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Conversation




Thursday, May 30, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

Los Angeles's legacy of architectural experimentation has shaped the region's professional practices and informed the philosophies of its influential educational institutions. At this event, four internationally renowned leaders in the architecture community reflect on how the city's built environment has affected their work and explain why L.A. continues to operate as a critical center of the global design discourse.


Based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, Hitoshi Abe founded Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993. His firm has won numerous awards including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award (2003, 2009) and the World Architecture Award (2007). Abe recently opened a second office in Los Angeles and is currently the chair of the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA. Atelier Hitoshi Abe's recent local project is a design for the "Cloud-scope" roof over the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza in L.A.'s Little Tokyo neighborhood.

Neil Denari started the Los Angeles–based firm Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. in 1988. His work has received such awards as the National American Institute of Architecture Award (2005, 2007) and the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008). In addition to his position as professor and vice chair of the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA, he is author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), and Speculations On (forthcoming). In 2011 his firm was commissioned to propose a pedestrian-oriented redesign of L.A.'s Westwood Village.

Craig Hodgetts opened Hodgetts and Fung Design with HsinMing Fung in 1984. Their work has received numerous awards, such as the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) Firm of the Year Award (2008) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard (2000). On faculty at UCLA, Hodgetts received the Educator of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles (2004). His firm recently completed the Wild Beast Music Pavilion at CalArts, the branch library in Hyde Park, and a renovation of the Hollywood Bowl.

Peter Noever is the principal of no/ever design in Vienna and curator-at-large of art, architecture, and media. He was the artistic director and CEO of the MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) in Vienna and Los Angeles and founded the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles in 1994. He has published numerous books on art, media, design, and architecture and in 1997 was awarded the Austrian Medal for Science and Art.

Moderated by Wim de Wit, exhibition co-curator and head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Getty Research Institute.

This discussion complements the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 to July 20, 2013.