Lectures

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

 

Christian KerezChristian Kerez

 

Christian Kerez obtained his degree in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. After extensive published work in the field of architectural photography, he opened his own architectural office in Zurich in 1993. He has taught design and architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich since 2001 and in 2012-13, he led the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University. He participated in the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 with “Incidental Space.” Other notable exhibitions by Kerez include “Contrast and Continuity - Christian Kerez” at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and “The Rule of the Game” at TOTO Gallery Ma in Tokyo. Watch Now

Recorded September 12, 2018

 

Marching OnMinsuk Cho

 

Minsuk Cho founded the Seoul-based firm Mass Studies in 2003. He has been committed to the discourse of architecture through socio-cultural and urban research, and mostly built works, which have been recognized globally. Watch Now

Recorded April 11, 2018

 

Ball-NoguesBall-Nogues

 

Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. In their current collaboration, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production, while Nogues is focused on fabricating what they visualize; on process as it relates to the built object. Watch Now

Recorded April 4, 2018

 

Marching OnHansy Better Barraza

 

Hansy Better Barraza is a professor of architecture at RISD and the co-founder of Studio Luz Architects, a progressive architecture firm that links social responsibility and sustainable construction practices with built material expression. Barraza is also a co-founder of BR+A+CE, a non-profit that builds new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities around the world. Watch Now

Recorded March 21, 2018

 

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