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07.31.10 | SCI-Arc, Keck Lecture Hall, 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
SAH/SCC Film & Talk: The Spirit in Architecture

Saturday, July 31, 2PM
A special screening of The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter

The film journeys into Lautner's world with footage from his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, extensive documentation of his extraordinary buildings, interviews with historians, critics, collaborators, and clients, and engaging footage of Lautner himself. Following the screening, SCI-Arc hosts a panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker Bette Jane Cohen; architect and film co-writer Tom Marble; co-producer Evelyn Wendell; author, historian, and architect Alan Hess; and Lautner scholar Jon Yoder.

The event is open to the general public; admission is $15 for SAH/SCC members, $30 for non-members and FREE for SCI-Arc students and alumni.
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Panel Speakers:

Bette Jane Cohen
Bette Jane Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and film editor. She has produced, written and directed the film entitled, "The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner", portraying the life and work of the visionary architect John Lautner. She is currently working on a documentary film on the life and work of architect Albert Frey "In Search of a Living Architecture". She is an Advisory board member on the John Lautner Foundation.

Bette has worked as a Film Editor, Assistant Editor, Visual FX editor, and Photographer for many directors such as James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, John Cassavetes, Richard Donner, Elaine May, and many others. Bette has been a film editor on feature films and television production such as: "The Lady in White", "Mother," "The Sleeping Car," and "Creature," and she has edited various documentaries and commercials.

Tom Marble
A native Angeleno who earned architecture degrees from UC Berkley and Yale, Tom Marble, AIA, is co-writer of "The Spirit In Architecture: John Lautner." After working for firms as diverse as Morphosis and SOM, Rios Associates and The Irvine Company, Tom opened his own practice, Marble Architecture in 2001. Focusing on the design of buildings, cities, and stories, Marble Architecture is concerned as much with what buildings mean as how they are built or function. Tom's book, "After the city, this (is how we live)," a romantic comedy about architecture and urbanism, was published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design in 2008.

Evelyn Wendel
Evelyn Wendel started a non profit called WeTap, for the purpose of improving and increasing public awareness and use of municipal drinking fountains and reducing single use plastic water bottles. She has worked with the CA Governor and First Lady Maria Shriver's Woman's Conference on green convention and water and waste related issues. She worked at Paramount Pictures in feature film development and marketing for close to a decade and also was the story editor for the Zucker Brothers. Wendel co-produced "The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner."

Alan Hess
As a practicing architect and historian, Alan Hess documents and critiques the emerging suburban metropolises of the West. He has served as architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986, and was a consultant and interviewed in "The Spirit In Architecture: John Lautner".

His books include: "The Architecture of John Lautner" (Rizzoli), "The Ranch House" (Harry Abrams), "Forgotten Modern: California Houses 1940-1970" (Gibbs Smith), and "Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture" (Chronicle). His latest book is "Casa Modernista: Brazilan Modern Houses" (Rizzoli, fall 2010). He has also written "Oscar Niemeyer Houses," "The Other Modernism," "Julius Shulman: Palm Springs," and "Frank Lloyd Wright: Mid-Century Modern." Hess has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and UCLA.

Jon Yoder
Jon Yoder is a designer and scholar whose work on vision and visuality focuses on modern architecture within an expanded field of visual culture that also includes cinema studies, art history, and visual media theory. He is currently preparing his UCLA doctoral dissertation as a book titled, "Widescreen Architecture: The Immersive Visuality of John Lautner," which takes Lautner's ocular-centric buildings as lenses through which to focus on issues of experiential and projective vision.

Yoder's essays have been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, ArcCA, Modern Painters, and Thought Matters II: UCLA Research Studio Works, and his design work with Pei Cobb Freed, ZGF Partnership, and SPF:Architects has been published widely. He has presented his work in numerous forums, including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Rice University, the Hammer Museum, Kyoto Seika University, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, UCLA, the College Art Association, Yale University, and the American Film Institute. Yoder teaches architectural design and theory at Syracuse University.

Helena Arahuete
Born in Belgium and brought up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Helena Arahuete graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and obtained her argentine architectural license. She worked her way through University in several architectural, engineering and construction firms.

She came to the United States and began work with John Lautner F.A.I.A. in November 1971 on the Arango Residence in Acapulco. She was the Project Architect of numerous projects, the Chief Architect in John Lautner’s office for over 20 years and his Associate Architect at the time of his passing in 1994. The projects she did in association with Mr. Lautner were extensively published in architectural books and magazines.

She has been a Licensed Architect in the State of California since 1980 and was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 1992. She became a Licensed Architect in the States of Idaho in 1995 and Michigan in 1996.

She continues John Lautner’s firm as principal of LAUTNER ASSOCIATES-HELENA ARAHUETE ARCHITECT. Her recent and current projects are located in the States of California, Idaho, Michigan, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska. They were published in Global Architecture Japan, Houses-Projects 1997, in the Architectural Record USA of November 2001, the Architectural Digest USA of January 2005, AD Russia of March 2005, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine in August 2005, La Mia Casa Italy, of July – August 2005, the Architectural Digest USA of February 2006, Wallpaper* UK of February 2006, Attitude Magazine of Portugal in March 2006, Target Magazine of China, issue 6, 2006, Architectural Record of July 2010, in WaterShapes and other waterworks and trade magazines and in the books Organic Architecture the Other Modernism by Alan Hess and Alan Weintraub and Cool Homes in Hot Places by Suzanne Trocme.

She has been invited regularly to give lectures, slide shows, and to participate in panels by Taliesin Fellows, the University of Southern California, the AIA of El Paso, TX, Long Beach and Monterey, CA, the New School of Architecture in San Diego, UCLA Architectural Extension, The Museum of Architecture in San Juan Capistrano, the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, the Getty Foundation, the University of Hawaii and other institutions. She received an International Design Award in Lyon, France, for the use of water features in Architecture in November 2000, the 2003 Architectural Award from the American Concrete Institute for the Roscoe Residence in Northern California, featured in HGTV and the Best New Residential Award from the Wallpaper Magazine in February 2006.