Olivier Touraine

Associate Professor of Practice

Dipl Arch, Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-la-Villette

Olivier Touraine graduated from the School of Architecture of Paris La Villette in 1987. Awarded the "Album de la Jeune Architecture" in 1994 (best architectural firm under 40). He received the "Villa Medicis Hors les Murs" Grant in 2000 and the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2005. He worked from 1987 to 1991 with Renzo Piano on the Kansai Airport Project in Osaka, Japan; with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, in Lille on the Congrexpo building in 1991; from 1992 to 1998 with Jean Nouvel in Paris on various projects in France, Eastern Europe and Asia; and from 1998 to 1999 with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, in Los Angeles on the Universal Studio HQ project. These three architects have all received the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in architecture. Olivier is currently a principal at Studio Touraine which was created in January 2012 following 14 years at Touraine Richmond Architects in Venice, CA,. Olivier teaches design studios at the University of Southern California. He has previously held teaching positions at UCLA, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and SCI- Arc.

Currently Teaching
  • 402bL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 402aL Selected areas of specialization; three projects chosen with advisement from a variety of studio offerings that concentrate on different areas of vital concern.
  • 542bL
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Projects for the public realm with emphasis on urbanity and connectivity, place and meaning.
  • 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.

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