John Frane


B.Arch, University of Texas, Austin

John established his internationally recognized architectural practice, Predock Frane Architects, with Hadrian Predock in 2001. The work of their practice ranges from small scale art projects to large public venues. Seeking to open new territories for locality and specificity, their 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. Products of the digital/analog cusp generation, they seek 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, they find interest where normally polarized positions interact. They are challenged by building rich atmospheres out of limited and constrained material sets, thus their work has a strong sensate orientation and experiential bias. Predock_Frane’s awards and accolades include; Venice Biennale, 100YC exhibition, Venice, Italy, 2012, PA Awards jury member, 2012, The Marcus Prize in Architecture, UMW, 2011, nominee , Finalist, Land Art Generator Competition, Abu Dhabi, 2010, “Five to watch”, Form magazine, Los Angeles, CA, 2010, Westside Urban Forum Award for Detroit 15 Housing, Los Angeles, CA, 2010, GLOW festival, Santa Monica, CA 2010, selected artist, AIA Honor Award (Los Angeles chapter), Detroit 15 Housing, Los Angeles, CA, 2009, “Emerging Talent” award, Monterey Design Conference, Monterey, CA, 2009, Finalist, Center for Human and Civil Rights Museum design competition, Atlanta, GA, 2009 AIA Honor Award (Los Angeles chapter), Acqua Alta, Venice Biennale in U.S. Pavilion, 2006, National Design Triennial “Design Life Now” at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2006, “Emerging Voices” series by The Architectural League of New York, 2005, AIA Honor Award New Kidspace for The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2005, Venice Biennale, Transcending Type exhibition Venice, Italy, 2004, Finalist - Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver CO, 2004, National AIA Honor Award 2004, Center of Gravity Foundation Hall, Jemez, NM ,AIA Honor Award (Los Angeles Chapter), Center of Gravity Foundation Hall, Jemez, New Mexico, 2004, 1st Prize Winner, New Kidspace for The J. Paul Getty Museum Design Competition, Los Angeles, CA, 2003, “Design Vangaurd”, Architectural Record (top ten emerging international architects), 2002, 1st Prize Winner, Central California Museum of History design competition, Fresno, CA, 2001 Predock_Frane has taken part in many exhibitions including; Fuzzy Grids II at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2014, A New Sculpturalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2013, Material Matters, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2012, 100YC, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2012, O(h), Casebolt and Smith (interactive stage design for dance performance), Hollywood, CA, 2012, LA Artist/Architect, Collaboration with Barbara T. Smith, Venice Beach, CA, 2012, A+D Celebrate, Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2012, LA Houses, Little Tokyo Design Week, Los Angeles, CA, 2011, Painted Over Under, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA, 2011, GLOW Santa Monica Arts Festival, Santa Monica, CA, 2010, Lineweights, LA Forum Gallery, Solo exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, 2008, Inland Empire, Pomona College Museum of Art, Solo exhibition. Predock_Frane’s work has been published internationally and they have lectured widely. Before establishing their practice, John worked for Frank O. Gehry on numerous projects including the Disney Concert Hall and Bilbao. Before coming to USC, John taught at both Berkeley and Tulane in distinguished visiting faculty positions. He received his BArch from The University of Texas-Austin in 1993.

Currently Teaching
  • 500aL
    Comprehensive Architectural Design
    Comprehensive Architectural Design
    Prerequisite(s): 402abL Corequisite(s): ARCH 501 Note: Substitution for previously required ARCH 402cL Selected areas of specialization; projects chosen from a variety of studio offerings, all with an emphasis on the comprehensive design of buildings.
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