MESSAGE FROM THE SCI-ARC ALUMNI COUNCIL
Dear Fellow Alumni,
As chair of the Alumni Council, I am fortunate to spend time at SCI-Arc throughout the year, and be involved with the alumni program. At the end of the semester, I am pleased to report on our activities this past year, which as examples of our involvement, will show you how you can be engaged with our school once again.
We started the 2013-14 year with alumni involvement in the search process for the next director of SCI-Arc, as requested by the Board of Trustees. This spring, the Alumni Council hosted Open Season, an annual career event where students exhibit work, and during a networking reception, have the opportunity to meet representatives from small practices and large firms who are interested in hiring from SCI-Arc. I was impressed that nearly 70 students chose to participate. Additionally, to help students prepare for the event and their job searches in general, we held a workshop led by alumni who gave students direct feedback on their resumes and portfolios. The Council looks forward to offering more opportunities like this for alumni to volunteer their time and expertise to benefit todays students, especially as they transition from their academic endeavors to working members of our professional community.
At our March meeting, we invited Hernan Diaz Alonso and John Enright to talk with us about the undergraduate and graduate programs, and later John led us on a tour of school. We had a discussion about how SCI-Arc recruits top students and how scholarship support plays a crucial role in forming a talented, diverse student body. We let Hernan and John know that as alumni we are here to help move the school forward. We can be ambassadors for the school in our professional and social networks, and we can contribute to SCI-Arcs scholarship funds to help attract prospective students.
Lastly, our activities focused on strengthening the alumni community by getting to know one another. The Council held a Pecha Kucha, which was a great way to show support for each another as we learned about our work and interests. In April, the Class of 1989 held a 25-year reunion at SCI-Arc, which brought together friends from around the world, some of whom had not seen each other since graduating. Faculty members and friends including Ray and Shelley Kappe, Dean Nota (B.Arch 76), Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray, Michael Rotondi (B.Arch 75) and Bill Simonian joined the class to celebrate. This event was the first of many more 25th reunions.
I hope you will join our efforts by being an active member of the SCI-Arc alumni community. Connect with alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Share your projects on the Alumni Portal. Search for job candidates through SCI-Arc. Volunteer your office or home for a school event. Send in a Class Note. Make a gift to support the future generation of architects at SCI-Arc. And, consider joining the Alumni Council. The options are infinite and diverse!
We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you in the near future.
Cara Lee (M.Arch 96)
Chair, 2013-14 Alumni Council
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Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch 95) and Silvia Kuhle of Standard designed the new Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery located on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. This central gallery, with its coffered ceiling and lensed skylights, is the central feature of the design. The gallery also features a permanent James Turrell 'Skyspace' with a retractable roof, and Turrell programmed LED lighting built into the skylight design. The gallery opening is scheduled for May and the inaugural show is James Turrell's work, coinciding with his LACMA retrospective.
Jennifer Marmon (M.Arch 01) and her Los Angeles practice Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR) received an AIA New York Merit Award for their zero carbon proposal for the Helsinki Library. The M House, one of Marmons current projects situated in a canyon near the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory, is scheduled to top out this summer.
SCI-ARC ALUMNI COUNCIL, 2013-2014
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