Chair's Alumni Welcome
I am delighted to introduce myself and reconnect with you and the entire AUD Alumni Community. Since my appointment as Chair in Spring 2007, many exciting changes have occurred within the Department. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the current direction of the school and invite you to stay connected.
Now is an exciting time at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and the following months will be no exception. Our public lecture series for 2015-16 will feature Alumni Tom Wiscome on Monday, February 29 at 6:30pm. This Distinguished Alumni Lecture honors graduates whose innovation and accomplishments have significantly impacted the fields of architecture and or urban design. Currently, we have more than 300 students enrolled in five programs. 2015 marks the third year at our IDEAS campus with SUPRASTUDIOs , led by Greg Lynn, connecting research to professional practice with an intensive investigation into robotics at the scale of building; SUPRASTUDIO, led by Thom Mayne, asks what urban planners and architects can do for urban development in the future; SUPRASTUDIO, led by Craig Hodgetts, will explore a conjunction of radical social, technologic, and communications innovations to propose a new urban framework in which transport, energy, domestic activity and work effort are redistributed according to profound changes in the human enterprise; SUPRASTUDIO, led by Guvenc Ozel, will provide a platform of experimental architecture and design where space is no longer a deterministic, final, rigid realm but an environment in transformation and evolution based on human interaction.
We hope you will join us for one of our upcoming A.UD Public Lecture Series at Perloff Hall (October – May), during 2015-16 we will celebrate our 50th year by honoring the Department’s faculty and their many innovations and accomplishments with a series of presentations and conversations including, Thom Mayne, Richard Weinstein, Kevin Daly, Craig Hodgetts, Dana Cuff, Wonne Ickx, Andrew Kovacs, Jimenez Lai, Mohamed Sharif, Roger Sherman, Michael Osman, Jason Payne, Greg Lynn, Stephen Christensen, Julia Koerner, Guvenc Ozel, Junya Ishigami, Michael Meredith, and Tom Wiscombe.
Fifty years ago UCLA Architecture & Urban Design (UCLA A.UD) forged a new relationship between physical design and urban planning: one that combined the thinking and shaping of architecture with the thinking and shaping of cities. From its founding forward and with an unparalleled faculty, UCLA A.UD has been an influential player at the forefront of architectural innovation and discourse—helping shape the future of the environments, buildings and cities that define and shape our lives.