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February 4, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Developer Tom Gilmore has made a $1-million planned gift to the Southern California Institute of Architecture to support the school's first endowed chair. Gilmore, a member of the SCI-Arc board of trustees since 2001 and a key player in the renaissance of downtown L.A. over the last two decades, has pledged $1 million from his estate to help create the Gilmore City Chair, a faculty position dedicated to urban studies. Planned gifts aren't realized until the death of the donor.
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March 25, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
It was in Los Angeles that Tokyo-born Shigeru Ban, the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize, first studied architecture. Well, in Santa Monica, to be exact. Ban attended the fledgling Southern California Institute of Architecture in the late 1970s, right after finishing high school in Japan. "I wanted to go to Cooper Union and study with John Hejduk, but I found out that Cooper Union didn't accept foreign students," Ban said of the experimental New York school. "They only accepted foreign students transferring from another U.S. school.
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September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Architect Frank Gehry has made a new donation to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and as a result, the school is naming a new prize after him. SCI-Arc announced Wednesday that Gehry, a trustee of the school since 1990, and his wife, Berta, have made a $100,000 donation. The money will go toward the establishment of the Gehry Prize, which the school said will be awarded annually to the best thesis projects in the Graduate Thesis Weekend, in September. The first Gehry Prize will be awarded at the 2012 graduation ceremony on Sept.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
The Czech Republic entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon won the architecture portion of the 19-team university competition Friday, but as the event sped toward its conclusion Sunday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, a team of students from Austria surged into the overall lead. Czech Technical University students placed first in the architecture judging with a minimalist studio partially wrapped in wood slat canopy. As we noted in a previous article , the design not only cools living spaces with beautiful simplicity but also creates ethereal moments when walking through the structure.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
L.A.'s renegade, nomadic architecture school is finally putting down roots. The Southern California Institute of Architecture, one of the top-rated schools in the country for design, bought itself a home in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. SCI-Arc, as it is commonly known, paid $23.1 million for a highly unorthodox school building. SCI-Arc bought a century-old rail freight depot that is a quarter of a mile long and about 37 feet wide. The school has been a tenant in the building for 10 years, having failed in an earlier attempt to buy the property.
REAL ESTATE
November 9, 1986 | JANET NAIRN, Nairn is a design writer. and
Living in outer space is no longer a fantasy, but the trick is to provide a quality environment for people who will be confined for long periods in zero-gravity on a manned space station orbiting Earth. To that end, NASA-Ames Research Center at Moffet Field near San Jose has extended its grant monies to the Institute of Future Studies, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), for design development of the station's crew quarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The Southern California Institute of Architecture has a most unusual college campus: a quarter-mile-long former railroad freight depot near the Los Angeles River in downtown. Students skateboard inside the skinny structure, from end to end, passing exhibition halls, a robotics lab and studios packed with wooden models and computers. But some physical deficits come with that urban coolness. Unlike more traditional colleges, SCI-Arc, as it is known, has no lawn or central quad to accommodate graduation ceremonies and other big events.
REAL ESTATE
October 2, 1988
Thanks for Barnett Sussman's glowing article on the Vitruvius children's program at SCI-ARC (Aug. 14). The first week after the story ran, the school was flooded with phone calls. By Friday of that week SCI-ARC had offered Kathleen Kupper a five-year teaching contract. And yes, Noah will definitely be enrolled! NICKI FREEMAN Los Angeles
MAGAZINE
May 11, 1997
As a young architect and former Frank Gehry employee, I take exception to Nicolai Ouroussoff's assertion that during the early '90s, "Unlike the East Coast scene . . . there was no clear theoretical center here" ("Basic Instinct," April 6). Most of the architects he mentions--including Buresh, Lubowicki, Mayne, Moss and Rotondi--were teaching at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, better known as SCI-Arc. As a graduate student at London's Architectural Assn. in 1990, all I heard about was the Los Angeles scene and SCI-Arc.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
It was in Los Angeles that Tokyo-born Shigeru Ban, the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize, first studied architecture. Well, in Santa Monica, to be exact. Ban attended the fledgling Southern California Institute of Architecture in the late 1970s, right after finishing high school in Japan. "I wanted to go to Cooper Union and study with John Hejduk, but I found out that Cooper Union didn't accept foreign students," Ban said of the experimental New York school. "They only accepted foreign students transferring from another U.S. school.
SCIENCE
September 26, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
The 2013 Solar Decathlon shifted into high gear at the Great Park in Orange County on Thursday, and while most of the 20 teams were accelerating efforts to finish their eco-friendly house of the future in the next six days, the combined Southern California Institute of Architecture and Caltech house hit an unexpected detour. Their novel design -- twin modules set on tracks, so the house literally splits in half and opens up to the outdoors in good weather -- was still navigating Southern California traffic to reach the competition site.
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September 14, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne
It took me a few weeks to catch on, but the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents series, whose final shows come to a close Sunday and Monday, wasn't notable just as a wide-ranging reassessment of Southern California's postwar architecture. It was just as revealing - maybe even more revealing - as a collection of institutional self-portraits. Nearly every exhibition in the series said as much about the ideals, ambitions and leadership of the museum or school that organized it as it did about architecture and urbanism in Los Angeles.
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April 8, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It's difficult to imagine a more delicate curatorial task than the one Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago faced in putting together "A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979. " The exhibition, running through July 7 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is the first show to open as part of the Getty-funded series "Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. " The specific focus of "Heretics" is a series of exhibitions and lectures that young architects connected to SCI-Arc organized in fall 1979, when the school, now downtown, was based in Santa Monica.
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March 8, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
There's sure to be much to pore over in "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990," the ambitious anchor show of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time series on modern architecture in and around Los Angeles. But it's on the periphery of this giant undertaking, which is funding nine major exhibitions and will sprawl across the calendar from early spring to midsummer, where the real surprises are most likely to be found. That's especially true of the shows aiming to look beyond well-known midcentury landmarks and reassess the work of the L.A. architects who emerged in the 1960s and '70s and challenged orthodox modernism in a range of ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Developer Tom Gilmore has made a $1-million planned gift to the Southern California Institute of Architecture to support the school's first endowed chair. Gilmore, a member of the SCI-Arc board of trustees since 2001 and a key player in the renaissance of downtown L.A. over the last two decades, has pledged $1 million from his estate to help create the Gilmore City Chair, a faculty position dedicated to urban studies. Planned gifts aren't realized until the death of the donor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The Southern California Institute of Architecture has a most unusual college campus: a quarter-mile-long former railroad freight depot near the Los Angeles River in downtown. Students skateboard inside the skinny structure, from end to end, passing exhibition halls, a robotics lab and studios packed with wooden models and computers. But some physical deficits come with that urban coolness. Unlike more traditional colleges, SCI-Arc, as it is known, has no lawn or central quad to accommodate graduation ceremonies and other big events.
REAL ESTATE
October 25, 1987
Michael Rotondi, a partner with Thom Mayne in the West Los Angeles-based Morphosis architectural firm, has been named director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He was a founding member of the Santa Monica school 15 years ago and was graduated with its first class in 1973. Before his appointment, he was chairman of SCI-ARC's graduate design faculty. Los Angeles architect Robert Magurian has been named director of the graduate program at the school. Ann L.T.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It's difficult to imagine a more delicate curatorial task than the one Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago faced in putting together "A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979. " The exhibition, running through July 7 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is the first show to open as part of the Getty-funded series "Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. " The specific focus of "Heretics" is a series of exhibitions and lectures that young architects connected to SCI-Arc organized in fall 1979, when the school, now downtown, was based in Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012
KCET-TV is expanding "SoCal Connected. " The former PBS station, now based in Burbank, will make the award-winning news and public affairs show a nightly offering starting Oct. 29. Anchored by Val Zavala, "SoCal Connected" grew out of "Life & Times," KCET's nightly local news show that aired from 1992 to 2001, followed by "California Connected" for five seasons and then "SoCal Connected. " Until now, "SoCal Connected" has been weekly. Last season, "SoCal Connected" won a public service award from the Los Angeles Press Club for exposing lavish spending at the Housing Authority of Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Architect Frank Gehry has made a new donation to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and as a result, the school is naming a new prize after him. SCI-Arc announced Wednesday that Gehry, a trustee of the school since 1990, and his wife, Berta, have made a $100,000 donation. The money will go toward the establishment of the Gehry Prize, which the school said will be awarded annually to the best thesis projects in the Graduate Thesis Weekend, in September. The first Gehry Prize will be awarded at the 2012 graduation ceremony on Sept.
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