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Southern California Institute of Architecture

March 31, 2014

Cultural studies professor David Bergman recently completed several urban planning studies, including a Downtown Overlay Plan for the City of Lancaster, a Land Use and Economic Plan for Saticoy, Los Angeles and a Film Studio Feasibility Plan for the City of Washington, D.C. He also contributed an opinion piece focusing on the LA River Master Plan, published by the LA Business Journal.

Design faculty Joe Day (M.Arch ‘94) published his research into the overlap between prison and museum design in his new book, Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime, published by Routledge Press. Day also completed two Southern California residential projects, the C-Glass House in Marin and the 4/Way House in Topanga.

Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso completed the design for the Center of Experience and Media for Boeing’s Seattle outpost, where construction is scheduled to start in April. Most recently, Diaz Alonso received several architectural awards including The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Award 2014, and one of Architect Magazine’s 2014 P/A Citation Awards. He was also named Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

Design faculty Ramiro Diaz Granados (B.Arch ‘96) was commissioned to design a permanent installation for the Oregon State University’s Student Experience Center. He also recently exhibited his work in a group show at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Almost Anything Goes: Architecture & Inclusivity.

SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Ming Fung and partner Craig Hodgetts received an AIA LA Next LA Award for Building Blocks, a modular classroom infrastructure designed for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Fung currently serves as President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and will assume the role of President of ACSA in July 2014.

Cultural Studies Coordinator Todd Gannon edited a new book published by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Gannon’s Et in Suburbia Ego: Jose Oubrerie’s Miller House gathers new commentary and interpretation by leading voices in contemporary architecture, alongside a wealth of newly commissioned photographs and never-before-published drawings and models from Oubrerie’s archive which documents the house at a level of detail not normally seen in architectural monographs.

Design faculty Marcelyn Gow participated in the Archilab group exhibition on view at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France from September 2013—March 2014. She also contributed written essays to architectural publications including Minutiae: In Thesis Now and Onramp #4, both published by SCI-Arc Press, the Archilab Exhibition Catalog published by the FRAC Center, and contributed to the In Taboos and Tatoos pamphlet series produced by UrbanOps in Los Angeles.

Design faculty Margaret Griffin and SCI-Arc Undergraduate Programs Chair John Enright received an AIA LA Award for the design of the St. Thomas Apostle School. Margaret Griffin was also awarded the John S. Bolles Fellowship from the AIA California Council, and received a certificate of appreciation from the AIA LA Board of Directors.

Design faculty Elena Manferdini recently exhibited her work in the Almost Anything Goes group exhibition exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art and in the Erasmus Effect group show at the MAXXI in Rome, Italy. Manferdini was awarded the 2013 Educator’s Award by the AIA Los Angeles, and received the ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence for her research contributions to digital design in architecture.

Cultural studies faculty Ilaria Mazzoleni published her research into biomimetic architecture in her new book, Architecture Follows Nature: Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design, co-edited with evolutionary biologist Shauna Price.

SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss received a Progressive Architecture Citation Award from Architect magazine for his Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan to convert a 27.3-acre site just south of Downtown Albuquerque into a mixed-use development. Metropolis magazine featured Moss on the cover of its January 2014 “Game Changers” issue, highlighting Hayden Tract, the architect’s decades-long urban project in Culver City, west of downtown Los Angeles. 

Design faculty Anna Neimark and her practice First Office completed Paranormal Panorama, an installation for the screening of Cold Rehearsal, an experimental film by directors Constanze Rhum and Christine Lang screened at the MAK Center in Los Angeles from November 2013-March 2014. Niemark also exhibited work in the LA Forum’s Out There Doing It Series, and contributed the “mess, n.” essay to Onramp #4: Another Fine Mess, published by SCI-Arc Press, and the essay How to Domesticate a Mountain to Perspecta 46.

Design faculty Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom were shortlisted for the MoMA P.S. 1 Young Architects Program, a high profile annual competition challenging emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S. 1 courtyard. Pita also exhibited her work with FPmod in a solo show on view in the SCI-Arc Library. Curated by Joseph Rosa, the UMMA Table & Objects exhibition was previously installed at the University of Michigan Museum of Modern Art.

SCI-Arc design faculty John Southern's critical field survey, Wilshire Star Maps, was part of the Archizines exhibition on view at the University of Hong Kong/Shanghai Study Centre through March 9, 2014. The two-part, limited-run publication produced by Southern and his LA-based office, Urban Operations, presents the latent formal and programmatic potential of the otherwise unnoticed skyscrapers along Wilshire Boulevard.

Design faculty Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser completed the Carbon Beach House and Studio in Malibu, Calif., which represents the first instantiation of Testa/Weiser’s all composite Carbon Tape House prototype. They collaborated with Greg Lynn on his exhibition, Archeology of the Digital exhibited at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal and at Yale University. Peter Testa’s essay Autonomous Translations, addressing representation in architecture and next generation digital interfaces appeared in the newly release book by SCI-Arc Press, Fabrication and Fabrication.

Applied Studies Coordinator Tom Wiscombe advanced into Stage II of the international competition for the Kinmen Port Terminal in Taiwan. Stage I competition finalists included Visual Studies Coordinator Andrew Zago.

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