Architecture Fall Lectures, Events (Oct.)

Joint the School of Architecture for the Fall 2012 Lecture Series and Events. 

Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson
WUHO Gallery
Thursday, October 4, Opening 7 p.m.
October 4–28

While the towers of Marina City present a public and easily recognizable profile to the street, architect Iker Gil and photographer Andreas Larsson's project focuses on the residents of the building and the highly personal living spaces that make it an energetic and diverse community. Marina City's central location, affordable apartments, and unusually wide range ofamenities, including large balconies, bowling alley, theater, and marina, have long attracted creative and engaged residents. Inside Marina City explores the relationship between Bertrand Goldberg’s rigorous modular framework for the apartment units and the informal development of these interior spaces by residents throughout the history of the building.

Advancing Sustainability Symposium
Fletcher Jones Auditorium and Ahmanson Main Space
Saturday, October 6

Advancing Sustainability Symposium is an annual event that gathersstudents, professionals and residents of various disciplinary backgrounds tocritique the directionality and development of the built environment at itscore: the human experience in situ, the specific cultural response to geography, technology, and resources, mediated by political and economic routines. The 2012 Symposium will focus on the “cardiovascular system” of a city—its infrastructure. The discussion will investigate how various infrastructures—providers of core operational supply (transportation systems, energy and water supply, communications, built environment)—perform, exchange, and are incorporated into the natural environment. The discussion will address the extent of their influence on lifestyle and the overall dynamics of the city, as well as their management and opportunities for advancement.

Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Advancing Sustainability Symposium Keynote
Fletcher Jones Auditorium
Saturday, October 6
5:00 p.m.

The New York practice of Elisabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro is considered an intellectual think tank for visions that test the limits of possibility. Elisabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio met at theCooper Union School of Architecture before they founded their studio in
1979. Along with Charles Renfro, who joined them as a partner in 2004, they taught for several years at various universities. Among the many awards the architects have received are the Cooper Union Urban Visionary Award (2006) and the Medal of Honor of the American Institute of Architects (2010).

Their best known works include the recently opened High Line park in New York’s Meatpacking District, as well as the re-design of the Alice Tully Hall and the expansion of the Juilliard School, both part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The architects also garnered attentionwith the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the “Blur Building” for the Swiss Expo 2002. Currently, Diller Scofidio + Renfro are working on the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro and on the expansion of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, among other projects.

Kengo Kuma
Woodbury SanDiego
Monday, October 8
6:30 p.m.

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986, he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008, and in 2009, he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.

Among Kuma’s major works are Kirosan Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), Stone Museum (received International Stone Architecture Award 2001), Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (received The Murano Prize). Recent works include Great Bamboo Wall (2002, Beijing, China), Nagasaki Prefectural Museum (2005, Nagasaki) and the Suntory Museum of Art (2007, Tokyo). A number of large projects are going on abroad as well, including arts centre in Besancon City, France, Granada,Spain, and a new Victoria & Albert Museum building in Dundee, Scotland U.K..

He was awarded the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best NewGlobal Design for “hokkura Plaza and Shelter” in 2007, and Energy Performance + Architectutre Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA, UK, and Honorary Fellow of AIA in the US. Kengo Kuma is also a prolific writer / critic and his books have been translated into English, Chinese and otherlanguages.

Andrea van Reimersdahl
Ahmanson Main Space
Tuesday, October 9
6:30 p.m.

Andrea van Reimersdahl, born in Germany, received her MFA from the KunsthochschuleBerlin-Weissensee. In 2002 she founded the label  :: van reimersdahl ::providing printed art and fashion products. She has designed several fashionlines over the years and her cloths can be found in selected international stores e.g. in the United States, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrain andmany parts of Europe. By now the label can look back on many successful, international projects and co-operations, as for the fashion house Prada orseveral Warner Brothers movie production, as co-operations with Museumsquartier Vienna and Deutsche Guggenheim Museumsshop...Since 2010 sheexpanded her work with textiles to the field of interiors by teaming up witharchitects and designers. Her current work explores the fields of architecture, fashion, and art, including theoretical and research approaches.

Nick Roberts
Woodbury San Diego
Thursday, October 18
6:30 p.m.

In his 25 years of architectural practice, Nick Roberts has played a key role in the design and construction of landmark buildings in Los Angeles.  He led the team working with design architect Rafael Moneo on the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which resulted in his first book, Places of Worship, published by John Wiley.  He led the team for the John Spoor Broome Library, at California State University, designed by Foster and Partners, and helped to manage the design and construction of the Los Angeles Convention Center, designed by Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners.
Joining the full-time faculty at Woodbury in 2003, Nick led the undergraduate degree project program for five years and redesigned the teaching of materials and construction technology.  Since then he has continued to develop the teaching of the comprehensive studio and building systems integration.

After leading the Woodbury program in Paris for three years, Nick started, and for five years has led the Woodbury program in China, which has now blossomed into a fully-fledged exchange program with Southeast University, Nanjing. He is currently developing a program with CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.

Nick’s primary research interest is the edge of the contemporary city, torn by the conflicting demands of agriculture and open space, housing, andinfrastructure.  His work in France and China has led to paper presentations at the ACSA, a lecture at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and a chapter in the forthcoming book The Emerging Asian City.  He iscurrently working on a collection of essays bringing together his research in China, India, and Europe.

Izaskun Chinchilla
Woodbury SanDiego
Thursday, October 25
6:30 p.m.
Innovative Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla uses theoretical development to carry out each project. The concepts with which she works exercises multidisciplinarywaves through ecology, sociology, science in general, with an architecture that moves away from purely stylistic speech, and reunites with the complexities of life in the contemporary world.


Date & Location:

October 04, 2012 - October 25, 2012
Locations include:

Woodbury University, Los Angeles–Burbank
Fletcher Jones Auditorium
Ahmanson Main Space
7500 Glenoaks Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91504

Woodbury University, San Diego
2212 Main Street
San Diego, CA 92113

WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Gallery hours: Thursday 1–8 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1–6 p.m.