The USC School of Architecture Spring 2017 lecture series

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The USC School of Architecture Spring 2017 lecture series

January 11, 2017

For the Spring 2017 semester, the USC School of Architecture presents an eclectic mix of established and new designers from around the globe, practicing in different modes and with unique approaches. Starting this semester, all lectures will be live streamed via Facebook Live at


January 11

Oslo / New York City


Snøhetta Founding Partner Craig Dykers will kick off the lecture series with a presentation on Snøhetta's current work, entitled Habitat: Large and Small. Dykers has led many of Snøhetta’s prominent projects internationally, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City, and the recently completed Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Canada, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion in San Francisco. Craig is currently leading the design of the new Times Square Reconstruction in New York City and The French Laundry Kitchen Expansion and Garden Renovation in Yountville, both of which are currently under construction.


February 8

Seattle / Paris


Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson brings over 30 years of distinguished practice to her partnerships in two offices, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London. Her 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.


March 29 

New York City


Jinhee Park received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from Seoul National University. Her work at SsD has been celebrated through numerous awards including a 2015 Best in Competition Award from AIANY, a 2012 Architecture Vanguard from Architectural Record, the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award, and the 2007 Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. Jinhee is currently Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP and from 2009-13 she has served as Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard GSD. Previous appointments include Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture CCNY in 2014, the Morgenstern Chair Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008, and the Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural College in 2007.


April 12

New York City


Florian Idenburg is Founding Partner of SO–IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the 2010 laureate of the Charlotte Köhler Prize and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands. SO–IL is an award winning architectural design firm that envisions spaces for culture, learning and innovation. From their offices in New York, SO–IL partakes in the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the office engages with the ever changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function, and opportunity. SO–IL believes that physical structures have the power to offer a sense of wonder and place. They serve as platforms of exchange, and create generous, sensorial and visceral experiences.


April 19 

Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi


Vo Trong Nghia studied architecture at the University of Tokyo before returning to Vietnam to establish Vo Trong Nghia Architects in 2006. Through a series of the award winning projects, Nghia has developed sustainable architectural design by integrating inexpensive, local materials and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics and modern methodologies. Nghia has received numerous international prizes and honors including but not limited to; World Architecture Festival Award, ARCASIA award, WAN 21 for 21 Award and, FuturArc Green Leadership Award. In 2012, he was selected as Architect of the Year in Vietnam. Besides running his architectural practice, Nghia has continued to be involved in architecture at the grassroots level by teaching at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2011. Nghia is a registered architect in Vietnam.


Unless noted, all lectures begin at 6:00pm in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd. 


For more information, please contact:

Lee Schuyler Olvera, Assistant Dean for Communications


Kay Chang, Faculty Affairs & Communications Associate