No More Play and Other Urban Speculations: A talk by Architect Michael Maltzan

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 : 6:00pm

University Park Campus
USC Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center
Harris 101

A lecture by renowned Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan, the Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic.

n the decade since founding Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, Maltzan has created a practice that engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and information-driven culture. Building on his background in the arts, he endeavors to synthesize the ambiguity of our contemporary world through an architecture that is both catalyst for new experiences and infused with optimism for its role as an agent for change. His work — through projects including the Mark Taper Forum/Inner-City Arts, the Harvard-Westlake School’s Feldman-Horn Center for the Arts, MoMA QNS, the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, the Sonoma County Museum, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s new Administration and Education Complex — charts a new trajectory for Modernism and the public realm.

Maltzan’s work has been recognized with the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architect’s Award, five Progressive Architecture awards and 13 additional awards from the AIA. Maltzan has lectured internationally and has served as a design instructor, lecturer and critic at The Architectural League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Harvard University, the University of Waterloo and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is a licensed architect and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic endowment, honoring three-generation Trojan family members Nancy and Edward Fox, provides funds for the annual appointment of a visiting urban design critic at the USC School of Architecture. The critic is responsible for teaching and research in the area of urban design and the role of the business community in the development of cities. The critic incorporates the complementary roles of architects, urban designers and financial partners in city building.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1, off of Exposition Boulevard.