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CLASS NOTES: fall 2013


Dean Nota (B.Arch ‘76) received two design awards from the AIA Long Beach-South Bay Chapter in their 2013 Biennial Awards Program. The Marsh Residence, designed for artist Peggy Marsh, and completed in Hermosa Beach in 1988, was recognized with the Institute’s 25 Year Award, while the Olivares Residence, completed in Manhattan Beach in 2011, was recognized with a Merit Award.

Michael Folonis (B.Arch ‘78) has received 11 design awards for his first health care project, the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building in Santa Monica, which is also the first project to ever win the National AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health Design Award in both built (2013) and unbuilt (2011) categories. The project was also awarded by the Southern California Development Forum, AIA/LA, Westside Urban Forum, AIA/CC, LA Business Council and Modern Healthcare. The medical building has been featured in 80 articles and posts.

Richard Levy (B.Arch ‘78) of Architectural Photography & Design in Los Angeles was recently elected as the Architectural Photographer member of the Board of Directors of American Photographic Artists (APA).

Nick Seierup (B.Arch ‘79), Design Director and Principal with Perkins+Will, recently received four AIA design awards. The Modesto College Student Center won Honor awards in the Sierra Valley and Pasadena Foothill Chapters, as well as a Savings by Design Award for its environmental program that culminated in LEED Silver certification. Seierup’s competition entry for a new 32-courtroom, 510,000-square-feet Superior Court facility for the Long Beach Courthouse won a Merit Award from the Long Beach-South Bay Chapter of the AIA.


Denis LaRoche (B.Arch ‘80) founded Bad Ass Sports in Tustin, Calif., an apparel company with a mission to support athletes with special needs, and generate meaningful employment for workers with physical and cognitive disabilities. Inspired by his daughter, who has epilepsy and left hemiplegia, LaRoche has so far partnered with the Special Olympics and Big Idea, and hopes his new company will serve as an instrument for helping others with special needs.

Allison Wright (B.Arch ‘81) spoke at a recent TEDx Manhattan Beach event about her work as an artist, architect and educator. She has designed studios and residences throughout Los Angeles, and has produced artwork straddling the line between art and architecture. A long-time Manhattan Beach resident, Wright also served as the city’s Cultural Arts Commissioner.

James Lynn (B.Arch ‘82) is project director with Jacobs Project Management Company for the new VA Denver Replacement Medical Center, a new 2-million square feet facility including a full service hospital and ambulatory care center. With a budget of approximately $1.5 billion, the project is scheduled to be completed by end of 2016.

David Hertz (B.Arch ‘83) and S.E.A. Studio of Environmental Architecture are at work on a new 92-room hotel in Venice, Calif., which will incorporate 3 restaurants and retail spaces. Hertz’s 747 Wing House was recently featured on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose. Airbnb hired S.E.A. to design a prefab eco-pod with a living wall for their local hospitality project, Hello LA. The pod, with interiors co-designed by actress Angelica Houston, will travel to San Francisco and then New York. Hertz married photographer Laura Doss on August 31, their wedding being covered by a full-page article in The New York Times.

Brendan MacFarlane (B.Arch ‘84) of Paris-based Jakob+MacFarlane recently completed the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France. The project involved the restoration and renovation of three 18th and 19th-century structures, plus demolition of a fourth wing to open up a sloping poured-in-place concrete courtyard from which a silvery aluminum-clad, parametric form springs like a sci-fi creature. The project is featured on the cover of Architectural Record’s October 2013 issue.

Bill Gregory’s (B.Arch ‘84) Niemiec/Majchrzak Residence was featured in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy-White Point Home Tour in September. Gregory is principal of Arcelab, a practice he founded in 2008 after having spent 22 years working on campus planning and master development for UCLA.

Polly Osborne (M.Arch ‘87) was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Ned Engs (M.Arch ‘89) and his firm E4 Architects Studio’s $1 million face-lift of the mid-century modern Sechler House in Pasadena was featured by the Wall Street Journal. Engs bought the home in 2010 and spent two years renovating it, adding a second floor and expanding the residence by roughly 1,000 square feet. It was recently bought by Evie DiCiaccio, the development director at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and John Dicaccio, a partner at Snowden Capital Advisors.

Steven Suchman (M.Arch ‘89) runs Motivated Media, a production company providing a complete pipeline for immersive branding experiences to serve fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands. Most recently, Suchman collaborated with fashion designer Jonny Cota for the “art-inspired” SKINGRAFT line, directing the 3D film Dark Light Cycles, which depicts a motorcycle fashion show.


Peter Grueneisen’s (M.Arch ‘90) Crestwood Hills Residence was selected for publication in the forthcoming book by the national AIA/CRAN knowledge community. Titled Houses for All Regions—CRAN Residential Collection, the book features select residencies featuring design solutions that respond to the individual circumstances of place and program. Grueneisen is principal of nonzero\architecture in Santa Monica.

Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim (M.Arch ‘90) presented her professorial inaugural lecture at the University Putra Malaysia, where she currently serves as Dean of the School of Design and Architecture. In her new role, she welcomes industry-academia joint collaborations with interested alumni. Previously, Ibrahim was named one of the 2012 Top Research Scientists by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

Elissa Scrafano’s (M.Arch ‘90) Mendel Residence was featured this summer in Dwell on Design’s Canyon & Valley Home Tour 2013 in Los Angeles. An Echo Park residence designed by Scrafano in 2008, and subsequently bought by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, was featured by Dwell and The New York Times.

Christopher Mercier, AIA (M.Arch ’91), principal of (fer) studio, has had several projects featured in major publications such as Wall Street Journal, California Home & Design, as well as in Dwell’s home tours this past summer. (fer) studio’s latest restaurant project, Connie & Ted’s, opened its doors in West Hollywood in June and has since received rave reviews, being described as a “driveby showstopper” by Guy Horton (M.Arch ’96) on KCRW’s DnA blog.

Andreas Angelidakis (B.Arch ‘92) designed the space for a hybrid art and design exhibition, The System of Objects, on view at the Deste Foundation in Athens, Greece. His designs were also on display at the Frieze Art Fair in London, and he was recently profiled by Architectural Record in the magazine’s Newsmaker column.

Jeremy Levine (M.Arch ‘93) was elected Board Chair of Side Street Projects. His firm is developing and funding an Architecture for Kids pilot-program for next Spring in the LA School District. Two of his latest projects are featured in the new book, Passive Houses from Braun Publishing.

Miggi Hood (M.Arch ‘93) created and co-produced the documentary series Time of Death, which premiered November 1 on Showtime. Having spent the earlier part of her career designing Hollywood sets, Hood conceived the idea for the 6-episode series after experiencing a series of deaths in her family and close circle of friends. The show has received rave reviews for its unflinchingly honest look at people facing their own mortality.

Joe Day (M.Arch ‘94) published a new book, Corrections and Collections, Architectures for Art and Crime (Routledge Press, 2013) examining how architectures of exhibition and discipline now dominate the American landscape.

Todd Erlandson (M.Arch ‘94) of Los Angeles based M)Arch. Studio collaborated this summer on the design of the Windhshield Perspective exhibition at the A+D Museum. The show was part of the overarching Getty-funded Pacific Standard Times Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A initiative. Erlandson’s design was praised in an exhibition review by Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Hawthorne.

Elmar Kleiner (M.Arch ‘94), founder and director of Thailand-based Office for Interior & Architecture (OIA), received a Gold certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for his Haefele Design Center in Phuket, being the first project to be certified by DGNB in South East Asia.

Karen M’Closkey (B.Arch ‘94), principal of PEG office of landscape + architecture, and co-founder Keith VanDerSys, received a 2013 PEW fellowship in the arts. PEG is the first landscape architecture office to be awarded the fellowship since its inception in 1991. PEG was also named one of Metropolis’ Select Ten, which identifies the next generation of thought leaders in the field of design.

Jason Payne (B.Arch ‘94) of Hirsuta contributed to the second edition of Project, a journal investigating the idea of a project in architecture—the pursuit of an intellectual problem or critical agenda that transcends an architect’s individual works. Alumni Joe Day (M.Arch ’94) and Albert Pope (B.Arch ’78) also contributed essays.

Iris Anna Regn (M.Arch ‘94) is a Los Angeles based designer whose professional collaborations include Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn, Durfee Regn Sandhaus, and BROODWORK. She is currently working on a public artwork for the Northeast Los Angeles Police Station and is producing a collection of multipurpose textile wraps. With BROODWORK—a social practice examining the interweaving of creative practice and family life—Regn participated in the 2013 Trajector Art Fair in conjunction with Brussels Art Days.

Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch ’95) and Silvia Kuhle of Standard received an AIA Los Angeles Merit Award for the new Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles. They are currently working on the permanent installation of a 1957 Jean Prouvé “Structure Nomade” pre-fab at Maxfield in West Hollywood and a concept store for Hourglass cosmetics. Recent projects include the environmental identity and the first eight stores for Pressed Juicery, and competition entries for housing in the Far Rockaways and a pedestrian bridge in Salford, England.

Gordon Kipping’s (M.Arch ‘95) work is included in the MoMA exhibition Cut ‘n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, on view through January 5, 2014. Kipping, who heads New York-based GTECTS, interviewed about the MoMA show with Wall Street Journal.

Jörg Rügemer (M.Arch ‘95) of AJR Atelier successfully led his team in winning the international urban design competition Sixty-Nine Seventy—The Spaces Between in Salt Lake City. He is currently at work on strategies to implement the proposal into the city’s downtown core and beyond. Rügemer also finished a 2-year post-occupancy monitoring phase of his 125 Haus, which became Utah’s most energy-efficient and cost effective house, being awarded several AIA and local Utah awards for its architectural and spatial qualities.

Cara Lee (M.Arch ‘96) and Stephan Mundwiler (M.Arch ‘95) of lee+mundwiler won a 2013 AIA California Chapter merit award for the Geology Museum and Research Center in Shenzhen, China, which was completed earlier this year. They also received an AIA│LA honor award for their residential project “L House” in Culver City, Los Angeles.

David Nosanchuk (M.Arch ‘96) has been invited to contribute ideas to Flavor Paper, a Brooklyn producer of avant-garde wallcoverings. Seven of his designs of collaged bits of buildings such as the Pantheon and Bernini’s Colonnade at St. Peter’s Basilica are available to order from Flavor Paper.

Hadley Arnold (M.Arch ‘97) and Peter Arnold (M.Arch ’94) received a 2013 AIA│LA Presidential Award for Community Contribution. The two founded the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University to research innovative responses to climate change and water scarcity. Their Dry Studio involves wild and bumpy road trips across the arid west, where the entire class camps out, designing and erecting temporary drought-responsive structures.

Mimi Zeiger (M.Arch ‘98) recently spoke at the Harvard GSD on the frontiers of design criticism. She also taught Reread Remix, a cross-platform criticism workshop for GSD students, exploring the act of critical writing as it translates from the page to the screen to performance. Her essay, Toward a Collective Criticism was published in Volume #36: Ways to Be Critical, and she contributed a chapter to Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Ashgate Publishers, 2013).

Paola Zellner (M.Arch ‘98), assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Design, Virginia Tech, has completed the installation Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth in the Cube at the Center for the Performing Arts. The project, an interactive and responsive environment developed in collaboration with Tom Martin and students from her class, Textile Space, was sponsored by the Institute of Creativity, Arts and Technology.

Beth Holden (B.Arch ‘98) of New Theme presented a new exhibition at her NEW THEME Gallery on Melrose. Dubbed Diffraction, the show included art works by Holden and artist Zach Stadel.

Eric Vogel (M.Arch ‘98) recently published a book about Frederick Layton—an American businessman turned pioneering art collector and philanthropist—who founded the Milwaukee Art Museum. Titled Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Collection, 1888-2013, Vogel’s book co-authored with John Eastberg was reviewed by and is available on

Tima Bell (M.Arch ‘99) and Scott Sullivan (M.Arch ‘99) have teamed up again to create Relativity Architects, an architecture firm focusing on low income housing, as well as hospitality, commercial and high end residential work.

Vicken Derderian (B.Arch ‘99) debuted his designs as part of the Academy of Art University’s Spring 2014 collection for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Derderian recently graduated with an M.F.A. in Fashion Design from the San Francisco-based school.


Demetrios Avraamides (M.Arch ‘00) has finished the design of a public primary school in a low income neighborhood in the town of Paphos, Cyprus. The new building will replace an existing school that was originally built as a prison. Groundbreaking took place in December.

Nico Marques (M.Arch ‘00) of Photekt was featured in Archinect’s In Focus series profiling architectural photographers. Based in Los Angeles, Marques has recently photographed for Steven Ehrlich, Predock Frane, Kanner Architects, and Trulinea among others. His work was recently on view in the Never Built Los Angeles show at the A+D Museum.

Rebecca Rudolph (M.Arch ‘00) and Catherine Johnson (M.Arch ‘04), co-founders of Los Angeles design collaborative Design, Bitches, received an AIA/LA Restaurant Design Award for their work on Superba Snack Bar in Venice, Calif. They recently completed a second retail location for Coolhaus in Pasadena, and will be part of the Almost Anything Goes exhibition opening January 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Monica. Johnson is featured in the documentary film Coast Modern, released earlier this year.

Coomy Bilimoria Kadribegovic (MRD ‘01) was promoted to Senior Associate at AECOM, where she is currently working on the LACCD’s $6 billion building program. Nerin Kadribegovic (M.Arch ‘03) and Coomy, who met while at SCI-Arc, recently welcomed the arrival of their second child.

Dan Weinreber (M.Arch ‘02), Partner at Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, was invited to speak at the Asia Lighting Arts Symposium in Guangzhou in June. He presented the lighting design for the 60-story Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Tower, a collaboration with Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Weinreber is currently designing projects in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

Kevin Wronske's (B.Arch ‘02) firm, Heyday Partnership, recently completed construction on a six-home small lot subdivision rated LEED Gold, located in the Glassell Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. The project looks to create a denser, greener, healthier spec home in a neighborhood typically confined to banal stucco boxes.

Kai Cole (M.Arch ‘02) was mentioned in several stories about her husband, The Avengers director Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. The film was shot entirely at the couple’s Santa Monica home designed by Cole.

Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B. Arch ‘93) of Ball-Nogues Studio completed the permanent public art installation Air Garden for the new Bradley West International Terminal at LAX. They were commissioned to design three projects in Texas—Confluence Park in San Antonio, a public artwork in Houston, and a public artwork in El Paso. The October 2013 issue of Metropolis includes Ball-Nogues among the editors’ “Select Ten” emerging talents.

Bryan Flaig (M.Arch '05) of Los Angeles-based Undisclosable recently completed the Bucato restaurant in Culver City’s historic Helms Bakery. Flaig’s design team included alumni Nicholas Poulos (M.Arch '11) and Rob Decosmo (M.Arch '05), and undergraduate student Omar Preciado (B.Arch '16).

Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA (M.Arch '03), Principal with Lehrer Architects and member of the SCI-Arc Alumni Council, recently completed work on five affordable housing projects based on three prototypes designed by the firm. The projects are located throughout several challenging South Los Angeles neighborhoods. Kadribegovic is currently working on projects for the new Learning Center for Tree People, and a new headquarters for fashion designer Trina Turk.

Sang Dae Lee (M.Arch '04), founder of Los Angeles and Seoul-based UnitedLAB, received a 2013 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for his project, Magok Waterfront: Intercity. The work was shown alongside other wining projects in a group exhibition at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Wagen The (M.Arch ‘05) and his architecture practice, PROW Architects, were shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival 2013 award in the house category for his Arena House project. The design is a synthesis of an arena and a house typology in response to the client’s unique lifestyle in Singapore.

Steve Boyer (M.Arch ‘05) was selected to participate in this year’s Glow festival in Santa Monica. His work involved the deployment of thousands of smart devices to splash a 60x60 space with color and sound. Boyer invited festival goers to download a smartphone app and participate in the work by becoming a “smart pixel” and contributing their device’s screen to the crowd-sourced fields of color.

Cathy Johnson (M.Arch ‘05) and Rebecca Rudolph (M.Arch ‘00) of Los Angeles practice Design, Bitches were featured in the annual LA Forum hosted Out There Doing It series. The two alumnae were also recently profiled by the Architectural Record in their Newsmaker column.

Laurel Consuelo Broughton (M.Arch ‘06) of Welcome Projects participated in an exhibition for the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Titled Wall Works: Black Holes, the show featured a milky way of black holes as interpreted through drawings inside TetraPak milk cartons by more than 500 kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Santa Monica-Malibu and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.

Guy Horton (M.Arch ‘06) was recently picked by KCRW to be one of its new design reporters for DnA: Design & Architecture, produced and hosted by Frances Anderton. Horton will be contributing writing and on-air segments to the show and podcast. His first aired interview was with Denise Scott Brown.

Benjamin Luddy (M.Arch ‘06) and Makoto Mizutani (M.Arch ‘05) of Scout Regalia recently launched their new product collections featuring handmade wall hooks, utility pouches and bicycle saddlebags designed in collaboration with Winter Session of Denver, Colo. The two were recently featured in Archinect’s Working out of the Box series presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.

Mirai Morita (M.Arch ‘06) was appointed lecturer at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Previously, she worked at Atelier Bow-Wow, OMA, Asymptote and Michael Sorkin Studio.

Gabie Strong (M.Arch ‘06) completed the site-specific public art installation It Calls from the Creek with collaborators Matthew Hebert and Jared Stanley. Together as Unmanned Minerals, the design+art+poetry group were commissioned by the Art on Site/Sierra Fund to design and build a semi-permanent outdoor installation along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, Calif.

Joshua Taron (M.Arch ‘06) was awarded tenure as Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he also co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). Taron founded his office, Synthetiques, in 2008, focusing on the hybrid ecologies afforded through the interface of virtual and physical economies across multiple scales.

Moses Hacmon (B.Arch ‘07) hosted an exhibition of his photographs at HUB LA in Downtown Los Angeles. Part art, part science, and part spiritual awakening, his show included a unique collection of images of water. Hacmon spent ten years studying water and developing a photographic technique that captures the hidden life of this element, portraying its pure form in motion.

Jong Hwa (Duly) Lee (M.Arch ‘07) founded and has been directing a social experimental project called Festival Abierto in Panama. A first-of-its-kind in Panama, the event provides a platform for both private and public sectors to connect with cultural citizens through education, music, art and science. Its most recent edition welcomed more than 25,000 attendees, as well as a special collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute and the UN Development Program.


Alfonso Medina (SCIFI ‘10), founder of New York based T38 Studio, was highlighted by CurbedNY in a story about promising up-and-coming talent in the fields of architecture, interior design and urban development.

Jonathan Wimmel (B.Arch ‘10) received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. While in New York, he collaborated with Serendipity’s Thierry Morali on completing the full delivery of schematic design for a 12,000-square-feet home on Dubai’s Palm Island. Wimmel now resides in Houston, Texas, where he is Design Principal and Project Manager at Prozign Architects. He recently completed a 90,000-square-feet interior renovation with a construction budget of $14 million, for a space that will house a joint program between the University of Texas and the Houston Community College.

Seth Weiner (M.Arch ‘10) developed a score for his conceptual project Choir Corridor, a site and space-specific performance in the Main Hall of the MAK Vienna. In collaboration with a professional choir, the work examines the interplay of human interaction and space in regard to group dynamics, mechanisms of crowd control, protest movements and the potential for voice to approximate a barrier. In Spring 2014, he will be joining the Department of Media Communications at Webster University in Vienna as an Adjunct Professor.

Alique Pempejian (B.Arch ‘11) and Lusine Miribyan (B.Arch ‘10), designers at Gin Wong Associates, have recently performed at the 5th annual Unfrozen Music concert, a collaboration of architects and designers who happen to also play music. Alique on the violin and Lusine on the piano performed their own rendition of Time from the movie Inception, in collaboration with photographs of Faces of Water provided by alumnus Moses Hacmon (B.Arch ‘06).

Adriana Argyropoulos (M.Arch ‘12) exhibited her SCI-Arc thesis project, Slow Space, in the 2013 edition of Currents, an internationally renowned new media festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Liz von Hasseln (M.Arch ‘12) and Kyle von Hasseln (M.Arch ‘12) co-founded The Sugar Lab, a micro design firm for custom 3D printed sugar in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Their work has recently been featured in Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Wired, and Los Angeles Magazine. In September, 3D Systems acquired the startup, which the partners will continue to manage as creative directors. In November, the couple presented their work at TEDx in Manhattan Beach.

Ralph S. Steenblik (M.Arch ’12) will have work published in “Educating 21st Century Architects” by Neil Spiller. His Sonata Panel piece was selected by a jury to be included in the Design Lab exhibit at Site Santa Fe. Steenblik recently completed a 3000 sq. ft. vacation residence project on Yuba Lake.

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