Curated by Barbara Bestor (M.Arch ‘92)
“SCI-Arc has done an amazing job of not only documenting speakers at the school but going out into the world and creatively supporting pioneering designers, artists, and alumni. Here are a few of my favorite talks and videos; I hope you are as inspired as I am!”
Barbara Bestor (M.Arch ’92), FAIA is founding principal of Bestor Architecture. Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. She has designed new ways of creating accessible urbanism in her “stealth density” Blackbirds housing, retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied at the Architectural Association in London and received her M.Arch at SCI-Arc. She is the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.
Alberto Kalach [Principal T.A.X. / Taller de Arquitectura X] discusses his architectural work including the Biblioteca de México and its role in the everyday life of residents of Mexico City as well as an early project for the Faro de Oriente community center and workshops. Kalach also talks about the planning of the urban territory as an architectural issue and the relationship between green spaces and architecture in the urban context. Alberto Kalach is an architect working in Mexico City.
Artist Shirin Neshat discusses “Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again” her career spanning exhibition at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Neshat describes how the narratives and characters in her work, based on autobiographical references, are brought to life in combination with the poetic language that is used to shape and express those narratives.
A conversation between Byron Merritt [Vice President Retail Innovation at Nike] and SCI-Arc Director/CEO Hernan Diaz Alonso discussing the role architecture plays in creating a brand identity and the future of retail innovation and consumer experience design.
SCI-Arc welcomes Aurelie Hachez, Founding Principal of AHA, to the Keck lecture stage. Hachez’s work engages projects of different scales including furniture design, interior renovation and the construction of new spaces and buildings, mostly in the rural and urban context of Belgium.