On Thursday, April 11, USC School of Architecture hosted the annual Research Symposium onResilient Futures: Bridging Tradition and Innovation in the Living Environment.”

The packed program included keynotes, panels, and 32 research presentations by faculty and students showcasing the latest research and innovations in design, sustainable futures, and technology integration.

Keynote speaker and author Frances Anderton set the tone with a presentation on her newest book, “Common Ground - Multi-family Housing in Los Angeles,” followed by an interactive session with special guest Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, USC senior vice president of research and innovation to discuss how to effectively enhance architectural research activities at USC.

The symposium focused on three central themes – design for harmonious living, conservation as a catalyst for resilience, and technology and the built environment. The themes underscored the critical interplay between human well-being and environmental health, sparking dynamic conversations around the fusion of traditional practices and modern innovations. Through the sessions of 'Design for Harmonious Living,' 'Conservation as a Catalyst for Resilience,' and 'Technology and the Built Environment,' the symposium delved into creating sustainable, adaptable, and culturally resonant living environments that address contemporary challenges while enhancing lifestyle and ecological balance.

The central themes of the symposium bridged traditional practices with advanced technologies, including AI, to redefine and enhance the integration of architectural and design disciplines. These discussions delved into how cutting-edge technologies can profoundly influence the architectural landscape—improving it yet presenting new challenges.

Above all, the 2024 research symposium presented architectural and design practices that promote a harmonious relationship between humanity and its habitat and means to elevate the quality of life within our constructed and natural surroundings.

Fifteen student research projects were reviewed by a panel of faculty and awards were announced at the closing of the symposium.

Best Research Awards

Anna Avdalyan (MLA) for “Textile Landscapes: The Material Future of Tulare Lake”

Madelene Dailey (M.ARCH) for “Urbanization & Rural Healthcare in Latin America”

Excellent Research Awards

David Hill (MARCH) for “Regional Material Ecology: Los Angeles”

Quinn Wilbert (M.ARCH) “Clothes Make Character”

Special thanks to the 2024 Research Symposium Organizing Committee: Meredith Drake Reitan, Geoffrey von Oeyen, and Joon-Ho Choi.

See the full program of research presentations.


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