Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Los Angeles, CA


Spring 2013 Public Programs at SCI-Arc Announced

By sciarcnews
Dec 10, '12 2:50 PM EST

Award-winning Architects, Designers, Artists Featured in Noteworthy Lectures and Exhibitions
Admission to SCI-Arc events is always free

(L to R): Tod Machover/MIT Media Lab, Marcelyn Gow/servo Los Angeles, Tom Gilmore/Old Bank District

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce its spring 2013 schedule of public lectures, discussions and exhibitions. The school welcomes an international roster of award-winning architects, urban historians, critics, writers, designers, and artists for programs that span from innovative theory to contemporary architecture, technical practice, music and media. Events and exhibitions at SCI-Arc are always free to the public.

The spring 2013 public lectures feature:

January 16:  Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu
January 23: Pier Vittorio Aureli
January: 30 David Ruy
February 1: SCI-Arc Gallery Aqueotrope exhibition discussion with servo’s Marcelyn Gow and Eric Owen Moss
February 6: Andrew Zago
February 13: Tom Gilmore
February 20: Ben Van Berkel
March 6: Raimund Abraham Lecture with Eric Owen Moss
March 13: Keller Easterling
March 20: Tod Machover
March 27: Todd Gannon
April 3: Ingeborg Rocker
April 5: A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 exhibition discussion with Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda, Andrew Zago and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss
April 19-20: Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition & Spring Show 2013
June 14-15: A Confederacy of Heretics Symposium with Barbara Bestor, Ewan Branda, Peter de Bretteville, Annie Chu, Todd Gannon, Frederick Fischer, Hsinming Fung, Coy Howard, Wes Jones, Jeffrey Kipnis, Eugene Kupper, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi and Andrew Zago. Keynote lecture by Thom Mayne.
July 26: SCI-Arc Gallery And Pedestals exhibition discussion with architect Andrew Atwood and Director Eric Owen Moss



January 18—March 3, 2013 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Marcelyn Gow + Ulrika Karlsson

Servo Los Angeles / Stockholm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 7pm
Exhibition Discussion: Friday, February 1, 7-9pm
Architect Marcelyn Gow and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

Aqueotrope explores the roofscape as a site for the development of synthetic architectural systems that are informed by and integrate systems of organic matter. The project proposes an architecture that has the capacity to embrace entropic tendencies and exploit the latent potential of energetic exchanges—in this case the transfer of moisture through an architectural medium and its effects on more extensive ecologies. Aqueotrope reconsiders the extensive green-roof typology as an immersive roofscape and focuses on amplifying its hydrodynamic potential. The emergence of cusp and contour in the roof tile is activated for its role as a water shedding or channeling device. The material properties of ceramics with varying degrees of porosity and surface articulation are coupled with a morphology of protuberant forms in order to perform as hydrophilic and hydrophobic constituents of a roofscape designed to subtly tamper with atmospheric effects in its specific environment and conjure the potentials of an architecture that embraces the fluxion of matter.

servo Los Angeles and servo Stockholm are a design collaborative invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states and electronic information infrastructures. Both offices explore the potential of networks as a way of organizing the practice and as a site of architectural research. As the name servo suggests, the practice engages sites where information and energy is transposed as it crosses from one system or circuit, to another, producing an architecture that acts as a spatial interface between physical locales and more extensive information flows. Recent projects include exhibition design for Bonniers Konsthall, the design of a private residence in Stockholm, and a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape in Cancun. servo’s work has been exhibited widely, notably at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, Archilab, Artists Space, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and is in the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the FRAC Centre. Recent publications include a monograph entitled Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and The New Mathematics of Architecture.

Aqueotrope is supported in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.

March 29—July 7, 2013 in the SCI-Arc Gallery and SCI-Arc Library Gallery
A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979
Curated by Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago; Exhibition design by Zago Architecture
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 7pm
Exhibition Discussion: Friday, April 5, 7pm
Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda, Andrew Zago and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

This SCI-Arc-hosted exhibition and symposium examine the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the home of architect Thom Mayne for several months in 1979. Each week the space showcased the work of an emerging architect or group, including Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), and Eric Owen Moss, thus becoming a crucible for contemporary architectural culture in L.A.

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at arts institutions in and around Los Angeles starting in April 2013. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Modern Architecture in L.A. is a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Pacific Standard Time Presents is an initiative of the Getty. A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 is supported by grants from the Getty Foundation. Sustaining support is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Vinyl Institute. The publication is underwritten in part by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

April 20—May 12, 2013 throughout the SCI-Arc Campus
Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition & Spring Show 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20, 7pm

On view throughout SCI-Arc, the Undergraduate Thesis presentations and end-of-year display of work from both graduate and undergraduate design studios, and visual, applied and cultural studies seminars offer examples of work by some of the best emerging architects and designers in the country.

July 26—August 25, 2013 in the SCI-Arc Gallery
Andrew Atwood
Atwood-A, First Office, Los Angeles

Exhibition Discussion + Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 7pm
Architect Andrew Atwood and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition, followed by an opening reception

Andrew Atwood is a partner in First Office, a design firm based in Los Angeles, California. He is also the founder and director of Atwood-A. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Public Programs

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

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.

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; the Library Gallery is open daily from 12pm-6pm.

About SCI-Arc
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 500 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 1st in computer applications and 2nd in design in the 2013 America’s Best Architecture Schools survey from DesignIntelligence, and #1 graduate and undergraduate architecture school in Western U.S. SCI-Arc is located at 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.