The most recent lectures by our faculty and guests can be found on this page. Visit our YouTube channel for all USC Architecture videos.


Gary BatesGary Bates


Designer and architect Gary Bates founded SPACEGROUP with fellow architect Gro Bonesmo in 1999. His office, based out of Oslo, Norway has competed in and won major international competitions such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, the Vestbane National Library, the Filipstad Masterplan and the Oslo Central Station. Prior to founding SPACEGROUP, Bates began his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas in 1992 at OMA, where he became a director. From 1995-1998, he was a principal in charge of the Asian desk. Watch Now

Recorded March 7, 2018

Bryony Roberts


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. Having earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from Princeton University, Roberts now teaches architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway.Watch Now

Recorded February 21, 2018


Bureau SpectacularBureau Spectacular


Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant of Los Angeles-based Bureau Spectacular give a lecture entitled “Is It a Conversation?” Lai teaches at UCLA and is a visiting faculty at Columbia GSAPP. Lai is in the permanent collection of MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA and LACMA. Grant, USC Architecture faculty, became a member of Bureau Spectacular and played a critical role in the winning proposal for the Taiwan pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Watch Now

Recorded February 7, 2018


Henri BavaHenri Bava

Founding Partner, Agence TER, Paris


Landscape architect Henri Bava founded Agence Ter in Paris in 1986 with his partners Michel Hössler and Olivier Philippe. Bava led the winning team for the renewal of Pershing Square in 2016 and opened the first American office of Agence Ter in downtown Los Angeles. Watch Now

Recorded January10, 2018



Thom Mayne, FAIA

Principal, Morphosis (website); 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate


Thom Mayne, Class of 1969 graduate, presents the 2017 USC Architecture Commencement Address.  Watch Now


Recorded May 12, 2017


Vo Trong Nghia

Principal, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi (website)


Vo Trong Nghia studied architecture at the University of Tokyo before returning to Vietnam to establish Vo Trong Nghia Architects in 2006....  Watch Now


Recorded April 19, 2017


Florian Idenburg

Associate Professor in Practice, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Principal, SO-IL, New York City (website)


Florian Idenburg is Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design as well as the 2010 laureate of the Charlotte Köhler Prize and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands....  Watch Now


Recorded April 12, 2017


Jinhee Park, AIA

Principal, SsD, New York City & Seoul (website)


Park is Principal at SsD, an architecture firm that approaches design as a convergent, interdisciplinary venture that aspires to bridge the utopian and the pragmatic.  Watch Now


Recorded March 29, 2017


Kathryn Gustafson, FASLA: "Landscape Architecture: Composition and Sense of Place"

Principal, GGN, Seattle, and Gustafson Porter, London (website)


Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson's diverse span of works are known as ground-breaking, contemporary designs that incorporate the sculptural, sensual qualities that are fundamental to the human experience of landscape. Watch Now


Recorded February 13, 2017


Martha Schwartz: "Beyond Practice"

Principal, Martha Schwartz & Partners, London (website)


Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities, communities and the urban landscape. As principal of Martha Schwartz Partners, she has over 35 years of experience as a landscape architect, urbanist and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world with a variety of world-renowned architects. Watch Now


Recorded November 16, 2016


Paffard Keatinge-Clay: "My Three Masters"

Architect & Artist (website)


Paffard Keatinge-Clay worked with many of the great masters of Modernism over his long career, but none more famous or influential than Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Currently teaching as a Dean's Distinguished Visitor at the USC School of Architecture, Keatinge-Clay talks about his adventures with these three Masters of Modernism. Watch Now


Recorded November 21, 2016


Mia Lehrer: "The Los Angeles River: Advocacy by Design"

Principal, Mia Lehrer + Associates (website)


Mia Lehrer, FASLA, has been responsible for the design and implementation of a diverse range of ambitious projects that include urban revitalization developments, large-scale urban parks, watershed design, infrastructure master planning and complex institutional projects. Watch Now


Recorded November 22, 2016


Amale Andraos: "Why Make Books?"

Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (website)


Amale Andraos has taught at numerous institutions including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School, and the American University in Beirut. Her work has recently explored the question of representation by re-examining the concept of the ‘Arab City.’ Watch Now


Recorded November 2, 2016


Ma Yansong

Founder & Principal, MAD Architects (website)


Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. Many of his designs follow his conception of a new balance among society, the city and the environment through architecture. Watch Now


Recorded September 21, 2016


Mutsuro Sasaki: "Morphogenesis of Flux Structure: New Field of Structural Design"

Founder & Principal, Sasaki & Partners (website)


Mutsuro Sasaki, founder and principal fo Sasaki & Partners in Tokyo delivers the Nabih Youssef Lecture on Structural Design Innovation. Watch Now


Recorded September 14, 2016


Naomi Klein: "This Changes Everything"

Author & Activist (website)


In a fascinating and provocative lecture, Klein will illuminate the critical importance of addressing economics in any effort to preserve the future of our planet. Watch Now


Recorded February 9, 2016


Alison B. Hirsch, Ph.D.: "The Performative Landscape: Frameworks for Civic and Embodied Action"

Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture (bio)


Alison B. Hirsch's work focuses on how the interpretation of sociocultural practices and marginalized histories and memories can contribute to the design of meaningful urban places. Watch Now


Recorded January 20, 2016


Jose Sanchez: "Exponential Design"

Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture (bio)


Jose Sanchez presents how game mechanics suggest a radically different ethos for computational design thinking. Watch Now


Recorded September 9, 2015


Alexander Robinson, FAAR: "An Instrumental Reconciliation + Genius Ingenium"

Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture (bio)


Robinson’s research and practice is focused on the means necessary to advance the design and implementation of high performance landscapes and infrastructures. Watch Now


Recorded August 31, 2015