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SCI-Arc Honors 50th Anniversary with Spectacular Main Event Gala on April 30

Celebrating SCI-Arc’s First 50 Years, Supporting Students for the Next 50

The gala dinner and awards will honor architect Frank Gehry, visual artist Alison Saar, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the Herald Examiner Building/Georgetown Company.

For 50 years, SCI-Arc has been restless, bold, and optimistic. We celebrate the tenacity of the figures and forces that created a movement never before seen in architecture education, which embraces the audacity of ever-shifting visions ahead. This year marks SCI-Arc's 50th anniversary, which will be commemorated with free and accessible events and programs taking place throughout 2022.

On April 30, friends and family of SCI-Arc are invited to gather on campus for Main Event 2022, an al fresco celebration of the outrageous creativity that for 50 years has propelled our school’s thought leadership in architecture and design. The most spectacular affair of the academic year, Main Event benefits the SCI-Arc Scholarship Endowment, with net proceeds empowering more students to access the world-renowned school of innovation and architectural thinking. Our Main Event gala dinner and awards is SCI-Arc's primary fundraiser supporting student scholarships, allowing us to sustain our commitment to creating inclusive opportunities for students of all backgrounds, including those from communities underrepresented in architecture, to study at SCI-Arc.

Headshot of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry by Alexandra Cabri

Headshot Alison Saar

Alison Saar

Exterior photo of Herald Examiner Building

Herald Examiner Building by Ryan Gobuty

SCI-Arc's special 50th anniversary Main Event is guaranteed to be remembered for years to come. At our gala dinner and awards presentation, we are thrilled to honor inimitable creative leaders including architect Frank Gehry, visual artist Alison Saar, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the Herald Examiner Building/Georgetown Company. Guests won’t want to miss the lively 50th anniversary celebration party with DJs and special surprises. In addition, the night will feature special acknowledgments and presentations, as well as the groundbreaking work of SCI-Arc students on display at a preview of Spring Show, curated by SCI-Arc faculty William Virgil, Kordae Henry, and Jeremy Kamal Hartley.

Headshot of Barbara Bouza

Barbara Bouza, President, Walt Disney Imagineering

Michael Fischer headshot

Michael Fisher, Senior Vice President, Georgetown Company, in the Herald Examiner Lobby by Al Seib

"It’s an honor for The Georgetown Company to be recognized by SCI-Arc alongside architecture and design giants such as our good friend Frank Gehry, Alison Saar and Walt Disney Imagineering,” said Georgetown Company Senior Vice President Michael Fischer. “Since SCI-Arc was founded, its programs have helped inspire and mold future generations of innovative architects who have advanced the industry. For our Herald-Examiner redevelopment project, we were lucky to have a number of SCI-Arc graduates on our team and we can’t wait to see what all of its graduates do next."

“We are honored to be recognized by SCI-Arc and thrilled to be joining their 50-year anniversary celebration,” said Barbara Bouza, president, Walt Disney Imagineering. “SCI-Arc is known for being on the cutting-edge of architecture and design, and we have a shared passion to drive innovation and collaboration that makes positive, impactful contributions around the world.”

SCI-Arc takes the lead in reimagining the limits of architecture, reflecting on our first 50 years to propel us into the future, and producing the next generation of risk-takers who will push us towards the potential of the next 50 years. We look forward to reconnecting with and expressing our gratitude to all who have played a role in making SCI-Arc the remarkable school it is today, while reveling in the accomplishments of SCI-Arc's first 50 years. 

Gala Program April  30, 2022 

6:00 – 8:30 pm
Gala dinner and awards honoring architect Frank Gehry, visual artist Alison Saar, Walt Disney Imagineering, and  the Herald Examiner Building/Georgetown Company

Celebrating founding director Ray Kappe alongside founding faculty Thom Mayne, Jim Stafford, Glen Small, Ahde Lahti, Bill Simonian, and Shelly Kappe

8:30–11:00 pm
50th anniversary celebration party with music and special surprises in recognition of former Directors Ray Kappe, Michael Rotondi, Neil M. Denari, and Eric Owen Moss

Gala Committee

Co-Chairs: Suzanne Boda and Tom Strickler
Committee Members: Barbara Bestor (M.Arch 1 '92), Jerry Neuman, Abigail Scheuer (M.Arch '93)

SCI-Arc Board of Trustees

Media Contact

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