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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.

RIGHT NOW Symposium @ SCI-Arc

Not so long ago, restless, still-young architects—many of them with roots in process-driven procedures—began to direct attention toward things like mood, atmosphere, and sensation. Soon, whiskers erupted, dimples puckered, and cracks opened across smooth, fin-de-siècle surfaces. The cathode-ray glow that signaled advanced work began to dim, and high-gloss sheen faded into the shadows. For some, hardline abstraction gave way to hazy allusion, for others, to overt legibility. As another faction distilled unlikely cocktails from aberrant materials, yet another began to conjure insistent objects resistant to conventional modes of perception. Now, with the new century well into its teens, the most interesting practices have all but abandoned the superficial for the speculative, the indexical for the ambiguous, and the overtly spectacular for allusive glimpses at the edge of perception.

SCI-Arc is pleased to announce RIGHT NOW, a 2-day public forum that will take stock of some of the most promising directions in contemporary architecture, using the conversation, as opposed to the conference paper, as its primary catalyst. Incoming SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso will host the event along with SCI-Arc faculty Todd Gannon and Tom Wiscombe serving as emcees. The hosts will set the stage for five provocateurs to instigate unscripted conversations among a broad cross-section of today’s most exciting practitioners, using their recent work as lenses through which to examine specific topics in contemporary architecture.

Check out the latest symposium updates on our blog

RIGHT NOW speakers include Benjamin Bratton, Thomas Daniell, Neil Denari, Mark Foster Gage, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Dora Epstein Jones, Lydia Kallipoliti, Ferda Kolatan, Jimenez Lai, Jennifer Leung, Lucy McRae, Jason Payne, Rhett Russo, David Ruy, Theo Spyropoulos, Liam Young and Michael Young.

SCI-Arc design faculty members joining the conversation include Joe Day, John Enright, Marcelyn Gow, Elena Manferdini, Anna Neimark, Florencia Pita, Casey Rehm, Marcelo Spina, Peter Testa, Peter Trummer, and Andrew Zago.

Aiming to tease out new ideas as opposed to harden nascent positions, RIGHT NOW is less interested in taking inventory of the latest projects than in using new work to amplify the volume of contemporary discourse and to swerve ongoing conversations in new directions.

Join us at SCI-Arc for a glimpse of the RIGHT NOW.

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