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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

Competitions

Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Friday
Jul132012

USC Students Win Illuminating Engineering Awards at Lumen West

First Runner Up Design by Celeste Rodriguez (Photo Courtesy of Celeste Rodriguez)The Illuminating Engineering Society of Los Angeles held their annual Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition on June 23rd in Long Beach. The awards are designed to encourage and recognize students in Southern California who have shown an exceptional understanding of light and its effect on architecture.

First Place Design by Sananda Mukherjee (Photo Courtesy of Sananda Mukherjee)USC School of Architecture students swept the first three prizes in the graduate-level competition for Lighting Design. The competition required students to submit conceptual drawings, lighting plans, fixture schedules, fixture cuts, control intent, and visual vignettes. First place winner Sananda Mukherjee designed her project around themes of water and waves. She varied the color temperatures of LED flex strips to create a feel of gradient waves and on the opposite wall, formed a wave like pattern with the use of scallop-shaped sconces. 

Second Runner Up Design by Anyin Ye (Photo Courtesy of Anyin Ye)First runner up Celeste Rodriguez and second runner up Anyin Ye were commemorated for their innovative use of technology, aesthetic design, and energy efficiency in their projects. 

The IES is an international organization whose purpose is to promote lighting education and to develop recommended lighting practices.

The author of this post is a graduate student at USC.

Sunday
Jun242012

42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards

Ports O' Call Complex (Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Business Council)The Los Angeles Business Council recently hosted the 42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards to honor Los Angeles-based projects ranging from Best Museum to Best Affordable Housing. The awards congratulated innovative design to 33 separate projects from the previous year. In addition, 2012 marked the first year to present the “Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award” to design students attending one of eight Los Angeles institutions. This year’s winners belonged to a team from USC for their design to revitalize the Ports O’ Call Complex at Port of Los Angeles.

Star Apartments (Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Business Council)Star Apartments won the “Under Construction” category for its impressive combination of LEED Platinum certification, mixed-use development, and 102 units of affordable housing. Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. designed the structure in partnership with Skid Row Housing Trust and Westport Construction, Inc.

The business council awarded the Grand Prize to LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion, Ray’s Restaurant, and Stark Bar. The project is part of LACMA’s Transformation Phase II, which incorporates the original building’s central plaza and creates a “town square” atmosphere within the complex. Renzo Piano Building Workshop collaborated with Gensler to design the stunning travertine space with trademark red, decorative punctuation.

Monday
Nov082010

FACE of a Nation - Film Teaser - Shanghai's Expo 2010 Closes. Did Your Country Show A Good Face? Did the U.S.?

A film production from USC School of Architecture and USC School of Cinematic Arts gives us this provocative film teaser to FACE of a Nation. The team, composed of USC Professor/Architect Mina Chow, architecture journalist Edward Lifson, USC Cinema's Norman Hollyn, and documentary producer/filmmaker Alessandra Pasquini, probes the concept of "face" in Chinese culture and whether country pavilions successfully represented themselves to the world and China. The final film is slated for completion next year.

KCRW's Frances Anderton provides a good summary of the expo and the U.S. situation at her DnA blog.
Did your country represent well? Did the U.S.?  Give us your opinion and thoughts.

Tuesday
Jul132010

USC School of Architecture Summer Exec Ed Program

This year marks the rebirth of the USC School of Architecture’s Executive Education Program. They are launching it off with "EXPECTED," a new innovative program at the School of Architecture. The school is now also interdisciplinary - architecture, technology, real estate, development, engineering, building investment, interiors, product design, and trends.

There will be major world renown speakers at these sessions including 5-time Presidential Advisor Warren Bennis, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Hamid Rashid.

Launch date:  July 20, 1010.