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SUPRASTUDIO EVOLVES Video

SUPRASTUDIO is a research platform in architecture education that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among professors, students, and industry partners to expand the boundaries of architectural practice.

The program is a one-year post-professional course of study that leads to a Masters of Architecture degree. Throughout the year, students work on a dedicated research topic to build a continuous and in depth line of study. Under the umbrella of UCLA, a premier global research institution, SUPRASTUDIO fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program and satellite campus for advanced applied research for the future of architecture and urban design.

The compressed and intensive timeline for this program requires an advanced background in architectural studies and is open to students with a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree from an NAAB accredited program in the U.S., foreign equivalent, or graduate degree in architecture.

Studio: Greg Lynn

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Greg Lynn, Professor
Julia Koerner, Lecturer

In the last decade, our environments have become ever more mobile with increasing sensing and processing capability, and therefore with greater intelligence. The next generation of designers should be trained to engage and imagine the potential of dynamic, deformable environments with the situational awareness to adapt and transform smartly. In an effort to reduce the real estate as well as energy footprint of buildings, transformable structures are inevitable. The next frontier in architectural innovation is not shape and complexity but spectacular motion. This 2015 studio investigates the implications of both moving and intelligent structures.

To view more student work, visit the 2013/14 Lynn Studio Blog.

     

 

Studio: Thom Mayne / The Now Institute

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Thom Mayne, Distinguished Professor
Eui-Sung Yi, Lecturer

Per capita, the United States consumes more than twice the energy than the average citizen of the European Union. Over 40% of the total US energy consumption is consumed by buildings and the built environment.

UCLA has asked The Now Institute to join in launching the UCLA Grand Challenges project. This project brings together UCLA faculty from across disciplines to study L.A. County and work towards making the L.A. region operate with 100% renewable energy and 100% local water supply.

The Mayne / Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO will contribute to the Grand Challenges initiative by extensively analyzing the energy and water consumption of L.A.’s built environment along with the social, cultural, political and economic issues associated. The Now Institute will propose design strategies through data-driven research, utilizing city resources, collaboration with cross-disciplinary researchers, experts, community partners and governing bodies. Over the course of the entire Grand Challenge initiative, the Now Institute will lead the spatial and disciplinary integration of Grand Challenge’s research and will play an important part in the final development of the collective’s urban strategies and proposal.

To view more student work, visit the 2013/14 Mayne / Now Institute Studio Blog.

           

 

Studio: Guvenc Ozel

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Guvenc Ozel

Technology, through material innovation and relentless demand for connectivity, has become ubiquitously present in the sense that it can be applied to, informed by and embedded into practically anything to do with the material world. In parallel, traditionally seen as science fiction, artificial intelligence has become a contemporary reality that is interwoven into our society and economy. Following this fusion between technology, objects and space is an elevated level of interaction between the user and architecture; a form of singularity of cognitive, material, social and spatial logics.

The objective of the studio is to 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. So far recent experiments in media art, technology and architecture primarily focuses on what the machine can do. The objective of the studio is to explore what space can do in relationship to the human body and human psyche while using technology as the unifying agent.

The studio will explore the concept of Architectural Singularity in multiple scales and think of potential scenarios where emerging technologies in the fields of sensors, mobile devices, wearable technologies, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing can play a role in the construction, daily operation, maintenance, transformation and overall user experience of contemporary social spaces.

Studio: Craig Hodgetts

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Craig Hodgetts

Craig Hodgetts is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. The Craig Hodgetts SUPRASTUDIO resarch topic will be released soon.

2013-2014 STUDIO BLOGS

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PAST STUDIOS

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2008-2009

Neil Denari:

Megavoids

Neil Denari engaged in a collaboration with Toyoto Motor Sales, Inc., Buro Happold, and AECOM to examine future urban scenarios played out across “superlarge” open sites. 

2009-2010

Greg Lynn:

Technology Transfer

Greg Lynn collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering to explore the impact of new manufacturing and digital technologies on past and future design and technological innovations in urban resorts, theme parks, and creative campuses.

2010-2011

Thom Mayne:

Culture Now

Thom Mayne, with additional support provided by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, investigated the impact of contemporary cultural and artistic events on struggling U.S. cities. By integrating public policy, urban studies, contemporary culture, and its spatial manifestations, Culture Now reframes the current conversation in urban design.

2011-2012

Neil Denari:

Geo-Graphics

Neil Denari focused inquiries into urban form and human interface in the city on a well known site in Los Angeles: Westwood Village.

2012-2013

Greg Lynn:

Masses in Motion

Greg Lynn will focus on robotics at the scale of large-scale buildings.

 

About The Program

About The Program

Each academic year, students can apply to one of the three independent studios led by A.UD’s distinguished senior faculty and select invited guest professors. Research themes, seminars, and cross disciplinary teaching teams, including outside consultants and partners, are assembled by each SUPRASTUDIO professor. An innovative team of faculty, visiting designers, and lecturers further enhance the program by offering a common platform for critical studies and technical seminars where students can consider a fresh perspective on architecture in the contemporary post urban condition.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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TYPICAL STUDY PROGRAM

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APPLICATION PROCESS

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IDEAS Campus

IDEAS Campus

Removed from the constraints of a traditional university context, SUPRASTUDIO’s satellite campus at IDEAS facilitates more intensive collaborations with L.A. based industry partners in adjacent fields including transportation, entertainment, technology, non-profit, and development arenas. The campus is equiped with a 5,000 square-foot Advanced Technologies Laboratory to further facilitate cross-industry research and development.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LAB

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  • 150kg payload Kuka Robotic Arms donated by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc

    150kg payload Kuka Robotic Arms donated by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc

HERCULES HISTORY

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  • The Hughes Flying Boat is moved out of the Hughes Aircraft assembly building to Terminal Island for final assembly

    The Hughes Flying Boat is moved out of the Hughes Aircraft assembly building to Terminal Island for final assembly

  • View aft through the fuselage of the Hughes Flying Boat under construction from the cargo deck

    View aft through the fuselage of the Hughes Flying Boat under construction from the cargo deck

2013/14 IDEAS LECTURE SERIES

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Industry Partners

Industry Partners

Rapid advances in technology have created greater areas of overlap among adjacent industries. As design problems become more interwoven and complex, a new collaborative approach is needed to both define and solve the issues facing the next generation of designers and industry leaders. SUPRASTUDIO serves as a new platform in architecture education to work with outside partners who come to our program as catalysts and partners in research and development. Together, our students, professors, and larger group of consultants and collaborators work to anticipate where a partner’s field is headed, and how design can plug in to address future areas of growth.

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

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PAST PARTNERS

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“Industry often uses the language of architecture to speculate on the future of their fields. SUPRASTUDIO works with these partners in collaborative research, and opens up the future possibilities for architecture, from the outside in.”

Hitoshi Abe
Chair, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design