Welcome, New USC Architecture Faculty!

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Welcome, New USC Architecture Faculty!

September 16, 2016


Sarah Cowles is Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture at USC. Her research engages dialogue between representation and material processes in the making of landscapes. Her landscape exhibitions include The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest, The Salt Mountain Disturbance, and Elegantly Wasted. In 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Georgia.




Peter Culley is the creative leader and founder of Spatial Affairs Bureau, an architecture, landscape, furniture, and product design studio based in Los Angeles, Virginia, and London. He was previously ‘Professor of Practice’ at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture, is a member of the UK’s RIBA Visiting Board for Architecture School Accreditation, and is trained as a Passive House consultant.




Jia Gu is an architectural designer, educator and curator with a special interest in critical and conceptual practices in art and architecture. Prior to teaching, she worked internationally with Raumlaborberlin, Something Fantastic, and Kyong Park. She recently edited the book Chromatopia: Generally Different Towers for Shanghai and is the Executive Director of Materials & Applications.




Hunter Knight is an educator and practitioner living in Los Angeles. He is a founding Partner of Weather Projects and a lecturer at University of Southern California. He received a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Prior to forming Weather Projects in 2014 he was a Senior Designer with Morphosis Architects for 8 years. 




Zeina Koreitem is founding partner in MILLIØNS, a Los Angeles-based design practice with projects in California, New York and Beirut. Previously, she was design faculty at the University of Toronto and worked in the offices of Dominique Perrault Architecture in Paris, and RCR Arquitectes in Olot, Spain. Zeina is a licensed architect in Lebanon.




Anthony Laney is a licensed architect and designer. He recently launched his own architectural practice, LANEY LA, embracing a multi-disciplinary approach to his projects, which include residential, commercial, landscape, branding, graphics and mobile app design. Anthony graduated from the USC School of Architecture, Class ‘08, where he developed a passion for drawing as a form of design, exploration, and communication.




Jeff Mikolajewski is a co-founder of is office, a speculative architectural practice interested in a lot of arbitrary things having to do with buildings, objects, and cities. He has worked for such firms as Johnston Marklee, Bjarke Ingels Group, Andrew Zago Architect, and UrbanLab. In 2015, the Graham Foundation published the book 'No Project' which he co-authored with Kyle Reynolds as part of the Treatise Series.




Zachary Tate Porter is an educator, designer, and historian based in Los Angeles. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between building and ground within modern and contemporary architecture. Prior to joining USC, Porter was the 2015-16 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc, where he edited the online journal, Offramp.




Dima Rachid's interest falls at the intersection of landscape infrastructure and community-based resilient design in camp urbanism. Her interest in exploring the agency of landscape urbanism in under-developed areas stems from growing up, practicing, and teaching in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to joining USC, Dima taught undergraduate studios in landscape architecture in Beirut and practiced in Beirut, Boston, and Los Angeles.




Christopher Esteban Torres is a founding Partner at Superjacent Landscape Architecture and Urban Design based in Los Angeles. Previously, he was an Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, SOM, the public art program at LA METRO and visiting researcher of urban design at QUT in Australia.




Yaohua Wang is a partner in Preliminary Research Office, a California-based architectural practice. Yaohua received his Master of Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where his final project was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).




Peter Zellner is a Los Angeles-based architect. He is a former Design Principal at the AECOM. Between 2004 and 2014 he founded and directed ZELLNERPLUS, an award-winning Los Angeles design studio. Zellner’s work has been recognized in publications such as Le Monde, the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesArchitectural RecordThe Architect's Newspaper, Domus, and Harper's Bazaar.