Experience the work of seven noteworthy architects (Greene and Greene, Wright, Schindler, Neutra, Eames, Koenig, and Lautner) who practiced in southern California in the early to middle 20th century. By visiting their classic houses--often considered to be among the most innovative examples of housing design in the US - students gain a deep understanding of the design ideas and principles embedded in these settings. Students will study each house’s significance through critical readings that reveal the architect's ideas and the impact of these places on the evolution of architecture. Saturday site visits of ten southern California houses designed by these master architects allow students to study and interpret the meaning of the architect's intentions through direct experience. Site visits, selected readings, class discussion, and lectures are used to explore a range of issues.
Course faculty Victor Regnier, FAIA, is a teacher, researcher, and architect who has focused his academic and professional life on the design of housing and community settings for older people. He holds a joint professorship between the USC School of Architecture and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which is the only joint appointment of this type in the US. He is also the only person to have achieved fellowship status in both the American Institute of Architects and the Gerontological Society of America. From 1992 until 1996 he served as USC’s Dean of the School of Architecture.
Consistently one of the most popular courses in the School of Architecture, this course takes you behind the scenes in some of the most interesting houses in Los Angeles with a renowned expert in the field.