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ABOUT SUPRASTUDIO

SUPRASTUDIO is a research platform in architecture education based out of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among professors, students, and industry partners to expand the boundaries of architectural practice. Students work closely with a leading figure in architecture in a small class setting with 15 students on a dedicated research topic with seminars, critical studies, and related courses  developed to complement each studio’s research theme. Partners from adjacent fields in technology, automotive, aerospace, entertainment and non-profit are brought in as collaborators to identify new areas of research and development. Under the umbrella of UCLA, a premier global research institution, SUPRASTUDIO fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program for advanced applied research that links education to industry.

During the 2013/14 academic year, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design had studios led by Frank Gehry, Greg Lynn and Thom Mayne.

During the 2014/15 academic year, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has studios led by Craig Hodgetts, Greg Lynn and Thom Mayne.

During the 2015/16 academic year, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design will have studios led by Craig Hodgetts, Greg Lynn and Thom Mayne and Guvenc Ozel.

STUDIO 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.

Less than one hundred years ago, the majority of roadways had no paving, the telephone was a rarity, and most homes had no indoor plumbing. The introduction of these and other innovations significantly changed the structure of cities, commerce, and the family unit.

Now is the time to recognize their potential of today’s technologies to bring about similar responses, and to set about recognizing their impact, giving cities new form, dwellings new functions, and environments new expression.

For this SUPRASTUDIO we envision 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. The tools for such a revolutionary approach to architecture and urbanism are by now firmly in place, lacking only the vision and political will to put them all together.

The disintegrated element of our approach can be identified by the newly–formed, booming commercial entities which offer lodging, transportation, and cash-free transactions, disruptive fabrication and production technology, and the potential of self-sufficiency offered by innovations in energy production and storage.

Presently these innovations and more are layered more or less haphazardly onto extant structures, resulting in compounding of incongruities.

By identifying and analyzing transformative innovation, the studio will propose a new, integrated blueprint for urban development

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About Suprastudio

“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

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