Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds Masters degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley, College of Environmental Design and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. The office, located in Los Angeles, is currently staffed with 25 professionals designing and constructing projects in the United States and around the world. The firm has garnered over 100 local, national and international design awards.
Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004, he received the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan. In 2007, he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Samitaur Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012, Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House.
There are 16 published monographs on the Eric Owen Moss office, including three by Rizzoli and one, Gnostic Architecture by Monacelli Press. Most recent are Eric Owen Moss - The Uncertainty of Doing, published by Skira in 2006; Eric Owen Moss - Provisional Paradigms, published by Marsilio in 2007; Eric Owen Moss - Construction Manual (1988-2008), published by AADCU Press in 2009; and Eric Owen Moss, l Maestri dell’Architettura, published by Hachette, Italy in 2012. Who Says What Architecture Is?, volumes 1 and 2 were published in 2012 by AADCU Press.
Moss continues to build, teach, lecture and exhibit. In 2002, the firm won two competitions in St. Petersburg, Russia, one for the New Mariinsky Theatre, the second for the redevelopment of New Holland. In 2003, Eric Owen Moss Architects won the international competition for the Queens Museum of Art in New York. In 2006, they won the City of the Future competition - LA, NY, Chicago, sponsored by the History Channel. In 2012, the firm won the competition for the re-development of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently in progress. The firm has featured regularly at the Venice Biennale, with exhibits that have included the controversial proposal for the New Mariinsky at the Russian Pavilion in 2002, and the international competition entries for the National Library in Mexico City and the Smithsonian Institute in 2004. In 2006, the firm exhibited the Los Angeles/Culver City project in the Cities, Architecture, and Society section. In 2010, Moss became the first foreign architect invited to curate a national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Eric Owen Moss first taught at SCI-Arc in 1974, and was appointed director in 2002. He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and the UAE. He received the Most Admired Educator Award from the Design Futures Council in 2013, and The AIA|LA Educator of the Year in 2006. Moss continues to teach at SCI-Arc, and to lecture around the world.
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Hsinming Fung, AIA, is Principal and Director of Design for the internationally renowned architecture firm Hodgetts + Fung (H+F).
Since founding H+F in 1984 with partner Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, Ming has overseen the design of distinguished projects such as the renovated Hollywood Bowl, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, the Wild Beast Pavilion at California Institute of the Arts, and a host of other influential designs. Current projects include renovation of the historic Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City, the Rosa Parks Metro station, a mixed-use development in West Hollywood, the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and the Diamond Head Theatre in O’Ahu.
Ming’s studio has also earned a reputation for high-caliber exhibit design through such installations as the Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the landmark exhibitions Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses, The Work of Charles & Ray Eames, and most recently at LACMA, California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” They have also received numerous prestigious awards, including the Fellowship Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the LA Winners Award, the Gold Medal from the AIA/LA, the AIACC Firm of the Year Award, the GSA Design Excellence Award, and most recently, the R+D Award for their innovative fiberglass roof design for LAUSD modular classrooms.
A demonstrated leader in academia, Ming has taught at Yale University as the Eero Saarinen Professor in 1995 and 2000, at Ohio State University as Herbert Baumer Professor in 1996, and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for 16 years. In 2010, Ming was appointed Director of Academic Affairs at SCI-Arc after eight years as the school’s Director of Graduate Programs. She has initiated two post-professional degree programs at SCI-Arc, MediaSCAPES and SCIFI. In addition, she currently serves on the executive board for the AIA/Los Angeles, as a national peer for General Services Administration, and has been appointed President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for 2014.
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The SCI-Arc Board of Trustees appointed Hernan Diaz Alonso as the new Director of SCI-Arc beginning Fall 2015. He will succeed architect Eric Owen Moss, whose term concludes in September. Read more.
Hernan Diaz Alonso is Principal of the Los Angeles-based architecture office Xefirotarch. His multidisciplinary practice is praised for work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments and radical exploration of architecture. Over the course of his career as an architect and educator, Diaz Alonso has earned accolades for his leadership and innovation, as well as his ability to build partnerships among varied constituencies. In 2005, he was the winner of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition, and in 2012 he received the “Educator of the Year” Award from the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, he won the 2013 AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture and a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award for his design of the Thyssen Bornamiza Pavilion/Museum in Patagonia, Argentina.
Diaz Alonso’s architectural designs have been featured in exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, London Architecture Biennale, and Archilab in Orleans, France, as well as displayed in featured exhibitions in leading architecture museums such as the New York MoMA, SFMOMA, Art Institute of Chicago and the MAK Centre, Vienna. The work has also been widely published in magazines, periodicals and multiple books, including the “Excessive” monograph of Xefirotarch. The office is currently working on a new monograph to be published by Thames and Hudson. Diaz Alonso’s work is also part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Center, SFMOMA, New York MoMA, the Thyssen Bornamiza Collection, the MAK Museum, Vienna, and Art Institute of Chicago.
A gifted educator, Diaz Alonso has been acknowledged throughout the years with prestigious appointments such as Yale University’s Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design in 2010, Design Studio Professor at the GSAPP at Columbia University 2004-2010, an ongoing appointment as architectural design professor in the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and as Distinguished Faculty Member at SCI-Arc. In spring 2015, he will serve as Yale University’s Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design.
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John Enright, AIA is a co-founder and Principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Griffin Enright Architects.
John Enright brings over 20 years of professional experience to SCI-Arc, where he oversees the school's undergraduate degree program. Prior to establishing his firm with Margaret Griffin in 2000, he worked for twelve years with Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, as project architect on numerous award-winning projects.
Griffin Enright Architects' work has been extensively published nationally and internationally, and has received dozens of awards for design excellence including, local, state and national AIA Awards and The American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. The firm recently completed the award winning 36,000 sq. ft. St. Thomas the Apostle Education Campus in Los Angeles, CA and have completed a wide range of projects from installations to residential and institutional projects. The firm is currently working on a mixed-use project in Venice CA, and a series of projects in China.
Enright has taught design studios and technology seminars at SCI-Arc, Syracuse University, University of Houston, and most recently, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California.
His academic research focuses on design and building technology including Building Information Modeling and new digital paradigms as applied to fabrication and construction. An exhibition of his research into the work of Konrad Wachsmann was recently exhibited at the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. John has been the recipient of multiple grants including; USC's Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative, and an NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and the Academy in 2009.
Enright has recently served on the advisory committee for the national AIA's Educator Practitioners Network (EPN), and has been appointed to the Los Angeles Mayor's Design Advisory Panel. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.
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Jamie Bennett is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of SCI-Arc, where he oversees planning and administrative functions. He works closely with the Director and Vice-Director to develop and direct financial plans consistent with the school's educational mission.
Before joining SCI-Arc, Bennett worked extensively in nonprofits and as an executive in media companies in Los Angeles and in London. Most recently he has been a business advisor, investor and Director with the Pasadena Angels, which specializes in local emerging growth companies.
He served as CEO of worldwide productions for London-based Pearson Television, as CEO of L.A.-based ACI television and as a senior vice-president at Disney's Buena Vista TV Productions in Burbank. Prior to working for the Disney Company, Bennett worked for CBS, including five years as General Manager of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
Bennett holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the Public Television Advisory Board at the Annenberg School at USC and on the boards of the National Environmental Trust in Washington, D.C., Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, and Marlborough School in Los Angeles, among others. He currently sits on the Board of the Ojai Music Festival where he is co-chair of the Governance Committee.
He and his wife, Carolyn Bennett, who holds a master's degree from the Architectural Association in London, make their home in Los Angeles.
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