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University of Southern California

August 12, 2015

Assistant Professor Alvin Huang was named to the Board of Directors for the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture.  Additionally, his Pure Tension Pavilion received a 2015 R+D Award from Architect Magazine (featured in the July Issue) and was also named as a finalist for the SXSW Eco Place by Design Award. Alvin will be one of 5 finalists pitching their projects to the jury at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in October.


Alexander Robinson is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize for Landscape Architecture. He will be developing new tools to investigate the intersection of infrastructural design and picturesque theories.  


The book Young Architects 16: Overlay, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in July 2015, featuring the work of Geoffrey von Oeyen from the 2014 Architectural League Prize. Also in July, Geoffrey von Oeyen participated in the symposium "Mapping the Middle Zone" in Shenzen, China, organized by fellow USC faculty member Gary Paige under the leadership of Dean Qingyun Ma.


Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] was recently shortlisted for a student accommodations project in Dublin. As a part of the Grangegorman Development Agency master plan, the student accommodations will help develop a new university quarter for the Dublin Institute of Technology and other institutions. LOHA is one of six firms participating in “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles”, an upcoming exhibition at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum curated by Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago and opening on August 20th. LOHA’s proposal will examine the relationship between urbanization and water use to develop new modes of urban occupation along the Los Angeles River. LOHA’s UCLA Adjacent Student and Faculty Housing was recently awarded an AIA California Council Honor Award, and the Flynn Mews House was honored with a People’s Choice Award and an AZ Award of Merit from Azure Magazine.


Rick Gooding was recently one of the jurors for the North Carolina AIA Design Awards. Chu+Gooding Architects design for the Autry Resource Center in Burbank is currently under construction. This 102,000 Sq Ft Storage and Research Facility is a climate controlled, high-density Archive that will house the Autry National Center Collection of artworks and artifacts focusing on the American and Native American Southwest. As part of the primary design team including Populous, HMC Architects and OLIN, Chu+Gooding Architects is proud to announce that our collective has been awarded the $350 million Los Angeles Convention Center renovation project. The progressive design focuses on place-making, forward-thinking functionality and authenticity of experience.


Michael Hricak, FAIA, who served as the Editor-in-Chief of the 13th Edition of the Architecture Students Handbook of Professional Practice (AIA/Wiley 2008), is serving on the Advisory Committee for the upcoming 14th Edition of the ASHPP, reviewing articles and providing content.


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mario Cipresso AIA, as Design Director with CO Architects is currently designing a new start-up medical school for the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) in Colton, CA.  CUSM is only the 9th medical school to be established in Southern California and is scheduled to welcome it's first class in 2017.  As the first structure planned for the new campus, the 100,000 SF facility includes research laboratories, classrooms, various medical simulation and training spaces along with communal spaces for students and faculty.


Dr. Travis Longcore (Landscape Architecture Program) was an invited plenary speaker in May at the 3rd international Artificial Light at Night conference (ALAN 2015) in Sherbrooke, Quebec on the topic of light pollution as global change.  In June, Longcore and an international group of co-authors published a paper in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution presenting “A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound.”  Dr. Longcore was also a featured guest speaker discussing drought and the Los Angeles landscape at Los Angeles design firm Rios Clementi Hale.


Professor Marc Schiler presented a paper at the American Solar Energy Society's conference, Solar 2015, on teaching environmentally responsive design in Architecture entitled "Sage on the Stage AND Guide at the Side: Teaching Strategies and Experiences in Preparing ZNE Capable Architecture Students" by Marc Schiler, Kyle Konis and Tim Kohut.  Professor Schiler also gave an invited presentation titled Architecture and Environment: 40 years of climate responsive design, passive solar Architecture, and zero net energy. Professor Schiler was awarded the 2015 Passive Solar Pioneer Award at the Awards Banquet.  "The American Solar Energy Society has established this award for passive solar pioneers. It honors those in the passive field whose pioneering work set the stage for others to follow. Honorees are men and women who developed the theories, early research efforts, new concepts, and opportunities for later researchers to develop. Their foresight, innovative thinking, and creativity opened the doors for others."  


The first full-length book on the Gamble House has just been published by CityFiles Press (Chicago) and the Gamble House/USC School of Architecture. "The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California" draws on recently discovered archival material to re-write the narrative of a house whose story had been assumed a settled matter for years. This publication, by Edward Bosley, Anne Mallek, Ann Scheid and Robert Winter, reveals new information about the Gamble family, their Pasadena winter home and the gardens designed for them, illustrated with stunning new photography by renowned architectural photographer Alexander Vertikoff. Available September 1 at the Gamble House Bookstore and other outlets specializing in architecture titles.




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