Gary Paige

Professor of Practice

B.Arch, Sci-Arc

Gary Paige is a principal of GPS [Gary Paige Studio], a Los Angeles-based multi- disciplinary design firm with a diverse portfolio ranging in scale and media from art installations and architecture to furniture and graphic design. Since its inception in 1985, the work of the studio has sought to explore the relationship between the immaterial and material domains of the discipline—from spatial diagrams and atmospheres to experiments with materials and fabrication technology. The work of the studio emerges from the idea that architecture is a process of pure and applied research as well as a mode of critical spatial inquiry and practice. Consequently, projects often involve interdisciplinary research and collaborations in order to arrive at unique solutions to contemporary problems. Selected works include an award-winning architectural installation for the Venice Biennale; the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc; the design and renovation of the Freight Depot for SCI-Arc in the downtown Los Angeles Artist’s District; the Manifold House, a finalist in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition; and, Variegated Mat-scape, a finalist in the Los Angeles Forum Dingbat 2.0 Competition. His architecture, drawings and photographs have been exhibited and published internationally. He has taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at SCI-Arc where he was the former Director of the Undergraduate Program and Head of Visual Studies, the founder of the Making and Meaning Program, and a co-founder of the Asian Studies Program. Most recently he was the Howard Friedman Professor of Practice at the University of California Berkeley and a Visiting Professor at Kyoto Seika University.

Currently Teaching
  • 402aL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 302bL A collection can be a lot of things, in fashion and design, it suggests a family resemblance between a series of objects, either acquired or designed over an extended period of time. A collection has a temporal relationship with space and time, it can reflect a variety of styles, and set predictions for upcoming social and cultural trends. A collection offers unique organizational, generative potentialities, as well as, spatial adaptive qualities. The studio seeks to investigate and re-interpret furniture collections as generative aggregate systems of growth that can define space. How can an “Urban furniture collection” generate a spatial framework that can multiply/grow/morph/change in reaction to future social and cultural occupations?
  • 420
    Visual Communication and Graphic Expression New Forms and Concepts
    Visual Communication and Graphic Expression New Forms and Concepts

    An exploratory study of fundamental and innovative visual communication principles and graphic expression techniques to facilitate the design enquiry process for architects. 


    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 302bL

    Registration Restriction: Not open to students with Freshman/Sophomore standing.

    In the past two decades, architecture has undergone a paradigm shift that influences the way we think about and approach issues of communication, representation, and production. Clearly, the new breed of computational tools and digital modeling programs offer students and practitioners alike opportunities for experimentation with new graphic forms and visual concepts. In a global networked culture that often places emphasis on “instant communication”—texting, tweeting, email, LED billboards, urban screens, Skype, social media, YouTube, etc., the IMAGE or SOUNDBITE has acquired a newfound significance as the de facto means of communication that’s unparalleled. Explore what bearing this paradigmatic change has on the practice of architecture, both as a medium and as a discipline and how these advances in technology shape our visual culture and impact the relationship between the medium and message.

  • 599
    Research + Design + Build
    Research + Design + Build
    The Research + Design + Build Seminar will generate and analyze context and precedents, identify specific clients as well as develop programing criteria, and propose implementation strategies for specific projects to support school Design + Build efforts. Related course offerings will address design and prototyping in a studio framework, followed by directed research efforts to implement of the projects identified. While not required for enrollment in the initial seminar offering, it is intended that some of the students participating in the R+D+B seminar will be able to participate in the subsequent class efforts and provide the potential for continuity in the Research + Design + Build experience. Since it is not practical to assume or require students to participate in all of the offerings, an emphasis will be placed on clear and complete documentation of the work of each segment of the courses offerings to ensure accessibility and continuity. Learning Objectives: This two unit Seminar / Lab course is being offered to study the precedents and operation of existing successful examples of design - build programs and generate programmatic criteria in collaboration with neighborhood users and constituents. The intention is to prepare for subsequent stages of design and implementation using our current course structure of design studios and special course offerings and directed research as required for project implementation. The course is structured around three components: Research – precedents from existing design – build programs at peer institutions will be studied and used to generate an administrative, economic and academic model for the project with particular focus on the needs of our community, the resources of the school and the larger university, and the potential of the program to realize a built demonstration of those intentions. Project Focus – through an analysis of existing neighborhood institutions and potential interventions, the identification of a specific project suitable for development involving local user groups will be established. Programming of the specific project will involve direct community input and will result in a project brief that can be used in the subsequent spring design studio phase to follow. Collaboration and support exploiting our relationship with the professional community will be used both to gain additional perspective on the requirements of the project and to recruit additional resources during the subsequent design and implementation phases. Prototyping and preliminary design proposals using physical modeling will be used to validate programmatic criteria consistent with the learning objectives of the R+D+B initiative. Students will identify and analyze existing programs and will be responsible to collaborate on the collection, documentation and analysis of the material and the potential application of these precedents to the local conditions and needs of the USC neighborhood. This will include consideration of funding opportunities potentially available to the neighborhood. The identification of “users and clients” for the project proposals will build on existing institutional relationship between USC and the neighborhood as well as explore new opportunities.
  • 702L
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Themes
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Themes
    Advanced thematic topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.
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