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Stephen Phillips and Lars Muller Launch L.A. [Ten] at SCI-Arc

SCI-Arc faculty Stephen Phillips will launch his new book, L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s, with a reception hosted on Friday, January 31, 6-7pm in the SCI-Arc Library. The event precedes a lecture with noted publisher Lars Müller of Lars Müller Publishers, and features a unique book signing opportunity with both Phillips and Müller.

Catapulted to fame by the international media in and around the 1980s, a loosely affiliated cadre of architects—the so-called L.A. Ten—emerged to define the future of Los Angeles architecture. Stephen Phillips’ book features these architects Neil Denari, Frederick Fisher, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, Wes Jones, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, and former associates of the late Franklin Israel, who offer a casual, witty, and approachable retrospective on the characters, environment, and cultural history of L.A. architecture as they remember it.

Architect, historian, and educator Stephen Phillips and the students of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, alongside Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander of the Getty Research Institute, conducted the engaging series of oral history interviews.

"In the 1980s and 1990s, a small group of Los Angeles architects changed the world of design. Out of the messy vitality of Los Angeles, they developed strategies of collage, reuse, and expression that have become hallmarks for some of the best architecture around the world. Some of them became famous; others just kept doing good work. Now you can meet them all, and read what they did and how, in their own words precisely and clearly edited by Stephen Phillips." — Aaron Betsky, critic, curator, educator, and Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum

"The architects of the L.A. School often styled themselves as doers rather than writers, a characterization that makes it easy to miss what kind of thinkers they were and still are. This collection of interviews explodes this common oversight. It not only captures the intimate and informal conversational structure, through which architectural ideas were generated in Los Angeles, but it reveals how much the culture of L.A. during the 1980s anticipated the worldwide blog-driven form of contemporary architectural thought." — Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and M.A./Ph.D. Programs at UCLA Department of Architecture

The hardcover book will be available for purchase at the SCI-Arc event. It is also currently on display in the SCI-Arc library. To purchase copies online, visit Lars Müller Publishers.