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UCLA Architecture and Urban Design announces events for winter 2014



Organized by Professor Greg Lynn, these lectures show how an engagement with popular and commercial culture, combined with a specific critical vision, yields not only culturally relevant design work but, more importantly, creative and innovative design. By focusing on contemporary issues of experience, technology, craft, urbanism or commerce, these lecturers help to exapand and empower the role of the architect in new ways.


Monday, Jan. 6

6:30 p.m.

Greg Howes: IDEAbuilder, Seattle


Greg Howes is a builder working at the intersection of digital fabrication and the rapidly emerging real-time, immersive web. The presentation will showcase project examples that use these cutting-edge building systems, with a focus on wood-framed and high-performance structures.



Monday, Feb. 10

6:30 p.m.

Ian Barry: Designer, Los Angeles


Ian Barry is a Los Angeles–based artist whose unique use of context and materials bridges the boundaries of sculpture and functional design. Barry's work seamlessly transforms familiar objects and industrial materials into dynamic artworks with multiple purposes and meanings.



Monday, Feb. 24

6:30 p.m.

Dennis Shelden: CTO for Gehry Technologies, Los Angeles; associate professor of practice at MIT


Dennis R. Shelden co-leads the department's SUPRASTUDIO Frank Gehry/Gehry Technologies. He is a founder and chief technology officer of Gehry Technologies, a building-industry technology company formed by the research-and-development team of Frank Gehry Partners.



Monday, March 3

6:30 p.m.

Peter Arnell: CEO, Arnell Group


Peter Arnell is known for his globally recognized, award-winning brand and product inventions. He expertly produces emotional connections with consumers through strategic brand planning, brand ideation, and product and experiential design for DKNY, Samsung and Reebok, among others.