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R. Scott Mitchell

Associate Professor of Practice

BA, Brown University BA, Brown University; M.Arch, Sci-Arc


R. Scott Mitchell is owner/principal of Gigante AG, a Los Angeles design-build and fabrication consulting firm. He has worked for Gehry Partners, Morphosis, Bestor Architecture and Atelier Van Lieshout (Rotterdam). Early in his career he worked as both a laboratory machinist and engineering fabricator. His work has appeared in Art News, ArtForum, Paper Magazine and the 826National publication Essentially Odd. Scott has exhibited at High Desert Test Sites, Vox Populi Gallery and Socrates Sculpture Park, where he was a Socrates Emerging Artist Fellow in 2006. Since 2007 he has been teaching digital fabrication and design at the USC School of Architecture. He is currently on the advisory board of 826LA, a children's educational non-profit.


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Currently Teaching
  • 481
    Furniture Design
    Furniture Design
    Explore the intersection of architecture, art, and design in this hands-on furniture design course. Four influential early 20th century movements (futurism, neo-plasticism, modernism, and constructivism) explored ideas relating to the changing nature of society, technology, industrialization, new discoveries, and invention. Artists and architects were interested in utilizing the newest materials, construction, and joining methods, as well as innovative finishing techniques. Steel and metalworking were at the forefront of this exploration. This course will look closely at furniture designed by a variety of architects and artists, ranging from Pierre Chareau to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Charles and Ray Eames. More contemporary design works and interpretations (Peter Pearce, Morphosis, Richard Meier, and Herman Miller) will also be discussed. Students will design and fabricate metal furniture.
     
  • 581
    Techniques in Digital Fabrication
    Techniques in Digital Fabrication
    The arrival of two KUKA 6-axis robotic arms marked a new phase in USC’s fabrication and design curriculum. With the reliability, accuracy and flexibility afforded by these machines we hope to change the way students understand and engage digitally driven tools for fabrication. Students taking this course will be given primary access to our KR6 Agilus and KR120HA industrial robots. Building on the original digital fabrication seminar, students will become well versed in the language of robotics and kinematics, becoming the de facto programers and operators. Utilizing our core shop and fabrication facilities, students will be expected to design and build custom end-effectors and tooling for the robots. While the concept of programming may seem imposing, newly developed parametric plugins such as KukaPRC allow direct interface between Rhino/Grasshopper and the robot arms. This interface will be the primary focus of our design work in this seminar.
     
 
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