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University of Southern California

April 26, 2016

Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Development recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their new California Headquarters. Patrick Tighe Architecture had the privilege of designing the 11,000 square foot environment located on 2 floors of the iconic 150 El Camino building in Beverly Hills. North Beach is a new park and playground designed by Patrick Tighe Architecture for the city of Santa Monica, The project has received all approvals from the city and is scheduled for a 2016 construction start date. The universally accessible park and playground is located on an acre parcel along the bike path, north of the Santa Monica pier. 

Dr. Travis Longcore (Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program) was a workshop presenter at LightFair Institute at LightFair 2016.  The course, Nighttime Lighting Blues: Juggling Needs of People and Critters, was co-taught with Ian Ashdown (Lighting Analysts Inc.) and Naomi Miller (US Department of Energy).  Dr. Longcore also advised two students in the USC Undergraduate Research Symposium, where their poster, Park Light: A Framework to Monitor Nighttime Upward Radiance From and Near National Parks, won awards both for physical sciences and for policy.  The research project was also awarded funding from the USC Provost’s office as part of the Undergraduate Research Associates Program.  

Karen Kensek and Douglas Noble helped Prof. Jae Yong Suk of the University of Texas at Austin (UTSA) to organize the FAÇADE TECTONICS FORUM in San Antonio in April.  Speakers included Hazen Rashed-Ali (UTSA), Douglas Melnick (City of San Antonio), Hayden McKay (HLB Lighting Design, Matt Fajkus (Univ of Texas at Austin), Jae Yong Suk (UTSA), Kevin McClellan (Tex-Fab), James Warton (HKS) and John Houser (Gensler).

Jennifer Siegal has won the arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture, an international award to women’s architecture organized by Italcementi. The winner was described by the jury as “a fearless pioneer in the research and development of prefabricated construction systems, at low prices for disadvantaged users and areas, who has been able to invent and build practical solutions and a new language for mobile and low-cost housing”.

Geoffrey von Oeyen presented a Spring 2016 Baumer Lecture titled "Geoffrey von Oeyen Design: Site, Sight, and Sailing" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University.

Lisa Little was an invited juror for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's annual Best of Show reviews.

Assistant Professor Alvin Huang has been invited to give a public lecture and participate as a guest juror in the event "Ciudad de Dymaxion: Fuller en Mexico" at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City from April 15-18. Professor Huang will speak about the influence of Buckminster Fuller in his own work, and review a series of constructed abstractions of Fuller's approaches produced by students of Universidad Iberoamericano in the course "Corrupting Fuller" led by Professor Pablo Kobayashi.  Professor Huang will also participate as an external reviewer in the Colloquium of final research projects presented by Master of Design Studies degree candidates in the Technology Concentration (coordinated by Allen Sayegh and Bradley Cantrell) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on Wednesday, May 11.

Eric Nulman recently joined the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design ( The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is an independent nonprofit organization that instigates dialogues on design and the built environment through public programming, exhibitions, and publications. Eric is on a five-year appointment, serving through 2020.

The Courtyard at La Brea building (photo) by John Mutlow, FAIA, and Patrick Tighe has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize by the College of Architecture at Illinois Institue of Technology.  The objective of the MCHAP is to reward contemplation of the intersection of the new metropolis and human ecology,” says the school.  There is an outstanding group of nominees for this distinguished prize.
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