Lectures and Events

IDEAS Lecture Series
The IDEAS Lecture Series charts a dynamic new future for architecture by engaging speakers from a broad range of disciplines. The series looks beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explores topics arising from unexpected quarters-entertainment, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries - in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture. Past IDEAS Lectures can be viewed here

UCLA A.UD ANNOUNCES IDEAS LECTURE SERIES 2017-18 

Through the proliferation of social media, virtual avatars, sensory simulations, VR and holograms, current and future forms of technological communications have the ability to simulate experiences with precision and without relying on the physical presence of their subjects. As the environments we occupy become exceedingly virtual and mobile, traditional notions of architectural discourse and experience are challenged. Considered as an ecosystem of technologies rather than tectonic assemblage of materials, architecture is shifting toward a non-static and non-physical form of experience, opening up potentials for it to be considered as a transdisciplinary medium that merges the worlds of fabrication, gaming and media design. Considered from this perspective, the symposium, Visionworlds: Architecture of Immersion and Experience in Extended Reality, aims explore environmental applications of media, VR/AR, sensor interaction with environments and robotic transformation of architectural spaces for their potential to align and synchronize digital and physical worlds in the same experiential plane.

From this perception of architecture as enhanced by and built with media, Visionworlds  aims to investigate scenarios where occupants of such architecture have the ability to travel between the digital and physical worlds. In these radically different new social environments, architecture is conceived as a cyberphysical system, designed not only for the use of people but also for the digital occupancy of avatars as their new subjects.

By engaging some of the greatest minds from the fields of art, architecture, philosophy, industrial design and engineering, the symposium will focus on the potentials of extended reality to formulate a reformed agenda for the role of the digital in the contemporary practice of architecture.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

2.00pm-3.00pm

Exhibition/ Reception

3.00pm-3.20pm

 Introduction: Guvenc Oze

3.20pm-3.40pm

 Christiane Paul

3.40pm-4.00pm

 Casey Rehm

4.00pm-4.20pm

 Sasha Samochina

4.20pm-4.40pm

 Break

4.40pm-5.00pm

Pussykrew

5.00pm-5.20pm

Marcos Novak

5.20pm-5.40pm

Timoni West

5.40pm-6.00pm

Alex McDowel

6.00pm-6.20pm

Discussion

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

ALEX MCDOWELL
Narrative Designer, Professor of Practice at USC, World Builder

Alex McDowell began his design career in London in the punk era, designing graphics and music videos for musicians from The Cure to Madonna, from where he migrated to America and cinema as a production designer of over 20 films, working with directors Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, and Tim Burton, amongst many others. Alex is currently professor of practice at USC School of Cinema where he directs the World Building Media Lab and World Building Institute and teaches world building as a media- and platform-agnostic narrative design practice. Present research includes the development of new visual semantics for a pancreatic beta cell in VR, and the microcosm of the street corner as a human system. He is founding partner and creative director at Experimental Design Studios, building future worlds for client partners and collaborating with game makers, architects, anthropologists, neuroscientists, musicians and storytellers across all media including those not yet discovered. His design work includes flying a virtual whale over 5000 people for Intel in 2014, a Victorian laboratory experience in VR at Sundance in 2016, deep research and narrative worlds for Nike, developing a future vision for a sustainable village in Saudi, a technology center for Boeing, the City of Tomorrow for Ford CEO Jim Hackett, and a world build for the future of the Alaska Native community.

 M. CASEY REHM
Architect, Faculty Member at SciArc

M. Casey Rehm is a designer and algorithmic consultant based in Los Angeles. He received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his BARCH from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over six years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London. In addition to his professional experience, Casey has been a full time faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, assisted studios at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pratt Institute and taught workshops at The University of Kentucky. Currently he teaches graduate design studios and seminars in programming and robotics in design at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

CHRISTIANE PAUL
Adjunct Curator of Media Arts at Whitney Museum of Art; Director / Chief Curator, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design

Christiane Paul is Chief Curator / Director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, and Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation's 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and her recent books are A Companion to Digital Art (Blackwell-Wiley, May 2016); DigitalArt (Thames and Hudson, 3rd revised edition, 2015); Context Providers – Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts(Intellect, 2011; Chinese edition, 2012); and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (UC Press, 2008). At the Whitney Museum she curated exhibitions including Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011) and Profiling (2007), and is responsible for artport, the museum’s portal to Internet art. Other curatorial work includes Little Sister (is watching you, too) (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, 2015); What Lies Beneath (Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, 2015); and The Public Private (Kellen Gallery, The New School, NYC, 2013).

GUVENC OZEL
Architect, Artist and Technologist, Ozel Office, UCLA A.UD

Güvenç Özel is an architect, artist and technologist. He is a lead faculty member and Program Advisor of IDEAS and the principal of Ozel Office. His work is at the intersection of architecture, technology, media and research on urban culture. Prior to establishing his own practice and research, he worked in the architecture offices of Rafael Vinoly, Jürgen Mayer H. and Frank Gehry, among others. His projects and experimental installations were exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA and Europe such as Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and The Saatchi Gallery in London. He formerly taught at Yale University, Woodbury University and University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His recent work has been heavily published by CNN, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Wired, Gizmodo, Creators Project/ Vice, Dwell, Designboom, among others. His recent design and research on 3D printing was awarded one of the top prizes at NASA’s 3D Printed Habitats Competition. At UCLA IDEAS, besides teaching his own masters design studio, he continues his research on virtual reality, robotics, interactive spaces and sensing interfaces with support from leading companies such as Autodesk, Microsoft and others. He is the latest recipient of Google’s Art and Machine Intelligence grant for his project to construct a kinetic sculpture that combines sensor interaction, soft robotics, machine vision and VR. Debuting at the Visionworld symposium, it will be the first kinetic sculpture in the world that develops responses to the audience through machine learning and neural networks. 

MARCOS NOVAK
Transarchitect, Professor at UCSB

Marcos Novak is an architect, artist, composer, and theorist who employs algorithmic techniques to design actual, virtual and hybrid intelligent environments. He seeks to expand the definition of architecture by including electronic space, and originated the concept of liquid architectures in cyberspace and the study of a dematerialized architecture for the new, virtual public domain, the immersive virtual worlds. Marcos Novak holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and the Media Art and Technology graduate program at UCSB. Prior to UCSB he taught at UCLA, University of Texas, Austin, Ohio State University and lectured internationally. His many writings which combine architecture, music, art, computation, science, and/or technology include the seminal paper Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace (1991), transArchitecture: Against the Collapsing Radius of Fiction, and Transmitting Architecture: The transPhysical City (1996) - which became the theme of the XXIII World Congress of the UIA (Union Internationale Des Architectes, 2008).

PUSSYKREW (ANDRZEJ WOJTA and EWELINA ALEKSANDROWICZ)
Video Directors, Digital Media Artists

Ewelina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas are Polish digital media artists and video directors working under the moniker Pussykrew. They have lived and worked in numerous countries, developing their projects across multiple areas of art and technology.Pussykrew creates multimedia installations, audio-visual experiences and sculptures, exploring spaces in between digital-physical realms, fluid identities and futuristic landscapes, through artistic experimentation with 3D animation and 3D scanning. Their fascination for virtually generated environments motivates them to play with the contrast between deconstructed digital images and sterile cinematic poetry, using the traditional language of painting. By dealing with the issues of materiality, they’re creating new synthetic-organic forms that are constantly in the process of mutation. In the last ten years, they have been presenting their collaborative work at international film festivals, art galleries, tech fairs and activation events, including Saatchi Gallery London, Berlin Art Week, Postmasters Gallery - New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Carnegie Mellon University, Art Center Nabi - Seoul, European Media Art Festival, Transmediale, 3D Printshow - London, Paris and Berlin (Artist of the Year Award). Pussykrew is currently a member of the NEW INC - art, technology and design incubator founded by the New Museum in New York.

SASHA SAMOCHINA
Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sasha Samochina (sam-ocean-uh) is an Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She joined the team at JPL after working in New York in the fields of video, web development and in Chicago where she was a head Media Producer at The Field Museum of Natural History. After dreaming up words, GIFs and videos for @NASAJPL and @MarsCuriosity and other JPL social media channels, she was inspired to explore the world of 360 video and VR and AR. Through Sasha’s visualization skills, she pioneered the very first 360° video release on social media for NASA. Currently, she works in the Ops Lab at JPL producing immersive experiences to help scientists and engineers complete their daily work and helping NASA to make space more accessible for non-astronauts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, video and new media. She’s originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. She loves all things digital, animal, sound-emitting, cosmic and views the world through VR-colored glasses.

TIMONI WEST
Director of XR Research at Unity

Timoni West is the Director of XR Research at Unity, where she leads a team of cross-disciplinary artists and engineers exploring new interfaces for human-computer interaction. Labs’ first project, EditorXR, was introduced at Vision Summit in February 2016, and made publicly available in December 2016. Currently her team focuses on spatial computing, tying digital objects to real-world data. and authoring for mixed reality. A longtime technologist, Timoni was formerly SVP at Alphaworks, cofounder of Recollect, and CEO of Department of Design, a digital agency. She's worked for startups across the country, including Foursquare, Flickr, Causes, and Airtime. She originally grew up on a farm outside a small town in Nebraska.
 


 

SYMPOSIUM:
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE


This symposium explores the state of performance in the public realm. Designers, architects, and educators will discuss how artists and architects can transform urban space through temporary events and intelligent actions in an increasingly digital and privatized world.  

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 

IDEAS CAMPUS

3691 Lenawee ave, 90016

Free Parking is available on site and on the streets nearby

Information: 310.409.1604

 

Main Program: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis

Reception & Mixer
5:00pm
We welcome our guests to visit the campus and enjoy the studio mixer and exhibition. 

Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served. 

 

Free Parking is available on site and on the streets nearby
Information: 310.409.1604

 

GRIDLOCK: A MOBILITY CHALLENGE SYMPOSIUM

Organized by Hodgetts SUPRASTUDIO
Saturday, November 18, 2017 
3pm - 6:30pm

Congestion – the fight for space, for land, for bandwidth, for opportunities, for resources – has become the hallmark of modern society. This is true on the freeway, on the internet, and in the competition for take-off and landing at major airports. Although various algorithms have been developed to manage these competing flows of information, people and vehicles, the pervasive overload of the systems we depend on are reaching a critical level. 

GRIDLOCK: a mobility challenge  symposium will generate a discourse between academic researchers and industry leaders to debate and share perspectives on how the advent of autonomous vehicles, new technologies, and other expanded modes of transportation will transform the way we live and move in urban environments.

RECEPTION 3:00- 3:30pm

Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served.

 

 

SYMPOSIUM 3:30 - 6:30pm

 

Unlocking the Grid Craig Hodgetts, Professor, UCLA A.UD

 

BMW Inside Future Laura Robin, Director LA studio,  DesignWorks (a BMW Group Company)

 

Door to door experience David Lazzara, Aerospace Engineer, Boeing Research and Technology

 

Autonomous cars Lucian Rosca, Professor, Art Center College of Design

 

Traffic Flow optimization Eric Ruiz, Partnerships Manager, WAZE Carpool

 

Hyperloop and future modes of transportation Marta Nowak, Lecturer, UCLA A.UD

 

3D printed vehicles Dan Sturges, Transportation Revolutionary 

 

A Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation 

 

Moderated by Craig Hodgetts

  


 IDEAS LECTURE SERIES

The IDEAS Lecture Series charts a dynamic new future for architecture by engaging speakers from a broad range of disciplines. The series looks beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explores topics arising from unexpected quarters—entertainment, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries—in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture.

 

 

Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis 

Free Parking is available on site and on the streets nearby

Information: 310.409.1604


 

 

RSVP HERE
Join us on Facebook Live on Saturday, March 11 at 1:30pm 

MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE:
A SYMPOSIUM ON AI, ARCHITECTURE AND VIRTUAL WORLDS

Popularly labeled as the 4th Industrial Revolution, the proliferation of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and virtual reality is transforming the socioeconomic structure of our society and consequently revolutionizing the way we design and experience spaces. These emerging technological paradigms promise a heightened sense of interaction between humans and their environment. In these new scenarios, the software and hardware ecosystems are exceedingly gaining autonomy. Virtual worlds are no longer limited to be interfaces that merely enhance the physical environment but are becoming spaces in their own right; blurring the distinction between the physical and the digital in our constructed reality.  The Symposium: Machines of Loving Grace expands the contemporary discussion on the evolution of human-machine society into the domain of architectural discourse.

Focusing on these new design ecosystems that shape our contemporary reality, the presenters will explore the particular themes of artificial intelligence, interaction design, and virtual/ augmented reality. Some of the main discussion points will include:

  • AI and intelligent environments

  • Interactive spaces and cyberphysical systems

  • Virtual worlds and architecture of interfaces

  • Robotics, autonomy, and automation

By engaging some of the greatest minds from the fields of art, architecture, philosophy, industrial design, literature and engineering, the symposium will theorize and situate a new agenda for the intersection of technology and the environments we occupy and socialize in; both digitally and physically.  


Detailed schedule & presenters
Join us on Facebook Live on Saturday, March 11 at 1:30pm 

1:00 PM-1:30 PM

Check in + Exhibition

 

1:30 PM- 1:55 PM
Welcome by Neil Denari, Interim Chair and Professor UCLA A.UD
Intro by Guvenc Ozel, Faculty UCLA Suprastudio


SESSION 1: 

AI: Interfaces and Objects

1:55 PM- 2:20 PM

Nora Khan, Writer, Rhizome, Eyebeam

2:20 PM- 2:45 PM

Kenric McDowell, Senior UX Designer, Google Research, Art and Machine Intelligence

2:45 PM- 3:10 PM

Tim Wantland, Senior Interaction Designer, Google Research Machine Intelligence

3:10 PM- 3:30 PM
SESSION 1 PANEL DISCUSSION


SESSION 2:

Form, Data and Intelligence


3:30 PM- 3:55 PM
Jason Kelly Johnson, Design Principal, Future Cities Lab & Associate Professor, CCA San Francisco


3:55 PM- 4:20 PM
Casey Reas, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts

4:20 PM- 4:45 PM

Nick Cote, Researcher, Applied Research & Innovation, Autodesk

4:45- 5:05
SESSION 2 PANEL DISCUSSION


SESSION 3: 
Cyberphysical Systems: The Virtual and the Physical


5:05 PM- 5:30 PM
Benjamin Bratton, Professor, University of California, San Diego, Program Director, Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow


5:30 PM- 5:55 PM
Jose Sanchez, Assistant Professor University of Southern California, School of Architecture, Director at Plethora Project llc.


5:55 PM- 6:20 PM
Rebecca Allen, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts


6:20 PM- 6:40 PM
SESSION 3 PANEL DISCUSSION

 

6:40 PM- 7:00 PM

ALL SPEAKERS, Audience Q&A

The Symposium is hosted by Ozel SUPRASTUDIO.

 

IDEAS Campus
3691 Lenawee Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

View map here.
Free street parking is available  


ideas@aud.ucla.edu
310.409.1604
Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 


Technology is synonymous with transformation. Not all transformations are equal. Microsoft HoloLens takes us beyond traditional technology paradigms. Being the first self-contained, holographic computer, HoloLens enables you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. Let's explore the opportunity HoloLens affords. This is our time.   

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 AT the IDEAS CAMPUS

6:30 pm    Happy hour - Free snacks and drinks will be served

7:30 pm    Main program begins * please arrive at 7:15 pm

 

 


Michael Ebstyne
Principal Program Manager, HoloLens

Michael's 20 years in technology have taken him from the Silicon Valley to Microsoft's HoloLens team. For over three years he helped HoloLens come from concept to product and helped deliver it to the International Space Station. He has 11 patents in data analytics and mixed reality. His mission is to unleash the rock-star within individuals enabling them to achieve extraordinary dreams. 

 

Microsoft has a mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Its ambitions are to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing. Microsoft culture is defined by a growth mindset that is diverse, inclusive, and customer-obsessed.

 

 

 

 

UCLA A.UD IDEAS LECTURE SERIES 2015 ARCHIVE
WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: THE FUTURE OF THEME PARKS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
David Durham, Creative Designers Studio Lead / Blue Sky Program Lead
(please note video archive for this event is not available).

CITY OF LOS ANGELES: A CITY OF THE FUTURE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015

Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer

BMW U.S. OLYMPIC BOBSLED: SPEEDING MUSCLES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Michael V. Scully, Director, Creative Consulting

GE APPLIANCES: MICRO-LIVING
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015
Lou Lenzi, Design Director

ARUP 
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015
Erin McConahey, Principal
Chris Luebkeman, Director for Global Foresight and Innovation

THE THIRD FLOOR: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF VISUALIZATION 
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
Chris Edwards, CEO & Creative Director

AUTODESK: FUTURE OF MAKING BUILDINGS 
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015
Phil Bernstein, Vice President, Autodesk;  Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture

VIRGIN GALACTIC: BUILDING THE EARTH’S FIRST SPACELINE
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
Loretta Whitesides, Founder Astronaut

The IDEAS Lecture Series is generously supported by Paul and Herta Amir.

UCLA A.UD IDEAS LECTURE SERIES 2014 ARCHIVE
HYPERLOOP: TRANSFORMING TRANSPORTATION  
WEDNESAY, JANUARY 15, 2014
Patricia Galloway, Co-Director, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.
Marco Villa, Co-Director, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.
(please note video archive for this event is not available).

BOT & DOLLY PRECISION AND MOVEMENT  
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014
Tobias Kinnebrew, Director of Product Strategy

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CREATING ON A TIGHT WIRE 
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Welby Alditor, Director of Creation, Michael Jackson ONE
 and
Boris Verkhovsky, Director of Performance Design and Development

(please note video archive for this event is not available).

RED BULL:  HIGH PERFORMANCE AND HUMAN POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT  
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
Andy Walshe, Director of High Performance


SPACEX: THE MARCH TO MARS  
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
Brandon Pearce, Senior Director of avionics and hardware development SpaceX
(please note video archive for this event is not available).

YOUTUBE: CULTIVATING COMMUNITY 
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
Liam Collins, Head of YouTube Space LA

(please note video archive for this event is not available).
 

The Architecture and Urban Design IDEAS Lecture Series is generously supported by Paul and Herta Amir.