02/13/19 Alumni Announced for 60th Annual USC Architectural Guild Dinner Awards


The USC Architectural Guild and the USC School of Architecture have selected Corinne Verdery as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Architectural Guild, a second alumni award will also be presented posthumously to Gin D. Wong, FAIA, who will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Corinne Verdery and Gin Wong are exemplary USC Architecture alumni and we are excited to celebrate their achievements at this year’s milestone Annual Dinner,” said Milton S. F. Curry, dean of the USC School of Architecture. “Their successful careers demonstrate the diversity and breadth of opportunities available to our school’s graduates. With their great impact on the Southern California region, they are both very deserving of these honors.”

Verdery is the executive vice president of development at Caruso, the Los Angeles-based real estate company. Caruso’s world-class portfolio consists of nearly 20 properties, including award-winning retail, residential and mixed-use developments. The portfolio recently added the 5-star Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito. In her role, Verdery oversees acquisitions, property entitlements and project development, and her focus is on doubling the collection of Caruso properties in California. She previously worked at NBCUniversal for over a decade and most recently served as their chief real estate development officer. Verdery graduated cum laude with a B.Arch from USC in 1993.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award and thank Dean Curry and the USC Architectural Guild for this recognition,” said Verdery. “My time at the USC School of Architecture significantly impacted my career path and I am thankful for the strong foundation I received in strategic design thinking.” 

Wong (B.Arch ’50) will receive the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his renowned designs of many Southern California landmarks, including the 33-story skyscraper at 1055 W. 7th St. (formerly known as the ARCO Tower) and the expansion and modernization of CBS Television City. He also designed the former Occidental Life/Transamerica building in downtown Los Angeles, which is now occupied by USC and bears the USC logo, and was one of the key designers of Los Angeles International Airport in the 1950s. A USC Life Trustee, Wong’s service to the university included a term as president of the USC Architectural Guild and the donation of his namesake auditorium at the School of Architecture, the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center. Among his many accomplishments, he was one of the youngest architects to be advanced to AIA fellowship in the field of design. Wong passed away in 2017; accepting his in-memoriam award on his behalf are his wife, his three daughters and their spouses, his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“I am so proud to receive this honor on behalf of my husband, who loved being a member of the Trojan Family. He would have been delighted to be named the inaugural recipient of this prestigious award and we are proud to accept it on his behalf,” said Louise Wong, Gin’s wife of 69 years.

Verdery will join a list of renowned past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients including Jon Jerde (1985), Frank Gehry (1987), Thom Mayne (1995), Pierre Koenig (1998), Academy Award-winning art director Henry Bumstead (2004), Anthony Marnell II (2005), Christopher and David Martin (2006), Boris Dramov (2008), Paul R. Williams (2017), and Mark Lee (2018).

The awards will be presented at the 60th Annual USC Architectural Guild Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Proceeds from this fundraising event support student programming at the USC School of Architecture.

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