Blindspot Initiative Group Exhibition

bs_exhibit_posterThe Blindspot Initiative exhibition opens at 6pm on 7 February 2014 at the Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles. USC Professors Biayna Bogosian, Myles Sciotto and Jose Sanchez are among the exhibitors, along with USC Annenberg Fellow, Behnaz Farahi.

USC Professor on Slovenian Radio

NL Lecturing SCI-ArcUSC Professor Neil Leach was interviewed recently on a Slovenian radio station about his views on architecture. The interview was accompanied by music by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, and may be heard here:

Alice in Wonderland Project

Alice1The Alice in Wonderland installation from the interactive studio directed by Neil Leach and Myles Sciotto is currently on display at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Building Site. The project was completed by Justin Edwards, Corey Koczarski, Nicolle Landowski, Vince Tang, Kristina Lambros, Paulina Shahery, Philip Royster, Anish Tilak, Simon Liu and Kevin Tan. For video of the installation see:

Alvin Huang Lecture

122-SDA-Keelung-DET00_FRONTAlvin Huang is giving a lecture today at 6.00pm in the Gin D. Wong Conference Center, USC School of Architecture, entitled, “Coincidence | Incidence | Interference: Exploratory Practice and Moiré.” Alvin is currently an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. He has also taught design studios and master classes at the Architectural Association (London), Tongji University (Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Beijing), University of Lund (Sweden) and Chelsea College of Art (London). His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008 along with numerous design awards including a 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIA California Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.

Interactive Wall Installation

Living Wall 2An interactive installation, ‘Living Wall’, by USC Post Professional Alumna, Behnaz Farahi, is on display in the ‘Sight, Sound and Space’ exhibition in the Main Gallery of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Behnaz is currently a PhD student on the interdivisional Media Arts and Practice PhD program. ‘Living Wall’ is a prototype adaptive wall consisting of stretched fabric over a series of aluminum members activated by Shape Memory Alloy springs and controlled an Arduino control board:

Project Published

528989f1e8e44e60330000e3_west-street-number-1-6a2-studio-architectural-design-research-institute-of-tsinghua-university_1_exterior-5A building designed by USC Post Professional MArch alumnus, Wenqing Li, has been published by ArchDaily. The building, a flagship store, is located in the Wudaokou District of Beijing, close to Tsinghua University. Wenqing Li, who studied at USC from 2010 to 2011, also acts as a consultant for Autodesk. For further details of the project see:

Thom Mayne Lecture

feature_214_50c24f38e1fbd_A.UD_Thom Mayne_AIA Gold_610x392jpgThom Mayne gave a lecture and took part in a subsequent discussion with Joe Day at USC School of Architecture on 20 November 2013. Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.  Mr. Mayne is an alumnus of USC, co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.

Greg Lynn Lecture


Greg Lynn gave a lecture on his recent research into carbon fibre and composite construction at USC School of Architecture on 20 November 2013. Greg has been at the cutting edge of design in both architecture and design culture in general when it comes to the use of the computer.  The buildings, projects, publications, teachings and writings associated with his office have been influential in the acceptance and use of the advanced technologies germane to the aeronautic, automobile and film industries of Southern California in architecture. Forbes magazine named Lynn one of the top ten trend- setters in Architecture in 2005 and Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century.  He was named a 2010 fellow of United States Artists (USA) and recipient of the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture.


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The Politics of Parametricism

Parametricism03USC Professor Neil Leach will be taking part in the conference, The Politics of Parametricism, taking place on 15-16 November in the Redcat Theater, Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles. This two-day conference organized by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg includes a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explores urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design. Other speakers include Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London). For further details see:

Alex McDowell Lecture

Tom Cruise in Minority Report

Tom Cruise in Minority Report

Alex McDowell will be giving a lecture at 4pm in Harris 101 today. Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential production designers working in narrative media. With the impact of his ideas extending far beyond his background in cinema, he advocates an immersive design process that acknowledges the key role of world building in storytelling. In his 30+ years as a narrative designer, McDowell has worked with directors Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg, amongst many others. From 1999-2001 Alex McDowell worked with Steven Spielberg to design and develop a world for the film Minority Report, prior to a completed script. The process that evolved changed the nature of film design from analogue to digital, and profoundly affected the nature of production, with a radical shift towards a non-linear workflow. Since this film, McDowell’s work has built on the dynamic relationship between creativity and emergent technologies. McDowell is associate professor in Interactive Media, Production and Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC, where he is director of the World Building Media Lab and the 5D Institute. As visiting artist at MIT’s Media Lab from 2006-2011 he designed the robot opera Death and the Powers for composer Tod Machover. He is a Getty Research Institute scholar, and a member of the AMPAS SciTech Council. In 2006, he was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts. Alex McDowell is founder and creative director of 5D | Organization, a cellular and interdisciplinary transmedia design practice.