction and representation in the world today; varyingly taking on forms that are political or social, scientific, instructional or artistic, institutional practice is mutating to form part of architectural production.

An institution could once be regarded as a physical space or event that mediates the work of building and preserves the material ephemera and working process for future generations, but can now comfortably occupy a territory-less digital space. This lecture reflects on the plurality of contemporary architectural practice and the role of institutions in both mediating, reflecting and contributing towards it.

New Publics, Superpowers of Ten by Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation

Beatrice Galilee is the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Galilee specialises in the dissemination of architecture and design through media, curatorial practice, research, editing and teaching. She was the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer, and has curated exhibitions and events around the world including 2013 and 2012 Milan Design Weeks, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale and 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale.

She is the co-founder and director of The Gopher Hole, an exhibition and event space in London, architectural critic at Domus, and associate lecturer at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. She was the architecture editor of ICON Magazine between 2006 and 2009.

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