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University of Southern California

April 30, 2014

Michele Saee
has been named IAA Professor for the International Academy of Architecture.  Academic Council at its XXXVIII session (12 April 2014). The “Michele Saee Monograph” is near completion and will be published in English and Chinese by China Architectural Press. This is the second monograph of Michele Saee's work that reflects his work in the last eighteen years. The first book was published by Rizzoli. Prof. Saee has two new projects in construction in Los Angeles; one Tahiti Marina Apartments and Docks (a 149 unit apartment building in the Marina del Rey) and a house in Bel Air.

Adjunct Associate faculty member Warren Techentin recently opened an exhibition at the Materials & Applications gallery in Los Angeles, entitled La Cage aux Folles. This experimental bent steel tube structure explores the craft of pipe bending and joins form, computational procedures, and fabrication processes into a complex structure that assumes can challenges the notion of occupation and enclosure.

Leonard Marvin is currently Senior Design Manager in USC Capital Construction responsible for the “USC Village” project which is the largest USC project designed and constructed on either the University Park Campus or the Health Science Campus.

Assistant Professor Kyle Konis' paper entitled:" Predicting visual comfort in side-lit open-plan core zones: Results of a field study pairing high dynamic range images with subjective responses," was recently published in the journal Energy and Buildings. (Volume 77, July 2014, Pages 67–79).

Adjunct Professor Lorcan O'Herlihy's firm, LOHA, is currently designing three mixed-use developments in the heart of Downtown LA's Arts District and two university housing projects. On a smaller but just as important scale, LOHA has been rethinking urban infrastructure and has billboard structures and bus shelters going up throughout the LA region. Further afield, LOHA was recently selected as one of five shortlisted architects in an international competition to design a port terminal in Taiwan.

Professors Douglas Noble and Karen Kensek are coordinating a four-day architecture licensing lecture series in Los Angeles, May 29 – June 1, 2014.  More than 25 individual classes, and all are free and open to everyone. RSVP is required on the website (search for “NotLY USC”)

Assistant Professor Rachel Berney has developed a new online course for the Fall 2014 term. Created to run jointly with USC's Public Health Program in the Keck School of Medicine, the course, ARCH 521 Health and the Design Environment, will explore the relationship between human health and well-being and designed environments through the lenses of landscape, place, and architecture.

Assistant Professor Alison Hirsch's book, City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America was released in early April (University of Minnesota Press). Her essay "Visualizing Ceaseless Change" came out in the new book, Design in the Terrain of Water (edited by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha). She recently received the James H. Zumberge Research Grant for the development of her next book

Ken Breisch will be giving a lecture to the Santa Monica Conservancy on the Los Angeles architect, John Byers, on June 1, 2014.

Assistant Professor Alvin Huang will be presenting the paper "Pure Tension: Intuition, Engineering, & Fabrication" at the The 19th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia in Kyoto, Japan.  He has also been invited to speak as part of the "New Materials, New World" panel at Dwell on Design organized by Dwell Magazine in Los Angeles and at "Perspective 2014" the annual design meeting organized by The Plan Magazine in Venice, Italy. His firm Synthesis Design + Architecture was recently announced the winner of an invited competition to design a public art installation for the Slauson Metro Station in South Central Los Angeles.  He is currently co-directing the upcoming AA Visiting School Los Angeles (June 16-27) and co-chairing the 2014 ACADIA Conference (October 23-26).

Geoffrey von Oeyen, Lecturer, was awarded the 2014 Architectural League Prize by the Architectural League of New York. The League Prize is one of North Americaʼs most prestigious awards for young architects. This year’s theme for the portfolio competition, Overlay, asks how the idea of overlay (iterative, conceptual, and notational) drives discourse, tension between iterations, design solutions, and the parameters by which work is reviewed. Open to designers ten years or less out of school, the competition draws entrants from around North America. Winners will lecture in June and display their work in an exhibition on view through the summer. Their ideas and work will also be featured in original interviews and video on the Leagueʼs website. One of six winners, von Oeyen will lecture about his work on June 24, 2014 with two other firms, followed by an opening reception for the group exhibition.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue

Exhibition:  June 24—August 1, 2014

The exhibition will be open daily 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and late Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on the evenings of the lectures.


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