Be Heard, Be Seen!

AN picks must-see West Coast lectures for the fall

A slew of rising and established designers are speaking across the west coast this fall, including Michael Meredith of MOS Architects who will be speaking at SCI-Arc on October 3rd. (Courtesy MOS Architects)

As the fall semester kicks into gear, institutions across the west coast have begun publishing their event and lecture series offerings. 

Generally speaking, west coast schools have a reputation for being more open-minded and accessible than their eastern counterparts, conditions that often allow young and emerging faculty and designers to thrive. This focus on newness carries over to the lectures and events these institutions put on, which often showcase emerging designers as well as rising international firms.

This fall is no different. The region will play host to diverse practices from far and wide, including Salvador Macías and Magui Peredo of Guadalajara, Mexico-based Macías Peredo, Walter Hood of Oakland, California-based Hood Design Studio, and Aurélie Hachez of Brussels, Belgium-based Aurelie Hachez Architecte among many others.

Southern California Institute of Architecture 

Alisa Andrasek, director, Wonderlab
Wednesday, September 19

Michael Meredith, principal, MOS Architects,
Wednesday, October 3

Aurélie Hachez, principal, Aurélie Hachez Architecte
Wednesday, November 7

Wood of Net project by Takaharu + Yui Tezuka

Wood of Net project by Takaharu + Yui Tezuka ( Katsuhisa Kida/Fototeca)

University of California, Berkeley

Molly Wright Steenson, senior associate dean for research, Carnegie Mellon University
Architectural Intelligence
Wednesday, September 12

Jack Halberstam, professor of gender studies and English, Columbia University
Unbuilding Gender: Trans* Anarchitectures In and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta-Clark
Wednesday, October 3

Takaharu Tezuka, president of Tezuka Architects
Nostalgic Future
Monday, October 15

View of CityLAB’s Backyard BIHOME

View of CityLAB’s Backyard BIHOME (Nico Marques/Photekt)

University of California, Los Angeles

Dana Cuff, urbanist and architectural theorist; Andrea Ghez, astronomer; Rodrigo Valenzuela, artist; Paul Weiss, nanoscientist
What is Space?
Tuesday, October 2

Susan Foster, choreographer and scholar; Jennifer Jay, environmental engineer; Tracy Johnson, molecular, cellular and developmental biologist; Greg Lynn, architect
What is Body?
Tuesday, November 6

Catherine Opie, artist; Willem Henri Lucas, designer; Abel Valenzuela, labor and immigration expert; Alfred Osborne, global economy and entrepreneurship expert
What is Work?
Tuesday, November 20

View of Hood Design Studio’s garden for the Broad Museum in Los Angeles

View of Hood Design Studio’s garden for the Broad Museum in Los Angeles (Mark Boster/Hood Design Studio)

University of Southern California

Andrew Watts and Yasmin Watts, CEO and CFO, Newtecnic
Wednesday, October 3

Walter Hood, principal, Hood Design Studio
Wednesday, October 10

Amanda Williams, principal, Amanda Williams Studio
Wednesday, October 24

View of Casa Del Roble in Tlajomulco, México, by Estudio Macías Peredo

View of Casa Del Roble in Tlajomulco, México, by Estudio Macías Peredo (César Béjar)

University of Washington College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture

Salvador Macías and Magui Peredo, principals, Macías Peredo
Wednesday, October 10

Anda French, principal, French 2D
Wednesday, October 24

Lene Tranberg, partner, Lundgaard & Tranberg
Wednesday, November 14

Image of the WALLS project by Office Kovacs

Image of the WALLS project by Office Kovacs (Courtesy Office Kovacs)

Woodbury University

Andrew Kovacs, principal, Office Kovacs
Friday, October 5

Carmelia Chiang, principal, Carmelia Chiang Architecture
Friday, October 26

Four Ecologies Panel Discussion: Bruce Appleyard, planner; Margaret Noble, artist; Colleen Emmenegger, academic; Hector Perez, architect; Bruna Mori, author; Moderated by Rebecca Webb
Sunday, November 11

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