Lecture Series 2015

Fall 2015

Patricia Rhee, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA, Partner, Ehrlich Architects

Wednesday, October 21st @7pm

Patricia Rhee has been a member of Ehrlich Architects since 2000 and was named a Partner in 2013. She has served as Project Architect and Project Designer for several of the firm’s most challenging and award-winning projects, and has also served as the lead designer in many of firm’s design competitions - both international and domestic - including the winning schemes for the United Arab Emirates’ Federal National Council Parliament Complex, the GSA’s John M. Roll Federal Courthouse, the New Abuja City Gate, and the University of California, Irvine’s Contemporary Art Center.

She received her Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Thayer Prize and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Patricia is an active member of the AIA, Design-Build Institute of America, Westside Urban Forum, US Green Building Council, and the AIA Monterey Design Conference Planning Committee. She has served on design juries at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Southern California, SCI-Arc, and East Los Angeles College.

AIA members-in-good standing are eligible for 1.0 CE | LU hours for attending the lecture. AIA-San Diego will record these hours on-behalf of those who sign-in on-site and provide their membership numbers.

Trevor Boddy, Design Critic

Wednesday, November 4th @6pm-8.30pm

Vancouver-based design critic and urban commentator Trevor Boddy has written on architecture and cities for the Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Seattle Times, Georgia Straight, Architectural Review, Architectural Record and global design magazines. He is co-winner of both the Western Magazine Arts Writing Award and the Jack Webster Journalism Prize. He holds a professional Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Calgary, and has taught design studio, history and urbanism on four continents, and lectures globally on contemporary design and city-building.

Michele Saee: “Hide: Sketches of Space”

Wednesday, November 18th @6pm-8.30pm

Michele Saee received his Master of Art in Architecture degree in 1981 at the University of Florence School of Architecture and his post graduate degree in Technical Urban Planning at the Polytechnic of Milan.

He started his own design studio in 1985. Michele joined the design faculty at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles) in 1986, and in 1990 began teaching at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); He is currently a lecturer at University of Southern California, school of architecture since 2012.

Many of Michel’s identifications with the global community stem from his diverse experiences living studying and traveling extensively, and communication in several different languages.

Michele Saee exhibits and lectures on architecture in many countries around the world. In the past 17 years he’s completed over 70 projects and built more than half of them. The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and FRAC collection in France both contain holdings of his work in their permanent collections and Rizzoli International published a monograph of his projects in 1997. Magazine
publications include GA Japan, Domus International, Progressive Architecture, Blueprint, The Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan Home and many more.

In 1995, he was chosen as one of the “Forty under Forty” most promising American architects, and in 1997 the Architectural League of New York selected him as one of architecture’s
“Emerging Voices”. The same year he received the American Institute of Architects’ “next LA” Honor Award and the AIA/LA Design Award. He was selected in the year 2000 as one of Los Angeles’ 12 promising architects of his generation in “The Los Angeles Twelve” program.

Chuck Crawford: “Two Roosters and a Rabbit”

Wednesday, December 2nd @6pm-8.30pm

Join us for a special lecture by NewSchool’s very own Chuck Crawford, Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture. “Two Roosters and a Rabbit” is an evolution and expansion of the paper “On the (im)Possibility of Reading” first presented at the 2015, 103rd Annual Meeting of the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture), in Toronto, Canada.

This lecture focuses on a question that permeated the architectural debate of the 1980’s: “if, and if so, how can art and architecture communicate the artist’s intention?”

Drawing upon the writings regarding the Philosophy of Language by W.V.O. Quine (Ontological Relativity) and the related theories on the Philosophy of Art by Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking and The Languages of Art) the author proposes a third way to overcome the apparent difficulty of artistic communication.

About the Speaker: Chuck Crawford is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University; and earned a certificate from Ecole des Beaux-Arts Americanes in Fontainebleau, France. A licensed architect, Chuck has worked for Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Polyzoides and Moule, SOM, Richard Meier, and Safdie Rabines, and has taught at Woodbury University (Burbank), Southwestern Community College and NewSchool.

Spring 2015

Gianandrea Barreca // Artifact & Landscape - Architecture vs. Nature

June 19, 2015

Gianandrea Barreca is an architect and urban designer from Milan, Italy. His work includes the innovative Bosco Verticale, which won the International High-rise Award in 2014, and the Green Building Italy prize for the project Siemens Headquarters in Milan in 2010. He explores the complex relationship between urban structure, architectural tissue and the infrastructural network, and considers the interaction with natural elements and the surrounding environment.

Joe Kennedy // The Art of Natural Building

June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 The art of natural building is a celebration of traditional building techniques from the book of the same name. In this lecture Joseph will review dozens of eco-friendly building techniques, from straw bale and cob, to hemp and salvaged materials. These strategies point the way toward a regenerative architecture, and illuminate some of the best practices for ecological design. Architecture department chair, Len Zegarski, explores the influence acclaimed architect Louis Kahn had on the “Philadelphia School” and the field of architecture.

Len Zegarski // Words and Works of Kahn

May 6, 2015

Kahn created a style that was monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn’s works are considered as monumental beyond modernism. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative proposals that remained unbuilt, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. The lecture discusses Kahn’s design methodologies and consider Kahn’s most influential buildings before ending with an open discussion of Kahn’s relevance with the audience.

A widely recognized leader in Environmental Health and recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, Professor Jackson spoke about the impact of the built environment, urban design and architecture on health and well being.
Krier is one of the first and most prominent critics of architectural modernism, mainly of its functional zoning and the ensuing suburbanism, campaigning for the reconstruction of the traditional European city model. These ideas had a great influence on the New Urbanism movement, both in the USA and Europe. Krier was the first laureate of the Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2003 and is an accomplished author.

Dr. Richard Jackson // America’s Health Threat: Poor Urban Design

April 29, 2015

Dr. Richard Jackson, a widely Recognized leader in Environmental Health and recipient of the presidential Distinguished Service Award, speaks on the impact of the built environment, urban design and architecture on health and well being.

After the lecture, NewSchool will host a panel discussion with members from the Design + Health Collaboratory. The panelists will address how a greater understanding of the impact of architecture on human outcomes helps change pedagogy, policies and design practice. The Design + Healthy Collaboratory was founded in 2014 by faculty at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, the University of California San Diego and Innovative Design Science.

Leon Krier // A Critical Discussion of Le Corbusier and the Art of Place Making

April 20, 2015

He is best known for his on going development of Poundbury, an urban extension to Dorchester, UK for the Duchy of Cornwall under the guidance of Prince of Wales and his Masterplan for Cayalá, an extension of Guatemala City.
For more than two decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.

Ezio Manzini // Cosmopolitan Localism

March 10, 2015

Presently, he is Chair Professor of Design for Social Innovation at the University of the Arts London, Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Guest Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai and Jiangnan University, Wuxi.

In addition to his continuous involvement in the design for sustainability arena, he has explored and promoted design potentialities in different fields, such as: Design of Materials, in the 80s; Strategic Design, in the 90s, starting a Master in Strategic Design; Service Design, in the last ten years, starting the specific courses in Service Design.

His most recent book is “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015.

Lecture Abstract:
Until now the discussion on sustainability and resilience has mainly adopted technical, economic, functional points of view. This paper assumes that, even though these approaches are important and necessary, they are not enough. If sustainability and resilience must be characterizing features of every potential future society, their cultural dimension must be considered too. In order to give a contribution in this direction, the presentation introduces the notions of distributed systems and cosmopolitan localism and discuss the possibility to use design tools to connect and reinforce them. It also observes that both distributed systems and cosmopolitan localism can be recognized in the growing wave of social innovations we are witnessing world-wide. Building on them, the presentation concludes outlining an emerging design scenario, the SLOC Scenario, and the new cultural fabric needed to implement it.

Winter 2015

Gil Penalosa // Creating People-Friendly Cities

February 23, 2015

As part of the kick off for kick off the Center for a Healthy Environment, the Founder of 8 - 80 Cities, Gil Penalosa, will present a lecture on creating people-friendly cities. 8- 80 is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming cities into places where all people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks, streets and other public places.

Lawrence Herzog // Global Sprawl

February 4, 2015