SPRING 2015 LECTURES
Wed, March 4, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
SCI-Arc will host a conversation with Frank Gehry and Director Eric Owen Moss to mark the school’s 5th Annual Raimund Abraham Lecture.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry built an architectural career that has spanned five 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 Architecture Prize. Notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973 and throughout the years has garnered over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004 Conjunctive Points was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan. In 2007, he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Samitaur Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014, he was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” in Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.
Wednesday, Mar 11, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
As one of the Founding Partners of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers has led many of the office’s prominent projects, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, the Redesign of Times Square, and the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process. Snøhetta often works to create contemporary architecture seeking to avoid segregation and disassociation.
Dykers’ lecture will describe how this can be a considered value and how some of Snøhetta’s projects have addressed this way of thinking. Whether or not a project focuses upon an individual or groups of persons, the architecture engages physically and therefore intellectually with the body.
SFMOMA Expansion, San Fracisco│Snøhetta
Dykers will present the firm’s most recent projects including the Redesign of Times Square, the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco, the James B. Hunt, Jr. Memorial Library at North Carolina State University, and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Visiting panelists: Holly Block, Belmont Freeman, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Claudio Vekstein and Universo Garcia Lorenzo
SCI-Arc panelists: Florencia Pita, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Marcelyn Gow and Dwayne Oyler
The SCI-Arc hosted Havana/LA/Havana public symposium explores contemporary architecture in Cuba, envisioning possibilities for the future of Havana’s built environment, and encouraging a renewed cultural and artistic exchange between Cuba and the United States. A conversation between architects, architectural scholars, historians, and curators from Cuba and the U.S., the symposium presents the work and influences of the current generation of architects and artists working in Havana and considers the future of Havana’s urban landscape and the architecture that will be designed and built in the context of the current transformations occurring in Cuba.
Wed, Mar 18, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Tom Gilmore & Hernan Diaz Alonso
Eric Owen Moss is principal and lead designer at Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA). He received a Bachelor of Arts from the UCLA in 1965, a Masters of Architecture from the UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design in 1968, and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972.
Spiretec Campus, Greater Noida, India│Eric Owen Moss Architects
Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. He has also been a longtime professor at SCI-Arc, and has served as the school’s Director since 2003.
EOMA has been the recipient of over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was honored with the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001, and as the AIA/LA Educator of the Year in 2006. He received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. In 2007 he was honored with the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, and in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by RIBA. In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014 Moss was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” by Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.
Friday, March 20, 1pm
This talk interrogates the transformative potential of animation as a generative design medium and as a physical property of architecture, while also relating a disciplinary argument concerning form relative to a logic of animation. The act of translation between media creates an inherent condition of multiplicity - of inputs and outputs - and instantiates a filmic conception of spatial mapping. In terms of space production, light, sound, hydrological and meteorological forces can be conceived of as environmental inputs, and the deformations of these within static architecture as fluctuating outputs.
Architecture animated with these inputs wields the ability to produce deviation from standard external realities. When form itself is animated, the potential to produce a divergent spatio-temporal order is heightened. In either case, this requires an architecture of interiority, a world unto itself that is reflexive or inward-looking, and form which is inherently multiple and heterogeneous. Looking to historical precedent, multiple form is characterized by parts that are not subordinate to the whole but rather participating in a figure-figure problem. Solid acting as poche, voids disengage from an axial or Euclidean system and respond instead to variable orders , creating worlds unto themselves.
Constance Vale is an instructor at SCI-Arc and co-founded Cot coT, a conceptual design practice based in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from Parsons School of Design. She was awarded the Moulton Andrus Award for excellence in Art and Architecture and received two Feldman nominations while at Yale. She has four years of professional experience in New York and Pittsburgh.
*The Nocturama and the Salle des pas Perdus or Hall of Lost Footsteps (referenced from W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz) both involve a particular distortion of reality, producing sublime darkness or vastness that cause one to misread the space they occupy and lose relative spatial or temporal orientation.
Wed, Mar 25, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Hernan Diaz Alonso
Marcelyn Gow is a partner and founding member of servo Los Angeles, a design collaborative invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states.
servo’s projects integrate a combination of digital and analog techniques of design and fabrication and consider how this coexistence affects the objects that are produced, as well as their inherent aesthetic qualities. Current projects include a forthcoming installation at LAMAG—the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Recent work includes exhibition design for Bonniers Konsthall, a proposal for a multipurpose lecture hall in Stockholm, and a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape in Cancun. Publications include a monograph entitled Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and The New Mathematics of Architecture.
Aquetrope, SCI-Arc Gallery, Spring 2013 │ servo Los Angeles
Gow received her Architecture degrees from the Architectural Association and Columbia University, as well as a Dr.Sc. from the ETH Zurich. She has lectured internationally and contributed to numerous journals including Perspecta, Via and AD. She currently teaches graduate design studios and critical studies seminars SCI-Arc.
Wed, Apr 1, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
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, Cobb 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.
Cobb 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.
Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, 2013│Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Hypostyles, a site-specific exhibition designed by Cobb will open in the SCI-Arc Gallery on Thursday, April 2, 7pm with a gallery talk featuring Cobb and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception.