Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:30pm
Decafe, Perloff Hall
Distinguished Alumni Lecture 2015-16
Principal, Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Los Angeles
Born in La Jolla, California in 1970, Tom Wiscombe is an Architect living in Los Angeles. He is founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His work stands out in terms of its arresting formal and graphic qualities, its mysterious near-figural features, and its tectonic inventiveness.
He is currently working on the high-profile Old Bank District Museum with Developer Tom Gilmore in the historic core of Los Angeles, and is focused on cultural, entertainment, and sports projects. Wiscombe is Chair of the B. Arch. Program and Senior Faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Previously, Wiscombe worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au, where he was the right hand of Principal Wolf Prix for over 10 years and built four critically-acclaimed projects totaling over 125,000 square meters.
50 Years of Advancing Design, Technology, and Culture
During its 50-year history, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has been an innovator in identifying what architects are taught. From the invention of 3D computer programs; to the integration of sustainability in a design curriculum; to the incorporation of large scale CNC robotics in a school of architecture in the world; the Department has critically defined the topics, curriculum, and knowledge necessary to keep its graduates relevant in a changing world. 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.