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Jason Payne / Hirsuta

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 12, 2011 - 5:30pm


Jason Payne is the principal of Hirsuta and assistant professor of adrchitecture in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California Los Angeles.  A leading designer in his generation, his recent work pushes digital design and fabrication away from a focus on technique and process toward the celebration of product, experience, affect, and atmosphere.  Payne is also known in the context of a group of Los Angeles designers committed to fabrication and construction, continuing that city’s longstanding tradition of realized experimentation.

Prior to founding Hirsuta, Payne co-partnered the award-wining office Gnuform, best know for the NGTV Bar (206 AIA Design Award) and the 2006 MoMA/PS1 entry "Purple Haze" (young Architects Program Finalist Entry.)  Payne has also worked as the project designer for Reiser + Umemoto / RUR Architects and Daniel Libeskind Studio. Payne holds a master of advanced architectural design degree from Columbia University and a bachelor of architecture degree from Southern Californian Institute of Architecture.