Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Los Angeles, CA


SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Library Exhibition Opens October 19

By sciarcnews
Oct 9, '12 6:36 PM EST


October 19 – December 2, 2012
SCI-Arc Library Gallery

Exhibition Opening: Friday, October 19, 7pm
Discussion: Friday, November 2, 7pm

Exhibition discussion with Marcelo Spina, Elena Manferdini, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Tom Wiscombe and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

Los Angeles, CA (October 9, 2012)—The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present the SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition exhibition opening Friday, October 19 at SCI-Arc. The Library Gallery installation documents the design entries by four faculty members participating in the Graduation Pavilion competition to select an innovative, technically implementable and visually remarkable design for a new outdoor pavilion. Funded by a generous grant from ArtPlace, the pavilion will be located in the SCI-Arc parking lot in downtown Los Angeles, and is set to be completed spring 2013.

SCI-Arc invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina and Tom Wiscombe to submit design concepts for a 1,200-seat outdoor pavilion that would accommodate graduation ceremonies, lectures, symposia and outreach cultural events with the neighboring Arts District community. The winning entry, League of Shadows, designed by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS, fully exploits the fundamental aspect underlying the pavilion, its temporal use as an outdoor event space. Their proposal to design a vaulted pavilion allows the structure a double function: that of an outdoor public event space, and a more iconic one of a formal beacon reasserting SCI-Arc’s institutional presence in downtown. Due to its placement in the SCI-Arc parking lot, the pavilion will serve as a landmark, a natural marquee of the SCI-Arc campus and the Arts District, and it will become a suitable venue for SCI-Arc to engage outside audiences from the downtown community and the larger Los Angeles area.

Major support for SCI-Arc community initiatives is provided by a generous grant from ArtPlace.

SCI-Arc exhibitions and public programs are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Public Programs
Parking and admission are free. No reservations are required. Events are broadcast live online at

SCI-Arc Public Programs are subject to change beyond our control. For the most current information, please visit or call 213-613-2200.

The Library Gallery is located in the Kappe Library on the 2nd floor at the north end of the building, and is open Monday-Friday.

Parking and Hours
The entrance to SCI-Arc's parking lot is at 350 Merrick Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street in Los Angeles. The SCI-Arc Gallery is open daily from 10am–6pm.

About SCI-Arc
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. It is an independent, accredited degree-granting institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. Located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, the school is distinguished by its vibrant studio culture and emphasis on process. SCI-Arc’s approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members, most of whom are practicing architects, work together to re-examine assumptions, create, explore and test the limits of architecture. SCI-Arc faculty and leadership have garnered more than 300 national and international design awards and recognitions, including Progressive Architecture awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and the prestigious Jencks and Pritzker architecture prizes. SCI-Arc is ranked second in design and computer applications in the 2012 America’s Best Architecture Schools survey from DesignIntelligence, and #1 graduate and #2 undergraduate architecture school in Western U.S. SCI-Arc is located at 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.