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Orhan Ayyüce

Orhan Ayyüce

Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

About 

Orhan Ayyüce is a senior editor for Archinect and writes about architecture, urbanism, people, politics, arts and culture. As an active member of Archinect's editorial team, his feature articles, interviews and other content is frequently published here. Orhan also works behind the scenes instigating and developing content by other contributors.

In addition to his writing in Archinect, elseplace features many spontaneous ideas, reviews, photography and commentary about the issues he is interested and where he documents all kinds of architectures while observing the built environment.

Orhan is a licensed architect in California with a practice and teaches architecture studios including California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Woodbury University, East LA College. He is a frequent visiting critic in architecture schools.

Professional Affiliations:

Member of Board of Directors at LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Member of the Board of Directors for Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment, SMIBE, Member of Editorial Board, Architects for Peace, Editorial contributor, Arkitera, Istanbul, Turkey

 

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Elsewhere:

Orhan's General Blog on Archinect:

Sleepless in Shenzhen : Everything Minded

Archinect Senior Editor Orhan Ayyuce is blogging his thoughts, impressions and provocations.

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Orhan's General Blog on Archinect:

The Los Angeles Biennale : Currently at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Formerly at the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism.

The Los Angeles Biennale is an experimentation in creating a nomadic biennale on urbanism, hosted by the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. This blog will cover the preparation, activities and findings from this experiment.

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Orhan's Featured Articles on Archinect

Interview: José Oubrerie, Fri, Apr 11 '14

I met with José Oubrerie in February at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and later we drove to the Schindler House on Kings Road. He was in town for the book launch of Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House edited by Todd Gannon. The following is our ...

Interview: José Oubrerie
 

Slow Weather of Architecture, Wed, Sep 4 '13

Larry Totah died few years ago. All his close friends, including me, have seen him wither away, but he managed to keep an encompassing fog around his demise as if his architecture was going to survive in it, and it did.Only then but not now. It remained there not frozen but still, not void nor ...

Slow Weather of Architecture
 

NEXT SERIES: And The List Goes On, Tue, Aug 13 '13

Speed of architectural style trends finally caught up with speed of fashion about 1 to 1. It took long years during modernism that a particular form would find its place in present design mainstream because it was pretty well established by the Bauhaus and other white wall-ers and the elite still ...

NEXT SERIES: And The List Goes On
 

NEXT SERIES: Media Specialist Wanted, Wed, Apr 10 '13

In architectural media, what it used to be "there is no such thing as bad publicity" in the prime print years, has turned into "puffery is the only publicity" in the age of social media and infinite promotion. There might be some flickers of hope here and there for intelligent criticism, but ...

NEXT SERIES: Media Specialist Wanted
 

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 3, São Paulo, Rotterdam and Beyond, Wed, Jan 30 '13

Continuation of Orhan Ayyüce's interview with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Previously: PART 1, Making City and PART 2, Arnavutköy, Istanbul

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 3, São Paulo, Rotterdam and Beyond
 

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 2, Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Mon, Jan 28 '13

Continuation of Orhan Ayyüce's interview with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Previously: PART 1, Making City

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 2, Arnavutköy, Istanbul
 

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 1, Making City, Wed, Jan 23 '13

“I do not believe in throwing good stuff away. Every IABR edition builds on earlier editions. We refocus, change perspective, pick up new elements; we re-use and reconfigure, and then we scramble and stir. Compared to most other Biennales, we’re poor and small, so we have to be smart, not ...

Archinect Interviews George Brugmans, IABR - Part 1, Making City
 

Fishing for Architecture with John Lurie, Wed, Jan 16 '13

I became familiar with the work of John Lurie in mid 80's when a friend put in a cassette tape during an intoxicating balmy night on Aegean coast of Turkey with meandering sounds of Lounge Lizards mixing into the starry skies above. Since then, I have listened to more of his music, watched the ...

Fishing for Architecture with John Lurie
 

UpStarts: FreelandBuck, Mon, Aug 13 '12

FreelandBuck is an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles affiliated with Yale School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) and Woodbury University. The office focuses on research and design, exploring the overlap between ...

UpStarts: FreelandBuck
 

Soriano's Glen Lukens House: Back to Life and Happy, Thu, Jul 26 '12

Opportunities to write about historically significant modern houses in Los Angeles keep coming to my attention this summer and more are on the way. It is kind of fun to write about these masterpieces from my messy office alcove next to the kitchen in our little happy dingbat apartment in ...

Soriano's Glen Lukens House: Back to Life and Happy
 

Lautner's Concannon Residence, from Dust to Dust, Mon, Jul 2 '12

John Lautner's Concannon Residence, designed in 1960, was built in a blurry area contested by the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, with BH having the post office address but not collecting the property taxes. Both cities have a sad track record with the protection of historically ...

Lautner's Concannon Residence, from Dust to Dust
 

NEXT SERIES: FASTER PUSSYCAT CITY, Wed, Mar 21 '12

I used to be more intrigued by the voodoo goat head in New Orleans, but lately, cities designed in few charrette hours became more of a curiosity. I like the ones that twirl but I even developed a particular taste for those 20 ft. square ones on pedestals attended by architecture students, their ...

NEXT SERIES: FASTER PUSSYCAT CITY
 

NEXT SERIES: RADAR LOVE, Thu, Dec 29 '11

Something happened somewhere and I am having a hard time writing anything about any of the stuff I see in the media about architecture, public space, occupy, theory of architecture, urbanism... Including most everything I say I am interested in my 'about' section. Just months ago I was ...

NEXT SERIES: RADAR LOVE
 

Journey to Lovell Beach House, R.M. Schindler, 1926, Mon, Oct 17 '11

Lovell Beach House, one of the pioneering monuments to modern houses in Southern California, sits there on the corner lot in Newport Beach, still the most radically configured architecture on the block and still holding its own ground as one of the most important examples of what would later ...

Journey to Lovell Beach House, R.M. Schindler, 1926
 

Review: Shannon Ebner, &, Verses in Urban Art, Mon, Jul 25 '11

Shannon Ebner: and, per se and, 2011 Painted wood, steel, aluminum, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, 12 volt battery
 Jul 15 - Oct 9, 2011 Through a collaboration with the City of Culver City, the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Culver City ...

Review: Shannon Ebner, &, Verses in Urban Art
 

NEXT SERIES: ARCHITECTURE JURY, A Factual and Fictional Manual , Tue, May 31 '11

To spectators, the architecture jury critics might mean deities if they don't know they are not. In fact, some students know this but it is a best kept secret so they can stand back and watch the divine comedy folding out on the first rows of their presentation. Not all students take ...

NEXT SERIES: ARCHITECTURE JURY, A Factual and Fictional Manual
 

Review: Central Park at Playa Vista by Michael Maltzan Architects, Wed, Apr 27 '11

Placed near the east end of continuously expanding Playa Vista, a mixed use development with the marketing strategies and lifestyles of loosely called New Urbanist or thereabouts genre, the newly opened “Central Park“ could be described with the words of my film maker friend as a “designer ...

Review: Central Park at Playa Vista by Michael Maltzan Architects
 

A Conversation with Michael Woo, Thu, Apr 7 '11

By Orhan Ayyüce   Michael Woo is the dean of California Polytechnic University, Pomona the College of Environmental Design which contains departments of Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. He ...

A Conversation with Michael Woo
 

Coy Howard Interview, Tue, Oct 12 '10

Coy Howard’s Ellen and Jay McCafferty House in San Pedro was built in 1980, just around the pivotal, transforming times in California architecture. This is when experimentation with form and materials inspired the whole generation of architects as fresh ideas were beaming from Los Angeles ...

Coy Howard Interview
 

NEXT SERIES: APARTMENT STORIES , Tue, Jun 22 '10

Sitting in my architectural ‘writing studio’ thinking that I have nothing to say, no books to write, no gossipy quarters to spread the word, no invitations from prestigious magazines who publish noteworthy architectural projects and noteworthy opinion pieces written by noteworthy ...

NEXT SERIES: APARTMENT STORIES
 

OLE BOUMAN: On Survival, Tue, Mar 16 '10

As well as being the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and many other things, Ole Bouman is contributing editor of the journal Volume , which is jointly produced by Archis Foundation , AMO (the research bureau of OMA) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and ...

OLE BOUMAN: On Survival
 

NEXT SERIES: TWINS, Fri, Feb 12 '10

Sitting in my architectural ‘writing studio’ thinking that I have nothing to say, no books to write, no gossipy quarters to spread the word, no invitations from prestigious magazines who publish noteworthy architectural projects and noteworthy opinion pieces written by noteworthy socialites ...

NEXT SERIES: TWINS
 

Interview with George Brugmans, Director – International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Mon, Jan 18 '10

In many ways architecture is evolving into a discipline which it does not quite understand yet. As practitioners, academics, and critics try to define and chart these emergent conditions of the new urban reality, the current popular architectural practice is increasingly becoming inadequate and ...

Interview with George Brugmans, Director – International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
 

Meeting Mike Davis, Mon, Oct 12 '09

Mike Davis and I met on a summer day in San Diego. He graciously drove his truck and showed me his collection of “interesting sites” he planned for us to see in the area. As we were visiting those places, we talked about variety of subjects.

Meeting Mike Davis
 

UpStarts: SUPERPOOL, Tue, Sep 15 '09

Selva Gürdoğan, Architect (born 1979, Turkey. 2003 graduate from Sci-Arc, USA) and Gregers Tang Thomsen, Architect (born 1974, Denmark. 2003 graduate from Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark) founded Superpool in Istanbul in 2006. They met at Rem Koolhaas’ studio Office for Metropolitan ...

UpStarts: SUPERPOOL
 
CONSTELLATIONS OF LOS ANGELES
 

ISTANBUL ISTANBUL, Mon, Jul 28 '08

Built on many layers of past empires and having shed glorious names like Byzantium, Constantinople and Stambuli, Istanbul is a much contested territory at the moment by foreign and domestic investors and by the international architects playing the we-know-how card. The city's regain of rock star ...

ISTANBUL ISTANBUL
 

Conversation with Peter Cook on the State of Things, Mon, Jun 16 '08

If I didn’t sit on a jury with a great educator like Sir Peter Cook, in USC the day before, perhaps this conversation would never materialize. Most certainly, the comments inserted during that studio review made me wanting to talk with Sir Peter Cook on the state of the architectural ...

Conversation with Peter Cook on the State of Things
 

Eric Owen Moss: Untitled, Wed, Apr 16 '08

I went to Culver City the day before my interview with Eric Owen Moss. I needed to see what the architect was doing or done, and why it got attention. EOM Architects’ business campus commissioned by Samitaur Development is easy to write off as architect gone mad. The place is like the ...

Eric Owen Moss: Untitled
 

Review: Public Space LA! It’s Not Just a Visionary Thing Anymore and Re-Introducing 'La Citta Capitalista', Mon, Nov 5 '07

Los Angeles is pregnant. Ultrasound says it is going to be an urban baby. Sure to be a hyperactive child who has been punching mother's womb relentlessly since its inception. We do not know who the father is. They say, he might be an action-type of dude who likes dense urban environments and ...

Review: Public Space LA! It’s Not Just a Visionary Thing Anymore and Re-Introducing 'La Citta Capitalista'
 

Neil Denari @ work., Wed, Sep 19 '07

Neil Denari @ work.
 

Thom Mayne in 'Coffee Break', Fri, Jul 20 '07

Thom Mayne in 'Coffee Break'
 
Transversing Michael Rotondi
 

Archinect Travels: Izmir, Turkey, Mon, Dec 18 '06

by Orhan Ayyuce Even though they call it the pearl of Aegean Sea, Izmir is no ivory colored postcard. Early on the city surrounded its bay like a necklace all right, but later morphed into a collar first and shortly after, the whole shirt. Mass immigration, increased birth rates and unplanned ...

Archinect Travels: Izmir, Turkey
 

Glen Small Interview, Mon, Apr 3 '06

Glen Small Interview
 

Employment 

Architecture, Orhan Ayyüce, AIA, Los Angeles, Principal

Jan 1995 - current
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Santa Monica, CA, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1979 - Dec 1981
 

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