FORM: pioneering design
FORM: pioneering design celebrates Southern California’s contribution to architecture, design, and the visual arts. As a forum to address issues of aesthetics and function, place and place-making, FORM serves as both conduit and catalyst for design inspiration. FORM is primarily, B2B, interfacing with an audience of creative professionals from architecture, interior and landscape design, product and material manufacture, and multiple disciplines within the fine arts. FORM capitalizes on its locus among the talent and vitality of work that thrive in greater Los Angeles, while also expanding its scope of inquiry to the global design community writ large.
Jerri Levi, Publisher
They say change is inevitable. But, no one said it was easy. For the architectural and design community of Los Angeles and Southern California, change is with us on a continual basis. So, it should come as no surprise that a respected publication such as FORM: PIONEERING DESIGN should be carried by the winds of change as well. This is particularly true for me, since I am no stranger to FORM.
Douglas Hill began making photographs in 1969. His work has been shown at G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica; The Int. Center of Photography, NY; and the Huntington Library, San Marino, to name a few. His images have also appeared in numerous books on architecture and interior design. He has been teaching photography at UCLA Ext. since 1994.
Carol Bishop is an accomplished artist, who focuses on agendas of architecture and place. Her work explores the ideas as well as the subjectivities (designers, clients, communities) that inform the creation of buildings and structures. She is an associate professor of art at Los Angeles Valley College.
Michael Webb has authored more than twenty books on architecture and design; most recent titles include Architects’ Houses and Building Community: New Apartment Architecture. A memoir Moving Around: A Lifetime of Wandering will be published October 2018. Webb serves as FORM’s resident book critic.
Michael F. Ross
As an architect, educator and journalist, Michael Franklin Ross, FAIA is one of LA’s preeminent advocates for design excellence. His writings have appeared in
numerous publications, such as Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record and The Architect’s Newspaper. He served on faculty at Tokyo University, UCLA and SCI-Arc.
Tanner Blackman is a partner at Kindel Gagan Public Affairs Advocacy and an adjunct instructor of urban planning at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Of his many commitments in Los Angeles’ civic and cultural development, Blackman is a board member of Art Share LA and sits on the Exhibits Committee of A+D Museum.
A lecturer at the University of the District of Columbia’s Center of Architectural Innovation and Building Science, Diana Dakik specializes in urban sustainability. She also works as a policy consultant, advising public, private and international agencies to adopt progressive environmental practices.
Willem is a designer and writer based in Los Angeles particularly interested in regenerative design as the intersection of history, ecology, urbanism, and architecture. He currently works for David Hertz FAIA and The Studio of Environmental Architecture, where he was on the grand prize winning team of the Water Abundance XPrize.