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Catapulted to fame by the international media in and around the 1980s, a loosely affiliated cadre of architects, the so-called L.A. TEN emerged to define the future of Los Angeles architecture. In this book, architects Neil Denari, Frederick Fisher, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, Wes Jones, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, and former associates of the late Franklin Israel offer a casual, witty and approachable retrospective on the characters, environment and cultural history of L.A. architecture as they remember it. Architect, historian and educator Stephen Phillips and the students of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, along with Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander of the Getty Research Institute, conduct the engaging series of oral history interviews..
Aaron Betsky, critic, curator and educator is director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 1995 to 2001, he served as curator of architecture, design and digital projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and from 2001 to 2006, as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. Betsky has written extensively on the work of late 20th century architects.
Sylvia Lavin, director of critical studies and M.A./Ph.D. programs at UCLA's Department of Architecture, is a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory and criticism. In addition to her most recent book, "Kissing Architecture," Lavin is the author of "Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture," "Form Follows Libido," "Architecture and Richard Neutra in Psychoanalytic Culture," and the forthcoming "The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architecture Contemporaneity."
Lars Müller, based in Switzerland, started publishing books on typography, design, art, photography and architecture in 1983. Lars Müller Publishers has produced more than 600 titles. A passionate educator, Müller has taught at universities in Switzerland and Europe. Since 2009, he has been a guest lecturer at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Stephen Phillips, an architect, historian and educator, is associate professor of architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and founding director of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.