University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, CA


A.UD @ 50 Gala Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (UCLA A.UD)

Feb 15, '16 12:13 PM EST

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) Announces A.UD @ 50 Gala Celebrating the 50thAnniversary of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (UCLA A.UD)

  • The event, held Saturday, March 19, honors legendary architect Denise Scott Brown, visionary designer Yves Béhar, and a key group of influential advocates who have helped preserve Palm Springs’ extraordinary legacy of mid-century modern architecture. 
  • Silent Auction with original works by notable architects, artists, and designers including Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne, Hitoshi Abe, Neil Denari, Craig Hodgetts, Julia Koerner, Greg Lynn, Mark Mack, Heather Roberge, photographer Iwan Baan, and more. 
  • Event takes place at the heart and historic core of UCLA’s campus (Royce Quad).

Presented by Taslimi Construction Company, Inc.

For Immediate Use

February 12, 2016


Anne Marie Burke, 310-825-6540

Caroline Blackburn,, 310-267-4704

Los Angeles – UCLA Arts is pleased to announce the A.UD @ 50 Gala. On Saturday, March 19, 400 notables from the architecture, design, real estate development, construction and entertainment industries will unite on UCLA’s campus to celebrate a half-century of UCLA A.UD and its role in shaping the world through architecture, urbanism and design and to honor: 

    • legendary architect, author and educator Denise Scott Brown;  
    • visionary designer and humanitarian Yves Béhar;  
    • and a key group of influential advocates who have helped to preserve and raise the profile of Palm Springs’ extraordinary legacy of midcentury modern architecture: Jacques Caussin, Beth Edwards Harris PhD, Robert Imber, Gary Johns, Nickie McLaughlin, Peter Moruzzi and Sidney Williams

for their unique contributions to the advancement of architectural discourse, design, and the built environment. 

Proceeds from the gala support A.UD’s innovative programs and much needed scholarships for A.UD students.

“As UCLA prepares to celebrate its Centennial in 2019, the School of the Arts and Architecture is proud to recognize the unique contributions that UCLA A.UD has made across our campus, throughout the city and around the world over the past half-century,” says David Roussève, Interim Dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. “Now more than ever, the world demands creative solutions to the many complex and pressing challenges of our time. There is no better time to recognize the essential role that architecture and urban design play in shaping our futures. UCLA A.UD is poised to help tackle the challenges of the 21st century with some of the greatest minds and practitioners in the field, in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities, at the heart of one of the world’s great public research universities.”

“From its inception, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has been at the forefront of innovation helping define contemporary architectural discourse and new directions in the industry,” says Hitoshi Abe, Chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. “We are poised to radically expand the role architecture and urban design play in shaping and influencing the world by clarifying, expanding and strengthening its role as a hub that integrates new technologies and a platform that facilitates groundbreaking intellectual and practical collaborations with other disciplines. By embracing this central role both within the public research university and at the center of our allied disciplines, A.UD will deepen our engagement, expand our reach, and broaden our impact.” 

“We are honored to support UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and to be members of this remarkable community of professionals,” say Co-Chairs of the UCLA A.UD Alumni Leadership Committee, Sarah Meeker Jensen, AIA and John Ruble, FAIA. “It is wonderfully exciting to see our alumni come together for the first time ever to celebrate the institution that gave us all so much and that continues to develop new generations of innovators and leaders.”

For the evening’s silent auction, UCLA A.UD faculty members including Hitoshi Abe, Neil Denari, Craig Hodgetts, Georgina Huljich, Julia Koerner, Thom Mayne, Greg Lynn, Neil Denari, Mark Mack, and Heather Roberge reached deep in their archives for rare and original works—some of which have never been available for sale before—and are parting with some of their most exciting recent pieces. The auction will also include a special collection of new work created exclusively for A.UD @ 50 by internationally acclaimed photographer Iwan Baan. 

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact John Jackson at | 310 206 1838 or visit

About Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, is an architect, planner and urban designer, and a theorist, writer and educator whose projects, research, and writing have influenced students and architects worldwide since the 1960s.  She studied architecture at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, the Architectural Association, London, and the University of Pennsylvania, US, where she received Masters degrees in both city planning and architecture.  As principal with Robert Venturi at VSBA, Scott Brown participated in major architectural projects for the National Gallery London, the Conseil General Building in Toulouse, the Nikko Kirifuri Spa and Hotel in Japan and academic buildings across the US. She was principal for the firm’s projects in urban planning, urban design, campus planning and programming, including programming for the National Museum of the American Indian, urban planning and design for South Street, Philadelphia; Downtown Memphis; Miami Beach; and the Denver Civic Center; campuses planning and architecture for Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, and campus planning for Tsinghua University, Beijing.  Her published writings include Urban Concepts, Learning from Las Vegas (with Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour) A View from the Campidoglio (with Robert Venturi) and Having Words.

About Yves Béhar 

Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject founded in 1999; he is also the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone and the co-founder of August, the next generation home entry system.

Over the last twenty years, Béhar has also pioneered design as force for positive social and environmental change. Béhar is the only designer to receive two INDEX: Awards for his work on the One Laptop Per Child, and See Better to Learn Better programs; he is also currently spearheading the SPRING Accelerator program supporting entrepreneurs in East Africa. His collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Puma, Issey Miyake, Prada, SodaStream, Samsung, Swarovski, Canal+, British Gas, Nivea and many others have garnered over 300 awards and international acclaim. 

In 2015, Béhar received the prestigious Design Miami/ Design Visionary Award, and has previously been honored with the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year, Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award, and the IDSA Design of the Decade Award. Béhar was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine, and was recently named “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” by Forbes.


About Palm Springs Modern Architecture Advocates 

The following individuals are being honored for their sustained advocacy and commitment to creating the institutions and infrastructure that have enabled the celebration and preservation of the remarkable and influential legacy of modern architecture in Palm Springs: 

    • Jacques Caussin, Founding member/former chair, Palm Springs Modernism Week
    • Beth Edwards Harris PhD, Architectural Historian; California Preservation Foundation
    • Robert Imber, Trustee, California Preservation Foundation; Founding member, Palm Springs Modern Committee
    • Gary Johns, Vice President, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation; Board of Directors, Palm Springs Modernism Week
    • Nickie McLaughlin, Founding member, Palm Springs Modernism Week; Executive Director, Palm Springs Modern Committee
    • Peter Moruzzi, Founder, Palm Springs Modern Committee 
    • Sidney Williams, Curator of Architecture and Design, Palm Springs Art Museum 

      About UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (UCLA A.UD)

      UCLA A.UD pursues issues confronting contemporary architecture and urbanism through its bachelor's of arts program in architectural studies and its four advanced degree programs: the master of architecture I, master of architecture II, master of arts in architecture, and doctorate of philosophy in architecture. The programs' primary focus on advanced design is complemented by concentrations in technology and critical studies of architectural culture.  

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      About the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

      As the premiere public arts school in the nation, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the broader community. Guiding our mission is the belief that the arts are not only an essential part of the cognitive, critical, inquisitive life of a public research university, but the practice and presence of the arts are a cornerstone of the creative, innovative thinking and collaborative approaches that the 21st century demands. One of 11 prestigious professional schools at UCLA , the School of the Arts and Architecture offers leading programs in four degree-granting departments: Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance. The School also houses seven research centers, the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE), two internationally-acclaimed museums—the Fowler and the Hammer—and groundbreaking performing arts program—the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. This unique, rich array of research centers, museums and performing arts programs broaden and enhance the experiences of our students and faculty.

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      A.UD @ 50 is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Taslimi Construction Company, Inc.: Platinum Sponsor: Jensen + Partners; Gold Sponsors: John Ruble and Cecily Young, Pamela Burton and Company, Plastpro, Inc. – Shirley Wang, Shelter Co. LTD; Silver Sponsors: Frederick Fisher and Partners, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro, William Morris Endeavor Foundation; Blue Sponsors: A+U Publishing Co. Ltd/Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd, GE, Gensler, Integral Partners – Lisa Fay Matthiessen, Killefer Flammang Architects, Montalba Architects, Robert G. and Maxine Hale, Studio William Hefner, and Westfield 

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