Valery Augustin

Associate Professor of Practice; Director of Global Studies

B.Arch., University of Miami; M.Arch., University of California

Prior to establishing his own practice, Professor Augustin was a designer at a number of internationally recognized firms including Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in London, England; Oppenheim Architecture and Design in Miami, Florida; and Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects in Los Angeles, California. Actively involved in the design profession as an educator and a practitioner, Professor Augustin teaches at the USC School of Architecture and is principal of the Los Angeles based design firm Dn/A, a multi-disciplinary practice engaged in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. Alongside commissioned projects, Dn/A also pursues theoretical investigations and research focused on urban issues and architectural representation.

Professor Augustin’s work has been exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and at galleries in Miami and Los Angeles. In 2004, he curated and designed an exhibition titled Recent Departures at the UCLA. In 2006, Professor Augustin led a multi-disciplinary team of architects, planners, and developers participating in PropX, Inventing the Next LA; an invited competition aimed at providing new approaches to urban problems such as affordable housing, homelessness, traffic, and sustainability.

Currently Teaching
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    Architectural Technology
    Architectural Technology
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 313 Technology is presented not as a post-facto application enabling an architectural idea, but as one of many modes of concurrent thinking an architect must develop. This course promotes understanding the logics and details of construction technologies as they contribute to the production of architecture. Both conventions and experimentations in building assemblies will be studied to link technical considerations to design development. Focus on emerging technologies and concerns, along with proven techniques and means, will encourage awareness of all facets of constructional potentials. Students will learn fundamental detailing principles, and implement those principles in order to test through making. Possibilities and limitations of various constructional systems will be explored, with an eye towards seeing assembly systems as the nexus of various kinds of performance.
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