James Mary O'Connor will give a presentation on “Evolving Pedagogy; transforming campus, designing for dynamic change” at the Southwest Region Conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 4 from 11:45-12:45 pm.
Carissa Oyedele, AIA spoke on a mid-day break-out panel for Day 1 of the AIA|LA Powerful 8 Symposium on Friday September 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The discussion on “Post Pandemic Life/ Work Integration” covered challenges and opportunities with what the post-pandemic office will look like- including issues of flexibility, connectivity, mentorship, retention, and more.
Strengthening Student Success Conference (Virtual)
Mario Violich, FAIA and Carissa Oyedele, AIA presented on October 16th for a panel at the California Community College Strengthening Student Success Conference called “Innovative Tools for Engaging Contemporary Challenges in Collaborative Governance”. Our case study of the Educational and Facilities Master Plan at North Orange County Community College District highlighted unique ways of conducting campus assessments and facilitating an inclusive design process that prioritizes student engagement.
Learn more here: SSSC: Meet CCC Faculty, Staff, IRPE Professionals, and more (rpgroup.org)
James Mary O’Connor, FAIA will be on a panel tomorrow from 8am-9:30am PST for the Boston Society for Architecture session “Design for Change: K-12 Educational Design Campus Transformation”
The presentation tracks the evolution of learning and the supporting campus facilities of Santa Monica High School. This campus has developed over the course of a century, responding to varying imperatives in terms of learning styles and the facilities that house them. A recent master plan and two major new projects have begun a radical transformation that will reshape the course of the school for the next century. The first of these facilities just opened this summer and is a major multi-purpose academic facility. The Discovery Building’s design is based on Open Building principles. A new athletic and career technical / visual arts complex (The Gold Gym and Exploration Building) will soon follow. The new buildings are a radical departure from what has been created before. They will contain much more varied, flexible spaces, both interior and exterior, that will support a wide range of learning styles and activities. With the opening of the Discovery Building, we will discuss the initial impressions of students and teachers as they begin to occupy and experiment in the new learning spaces.
Learn more here: http://ow.ly/8Mg050Gj1Ji
James Mary O’Connor FAIA, Moore Ruble Yudell
Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
John Dale FAIA, HED
Partners John Ruble, FAIA and Buzz Yudell, FAIA and Principal Jeanne Chen, FAIA, will be panelists at the International Symposium on Campus Planning and Design of Higher & Vocational Education in Hangzhou, China tonight. Their virtual presentation “Higher Education for a Dynamic Global Future: Defining Opportunities and Guiding Principles” will discuss trends in future education and include recent case studies of their work in the US and Asia.
Image: Santa Monica High School Discovery Building
Co-Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Architect of Record/ Co-Design Architect: HED Architect
Neal Matsuno, FAIA will be speaking on Wednesday, September 22 from 12:00-1:30pm for the “Design for Wellbeing” AIA CA Climate Action Webinar Series.
With the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, it is imperative that our buildings support human health and wellbeing. This session will outline the focus on health and wellness throughout the project design and operation of Washington University St. Louis [WUSTL’s] Hillman Hall. With the project as a new building for the Brown School of Social Work, social equity was at the core of the school’s values and vision to create positive social change. A healthy and high-performance environment benefits profitability, staff retention, and improves student performance, and should be considered from the earliest stages of design through operation.
Amy Eyler, Associate Professor at WUSTL
Neal Matsuno, Principal at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners
Carissa Oyedele, AIA was a coach and mentor for two weeks at the virtual girls AAUW Tech Trek STEM Summer Camp. She led and coached 8 junior high girls each week through a series of hands-on activities. The focus was learning and coding robotics, including circuiting LEDs to blink following the coded pattern. Ultimately each girl designed and built a wearable tech hat inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Mario Violich, FAIA, and Carissa Shrock Oyedele, AIA, NCIDQ, led an engaging session at the Annual Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Conference with Dr. Miguel Powers and Student Leaders Presten Jimenez & Nicolette Garcia on how the use of participatory processes including equity walks have enabled our Community College partners to respond to the challenges faced in collaborative governance and achieve better representation among Students, Faculty, Staff, and campus leadership.
Carissa Oyedele, AIA will be presenting at this year’s SCUP Pacific Regional Conference on Equitable Cross-Disciplinary Planning for Underserved Populations. The presentation will investigate inclusive, interdisciplinary approaches to long-range campus and strategic planning.
The session will take place on April 16th from 10am-12pm PST. More info, including a more detailed description and registration, can be found here:
Moore Ruble Yudell is pleased to be a sponsor for the AIA|LA Committee on the Environment’s fourth annual 1.5°C symposium. The conference focuses on the most impactful conversations today around Climate Action and Climate justice in a two-day split virtual symposium. Our Blake Patten, AIA, LEED AP was part of Day 1’s Climate Solutions Subcommittee.
Engaging educational environments are vital to help learners reach their full potential. These facilities also play a critical role in serving as anchors for our larger communities. The design of educational facilities can and should foster equitable communities acting as a catalyst for change.
Buzz Yudell, FAIA & Carissa Oyedele, AIA LEED AP BD+C participated in a panel with Dr. Robert Dillon, Sustainable Education Solutions on Creating Equitable, Adaptable and Resilient Educational Environments for the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education. The Q & A from the webinar is available below:
Q: How important is to have diversity among the design team? Are your offices diverse? How can the industry raise up BIPOC leaders so they are leading these conversations?
Diversity in the team adds a valuable range of perceptions and creative ideas. However to be meaningful, all team members must feel encouraged and welcomed to actively participate. You may need to experiment with ways to develop team norms that ensure everyone is valued, participates and is listened to.
Our office is quite diverse relative to the profession: 49% minority and 43 % women. However, it is always a work in progress and we look for ways to keep diversifying and accelerating diversity at the leadership levels.
Mentoring, training and coaching are critical to developing confidence and expertise for all leaders.
Creating opportunities for BIPOC and emerging leaders to be out front with clients, civic and professional organizations is an important part of the process.
Q: How do you make sure the quiet voices have as much weight as the loud ones?
This can be challenging and requires initiatives on several fronts. Coaching and training are essential. Providing safe environments to practice presentation skills and build confidence is important.
Developing office and team norms and behaviors that ensure all voices are heard and valued. all of these behaviors need to be modelled and lived at the leadership level.
You can also employ certain tools to make the quiet ones feel more comfortable:
- You can call out people specifically to participate
- Go around the table so everyone has a chance to talk
- Facilitate activities where everyone has to get up out of their seat to write or mark on boards- this can be beneficial to some who want to remain anonymous
Q: Can you elaborate more on designing for resiliency? Is this just a matter of community engagement, or is there a component more related to the building systems and assemblies?
It is a multi-dimensional process. Early planning to optimize for flexibility and adaptability are critical.
The earliest possible multi-disciplinary discussions about building systems, assemblies and their integration and performance is important. Testing and modeling for life-cycle, operations and maintenance should all involve consultants and relevant clients reps.
Resiliency can most definitely mean systems as well. Often we are seeing clients wanting to prepare for natural disasters, school shootings, and now pandemics. We can build in safety measures and redundancy, such as with renewable energy and captured water, so that the Universities and Colleges can be prepared when any of these situations hit.
Q: We all could spend days listening to your research, understanding the more poetic features and how individuals are able to engage these spaces and places created. With community healing, that you mentioned, as a strong endeavor you engage with your users. Can you describe how you all judge your outcomes as successful and the degree of success has been attained?
We do a range of post occupancy evaluations from relatively informal visits, observations and discussions to more structured surveys and interviews. ( it depends on client needs and culture ). It’s great when we can partner with our clients in the post occupancy research but not all clients have time. I like adding informal and serendipitous conversations when we visit our projects. And specifically trying to get a cross section of users. Some of our judgement of success comes from structured feedback on metrics about health, social interactions, level of collaboration, sustainability, access etc. Most comes from a collection of conversations and observations over time. We try to collect and document this information but it’s always a challenge. We would always like to do more. The most rewarding results are the individual and group stories we hear.
At our new building for the School of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, a young faculty told me that her work was among very disadvantaged and traumatized families in the community. She said that this was extremely stressful and that after the new building was completed she made a point of spending some informal time in the building at the beginning and end of the day whenever possible; she described how the warmth, sense of community, connection to nature and relaxed environment had been truly healing for her on a day to day basis. We were both on the edge of tears by the end of the conversation. It was a wonderful reminder of why we get up in the morning.
Q: What resources did you use to get buy in for your clients to include gender neutral restrooms in the design? Specifically in the K-12 world.
My experience here is mainly in higher-ed. We have been fortunate that most of our clients are far along in these discussions. The most typical approach has been a both-and rather than either-or; having male, female and gender neutral restrooms allows everyone to be heard and accommodated at a pretty minor marginal cost.
Re K-12, most of our work here has been in California which has required at least one restroom to be “all-gender” since 2016. Some school districts have already opted to go well beyond the minimum requirement.
In general, in these kinds of sensitive discussions, it’s helpful if you can find ways to turn the heat down in the conversations. Benchmarking and bringing facts and precedents to the table can be valuable.
As in Universal Design, pointing out the advantages for everyone can be helpful. When people realized that accessible design benefits parents with little kids, older folks etc. they grew to accept and even like the approach. Adding an “all-gender” restroom can be beneficial to a wide range of users.
Q: How are you balancing the concepts of Universal Design with the safety measures in terms of COVID that we now know that need to be in place? I am a school administrator and the physical adjustments to our building have been staggering.
A: Dr. Dillon
We are recognizing and naming that some of the temporary COVID solutions aren’t optimal, and that we are hoping to pivot back to leaning more deeply into Universal Design elements as we go forward. I believe that naming the temporary nature of things helps everyone maintain the mindset that a more optimal space is possible in the future. We are also using this time to document the limitations of our space, so that we can co-design future solutions. It has been great working with school and district partners that are also preparing for the future while taking care of safety.
Q: To the Question Dr. Dillon Posted of "how do you avoid designing the community OUT of the school?" How do you recommend that idea be approached to large school districts where Design Guidelines, Ed Specs, and Rigid Programs in the name of 'Equity' end up creating a 'smallest common denominator sameness' in all schools of the district?
A: Dr. Dillon
We really work hard in my partnerships to make sure that equity doesn’t mean equal, but it is about serving the needs of the students, staff, and community at each location. We often list the things that make an individual school unique so that we can judge design decisions against those things. We also work to build a small amount of the budget that is hyperlocal and allows each school to design for their community as well. It is also important to match design guidelines against instructional vision to see if they still match.
Q: In high population density cities like NYC, what high value ideas can be translated to the public system, where so many schools are in 100 year old buildings where budget limitation are so prevalent?
A: Dr. Dillon
I find that older, urban schools have some great bones. This can include wide hallways and big windows. If either of these features are present, I’m looking to really think big in these areas because so many students and staff pass through them. Window treatments, hallway paint, reduced hallway clutter can all send powerful messages. We often find that these buildings contain tons of legacy materials. It is essential to free the space of unneeded things as it is impossible to see the future iteration of the building with all that clutter and noise. Finally, signage is inexpensive and makes a huge impact on message, tone, and energy.
Q: How does a design professional best communicate the close relationship between curriculum development and teaching methods with the physical spaces?
A: Dr. Dillon
I often speak about how we spend so much time on what kids should learn and how they should learn (all of which is so important), but we don’t spend as much on the conversations about where kids learn. If we can enter into partnership around all three of those conversations, we have the best opportunities to sync our design and make lasting change. It is always ideal to walk the building with a lens of instruction. I hope we can get back in more buildings soon.
Creating Equitable, Adaptable and Resilient Educational Environments:
Engaging educational environments are vital to help learners reach their full potential. These facilities also play a critical role in serving as anchors for our larger communities. The design of educational facilities can and should foster equitable communities acting as a catalyst for change.
Buzz Yudell, FAIA & Carissa Oyedele, AIA LEED BD+C participated in a panel with Dr. Robert Dillon, Sustainable Education Solutions on Creating Equitable, Adaptable and Resilient Educational Environments for the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education. See Q&A for a continuation of the dialogue:
Associate Principal Carissa Oyedele, AIA will be speaking at the Annual Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Conference on November 12, 12:45 – 1:45 pm on “Master Planning in the Midst of a Crisis at North Orange County CCD”. She will be joined with Chancellor Marshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities & Finance Fred Williams, and Andrew Perez and Jenny Derry from Brailsford & Dunlavey.
As we all develop strategies to allow students to return from school, and recognize there is no “silver bullet,” and no two institutions’ solution will be the same, there are five key strategic areas to address: Zoning & Space Planning; Air Handling & Quality; Materials & Infection Control; New Technologies; and Enhanced Graphics. Building on recent experience developing a multi-use facility at Santa Monica High School which stresses long and short term flexibility and adaptive use, Santa Monica-Malibu USD is now embarking on a new phase, focusing on athletics, visual arts and career technical education (CTE). The session will use these two projects as case studies with the ‘Beyond COVID’ design principals above in mind. It will also explore strategies for designing space that can meet both the specific short-term pandemic imposed needs while creating a dynamic facility that will meet the needs of the District for decades to come.
- Date:Wednesday, November 11
- Time:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
- Session Code:ES20WA3
- Audience:Architects & Designers, Distributors, Educational Institutions
- Credit:AIA LU, GBCI
- Learning Objective 1:Become acquainted with the five key strategies for reconfiguring learning spaces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Learning Objective 2:Learn how recent, cutting edge educational projects commissioned by Santa Monica-Malibu USD are being adapted to the health crisis and the imperative to bring students back to school.
- Learning Objective 3:Gain insight into the multiple perspectives on dynamic programming and planning for flexibility in educational environments.
- Learning Objective 4:Develop a holistic view of the broad range of factors that contribute to health and safety in PreK-12 learning environments.
Jeanne Chen, FAIA was invited to be a juror for the 2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards—This is Hawaii’s oldest design competition held annually since 1958 and recognizes the year’s best
Learn More: 2020 Design Award Winners (aiahonolulu.org)
The reimagined ASPIRE CONFERENCE goes virtual in 2020, delivering 36 seminars, keynotes, and networking events in three days. ASPIRE TALKS and CHATS invite attendees into an intimate learning experience allowing attendees to engage with the speakers in small breakout sessions for a more profound conversation on the TALK subjects.
Join Carissa Oyedele, AIA, Jeanne Chen, FAIA, and Mo Lotif, University of Denver on September 17 at 2PM ET who will be leading a Chat on INCLUSIVITY & INNOVATION: UNLEASH THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF DIVERSE TEAMS and the importance the built environment can have on people’s well-being and sense of belonging.
Mario will present at VIRTUAL SCUP 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE on July 24, 2020. He will be joined by fellow panelists R. Umashankar, Planner at UC Riverside, John White, Executive Director at College of the Desert, and Dr. Cheryl A. Marshall, Chancellor at NOCCCD.The panel will address the unprecedented challenges we face in public health and social equity and how they are being met with innovative physical planning tools and solutions for colleges and universities.
Friday, July 24 1:30-2:30 EST
Society for Campus and University Planning
This Thursday July 16 at 6pm, Carissa Oyedele, AIA will be part of a The United Nations Association LA Chapter Chat and address the responsibility of the architecture and construction industry to reduce carbon emissions through the design of sustainable cities and communities—a UN Sustainable Development Goal.
PLANNING FOR RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY: This morning James Mary O'Connor, FAIA addressed "Planning For Change- Open Buildings: Resilience and Sustainable Planning in Green Buildings" at CHESC. Open Buildings advocates the creation of a resilient building stock capable of change and adaptation over time while facilitating decision making on multiple levels. In the context of schools and colleges, this means creating facilities that accommodate change as the communities around them evolve. #sustainabledesign #CHESC #architecture #designarchitecture #educationdesign #openbuilding
BALANCING WORK, LIFE, IDENTITY, AND YOUR PASSIONS: Carissa Oyedele, AIA speaks at AWA+D Virtual Symposium with Sara Abed, Landscape Designer and Activist on ZOOM, 6:30 – 7:30pm June 30— Registration is free.
Moore Ruble Yudell is pleased to have sponsored the AIA|LA Committee on the Environment’s third annual 2oC Symposium. This year’s event centered around how the ideas of L.A.’s Green New Deal can be achieved, addressing sustainable topics at varying scales of design to forge a direct path forward in the decarbonization of the built environment.
Moore Ruble Yudell’s Santa Monica Public Library, led during construction by Carissa Oyedele, and Principal Jeanne Chen’s and Bob Dolbinski’s Rustic Canyon View House, will be featured in the Built by Women Los Angeles 2020 exhibition at the A + D Museum opening May 15, 2020. The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation created, sponsored, and organized the Built by Women program to celebrate women’s contributions to the built environment.
Mario Violich, FAIA spoke on February 21st for Modernism Week, discussing a new campus plan in downtown Palm Springs. The plan integrates The Palm Springs School of Architecture - A Collaboration between Cal Poly Pomona and College of the Desert.
James Mary O’Connor, FAIA will be speaking at the CASH (Coalition for Adequate School, Housing) conference tomorrow. The session will be focused on Planning for Change: Loose Fit Facility Design.
Venturi Scott Brown and Associates’ Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London has been awarded the 2019 25 Year Award, considered the highest AIA Honor for an individual project.
On Saturday June 8 at 10am, Jeanne Chen, FAIA will participate in a panel discussion of “AIA 25-year Award: Presentation of the Winning Project” (SA 105), along with Heather Young, AIA, Daniel Garber, FAIA, Eugene Dunwody, Jr AIA and John Chase, AIA to share their insights as jurors for this important recognition.
The COTE|LA Symposium on Climate Change was featured in Arch Daily today. Learn more about the organization & upcoming event here:
Today, the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. Nine projects were recognized, including seven projects in the U.S., as well as one in Toronto and one in Denmark.
This year's jury comprised chair Jeanne Chen, AIA, of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Rania Alomar, AIA, of RA-DA; Alicia Berg of the University of Chicago; Raymond M. Bowman, Assoc. AIA; Katherine K. Chia, FAIA, of Desai Chia Architecture; Shannon R. Christensen, AIA, of CTA Architects Engineers; Eugene C. Dunwody Jr., AIA, of Dunwody/Beeland Architects; Henry Moss, AIA, of Bruner/Cott & Associates; and David Rosa-Rivera of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
To see more photos and read more about each winning project, visit ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.
John Ruble, FAIA and James Mary O’Connor, FAIA will be participating on the educational panel tomorrow at 9am for the Building for Resilient Cities conference. They will be joined by Carey Upton, Kevin Greischar and moderator John Dale.
Christopher Hamilton will be speaking with Kevin Plaxco, Director for the Center for Bioengineering, at UC Santa Barbara this Thursday (10/25) as part of the UCSB AD&A Museum’s Kitchell Architecture and Design Lecture Series about our recently completed LEED Platinum BioEngineering building. The event will start with a brief reception at 6pm on the Bioengineering auditorium roof terrace, followed by the presentation in the auditorium.
James Mary O’Connor FAIA speaking at: Urban Land Institution Young Leaders Masterclass Summer School. The ULI Masterclass focused on placemaking, was led by an industry leader who will share “how to do things” - methods, techniques and strategies they have developed through experience. Using case studies, learning will focus on sharing of best practice and lessons learned. The 2018 Young Leaders Summer School was fast paced, provocative and informative. The talk was held at the Institute of Technology (DIT), Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7
Join Carissa Oyedele and Simone Barth for a lunch time breakout discussion session. More info about the event and sessions can be found here: https://www.aialosangeles.org/aiala-events/powerful/lunch-discussion-circles-2018/?fbclid=IwAR1logEBXH6iThk4mgnxO__E-F5pf7qVFZ5U5pNhFlrD92dVJNIQdI046g0
Expectations. Maybe the most common disconnect between BD and Operations. Katie Carley joined a panel of distinguished senior leadership to discuss the often over looked aspect of how the expectation stage can help teams become effectively aligned.
Please join us for an exciting tour through our recently completed UCLA Engineering VI building this Saturday. You can still sign up here:
Join Moore Ruble Yudell at the AIA National Conference in NYC on June 22, 2018.
Brown School of Social Work at Washington University is a unique academic environment. Located in St. Louis's new Hillman Hall, this “healthy” building is a place where student, faculty, and staff interaction is enhanced by building design. The building's inclusive design process integrates health and wellness values. Researchers studied the physical activity, interaction, and satisfaction effects on faculty and staff to improve occupant satisfaction, productivity, retention, and creativity—by design. Join this session to explore the planning process for this "healthy" building. You'll review research for measuring healthy outcomes and explore how research findings can shape future campus facilities.
HED+MRY Presented the Santa Monica High school (Samohi) - Discovery building at Santa Monica’s Climate Fest on Saturday.
Moore Ruble Yudell is very proud to share educational videos and lessons learned from the 2°C AIA | LA Committee on the Environment (COTE) symposium.
Both Partner Buzz Yudell, FAIA and Senior Associate Simone Barth, current COTE chair participated and helped to organize the event. The 2°C Symposium on Climate Change was held on March 2nd, 2018 at the Department of Water and Power in Downtown Los Angeles. The intention of the symposium was to serve as a unifying platform for the public, the architectural design community, the building industry, universities, policy makers, civic leaders and transportation entities to address the urgent sustainability issues challenging our society today. The productive outcome of the event was threefold: It provided tools and knowledge transfer for attendees; it gathered disciplines and Los Angeles stakeholders essential to reducing the advance of climate change; and by bringing together policymakers, city representatives and clients, reminded them of the key contributions architects can make in this area.
Find out more by watching the videos and…help to spread the word!
Jeanne Chen, joined by Bryan Routledge and Bob Reppe, presented the Tepper Quad project at the SCUP Mid-Atlantic Conference. The presentation was followed by a tour conducted by Carnegie Mellon University of Tepper Quadrangle, Forbes Avenue Revitalization, and “The Square” Development.
Adam Padua & Neal Matsuno, joined by Jamie Kolker, presented on how they are Building Health & Measuring Wellness in Hillman Hall at The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. This session outlined the planning process for this "healthy" building, review ongoing research for measuring "healthy" outcomes, and explore how research findings can shape future campus facilities.
GUEST SPEAKER: JAMES MARY O’CONNOR, FAIA
Environmental issues are increasingly driving people to weigh how the built environment impacts the natural world. Architect James Mary will speak about architecture that connects to regional development. His COFCO Agricultural Eco-Valley Master Plan Project outside of Beijing will become the first net zero-carbon project of its kind in the world.
Other highly sustainable projects include the Ocean Avenue South development - a sustainable urban prototype for mixed-income living in Santa Monica and designs for the Tango Complex for the innovative Bo01 Housing Exhibition in Malmö that earned Building of the Year in 2001 in Sweden.
An AIA Fellow, James is known for inspired design leadership on large-scale master planning, urban design and campus-planning projects in the U.S. and internationally. Attend, listen and learn about how taking design and sustainability to the next level can expand business opportunities and improve the world right here.
Learn more and RSVP here: http://miyamotointernational.com/events/great-minds-series-james-mary-oc...
Buzz Yudell, FAIA is delighted to be joining his friend and colleague Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA for a session focusing on Halprin's exceptional impact and Legacy at The Sea Ranch.
Cultural Landscape Foundation, in collaboration with the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, has organized a public, daylong symposium that will examine the influences and accomplishments of renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916 - 2009) and his impact on the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles. Nationally recognized speakers include Kenneth I. Helphand, FASLA, James A. Garland, Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Buzz Yudell, FAIA, Antonio Pacheco, Robert Maguire III, Janice Ross, Steve Koch, FASLA, and Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA.
Held as part of a three-month series of public events honoring Halprin’s rich local and national legacy, this symposium will be suitable for enthusiasts of Modernist design and landscape architecture, practitioners and urban planners, fans of Los Angeles, and those interested in the city’s history.
Visit the link below to learn more and register for this event:
James Mary O'Connor, FAIA, will be givng a lecture at Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, April 21st.
Moore Ruble Yudell will be hosting AIA|LA's roundtable conversation about A Tale of Two Cities: Los Angeles & Dublin.
James Mary O'Connor, FAIA, will be presenting on the architecture of Dublin, Ireland.
Learn more about the event and register here: http://www.aialosangeles.org/calendar/housing-neighbo-u-rhoods-a-roundta...
James Mary O’Connor, FAIA, will be Participating in HOUSING & NEIGHBO(U)RHOODS - a roundtable conversation about a tale of two cities: Los Angeles & London.
When: January 25, 6pm
Where: Hanson LA Architecture - 724 South Spring Street, Suite 1002, Los Angeles, California 90014
Jeanne Chen, AIA & Buzz Yudell, FAIA spoke on a panel at Powerful III on a panel called "Mentors and Protégés: The Cultivation of Female Leaders".
Carsissa Shrock led a group about mentoring process and how to get the most out of it for both mentors and mentees.
Watch a livestream from Powerful III here: https://livestream.com/accounts/21300942/events/6512689/videos/139390625
Partner John Ruble, FAIA will participate in an AIA Shanghai panel discussion on Academic Campus & Building Design in China. This will be moderated by Cliff Pearson, the New Director of USC’s American Academy in China. The event will take place at the Haworth Showroom in Shanghai on September 21 at 6:30pm.
Partner John Ruble, FAIA will give a talk – “Community Organizers: Designing the Quantum of City Living” – at the Kansas City Public Library on September 14 at 6pm. He will focus on Moore Ruble Yudell's global engagement in cities and places through the master planning and design of multi-building urban settings, and highlight the firm’s work in cities and towns like Santa Monica, Berlin, Shanghai, and Grand Cayman, among others.
Listen to local KCUR radio interview with John Ruble.
Moore Ruble Yudell will be participating in two sessions at this year's AIA National Conference in Philadalphia.
On Friday, May 20, Michael Martin, AIA, Buzz Yudell, FAIA, and Anthony Wang, AIA will give a presentation on the recently completed Shanghai Tech University Master Plan and Campus titled Shanghai Tech University: Redefining World-Class Innovative Campus Planning in China.
On Thursday, May 19 James Mary O'Connor, FAIA, together with Ken Lee and Suzanne Jaggers from Perkins Eastman, will give a presentation on the Providence Saint John's Health Medical Campus titled "Converging Innovative Health Care Delivery and Green Urban Design.”
Principal Neal Matsuno and Senior Associate Adam Padua conduct a session at SCUP 2016's Pacific Regional Conference. Hillman Hall at the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health will serve as a case study in how to address the importance of integrating health and wellness into building and campus design.
Principal James Mary O'Connor, AIA presents at the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt, Germany. He will give a lecture entitled “Architecture that Connects to Sustainable Regional Development,” part of a series called “urban planning talks” which deals with the planning and design questions resulting from the urban development in the FrankfurtRheinMain region. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 7:00 PM and is organized by Professor Julian Weckel from the University of Technology in Darmstadt.
On September 26, 2015, principal James Mary O'Connor, AIA will give a talk titled “The Transformative Power of Education or Anything is Possible” at this year's TEDx Fulbright event in Santa Monica, CA.
For Los Angeles' Bike to Work Day, MRY hosted a pit stop in Santa Monica for participants. Participants from the office traveled a total of 174 miles, which saved 15 parking spaces, 8.7 gallons of gas, and 174 pounds of CO2!
Principal James Mary O'Connor, AIA will give a presentation entitled “Ocean Avenue South: An Innovative, Sustainable Urban Prototype for Mixed-Income Living” at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 (7:00 AM-8:00 AM). James will co-present with Julie Eizenberg, AIA, Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., and Phoebe H. Yee, AIA, Senior Vice President, Design, of Related California.
Principal James Mary O'Connor, AIA presents at Tsinghua University’s renowned School of Architecture in Beijing, China. He will give a lecture entitled “Authenticity and Place—Cities for People.” Tsinghua University has consistently been ranked alongside Peking University as the top institution of higher learning in China. The presentation will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 3:30–5:00pm. James will be introduced by Assistant Dean, Head of the Office of International Affairs, Professor Wangyi.
Moore Ruble Yudell participated in the AIA LA symposium, Powerful: Celebrating Women in Architecture. Krista Becker, FAIA was a member on the panel discussion “Redefining the Arc of a Successful Career,” Carissa Shrock, AIA spoke on the panel “Are Women Led Project Teams More Effective?” moderated by Frances Anderton, and Katie Carley moderated the panel “Diversity: Why Does it Matter?”
In its first ever symposium dedicated to women, AIA Los Angeles brought women in architecture to the spotlight. Motivated by The American Institute of Architects’ effort to re-position itself as a more equitable organization (and inspired by AIA San Francisco’s annual conference The Missing 32 % Project), AIA|LA coordinated a design symposium that highlighted best practices in women leadership in design. The symposium served as a forum to hear from emerging professionals who are currently navigating the pathway towards a successful career. It featured inspirational and energetic presentations that showcase women who are leading the design profession in architecture, art, social impact and innovation.
The symposium took place on February 27. 2015 at the Skylight Studios–Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City.
See video of conference here.
At the Society of College & University Planning's (SCUP) 2015 Pacific Regional Conference, Principal Mario Violich will be presenting a session on the Ormond Beach Master Plan entitled A New Campus Model for Education, Environment and Economic Planning.
Due to unprecedented environmental challenges of growth and global warming, the California coastline requires new models for development that balance environmental stewardship, education and commercial development. Through a unique partnership between the California State Coastal Conservancy and the University of California the Ormond Beach master plan vision links Oxnard to the coast by combining ecotourism and agricultural tourism that generates a greater economic return than the current agricultural and light industrial uses. The presentation will take place Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:45 PM–4:45 PM at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236. More information is available here.
Principal James Mary O'Connor, AIA will give a presentation entitled “Authenticity and Place” at the University of Sheffield on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 and at London South Bank University on Monday, November 17th.
Partner John Ruble to speak at UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design's Distinguished Alumni Lecture on Monday, November 17th at 6:30pm. The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design Distinguished Alumni Lecture series features renowned graduates whose innovation and accomplishments have significantly impacted the field of architecture and or urban design. Monday, November 17, 2014, UCLA Perloff Hall, Reception: 5:45pm, Lecture: 6:30pm. more info
Moore Ruble Yudell exhibits at the annual Society for College and University Planner's (SCUP) 49th Annual, International Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Our booth display included a model of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.