HOUSING: S,M,L,XL Symposium

Join Woodbury School of Architecture for our spring symposium, HOUSING: S,M,L,XL featuring Dana Cuff, Christopher Hawthorne, Barbara Bestor, Michael Maltzan and moderated by Madeleine Brand. This symposium addresses the challenges of building housing across scales, and is free and open to the public.

HOUSING: S,M,L,XL Symposium
Tuesday, March 3 at 5:00 pm
Fletcher Jones Auditorium
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504 United States

HOUSING+ is a year-long program of lectures, exhibitions and studio inquiries focused on a topic that is of particular relevance to Los Angeles and Woodbury School of Architecture. The program garnered an invitation to the United Nations Headquarters for the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development, with over 193 governments participating in an event focusing on providing support for housing and developing policy for human rights issues.

We have invited our faculty and students to address the topic of housing in their courses during the 2019-20 academic year. As an institution of higher learning that integrates architecture, interior design, and real estate development programs, Woodbury School of Architecture believes that affordable housing is a critical architectural question and a basic human right.

HOUSING: S,M,L,XL Panelists

Dana Cuff, cityLAB Director, UCLA faculty

Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture and the founder of cityLAB. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff’s research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011).

Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles

As Chief Design Officer within Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development, Hawthorne brings  a unified design vision to projects that are shaping Los Angeles’ urban landscape by collaborating with City departments and public agencies. Hawthorne comes to City Hall from the Los Angeles Times, where he served as the architecture critic since 2004. He has led wide-ranging dialogue on architecture, urban design, and the city through his “Third Los Angeles” project.

Barbara Bestor, Principal of Bestor Architecture, JSI Executive Director

Barbara Bestor, FAIA is Principal of Bestor Architecture and is the executive director of Woodbury University’s Julius Shulman Institute. She founded Bestor Architecture in 1995, and has designed a number of award-winning projects including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Snap, Blackbirds, a new small lot housing development in Echo Park, and a variety of experimental residences and commercial establishments.

Michael Maltzan, Design Principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture

Michael Maltzan, FAIA, founded Michael Maltzan Architecture in 1995. Through a deep belief in architecture’s role in our cities and landscapes, he creates new cultural and social connections across a range of scales and programs. His designs have been published and exhibited internationally and he regularly teaches and lectures at architectural schools around the world.



Madeleine Brand, Host of Press Play, KCRW

Madeleine Brand joined KCRW in 2013 to host the award-winning daily news and culture show, Press Play. Madeleine is also host of the nationally syndicated foreign affairs show, America Abroad. Prior to KCRW, Madeleine was an anchor on the KCET television news show, SoCal Connected. Before that, Madeleine worked in New York and Washington for NPR.


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