10.29.14 | SCI-Arc, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Hitoshi Abe
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Chair

Wed, Oct 29, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
The recent work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe will be introduced through the notion of informality. Architecture has long been a formal disciple (stiff, organized and official) but may need to loosen up to take advantage of the opportunities of a quickly moving, globalized, networked and informal world. With an expanded bag of tools and techniques (tectonic, technological, social and political) available to the architect, forms of space and social interaction, that address both other human beings and new technologies, can be cultivated. Through the use of informal approaches to programming, spaces of a blurred, boundless, grey and increasingly heterogeneous character are one way to address the conditions of contemporary life and create critical roles for the architect as agent of social suggestion, instigator of novel collaborations and spatial synthesizer.
Hitoshi Abe has had a decade-long distinguished career as a leader in education. He earned his M.Arch from SCI-Arc in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Tohoky University in Sendai, Japan in 1993. Since 1992, when he won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing which place him among the leaders in his field.
The work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has received numerous awards in Japan and internationally. In 2007, he was appointed professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010, he was appointed Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.