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December 8, 2015

Diane Ghirardo organized a conference for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCLA) on "Love and Death in the Renaissance Castle," in November 2015, where she also presented a paper entitled "Lovers and Demons." In December 2015, she presented a paper entitled "The Seals of Lucrezia Borgia and Isabella d'Este" at a conference on Seals and Status at the British Museum, London. 

David Gerber, Assistant Professor, is co-chairing a special session at the 2016 ACSA Annual conference on Big Data and the City. He was a keynote speaker at Brazil's SindusCON annual Building Information Modeling conference and at Anahuac University in Mexico City. 

On November 17, 2015 Victor J. Jones, assistant professor of architecture inaugurated a new lecture series at Arc en rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, France. Organized by Gilles Ragot, Émilie d'Orgeix, Gilles-Antoine Langlois, and Gauthier Bolle, the series is dedicated to new research in architectural history (XX-XXI centuries). Jones presented ‘Sens dessus dessous: le pont de Basento’ (Topsy-turvy: The Basento Bridge), a lecture about the Basento Viaduct (1966-76) in Potenza Italy. In anticipation of his forthcoming book about the Basento Viaduct, Jones also lectured at the Institut national des sciences appliquées in Strasbourg, France on November 8, 2015 and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium on November 23, 2015.   

Alexander Robinson is presenting a paper on the intricacies of combining Blue-Green Open Space with Urban Infrastructure in Los Angeles at the international conference Water, Megacities, and Global Change at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris alongside the major global warming conference, COP21. Following this, he will be presenting his work in Belgium at the KU Leuven Landscape Architecture Series.

Vinayak Bharne was among the nine international trans-disciplinary urban thinkers and invited speakers honored at the Urban Edge Award Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP). Introduced in 2006, the biennial Urban Edge Award (now in its fifth iteration) recognizes excellence in the broad field of urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change within the public realm through engaging research, critical practice and urban activism. Bharne was also recently part of a panel discussion on the Los Angeles Mobility Plan 2035 in the USC Urban Growth Seminar Series. His article "The Affordable City: Balancing Two Extremes with an Equitable Middle" was published in My Liveable City, Oct-Dec 2015 issue in India.

Larchmont Charter at Lafayette Park, the renovation of Welton Becket's 1955 New York Life building for a charter school by Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Haas's firm DSH // architecture, was published on, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hraztan Zeitlian, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB, was on this Year's  Jury for the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) Design Awards. He was also on the AIACC Monterey Design Conference Organizing Committee. The Conference was held in mid-October.

Assistant Professor Alvin Huang will be speaking as part of the Future Tense Lecture Series hosted by the Alaska Design Forum on  Monday Dec 7 (Anchorage), Tuesday Dec 8 (Juneau), and Wednesday Dec 9 (Fairbanks).  His firm, Synthesis Design + Architecture was recently honored with a 2015 A&D Trophy Award (Best Retail/Commercial Building) for  The Groove@CentralWorld in Bangkok, and a 2015 SXSWEco Place By Design Award (Data/Technology Category) for the Pure Tension Pavilion.   The recent release of "50 Under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century" by Images Publishing and edited by Beverly Russell, Eva Maddox, and Farooq Ameen features the work of multiple USC faculty including Patrick Tighe (Patrick Tighe Architecture), Scott Uriu (B+U), Alice Kimm (JFAK) and Alvin Huang (Synthesis Design + Architecture), as well as USC alumnus Mark Lee '91 (JohnstonMarklee). 

Professor G. Goetz Schierle was appointed Executive Editor of the Journal of Steel Structures & Construction.

Victor Regnier will return to Lisbon, Portugal in the Winter and northern Europe in the Spring to continue his research on housing and community design for frail and long-lived populations.  

Scott Uriu, lecturer at USC has been included in the new book Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century, by Images Publishing The book showcases honorees located across many different countries, including Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.  A distinguished five-person jury presided over the final selection: Stanley Tigerman, founding partner, Tigerman McCurry, Chicago; Ralph Johnson, design principal, Perkins+Will, Chicago; Jeanne Gang, founder Gang Studio, Chicago; Marion Weiss, founding partner, WEISS/MANFREDI, New York; and Qingyun Ma, Dean of Architecture, University of Southern California, and founder MADA s.p.a.m., Shanghai and Beijing.


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