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.

  • 424L
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Assignments rely principally on field trips and field research, while additional readings, class discussions and research will be utilized to develop a body of information and method of critique. Field research will focus on the first-hand observation, analysis, and documentation of existing buildings and their contexts so that lessons-learned can inform the design methodology applied in studio. Students will be challenged to articulate their analyses with respect to the specific urban, temporal, and cultural contexts. There will be ten assignments for each course: nine specific assignments and one assignment that you may choose the subject of yourself.
  • 426L
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Buildings embody a series of performative criteria that form the fundamental motives for an architectural task. These functions are critical considerations in building design and are accomplished within the context of technological and economic possibilities. The focus of the course will be on technology in architecture, with an emphasis on structure, materiality, construction, material and assembly, and sustainability. Using annotated photo documentation, notations, and diagrams these criteria will be analyzed to explore how technology affects the form, the assembly of the architectural response, and, ultimately, how technology is integrated into the methodology of accomplishing the greater architectural goals of the building.
  • 580
    Field Studies
    Field Studies

    One of the most important aspects of field research is the opportunity to gain insight into the relationships between design language, building proposition and construction process of specific periods/architects/buildings/landscapes. It is an occasion to discover not only the tenets upon which an designer bases his work, but also how these tenets resolve complex relationships between a project, its site and the cultural/theoretical context in which it was constructed. Through thoughtful case study analysis students will explore how these external forces influence/direct the form and shape of the designed response.

    This Field Studies course will concentrate on projects and practices [from the analysis of buildings to the focused engagement with the methods of practice], landscapes and ecologies [both natural and manmade], and urban spaces [including parks, plazas, and urban (re)development projects]. The field study of these spaces and methods also provides an opportunity to understand the complex relationship of the designer with place. These place-based investigations will engage field studies to employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of place. This investigation allows one to develop awareness as well as appreciate the complex relationship between a place, its inhabitants and the spaces that facilitate a multitude of events and activities.

  • 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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