Spring 2018 Lecture Series Lineup Announced

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Spring 2018 Lecture Series Lineup Announced

January 08, 2018

Jan. 8, 2018—Los Angeles—USC Architecture today announced its spring 2018 all-school lecture series lineup, which kicks off this Wednesday, Jan. 10, with a lecture from Agence Ter founder Henri Bava. This year’s series boasts more speakers than ever before, demonstrating the school’s commitment to bringing dynamic events and exhibitions to campus. Spring 2018 speakers are a mix of new and established designers representing all of the school’s disciplines, ensuring students, faculty and guests receive access to a variety of thought-provoking themes and ideas.


The USC Architecture lecture series hosts leading and emerging architects from around the world and presents topics related to urbanism, heritage conservation, landscape architecture, building science and more. For decades, the USCA Lecture Series, which includes presentations followed by debates and discussions, has provided a stimulating environment for the exploration of ideas that permeate culture at the school, in Los Angeles and beyond. Notable past speakers have included Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong, landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson and Snøhetta design firm founder Craig Dykers.


Unless noted, all lectures begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Boulevard. This semester’s participating speakers include:


Henri Bava, Agence TER, Paris (Lecture, Jan. 10)


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. He has been the chairman of the Landscape Architecture Department at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (K.I.T.) in Germany since 1998.


Ronit Bezalel, Chicago, and Prof. Ed Dimendberg, Irvine (Film Screening & Conversation: 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green, Jan. 31)


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.


Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant, Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles (Lecture, Feb. 7)


Prior to founding Bureau Spectacular, Jimenez Lai worked in 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. 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.


Bryony Roberts, Bryony Roberts Studio, New York City (Lecture, Feb. 21)


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.


Olafur Eliasson, Artist (Lecture: A USC Visions & Voices Event, Feb. 27)

Event will take place at 6:30 p.m., Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. Reservations required.


Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s diverse works—in sculpture, painting, photography, film and installations—have been exhibited around the world, from The Weather Project at Tate Modern to The New York City Waterfalls on NYC shorelines to Ice Watch, in which he installed a circle of icebergs in Paris during the 2015 conference on climate change. His Studio Olafur Eliasson, a laboratory for spatial research, encompasses some 90 craftsmen, technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks.


Mina Chow, USC Architecture, Los Angeles (Film Screening: Face of a Nation, Feb. 28)


USC Architecture faculty Mina Chow will screen her feature documentary FACE OF A NATION: “What Happened to the World’s Fair?” Chow began FACE OF A NATION in 2010 after she visited the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the first World’s Fair in China with over 73 million visitors. She found the U.S. pavilion to be an uninspired disappointment, and the film explores the U.S.’s declining participation in World’s Fairs over the last 25 years and questions the country’s role in the world and perceptions of America’s image.


Gary Bates, Space Group, Oslo (Lecture, March 7)


Gary Bates founded SPACEGROUP with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. The office quickly made its mark by winning major international competitions such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, the Vestbane National Library, the Filipstad Masterplan and the Oslo Central Station. He is currently involved in SPACEGROUP projects worldwide, from Cote D’Ivoire, Novosibirsk Russia, Louisville, New York and Azerbaijan, and has been a visiting teacher, lecturer and critic at the University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, The Oslo School of Architecture (AHO), Syracuse University and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands.


USC Architecture Generation NEXT (Lecture & Exhibition, March 19)


USC Architecture is proud to present Generation NEXT as part of the annual USC Architecture Career Week. The event is an evening in celebration of the broad range of independent design work produced by recent alumni of the USC School of Architecture. A curated selection of alumni working in the fields of architecture, urban design, fabrication and more will each present their work in a casual, fast-paced event to showcase the impact of independent design thinking.


Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz, Boston (Lecture, March 21)


Hansy Better Barraza co-founded Studio Luz Architects, a progressive architecture firm that serves a diverse client base on residential, commercial, institutional, and cultural projects. Additionally, Barraza is 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. As Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Barraza has also deepened her commitment to socially engaged architecture through academic research and teaching.


Jun Sato, Structural Engineer, Tokyo (Nabih Youssef Lecture on Structural Design Innovation, March 28)
**This event has been cancelled, to be rescheduled.**


Benjamin Ball & Gaston Nogues, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles (Lecture, April 4)



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. They have received numerous honors including three American Institute of Architects Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul (Lecture, April 11)


With partner James Slade, Minsuk Cho established Cho Slade Architecture in 1998 in New York City to be engaged in various projects in the U.S. and Korea. In 2003 he opened Mass Studies, his own firm in Korea. He was awarded first prize in the 1994 Shinkenchiku International Residential Architecture Competition, the Architectural League of New York's "Young Architects Award" in 2000 for his work at Cho Slade Architecture, and two U.S. Progressive Architecture Awards (Citations) in 1999 and 2003.