College of Architecture and Planning

Guest Lectures

Making Architecture from Architecture presented by Andrew Kovacs

Monday, September 12  at 4:00 pm - Architecture Building, room 100

About this lecture. . .

Making Architecture from Architecture is a pursuit with the aim of grasping the width and depth of architecture. If architecture is a way that we organize the world around us, then Making Architecture from Architecture is about evaluating what exists and rearranging that material towards architectural purposes. This is a pursuit that tracks the qualities and traits of architecture.

More about Andrew. . .

ANDREW KOVACS is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. Kovacs studied architecture at Syracuse University, The Architecture Association in London, and Princeton University. From 2012-2013 Kovacs was the inaugural UCLA Teaching Fellow for which he produced GOODS USED: AN ARCHITECTURAL YARD SALE at Jai and Jai Gallery in Los Angeles. In collaboration with Laurel Broughton in 2014, the pair produced Gallery Attachment / As Builts sponsored by the LA Forum’s John Chase Memorial fund and Storefront for Art and Architecture’s World Wide Storefront program. Gallery Attachment /As Builts was a two part show that was an architectural intervention in a residual space in Los Angeles’ Chinatown composed of the debris of modern civilization. Kovacs’ work on architecture and urbanism has been published widely including Pidgin, Project, Perspecta, Manifest, Metropolis, Clog, Domus, and Fulcrum. Kovacs, is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities, a website devoted to the collection and display of architectural b-sides. His recent design work includes a proposal for a haute dog park in downtown Los Angeles and the renovation of an airstream trailer into a mobile retail store that travels the Pacific Coast Highway.

UCLA info

Andrew Kovacs - Architecture Urbanism Research

One continuing education credit from AIA and LA/CES has been approved for this lecture.

The Layered Landscape: Dual Ecologies by Genevieve Baudoin

Monday, October 24 at 4:00 pm - Architecture Building, room 100

About this lecture. . .

Site is not a term exclusive to architecture. Site occupies a contentious zone as it (and the design field) expands and blurs between objects and their surroundings. “The Layered Landscape" will share author/architect Genevieve Baudoin's work in her collaborative practice, Dual Ecologies, by comparing both built and unbuilt projects of varying scale and intent, where the typical dichotomy of the designed object and its surroundings are questioned through modes of representation, perception, materiality and program.

More about Genevieve. . .

Genevieve Baudoin is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University. Her background prior to architecture is as a cellist with a BA from Oberlin College, and she holds an MArch from the GSD at Harvard University. She has worked with Foster + Partners in London and Antoine Predock Architect in Albuquerque. She is the author of Interpreting Site: Studies in Perception, Representation, and Design. Her collaborative practice, Dual Ecologies, focuses on site and infrastructural relationships and their coincident architectural and tectonic response.

One continuing education credit from AIA and one continuing HSW education credit from LA/CES has been approved for this lecture.

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SCAPE: Toward an Urban Ecology by Gina Wirth

Monday, November 14 at 4:00 pm - Architecture Building, room 100

About this lecture. . .

Wirth will explore SCAPE’s recent work centered around the themes of Revie, Cohabit, Engage, and Scale. SCAPE conceived of landscape design as a form of activism, and uses multiple design strategies, collaborations, and outreach techniques to develop a more resilient and inclusive built environment. This lecture will look at reviving site systems, designing with local natural systems and geology as inspiration, even in very urban areas. Wirth will discuss designing with people and for people through methods of community engagement and participatory design.  Further discussion includes designing for non-human 'clients' - from underwater shellfish to rooftop birds, as well as designing resilient ecosystems, the repositioning of shorelines as regenerative living infrastructures that reduces risk in coastal communities.

More about Gina. . .

Gena is the Design Principal at SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning and horticulture, Gena draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level. Gena leads the design on several significant projects in the office,

Gena was on the original Oyster-tecture team and was the Project Manager for SCAPE’s involvement in SIRR, studying large-scale harbor-wide strategies for coastal protection measures that will be utilized in preparation for the next Superstorm. She was also the Project Manager for SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters, a climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island.

Gena holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.

One continuing education credit from AIA and one continuing HSW education credit from LA/CES has been approved for this lecture.


March 27 – 4 pm in AB100  Charles M Sappenfield Guest Lecture

About our speakers.. .

Aroussiak Gabrielian is an architectural and landscape architectural designer with a background in visual arts. She holds an MLA and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. An Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, Aroussiak is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Media Arts + Practice program of the USC School Cinematic Arts, where she is focused on innovative applications of new cinematic media within landscape visualization and design. Her current research utilizes expanded cinematic media to develop new ways of reading and visualizing the spatial, situational, temporal, and tactile phenomena of landscape to interpret and structure sites. As part of foreground, Aroussiak deploys design methodologies that use future scenarios as tools to better understand the present and that use design as a means of speculation. Prior to initiating her own practice, Aroussiak worked as a lead designer at Snøhetta in New York City on various architectural and landscape architectural projects including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion and the Guadalajara Museum of Environmental Science. Aroussiak’s work has been recognized through various design awards, publications, and exhibits. She has practiced architecture and landscape architecture internationally and has taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and University of Southern California.

Alison B. Hirsch is a landscape architectural designer, as well as urban historian and theorist. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture, Alison holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, an MLA and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously worked in the design offices of W-Architecture+Landscape Architecture and James Corner Field Operations in New York City and taught at Harvard University (GSD), University of Virginia and University of Toronto. Her recent book, City Choreographer (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), provides an analysis of the creative process Lawrence Halprin developed with his wife, dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin, and how aspects of this process have the potential to enrich contemporary approaches to structuring the city. As part of foreground, Alison’s design interests focus on public histories and politics of urban settlement, as well as how corporeality and human movement can inform the design process. In addition, she continues to explore the potential of preservation as a tool for social and community sustainability and development.

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