inCONVERSATION 

engages the public at large as well as the professional and academic communities in meaningful conversations around cutting edge issues in Architecture, Design and Urban Development that affect our everyday lives and the future.

 


PAST CONVERSATIONS

 

LOS ANGELES BOULEVARD with DOUG SUISMAN

Since its first publication by the Los Angeles Forum in 1989 in a limited run of 1,500 copies, Los Angeles Boulevard has been much sought after and difficult to find. This new edition contains the original content plus a new section on Suisman's boulevard work in practice.

Moderated by:  Greg Goldin

READ MORE ABOUT LOS ANGELES BOULEVARD HERE

 

 

SHADOW LANDSCAPES OF LOS ANGELES AND CALIFORNIA

A+D Museum and the California Historical Society hosted a special panel and presentation which explored both UnBuilt San Francisco and Never Built: Los Angeles. Panelists discussed how these provocative exhibitions came to be and explored what the failed buildings and plans of the past might offer as we grapple with the cities of tomorrow.

Panelists:  John King, instigator of the San Francisco UnBuilt Exhibitions; Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, Never Built: Los Angeles Authors and Curators 


 

LOS ANGELES BOULEVARDS WITH DOUG SUISMAN AND DAVID KIPEN

Doug Suisman, author of Los Angeles Boulevards: Eight Xrays, addressed how the city’s urban identity flows from the growth and expansion of its main arteries. Streets, not parks, plazas or freeways, are the city’s public spaces. Can the city’s soul be found along the broad, long, endlessly traveled boulevards? Urban Designer Doug Suisman joined in conversation with David Kipen, author of reissues of WPA Guide to California, WPA Guide to Los Angeles, and owner of Libros Schmibros Bookstore.

 

 

Faces of the Boulevard WITH portrait photographer Katherine Sheehan

A conversation with portrait photographer Katherine Sheehan. Sheehan contributed to A+D Exhibition Windshield Perspective with an introspective visual survey of the Faces of the Boulevard. She photographed community members of this short but dense stretch of Beverly from Normandie to Vigil that is the feature of our exhibition. Her lens celebrates this vital neighborhood that is otherwise unseen and unknown.  



AIRPORT OF THE FUTURE

Architect Curtis Fentress shared the thinking behind the bold new master plan for LAX. Fentress explored the firm’s vision of the future of aviation architecture and discussed the winning entries from the Fentress Global Challenge: Airports of the Future student design competition. This inCONVERSATION presentation was a part of A+D Museum's presentation of the international student competition entries and winners of the Fentress Global Challenge 2011 as part of the larger traveling exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airport + The Architecture of Flight which was featured in three parts here in Los Angeles. The Museum of Flying hosted Now Boarding, and the Flight Path Museum highlighted the rich past and promising future of LAX. 

 

 

GRAND ILLUSION: A+D DEBATES DOWNTOWN

30 years ago Los Angeles’ downtown was given up for dead. It turns out its demise was greatly exaggerated as evidenced in the explosive growth in recent years. But still, downtown LA is an unconventional urban heart.

This was a conversation about what’s going on in architecture and urban design in downtown LA. Will The Broad make Bunker Hill the public destination it has struggled to become? Does the new Grand Park attract pedestrians and connect the hilltop cultural district to the lively flatlands? Is the NFL persuaded yet by the idea of an “urban” football stadium? What will the replacement 6th Street Bridge do for the industrial district and Boyle Heights?

The impetus for the panel is the publication of "Grand Illusion: A Story of Ambition, And Its limits, On LA's Bunker Hill," the product of a research-based design studio taught last year at USC Architecture School by Frank Gehry and partners, architect Aaron Neubert and Frances Anderton. Grand Illusion is first in the "Cezi" series of publications created by USC Architecture School’s Dean Qingyun Ma.

Moderators: Frances Anderton, Host DnA: Design and Architecture (KCRW) & Sam Lubell, West Coast Editor, The Architect's Newspaper

Panelists:  Ayahlushim Getachew, Senior Vice President, Thomas Properties Group; Bob Hale, Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture; Carol Schatz, President and CEO, Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Central City Association

Closing Remarks:  Qingyun Ma, Dean of USC School of Architecture

 

 

SEEING ARCHITECTURE with ERIC SAARINEN + MINA MAREFAT, PHD, AIA

Eric Saarinen grew up in a household where “Art was God,” his father was Eero Saarinen, his mother, Lily Swann Saarinen was a sculptor, his grandfather was Eliel Saarinen, Finland’s famous architect and his grandmother Loja was an accomplished artist and sculptor. His father’s best friend was Charles Eames. Not surprisingly, Eric is a successful filmmaker and cameraman with an eye for architecture. A+D Museum hosted a special inCONVERSATION with Eric Saarinen as the topics of architecture and film, architecture as visual medium, and growing up under the influence of his illustrious parents and grandparents were explored with exhibition curator Mina Marefat, PhD, AIA.

 

 

ICONIC LA WOMEN DESIGNERS PANEL 

The artists, architects, and designers on this panel head daring and innovative practices. Their sustained, visionary work makes them icons of L.A.'s design scene and beyond. Iconic LA Women Designers brings these women together in conversation to discuss the road to icon, the challenges of practice, and the changes required to transform endemic hurdles within the design professions—family, economics, technology—into opportunities for the next generation of female practitioners.

Panelists:  Barbara Bestor, Bestor Architecture; Annie Chu, Chu + Gooding Architects; April Greiman; Gere Kavanaugh, Gere Kavanaugh Designs; Deborah Sussman, Sussman/Prejza

Moderator:  Mimi Zeiger

 

 

TYPOGRAPHY AND EXPERIMENTATION with ANDREW BYROM

Andrew Byrom led an exciting and interactive discussion on TYPOGRAPHY and his EXPERIMENTAL approach to graphic design.

Byrom's clients include The New York Times, Penguin  Books, UCLA Extension, and Sagmeister Inc. His work has been featured in numerous design publications including Print Magazine, +81, and Creative Review,  and has been honored by the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. 

Andrew Byrom is a Professor at CSULB and has also taught at UCLA Extension, Northern Illinois University, plus Luton University and Central Saint Martins in the UK. He has given presentations about his ideas throughout Europe, Asia and the US – including the AIGA Y-Conference, ATypI, TypeCon, The Type Directors Club, Kuala Lumpur Design Week, and TEDx. 
 

 

Toward Energy-Efficient Sustainable Buildings WITH MIT Professor Leon Glicksman 

The Energy and Sustainability Committee of the MIT Club of Southern California in conversation with MIT professor Leon Glicksman.Leon Glicksman, Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering at MIT, founded the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture and has served as its head for 22 years. Research in the program is directed at improving sustainable buildings and communities worldwide. Highlights of these projects include advanced insulations, means to dramatically reduce energy consumption for cooling and lighting, community level energy flows, and new design tools.  

 

Palm Springs Modernism Week: Alexander Girard, When Modern Exploded with Color, Pattern, Primitive, and Pop WITH Brad Dunning

As the founding director of the Herman Miller textile division Alexander Girard brought an ultra sophisticated and exuberant sense of color, style and pattern to mid-century design. His own interiors and original furniture have been wildly influential and are particularly relevant today.

Girard is perhaps best known for his playful, primitive, borderline Op-Art fabric designs and his important graphic style, which included an avant garde mixing of fonts and styles creating his own "look" which is currently very much back in vogue. Brad Dunning is a designer known for working on architecturally significant properties. He has also written about design, architecture and architectural preservation for various publications including the New York Times, Vogue and GQ.

 

 

inCONVERSATION with EAMES WORDS CO-CURATORS

Typographer Andrew Byrom sits down with Deborah Sussman, principal of Sussman/Prejza, to discuss her career and their recent collaboration curating and designing A+D Museum's current exhibition EAMES WORDS.

Special Thanks to AIGA/LA, 55 Degree Wine and Karl Strauss Brewing Company

 

 

OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS: CRAFT, KINETICS AND HOT RODDING

Experience of space, exploration of materiality, and essence of craft unite in the work of Olson Kundig Architects. Paul Schlachter, an associate at the firm, discussed these elements and their expression as “architectural hot rodding."


Paul Schlachter is an Associate with Seattle’s award-winning Olson Kundig Architects. Led by Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten Murray and Alan Maskin, the firm’s work encompasses a wide range of national and international projects. Schlachter’s work at the firm is similarly diverse and includes the Casey Family Programs Headquarters, a mixed-use high-rise hotel in downtown Seattle, and a number of private residences across the country from Hollywood to New York, as well as a winery in Santa Ynez, California.

 

 

THE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE PANEL

Jenn Kennedy discussing the business of architecture with Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, Barton Myers, FAIA, Kat Fern, ASID, and Nancy Horne, architect recruiter.

Jenn Kennedy, author of Success by Design, and panelists explored the benefits of working in various sized firms, interviewing techniques, what employers want in today's market and new ways to apply architecture skills.


 

MODERNISM: THEN, NOW & BEYOND

Beyond white paint and walls of glass, modernists discuss the philosophical evolution of modernism and what is authentically modern in the second decade of the new millenium. A+D Museum and Salon Showroom present panelists Neil Denari, John Favaro, Gulla Jonsdottir and moderator Erika Heet of Dwell Magazine for a panel event occasioned by Legends of La Cienega: Celebrate Art.
 

 

SOUPERGREEN: PANEL DISCUSSION

A discussion occasioned by the SOUPERgreen exhibition. In the show, five 'souped up' environmentally (self)-conscious architectural propositions explore ways technology can promote a deeper and more expressive engagement with the environment.

Moderator:  Sam Lubell, Editor, The Architect's Newspaper

Panelists:  Erin McConahey, Principal, Arup; David Hertz, David Hertz Architects; Lance Williams, Executive Director, USGBC Los Angeles Chapter; Wes Jones, SOUPERgreen Designer, Jones Partners; Doug Jackson, SOUPERgreen Designer, Doug Jackson Design Office

Panel Contributors:  Aryan Crawford Omar, SOUPERgreen Designer; Steven Purvis, SOUPERgreen Designer, APLSD; Randolph R. Ruiz, SOUPERgreen Designer, AAA Architecture

 

 

AIA/LA ARCH IS_

The Arch Is_  competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges. The two talented winners were awarded the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community in a public forum.

Arch Is_ Winners:  DAVID FREELAND & BRENNANN BUCK, FreelandBuck, Los Angeles; GEORGINA HULJICH & MARCELO SPINA, Patterns, Los Angeles

 


ARCHITECTURE LECTURE WITH BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke Ingels is the founding partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he started in 2005. Recent and current projects include the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Danish Maritime Museum, and the recently-awarded Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope for the city's residents and visitors.

Presented by:  A+D Museum and LACMA

Organized by:  Francesca Garcia-Marques, Hon. AIA/LA and Ann Videriksen, Hon. AIA/LA
 

 

DESIGN PREIS SCHWEIZ WITH COLIN SCHAELLI

Colin Schaelli won the Swiss Design Award in the Newcomer Category in 2009, a just reward for the dizzying industrial and graphic design activities he presides over at Design Bureau Colin Schaelli. Colin has worked on design projects for cult Swiss bag brand Freitag since 2004, creating several groundbreaking products along the way, including the V-30 Skid shelving system. His design solutions are both quirky and ultra-systemic, and his lively public presentations – made using his own modular furniture – are just that as well.

 

 

AIGA/LA: TALK STORY WITH JENI HERGBERGER

Los Angeles natives Michael Lejeune and Matt Raymond, both of Metro Los Angeles, sat down with Jeni Hergberger to chat about the future of LA. This was all part of a live, on-location taping of 'Talk Story with Jeni.' Jeni Hergberger is internationally recognized as a powerful force in changing the way people approach the business of design. She works tirelessly with creative professionals and corporate leaders teaching them to connect and communicate. 

 

 

FORM MAGAZINE: STATE OF THE INDUSTRY PANEL

A panel discussion was held that focused on the current and future state of the industry. Attendees participated in the panel discussion and viewed the AIA/LA Design Awards exhibit. 

Moderated by:  Ann Gray, Founder and Publisher, Balcony Media/FORM

Panelists:  Jack Skelley, Senior Partner/FORM Contributor, Paolucci Communication Arts; Carl Mulhstein, Executive Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield of California; Andy Cohen, Executive Director, Gensler; Tom Hinerfled, President, Hinerfeld Ward Construction

 

 

AIA/LA DESIGN AWARDS 2010 JUROR ROUND TABLE

A discussion with the juries of the Design Awards and NEXT LA programs, moderated by Edward Lifson was held at the opening reception for the AIA/LA Design Awards Exhibition. The conversation revolved around the 2010 submitted projects and the innovative nature of Los Angeles Architecture and its practitioners. 

Jurors:  Jeanne Gang, FAIA; Joe Herzog, AIA; Rob Quigley, FAIA; Dan Dworsky, FAIA; Cliff Garten and Wim de Wit

 

 

DPI2009.jpgDESIGN PROCESS INNOVATION 2009

Design Process Innovation (DPI) 2008 was a highly successful symposium where designers from various disciplines provided a peek inside their design process and shared perspectives on what leads to innovation. DPI 2009, designed as a salon-style event, was hosted at the offices of Stuart Karten Design. An impressive roster of professionals from architectural, industrial, web and graphic design participated in a panel and presentation accompanied by an evening cocktail party.

At this intimate, invitation-only roundtable, attendees learned about design’s potential to impact business across a variety of disciplines, from architecture to product design to graphic/communication/digital design. This story was told through a business lens with11 presentations by CEOs together with their creative partners. Through case studies and Q&A, attendees learned how design has helped these businesses to extend their brands, increase bottom lines and introduce new efficiencies. The scale of the event allowed attendees to interact with presenters.

 

 

archreachingout.jpgARCHITECTS REACHING OUT

Effective communication–with potential clients, the media and the public–is a key to survival for architects. Two interactive presentations with seasoned professionals, moderated by architectural writer Michael Webb, provided expert advice on establishing identity, in print and online, writing and talking about projects, getting published and exhibited, and the value of exemplary photography. The course was shaped to meet the needs of practicing and aspiring architects.

Organizers:  Michael Webb, A+D Museum

Sponsors:  A+D Museum, AIA/LA

 

 

design-process.jpgDESIGN PROCESS INNOVATION 2008

The Design Process Innovation symposiums seek to bring together experts from a variety of design disciplines to analyze trends, share ideas, and look at the future of the design process. Innovation affords designers new opportunities from idea generation to product manufacturing, while expanding the relevance of their design product and confronting the issues presented by a changing world. While today’s designers have at their disposal powerful digital design software and fabrication machines, technology is just one aspect of a wider process revolution being driven by globalization, compressed time-to-market, ecological sensitivity and increased sophistication in consumer taste.

Organizers:  Gensler, A+D Museum

Presenting Sponsor:  USG

 

 

symposium.jpgSUSTAINABLE DIALOGUES III: DISASTER, RECONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN

An international symposium accompanying the exhibit After the Flood: Building on Higher Ground. Following the catastrophic impact of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, as well as events such as the relinquishing of control of the Panama Canal by the U.S. to Panama, an incredible outpouring of international response from architects and environmentalist has resulted in a wide-range of alternative sustainable deign strategies and proposals. Such global political and ecological upheavals emerging in the 21st century, that are resulting in massive reconfigurations of urban and natural territories, have given rise to new collaborative efforts by innovative architects and experts on sustainability, design, and planning from around the world that are working to develop new strategies relevant for the planning processes currently underway in New Orleans, Southeast Asia, Panama and around the world.

What role should sustainable architecture and urban design play in the on-going process of recovery, reconstruction and planning for the future? Given the range of catastrophic events currently unfolding around the globe, this symposium considered the larger context of environmental changes in ecological patterns, ranging from tsunamis to hurricanes to the reunification of formerly politically divided urban territories. What impact do these processes have on the reorganization of the natural and man-made landscapes and the role the design community can play in initiating changes? The importance of collective thought and action, drawn from various regions of the globe, mark the emergence of new strategies for imagining the reconstruction of the contemporary city as an alternative and sustainable form of urbanism.

Organizers:  A+D Museum, Anthony Fontenot and Christian Ditlev Bruun

Sponsors:  U.S. Department of State, Cooper Carry Architects, PPG, Opera Paint, Orangepiel, Hinerfeld Ward, Inc. and The Ratkovich Company 

 

 

new-blood.jpgIF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITIES OF THE FUTURE…:

“If you want to know about the cities of the future ask the architects in NEW BLOOD: NEXT GEN” was the overlaying topic for a very lively conversation with some of Los Angeles’ most innovative up-and-coming Architects about the future of Los Angeles and cities worldwide.

Moderated by:  Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s show DnA and Los Angeles Editor of Dwell Magazine

Panelists:  Wolfram Putz, GRAFT; Jason Payne, Gnuform; Hadley Arnold, the Office of Hadley and Peter Arnold

Organizers: A+D Museum, Frances Anderton

 

 

learning.jpgLEARNING FROM SAN DIEGO: FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATIONS

A panel presentation and discussion accompanying the Enlightened Development Exhibit. The second panel event in the Carrier Johnson Lecture Series, Learning from San Diego, used San Diego as an archetypal urban laboratory and a panel of leading developers, designers and policy makers discussed how innovation can transform city planning and policy into downtown real-life success stories. The discussion focused on how street life and sky-life can activate a new urban village that is sustainable and enhances the quality of everyday living in Southern California.

Organizers:  A+D Museum, Carrier Johnson

Sponsor:  Carrier Johnson