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University of Southern California

October 31, 2016

Victor Regnier FAIA has been invited to reflect on the meaning and purpose of his research in the upcoming book "Environments in an Aging Society: Autobiographical Perspectives in Environmental Gerontology. The book includes the work of 17 researchers from seven countries who's life work has created the basis for the discipline

Prof. G. Goetz Schierle has been invited as keynote speaker at the IEREK Conference in Cairo 2017 Cities through Architecture and Arts.

Patrick Tighe, FAIA, (Adjunct Professor) was awarded a 2015 AIACC Honor Award form the American Institute of Architects, California Council.

The proposal of Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Hricak, FAIA,  "Leadership and Creativity: What it takes to Lead Talented Individuals" has been accepted by the National AIA and he will be presenting at the 2007 AIA Convention in Orlando, FL. The material for this course was originally developed  for the summer professional EXED program at USC.

Hadrian Predock juried the LAGI - Land Art Generator Initiative in May, will be conducting a workshop and lecturing at UNLV school of architecture on October 8-10, and will be lecturing at Cal Poly Pomona on October 21st. He is beginning work on a multi-generational housing project in Muncie, Indiana. The catalog for Errors, Estrangement, Messes and Fictions - an exhibition curated by Hadrian for the USC School of Architecture - is now being widely disseminated. 

Maria Esnaola and her studio KnitKnot architecture started the construction of a school project for Nicaragua in El Jicarito. EL JICARITO SCHOOL is an innovative low-cost school design that brings a community together through collaborative construction.  On November 5th, Knit Knot will be one of the guest speakers at the TEDX at University of Macedonia 2016. Under the title “Gravity of Thoughts”, we will also organize a Workshop and installation that evaluates collaborative design techniques and construction.

Dr. Joon-Ho Choi received the USC Zumberge Research Innovation Fund based on one of his research topics, titled “Bio-Sensing Data-Driven Thermal Comfort Model.” His Human-Building Integration Research was invited to the International Energy Agency – Energy in Buildings and Communities Programs Annex 66 Expert Meeting, held in Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He presented “Impacts of Occupants on Building Performance: Extracting Information from Building Data” at the meeting. Dr. Choi has been invited to the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality Ventilation & Energy Conservation” as a scientific committee, and he will make a presentation about two of his recent researches: Comprehensive Post-Occupancy Evaluation, and User-behavioral impacts on Building Energy Performance. He is also invited as an indoor environmental quality expert panel to the Workshop on the Value of Designing for the Occupant, held at the Catholic University of America in D.C., where user-centered environmental control and environmental/physiological benefits of sustainable design will be discussed.

Rob Berry with his firm Berry and Linné recently completed work on Todos Juntos, a new public space in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The project was the subject of a feature article in the April 26, 2016, West Edition of The Architect's Newspaper. In May, Rob and his project collaborator Siobhán Burke of Lyric Design & Planning led a public tour of the project focused on the role of community outreach and creative culture in the design process. The tour was hosted by the design advocacy group Design East of La Brea (de LaB) as part of their Making LA series.

Jason Kerwin’s office, OKB Architecture, recently completed project for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in downtown Los Angeles won a national award from Shaw Contract – Design Is Competition – and was featured in the latest NeoCon in Chicago. 

In April 2016 Sarah Cowles co-organized the international symposium" "THIS IS A TEST" at Knowlton School at The Ohio State University, on the role of testing and prototyping in landscape architecture. Her chapter "Bigger MPs (management practices) on the role of representation and landscape identity in watershed planning was recently published in Representing Landscapes: Hybrid by Nadia Amoroso (Routledge). In the fall of 2016 she will lead the seminar "Sylviculture: The Forest Garden in the 21st Century" at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, and is returning Sweden in October to continue research on the Swedish Landscape Laboratory in Alnarp, Sweden with Roland Gustavsson.

Alvin Huang, AIA was invited to teach a visiting design workshop and give a lecture on his work as part of the inaugural Mosaic of Episodes event hosted by the Indian Institute of Architects in Bangalore, India from September 14-17, 2016. On October 29, Huang will be a keynote speaker at the Now Next Future Conference hosted by the AIA California Council in Los Angeles, CA. On October 30, Huang will present his paper entitled "From Bones to Bricks: Designing the 3D Printed Durotaxis Chair and La Burbuja Lamp" at the 2016 ACADIA Conference at the University of Michigan.


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