Alex Maymind

Lecturer

Ph.D Candidate, UCLA Architecture M.Arch, Yale University School of Architecture B.S. in Architecture, The Ohio State University


Alex Maymind is an architectural historian, educator, and designer who works on architectural institutions and institutionality in the postwar period. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, and a lecturer at USC School of Architecture. His doctoral research investigates the postmodernization of knowledge production in the context of the American research economy after 1968. Other research has focused on material histories of shotcrete, 19th century century epistemologies of formalism, and the role of history in design pedagogies.


He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Born in Riga, Latvia, he was raised across the United States in the south, midwest, and east coast.


Maymind’s teaching record over the past decade is broad. His past teaching includes design studios, history/ theory seminars, and representation courses. He was awarded the 2012-2013 Walter B. Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, where his research focused on histories of systematization in architectural knowledge. Previously he was Visiting Faculty at Cornell University Department of Architecture in New York City and Ithaca, a Lecturer at UCLA A.UD, a Teaching Fellow at Yale University, and for four years he was History & Theory Faculty at SCI-Arc. Most recently his teaching has explored histories of collective housing and forms of alternative architectural collectivity, as well post-familial domestic paradigms and models of co-living spaces.


His writing and projects have been published in journals including Log, Pidgin, Thresholds, Off-ramp, The REAL Review, One:Twelve, Arredamento Architecture Journal, Interpunct, Dimensions, and Clog. A selection of his essays and drawings have been compiled in a small book, Revisiting Revisiting, published by the Graham Foundation.


Maymind’s design work is characterized by a particular interest in how histories and procedures of collecting, archiving, and revisiting intersect with contemporary image culture in order to create a space in which to reconsider such disciplinary clichés as precedent, originality, rigor, and repetition. His work has been exhibited in venues across the US in group shows. Professionally he has worked as a designer and researcher at offices in New York, Columbus, and Los Angeles.


 
 
Currently Teaching
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    Great Houses of Los Angeles
    Great Houses of Los Angeles

    Upon visiting Los Angeles in 1963, Marcel Duchamp described Los Angeles as a place that did not exist. Describing his frustrations that the city lacked wayfinding devices to help orient himself, Duchamp’s quote reveals a moment in urban history when LA was regarded as a city that nobody thought they could see. What Duchamp failed to notice was the city’s rich history of domestic architecture produced figures from Frank Lloyd Wright to the architects who participated in the Case Study House Program. The course will situate a range projects within the broader historical shifts taking place in Los Angeles and alongside key disciplinary developments taking place in the history of domestic architecture.


    Contrary to Duchamp’s perception of Los Angeles, this course introduces students to the significance of Los Angeles architecture by way of a close examination of homes designed by prominent architects—each who practiced in Southern California in the early to mid-twentieth century. In lieu of site visits to individual houses, we will instead view a series of documentary films to supplement the selected readings presented and discussed in seminar.


    Students will be expected to write short evaluations about three out of the total houses/architects they study. The short essays will include the student’s understanding of the project in conjunction with or contrast to the architects stated intentions. A 10-page research paper can be substituted for one of the evaluation papers. For this paper, the student must select a research topic approved by the instructor related to materials covered in the course.

     
 
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