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University of Southern California

November 5, 2013

David Jason Gerber, D.Des, Assistant Professor USC School of Architecture and USC Viterbi School of Engineering was invited to chair the Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design Symposium in 2014 (SimAUD 2014), he was also invited to be chair of the ACADIA 2014 "Design Agency" conference to be held at USC. Dr. Gerber presented research and held workshops at Tsinghua University Beijing China on the topics of building performance through design computation. He is a keynote at Istanbul Technical University, Middle East Technical University and at Ozyegin Unviersity  where he will hold a workshop titled "Design Agency | Informed Surface Tectonics". Dr. Gerber is the first repeat recipient of the competitively awarded IDEA studio research grant from Autodesk Inc. Dr. Gerber has been invited to be an editor for the International Journal of Architecture and Computing and for a special edition of the Journal of Simulation.

Diane Ghirardo's book chapter, La “Terza” Repubblica Italiana: Spettacolo e spreco dell’architettura e dell’ambiente," just appeared in the book edited by G. Bonini and C. Visentin, Geografie, storie, paesaggi per un'Italia da cambiare (Arachne, Rome, 2013). She presented a lecture on architecture and the environment at Palazzo Capponi in Florence in October 2013. and another on Aldo Rossi at the University of Ferrara (November 2013).

Andy Ku, Lecturer, and Partner of OCDC will be featured as one among three up and coming artists from Los Angeles and Japan in a contemporary exhibition at the JACCC. The exhibit features diverse media including painting, drawing, installation, and architecture. Opening Reception is on November 23 at 2pm, showing at the George Doizaki Gallery through December 22.

Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA, Mayor of Burbank lead a panel at the October 2013 Cal APA Conference. The panel, "Lost and Found: Creating Public Places in Overlooked Spaces," critically evaluated three case studies that resulted in repurposing the public rights-of-way. The innovative approaches were discussed by Steve Rasmussen Cancian, Shared Spaces Landscape Architecture; Veronica Hahni, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative; and Tori Kjer, Trust for Public Land.

Visiting Professor Charles Anderson, FASLA, will be a speaker at The American Society of Landscape Architects National Convention in Boston on November 15th. The presentation is titled "Seattle’s  Olympic Sculpture Park Turns 5” and will highlight a design practice called “Urbanature.”

Mario Cipresso, AIA, adjunct assistant professor of architecture received first prize in the "Re-Envisioning 7th Street" competition in Long Beach, California.  His entry also received the People's Choice Award.  The East 7th Street Collaboration asked artists & architects to envision the street as an urban boulevard that supports and reflects the culture of the neighborhoods it intersects.

Lecturer Vinayak Bharne in his capacity as Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides recently completed a 200-acre master plan for a marina resort in Panama City. His project for the downtown transformation of the city of Lancaster, California was also recognized with the International Downtown Association's (IDA) Pinnacle Award at the World Congress in New York City. He was also recently invited by the Business Goa magazine to opine on the ongoing plan for the future of Panaji, the capital of the state of Goa, India.

Aaron Neubert, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and his firm ANX's Sycamore House was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times. In addition, his Busan Opera House was included in the Ifengspace monograph "To Enjoy To Listen".

Assistant Professor Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA was recently selected as a 2013-2015 Upjohn Scholar. His proposal Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Health has been awarded a $25,000.00 matching funds grant.

Assistant Professors Kyle Konis and Karen Kensek have been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) to conduct research on Passive and Low Energy Strategies to assist the non-residential commercial market in achieving Sustainability, Zero Net Energy (ZNE), and Thermal Comfort as part of the SoCal Gas Commercial Sustainable Development Program (CSDP). 

Alexander Robinson, Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture program, has been consulting and providing strategic advice and materials to a local effort to influence a decision by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on an up to 1 billion dollar restoration of an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River.

Amy Murphy, Associate Professor, will be partnering with Michael Maltzan Architecture to design an upcoming exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on German Expressionist Cinema (expected to open in Fall 2014).

Gail Peter Borden, Discipline Head of Architecture and Director of Graduate Architecture Programs will have several featured commissioned pieces at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. Additionally his installation Light Frames will be included in a museum exhibition in the spring the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. His fourth book: Process: Material and Representation in Architecture with Routledge will be on shelves in spring along with his introductory framing essay to Material ConneXtion's Material Innovation: Innovations in Architecture by Thames and Hudson. This fall professor Borden was appointed Faculty Master of the USC Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College.

Tom Kundig, FAIA of Olson Kundig Architects—2013-2014 visiting professor and Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA Chair in Architecture at USC—designed one of the venues that will be used for Project Los Altos, the off-site exhibition program for SFMOMA. The 242 State Street building will host SFMOMA from November 9, 2013 through March 2, 2014

Neil Leach has been appointed Professor of Digital Design at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He has also published 2 books, Digital Workshop in China (Tongji UP, 2013) and Design Intelligence: Advanced Computational Research (CABP, 2013), curated 2 exhibitions, Interactive Shanghai in Shanghai and the 2013 DADA Student Exhibition in Beijing, and organised 2 conferences, Interactive Shanghai in Shanghai with Philip Beesley as keynote speaker, and 3-D Printing in Concrete in Dessau with Behrokh Khoshnevis and Enrico Dini as keynote speakers.

Patrick Tighe, FAIA, Adjunct Professor, won a 2013 AIA award from the AIA, California Chapter for the Sierra Bonita Affordable Housing. 

The project was also awarded the IDEAS2 Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction for excellence & innovative design in steel frame buildings. 

Rob Ley, Principle of Urbana, completes 'May/Septmber', a 14,000 sq. ft. interactive facade at the new Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis IN this month.  A grand opening is schedule for February, 2014.  Ley's firm also recently completed a permanent outdoor installation 'Floating Point' as part of a new high density residential development outside of San Francisco, CA.  Ley also has past projects included in the recent Acadia conference, and included in recent publications Performative Materials in Architecture and Design by Sneha Patel and Installation Art II edited by Annie Lai.




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