ARC in Motion

Nader Tehrani, CPPARC's inaugural Paul Helmle Fellow, is the dean of the Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union. He is the co-founder and design principal of of NADAAA , a practice dedicated to advancing design innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration with the construction industry. Nader's workshop and lecture investigated the future of the design studio.

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FRANK GEHRY 2018 NEUTRA AWARD CEREMONY. In his six-decade career Frank Gehry revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics and techniques, recasting its relationship with cities as one of the modern era’s early advocates of design’s inherent social responsibility. The Department of Architecture honored Gehry on Feb. 5 in an exclusive ceremony in the Museum Lecture Hall of the J. Paul Getty Center. The hour-long program featured a live discussion with architect and Archinect senior editor Orhan Ayucce, and a Q&A session with audience members.  

MONIKA HAEFELFINGER LECTURE. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Monika Haefelfinger’s interest in art and design deepened during an apprenticeship with her father’s architecture firm in Sissach, Switzerland. She is the co-founder of XTEN Architecture, an award-winning international architecture firm based in Los Angeles, Calif., and Sissach, Switzerland. The firm specializes in custom residential, cultural, and commercial projects and is led by President and Founding Partner Monika Haefelfinger and Principal Scott Utterstrom.

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HOUSING AS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT. The mission of 2022 Neutra Award medalist Tatiana Bilbao, the Mexico City-based architect and founder of Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO, is especially relevant to California as it buckles under a lack of affordable housing, and an exploding homeless population. Bilbao's thoughtful and comprehensive research and ideas about house and housing development seek to solve many far-ranging issues with “House”. She also takes the position that the quality of life a house affords is more valuable than its financial structure and resale value; and ultimately housing is a fundamental human right.  

View more Neutra Award, Paul Helmle Fellowship and Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal awardees here.

A GIFT FOR GENERATIONS. Steve and Marian Dodge, longtime Cal Poly Pomona supporters and patrons of modern architecture, in 2011 beqeathed the Schrage House in Los Feliz to the College of Environmental Design to advance the study of modern architecture. Named after the original owners, David and Riva Schrage, it is notable for being the only steel-and-glass residence designed by modernist architect Raphael Soriano that still exists in its near-original state. It bears its designer's signature aesthetic: modular, incorporating prefabricated steel, glass, and resin-bonded plywood. Architecture historians consider it one of Soriano's finest designs.

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ACTIVITIES. With its diverse student body and practitioner-faculty, the Department of Architecture prepares individuals to make knowledgeable, thoughtful, socially and environmentally responsible contributions to professional practice. Students in our nationally ranked programs learn to join theory and practice in the design studio in a hands-on approach to solving real-world problems – providing an advantage in a competitive job market.

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