Arts + Culture

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design announces events for winter 2014

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) presents a series of public events this winter, including lectures and exhibitions. Lectures offer the opportunity to hear about the new work of prominent architects, designers, theorists and historians; pre-receptions take place at 5:45 p.m., and lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in UCLA's Decafé (Perloff Hall, Room 1302), unless otherwise noted.
Exhibitions feature innovative student and faculty work, as well as the work of local and national architects, artists and designers, and are presented in the Perloff Gallery (Perloff Hall, Room 1318) and the Perloff Main Hallway. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on campus holidays).
All events are free and open to the public. Programs are subject to change. For updated information and confirmation of events, call 310-267-4704 or visit All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 3 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues).
Jan. 6–March 21, 2014
'Currents: Fall 2013'
Opening reception: Monday, Jan. 6, 8–9 p.m.
This exhibition highlights the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design's best student work from fall quarter 2013.
Monday, Jan. 27
6:30 p.m.
Carsten Primdahl: Partner and co-founder of CEBRA, Denmark
CEBRA is a Danish architectural design firm that mutates and adapts according to circumstances yet always remains relevant and modern. Despite an ideological diversity in the work, there is always a signature in CEBRA's architecture.
Monday, Feb. 3
6:30 p.m.
Fermín Vázquez: Principal of b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Barcelona
Fermín Vázquez, principal of Barcelona-based b720, aspires to create a distinctive way of working that deliberately avoids the development of a particular style or formalistic approach. The firm's strong commitment to socially responsible design has led to continuous technological research.
Organized by Professor Greg Lynn, these lectures show how an engagement with popular and commercial culture, combined with a specific critical vision, yields not only culturally relevant design work but, more importantly, creative and innovative design. By focusing on contemporary issues of experience, technology, craft, urbanism or commerce, these lecturers help to expand and empower the role of the architect in new ways.
Monday, Jan. 6
6:30 p.m.
Greg Howes: IDEAbuilder, Seattle
Greg Howes is a builder working at the intersection of digital fabrication and the rapidly emerging real-time, immersive web. The presentation will showcase project examples that use cutting-edge building systems, with a focus on wood-framed and high-performance structures.
Monday, Feb. 10
6:30 p.m.
Ian Barry: Designer, Los Angeles
Ian Barry is a Los Angeles–based artist whose unique use of context and materials bridges the boundaries of sculpture and functional design. Barry's work seamlessly transforms familiar objects and industrial materials into dynamic artworks with multiple purposes and meanings.
Monday, Feb. 24
6:30 p.m.
Dennis Shelden: CTO for Gehry Technologies, Los Angeles; associate professor of practice at MIT
Dennis Shelden co-leads the department's SUPRASTUDIO Frank Gehry/Gehry Technologies. He is a founder and chief technology officer for Gehry Technologies, a building-industry technology company formed by the research-and-development team of Frank Gehry Partners.
Monday, March 3
6:30 p.m.
Peter Arnell: CEO, Arnell Group
Peter Arnell is known for his globally recognized, award-winning brand and product inventions. He expertly produces emotional connections with consumers through strategic brand planning, brand ideation, and product and experiential design for DKNY, Samsung and Reebok, among others.
For updated information on Urban Humanities Initiative lectures, please visit
Thursday, Jan. 30
Eric Cazdyn: 'Chronic Space, Terminal Architecture: Building and Unbuilding the Future'
How does one build for a future that cannot be imagined? Eric Cazdyn, professor of East Asian studies and comparative literature at the University of Toronto, will speak on issues related to the Urban Humanities Initiative's yearlong study on risk in Tokyo.
Saturday, Feb. 8 (all day)
'Archiving Risk: Contributions from the History of Architecture and Urbanism'
"Archiving Risk" is a graduate student symposium sponsored by the Urban Humanities Initiative culling papers from a variety of disciplines that address risk in the history of architecture and urbanism. Six to eight presenters will be followed by a keynote address by Jonathan Massey.
Saturday, Feb. 8
12:30 p.m.
Jonathan Massey: '30 St. Mary Axe, a Risky Pickle' (symposium keynote) 
In his keynote address, Jonathan Massey, associate professor of architecture at Syracuse University, will speak on issues of risk, reinsurance and London's 30 St Mary Axe.
Thursday, Feb. 20
12:30 p.m.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, artist-in-residence of the New York City Department of Sanitation, will speak about her work in connection to the city. (This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Art History.)
The IDEAS Lecture Series charts a dynamic new future for architecture through engaging speakers from a broad range of disciplines. Presenters will explore topics arising from unexpected quarters to examine emerging new technologies and possibilities for interdisciplinary growth through the evolving role of Los Angeles in architecture. (The series is generously supported by Paul and Herta Amir.)
Lectures take place at IDEAS at Hercules Campus: 5865 S. Campus Center Dr., Los Angeles 90094. Pre-lecture receptions begin at 6:45 p.m., and lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., a newly created company that aims to bring to life entrepreneur Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept, will give the first public presentation on how the high-speed tube transit system, which could potentially whisk passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes, will work and the challenges that lie ahead.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Bot & Dolly
Bot & Dolly, a San Francisco–based design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics and filmmaking, will present a lecture on the topic of movement and precision.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Qualcomm, a San Diego–based semiconductor design, manufacturing and marketing firm, will present a lecture focusing on the topic of the "smart city."
Tuesday, March 11
Cirque de Soleil
Cirque du Soleil, a Montreal–based company recognized around the world for high-quality, artistic entertainment, will present a lecture focusing on the topic of creating on a tight wire.
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