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AIA | LA Home Tours Feature Projects by Alumni, Faculty -- Tours Scheduled April 11

The AIA Los Angeles Spring 2010 Home tours features four homes in Venice, two designed by architects connected to SCI-Arc. One home is by alumna Barbara Bestor (M.Arch ‘92), founder of Bestor Architecture, and another by faculty member Patrick Tighe of Tighe Architecture. The one-day event is scheduled Sunday, April 11.

Bestor's project, Floating Bungalow (left), is a 2,000–square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home designed to fit the site – a unique Venice walk-street. The house appears dream like, an abstracted bungalow dipped in white and lifted in the air. It represents a modernist reinterpretation of the working class bungalows which have long defined the area.

Tighe's project, Gelner Residence (shown below), is an urban villa comprised of a series of buildings overlooking a protected inner courtyard. The main 2-story house is defined by folded planes with strategically placed windows to frame views and diffuse light. In contrast, the pool house and guest wing offer a counterpoint as a pair of modernist boxes that anchor both ends of the outdoor room.

Gelner Residence by Tighe Architecture

Also featured on the tour are homes by Abramson Teiger Architects and Glen Irani Architects.

Tickets for the Spring 2010 Home Tours cost $65 for AIA members and $75 for non-members. To register, click HERE

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