Lecture: Bryony Roberts

February 21, 2018

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101


Bryony Roberts Studio, New York City


Bryony Roberts is an architectural designer and scholar. Her practice, Bryony Roberts Studio, integrates strategies from architecture, art, and performance to critically engage historical buildings and urban spaces. Her practice has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy in Rome, where she was awarded the Rome Prize from 2015-2016. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2015 and Performa 17, along with exhibitions in Rome, New York, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles. She has published her research in the Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Future Anterior, and Architectural Record, co-edited the volume Log 31: New Ancients, and recently edited a book titled Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation published by Lars Müller Publishers. Having earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from the Princeton School of Architecture, Roberts now teaches architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York and the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway.


Lecture: Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant

February 07, 2018

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101


Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles



Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, design, architecture and education. Prior to founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked few international offices, including OMA. Lai teaches at UCLA, and is a visiting faculty at Columbia GSAPP. After publishing Citizens of No Place (2012), Lai went on to represent Taiwan at the 2014 Venice Biennale, as well as organizing the publication series Treatise (Graham Foundation). Lai is in the permanent collection of MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA, and LACMA. 



Joanna Grant received her M.Arch from Princeton University. She has worked for architecture offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Guangzhou and Shenzhen for a diverse range of internationally renowned firms, including the L.A.-based firm Johnston Marklee & Associates. She has previously worked with Beatriz Colomina on a research project of couples in architecture. In 2013, she became a member of Bureau Spectacular and played a critical role in the winning proposal for the Taiwan pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale. 


Film Screening: 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

January 31, 2018

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101



Screening and Conversation with Director Ronit Bezalel


Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue documentary films for over 25 years. Bezalel's award-winning film, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago’s Public Housing (1999), received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award to catalyze dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods. Newsweek magazine selected Bezalel as one of the “Top 10 Women of the 21st Century” (Jan. 8, 2001) for this work. Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. from McGill University.  


Edward Dimendberg is Professor of Humanities and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. A noted architectural historian and theorist, he has lectured and published widely on the built environment and taught at University of Michigan, SCI-Arc and Columbia. His books include Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He is currently completing a book on theories of Los Angeles and a critical edition of the first urban geography of the city, completed in 1935 by Anton Wagner.


Lecture: Henri Bava, Agence TER, Paris

January 10, 2018

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101



Join us for our first lecture of the year with landscape architect Henri Bava in a talk entitled "Design with Living Grounds." This lecture is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.


From Agence Ter's website:


Born in Tunisia and raised between Tunisia and Paris, Henri Bava started his studies with a degree in plant biology from Paris-Orsay University. Showing a keen interest in the living world but from different perspectives, he enrolled afterwards in the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP) in Versailles in 1980, following at the same time a stage design course at the Jacques Lecoq École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris. He graduated as DPLG landscape designer in 1984 with Michel Corajoud as supervisor, and worked for one year in his agency in Paris. In 1986, with his current associates, he founded Agence Ter. Just three years after obtaining his degree, he returned to the ENSP Versailles as a teacher, in parallel to his professional activities, for a period of ten years. As of 1989, after the departure of Michel Hössler for French Guyana, he headed the Agence Ter office in Paris together with Olivier Philippe. From 1993 to 1997, he combined this with work as a State Consultant Landscape Designer for the DDE of the Eure County. Henri Bava was elected president of the French Landscape Federation, a position held between 1996 and 1998.


It was at this time that he initiated his work in Germany. He lead the execution of the Aqua Magica Park project near Hanover and was appointed at the same time, under a European recruitment process, as full professor and director of the Landscape department of the school of architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he is still teaching today. In 2000, he created an Agence Ter office in Karlsruhe, from where he directed large cross-border territory development projects, rehabilitation projects for derelict industrial sites or the realisation of major public venues, such as in Duisburg. Six years later he was elected a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts. After returning to Agence Ter Paris in 2007, he was elected president of the governing board of the École Nationale de la Nature et du Paysage, Blois (ENSNP) in 2010. That same year, Henri Bava was invited to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design by Charles Waldheim, director of the landscape department, where he often teaches in the frame of design studios until today.


Discover USC

November 11, 2017

Prospective first year students are invited to "Discover USC" on campus on Nov. 11! Please join us for one of the Architecture Information Sessions at 10 am or 1:30 pm.

It's highly suggested to RSVP. Do so here:


Heritage Conservation 25/20/15 Anniversary Symposium

October 21, 2017

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center (Harris Hall 101)

Come celebrate the 25/20/15 anniversaries of our heritage conservation programs at USC!


Join us for a day-long symposium exploring the nexus between heritage conservation and social justice - featured speakers include:


Milton S.F. Curry

     Dean, Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair, USC School of Architecture

Eric Avila, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Chicana/o Studies

     Author, Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles

Ken Breisch, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor, USC School of Architecture

     (2nd HC Program Director)

Wendy Cheng

     Co-Chair, American Studies and Assistant Professor of American Studies, Scripps College

     Author, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California

Jeffrey Chusid

     Associate Professor and Chair of Department of City & Regional Planning, Cornell University

     (1st HC Program Director)

Laura Dominguez '12

     Ph.D student, USC Department of History

     Co-founder of Latinos in Heritage Conservation

Gail Dubrow

     Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Affairs and Planning, and History,

     University of Minnesota; Author, Restoring Women's History through Historic Preservation

Luis Hoyos

     Professor of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

     Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Kristen Hayashi

     Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Riverside Public History program

Trudi Sandmeier

     Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation

     Associate Professor of Practice (3rd HC Program Director)

Andrew Wiese

     Professor and Chair of the Department of History, San Diego State University

     Author, Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the 20th Century

Shayne Watson '09

     Independent consultant

     Rainbow Heritage Network; Chair, GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group

Sian Winship '11

     Independent consultant

     President, Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter


There will even be time during lunch to visit the Archives Bazaar...



09:30 – coffee/tea/fruit/pastries in courtyard

10:00 – Welcome (Trudi Sandmeier)

10:15 – Session 1 - USC/MHC – A Brief Look Back

                Jeff Chusid; Ken Breisch; Trudi Sandmeier

11:00 – break

11:15 – Session 2 – Telling a More Complete Story

                Laura Dominguez (moderator); Kristen Hayashi; Luis Hoyos; Shayne Watson

12:30 – Lunch and Archives Bazaar field trip

02:00 – Session 3 – Gentrification and Conservation

                Sian Winship (moderator); Eric Avila; Wendy Cheng; Andrew Wiese

03:30 – Session 4 – Context and Perspective (Gail Dubrow)

04:00 – Session 5 – Looking Forward (Dean Milton Curry)

04:30 – Cocktail reception


Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19th to let us know you are coming!  (


Special thanks to our sponsors!

     Presenting sponsor

          Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.

     Conservation Sponsor

          Architectural Resources Group

     Heritage sponsor

          Peyton Hall, FAIA

          Page & Turnbull

          Historic Resources Group

          GPA Consulting


Getting here - The Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center is located in Harris Hall.  Harris Hall is a half block from the Metro Expo line station (Expo Park/USC station) should you choose to take light rail to campus. If you are planning to drive, parking is available at USC for $12.  You should enter campus off Exposition Blvd. at Watt Way (Watt Way entrance across the street from the Natural History Museum) and park in the Downey Way lot (formerly Parking Structure A). It is a 5-7 minute walk down Bloom Walk from the parking structure to Harris Hall. Limited street parking is also available close to the campus.


We look forward to seeing you there!



Open House for Graduate Degree Programs

October 16, 2017

USC School of Architecture, Watt Hall, 3rd Floor

Discover the fundamentals of Graduate education in Architecture at USC. Meet Program Directors, Teaching Faculty, and Current Students from our programs in:

Master of Architecture

Master of Advanced Architectural Studies

Master of Building Science

Master of Heritage Conservation

Master of Landscape Architecture

Gain clarity on eligibility requirements, portfolio submissions, important dates and other specifics related to admission to our programs.

To participate in this event, please email us and indicate 'Graduate Open House RSVP' in the 'Message' portion of the form.


USC School of Architecture Lectures and Events

August 21, 2017

All School Welcome Lunch

August 21, 2017

Watt Courtyard


Join us for a welcome back lunch on the first day of the Fall 2017 semester.  Meet our new dean, Milton S.F. Curry, see old friends and meet the new students and faculty. 


BIM 2017 | what's next? (SOLD OUT)

July 14, 2017


BIM 2017 | what's next?

July 14, 2017



The Eleventh Annual USC BIM Conference


Friday, July 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
USC, School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, USA 


Full Details & Schedule (Click to Download)


BIM 2017 will follow on the success of our 2016 conference with a double track of presentations and expert speakers in architecture, engineering, and construction. When registering, please indicate your preference for which track you will be attending. You can go between them if room permits. 



  • $55 early registration; $125 after June 30th
    Go to (code: bim2017) to register.
  • Please express your preference for track 1 or track 2. The speakers for each track are listed in the Conference Schedule.
  • Please register each person individually if you are doing more than one; register under their name (not yours).  By registering each person individually, we will be able to track the registration better, send out reminder notices, and print accurate name badges.

Key Information

  • A stellar line-up of over 30 speakers!  See the Conference Schedule for the full listing.
  • 5 AIA CEUs. Remember to add your name and number to the list on the registration table.
  • Please be on time.
  • As usual, there are no refunds if you do not attend (send someone else from the office instead under your name)
  • Lunch is provided.
  • We usually sell out.  Do not wait until the last minute to register.






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