Hadrian Predock

Professor of Practice


B.Arch, University of New Mexico; M.Arch, Harvard GSD

Hadrian Predock was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received his M.Arch degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1993.

After collaborating with John Frane at Predock_Frane Architects for 15 years, Hadrian established Hadrian Predock Architecture in 2015.

The work of his practice ranges from small-scale art projects to large public venues. His research driven projects seek to extract and transfer extra-disciplinary logics into architectural terrain, while encouraging site and context to become active and vital agents in shaping material and spatial development. His current work/interest in the conceptual relationship between weather and architecture extends out of an obsession with severe weather culture.

A product of the digital/analog cusp generation, he seeks to capitalize on the fertile territory that exists between empirical and computational modes. Holding a strong belief that seemingly dissonant alliances can produce beautiful offspring, he finds interest where normally polarized positions interact such as form and phenomena.

Predock’s accolades with Predock_Frane include the 2004 and 2012 Venice Biennale, 2006 Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Architectural League Emerging Voices, multiple AIA Honor Awards, and was recently nominated as a Marcus Prize candidate. His teaching in architecture has included positions at Tulane, UC Berkeley and UCLA AUD. He has taken part in many exhibitions, his work is published internationally, and he has lectured widely.

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Currently Teaching
  • 202bL
    Architectural Design II
    Architectural Design II

    This is the second semester for a foundation studio course in an interdisciplinary program with the School of Engineering that first was established in the 1970’s. This three-year interdisciplinary program is based in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Studies. This program will familiarize the student with architecture, landscape architecture, planning, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and the related issues that contribute to the built environment for our society. It introduces the process of coordinating all of these aspects for the engineering student. 

    This course will continue to develop the student’s comprehension on the nature of contextual and organizational principles that order our surroundings, and to create an appreciation and understanding of how and why these systems are established. The objective is to expose the student to current issues related to design in architecture, and to teach the intrinsic nature of architecture developed through principles based on the design & construction process. These topics are indications of the various value systems that come into play in the contemporary field of architecture. Understanding this and becoming aware that design is a synthetic process that is a balance of many concerns is a major objective of the course.

    This course will explore contextual research and analysis introduced in ARCH 205aL in more depth, and architectural program and space planning for a modest, but spatially complex building within an urban context. These projects will continue to emphasize the design process from the initial design concept to the final building proposition. Though precedent studies, design exercises, lectures, and critiques; emphasis is placed on design as a creative, conceptually driven, iterative process; all working within the defined limits of project budgets and schedules.

    Prerequisite: ARCH 205aL

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  • 302bL
    Architectural Design III
    Architectural Design III

    The integration of architectural design with building systems, both material (structure and enclosure) and experiential (circulation and environment), is the focus of this final core sequence studio. The comprehensive design project requires students to implement all the knowledge and skills previously accumulated, to extend the depth and breadth of their understanding of design issues, and to deal definitively with the interaction of the formal, experiential, regulatory, and technical requirements of architectural design. Projects will provide for structural integrity, for ventilation, heating and cooling (both natural and mechanical), for natural and artificial lighting, and for acoustic amenity. Students must build into their designs life-safety, egress, and accessibility requirements as embodied in model building codes. Developing a portion of each project in detail and extrapolating those tectonics, students will be responsible for integrating program, site and formal analyses, comprehending the ways in which decisions made in each sphere inform the others.

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  • 499
    Exhibiting the Body of Architecture
    Exhibiting the Body of Architecture

    Conceived of as a topical seminar with an activist interest, this course will expose students to the current thinking, curation and understanding of architecture as an exhibition site. The relationship between the object or body of architecture and how it is exhibited is a complex one. Since the built work of architecture is generally inaccessible to the museum or gallery, a substitute or proxy is a requisite for architectural exhibition. Working in different modalities, this emerging “new medium” might be full scale, representative of built work, projective of future work, speculate on unbuilt work, and sometimes acquire autonomy in its own right. This course will explore the definitional range of exhibition and architecture, while also designing an architectural exhibition of images. The seminar ultimately seeks to expose students to the emerging field of ‘architecture exhibition’ and to demonstrate the abstract potential for exhibition to bring critical agency and shape to the discipline of architecture.

    This seminar will be focused on the discourse surrounding architectural “exhibition”. This will include an understanding of how we define and frame exhibition, how this term interacts with other terms such as “theory” and “practice”, how we view and make sense of the wide range of architectural exhibitions, how we define and understand the mediums of architectural curation and exhibition and what this means historically vs. now.

    The seminar will be conducted in an open format - “Socratic method” - where all students are expected to bring something to the table in order to stimulate conversation and critical thinking. The seminar initiates with a series of conversations and case studies, gradually becoming more focused on a speculation about architectural exhibition.

    The seminar will consist of concurrent modes of inquiry and production:

    1. Seminar/Discussion - readings and discourse around the representation and exhibition of architecture.

    2. Case Studies – presentations and discussions around specific exhibitions of architecture under different thematic categories.

    3. Conversations – discussions and conversations with invited guests about architecture as exhibition.

    4. Exhibition Design – speculations on the exhibition of vernacular architecture in Los Angeles.

    The course will operate as a seminar-workshop with weekly discussions around the contemporary discourse of exhibition design, coupled with conversations with special guests focused on specific exhibitions and content. Readings will be assigned throughout the semester to challenge students with a range of sensibilities and positions. Important architectural exhibitions will be researched and presented as model precedents. Individually students will respond to readings through written response and criticism, and work individually and in groups to produce virtual exhibitions through a range of platforms.

  • 501
    Comprehensive Studio Support and Enrichment
    Comprehensive Studio Support and Enrichment
    The aim for the seminar is to gain a critical, theoretical, and technical understanding of the various methodologies that students will be asked to explore in the studio. Further, we will also explore the relationship between technological and cultural shifts in contemporary society. Students will work in pairs to present and lead discussions of each week’s readings in the first half of the semester. The second half will comprise of individual crits and each student will submit a 3-5000 word research paper at the end of the semester.
  • 502aL
    Architectural Design V
    Architectural Design V

    The final comprehensive architectural project under the guidance of a faculty adviser to demonstrate architectural knowledge, skills, and professional interests and goals.

    Pre-requisites: ARCH-500A and ARCH-501.

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