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University of Southern California

December 22, 2015

Hadrian Predock, Director of Undergraduate Programs at USC was invited as thesis juror at Sciarc, invited to the Chicago Architecture Biennial as representative of USC School of Architecture. He is currently curating an exhibition titled Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions, which includes the work of emerging recent and past USC faculty who are gaining national attention for their work.  Hadrian Predock Architecture was established after the dissolution of Predock Frane Architects. Current projects include private residences in Sonoma and Los Angeles, an art gallery in LA, a mixed-use community center in LA, among other projects. 

USC School of Architecture Undergraduate Study Abroad Program, Asian Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism (AALU), held 3 workshops in 3 cities, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.  Faculty participants included Professors Masami Kobayashi and Yasutaka Yoshimura from Meiji University, Professors Eunice Seng and Anderson Lee from Hong Kong University, Professor Bing Bu, and Professors Yo-ichiro Hakomori, John Dutton, Andy Ku and John Mutlow from USC.  The topic of design research was urban "hybridity" as exhibited in high rise, high density housing in Hong Kong, "zakkyo" composite buildings in Tokyo, and the rapidly transforming Shanghai district of Dinghaiqiao.  The three universities will hold a public exhibition of the student's work between Dec 7 and Dec 18 at the Hong Kong University Shanghai Study Center Gallery.

Dr. Travis Longcore (Landscape Architecture Program) was a keynote speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the International Dark-Sky Association in Phoenix in November, speaking on Light Pollution as Global Change.  He was also co-author of a paper in the journal Ecology, "Belowground interactions with aboveground consequences: Invasive earthworms and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.”  

Karen Kensek has been invited as a premier speaker to the first Shenzhen International BIM Summit, January 2016. Co-organized by the National Higher Education Advisory Committee on Architecture, Shenzhen University, and the China Smart Construction Group, Co., Ltd., her talk will be on integrating BIM in higher education in the United States:  research and teaching. 

Geoffrey von Oeyen, Assistant Professor of Practice, has been invited to serve as a visiting juror on final studio reviews at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on December 8 and 9, 2015, and to lecture at the The Knowlton School at Ohio State University on March 30, 2016. His three commercial buildings under construction in Winder, Georgia, approach completion in early 2016, and he is halfway through the construction of a new residential project in Malibu, California. 

Patrick Tighe, Adjunct Professor, received an AIA Award from the California Chapter for the Monte Karp Residence, Pacific Palisades, CA. He also received an AIA Award from the South Bay Chapter for the Garrison Residence Redondo Beach, CA, which was also featured in the November issue of Interior Design Magazine.  Tighe was featured in 50 under 50, Innovators of the 21st Century. His project “Trahan Ranch,” in Austin, Texas was featured in Global Architecture, GA Houses #144.


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