Todd Gannon / Southern California Institute of Architecture

Theory and Design in the Last Machine Age
March 19, 2014 - 5:30pm

Todd Gannon will present the lecture “Theory and Design in the Last Machine Age” in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Gannon is an architect, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles. He is also an editor of Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House, the recently published book about the Miller House, José Oubrerie’s most notable accomplishment in the United States. A reception, book sale and book signing with Gannon and Oubrerie will take place after the lecture. The lecture and post-lecture events are free and open to the public.

A graduate of the Knowlton School (BS Arch, MArch) and UCLA (PhD), Gannon taught at the Knowlton School, Otis College of Art and Design, and UCLA before joining the faculty at SCI-Arc in 2008, where he teaches history, theory, and design studio; serves as Graduate Thesis Research Advisor; and coordinates the cultural studies curriculum.

Gannon’s research focuses on the history and theory of late 20th-century and contemporary architecture. In addition to Et in Suburbia Ego, his published books include The Light Construction Reader (2002), Pendulum Plane/Oyler Wu Collaborative (2009), and monographs on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, UN Studio, Steven Holl, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Eisenman. His essays have appeared in The SAGE Handbook for Architectural Theory (2012), The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism (2007), and in periodicals including Log, Loud Paper, and Dialogue. In collaboration with Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago, Gannon curated the 2013 exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics at SCI-Arc, which examines the legacy of Thom Mayne’s 1979 “Architecture Gallery” in Venice, California. Gannon is currently editing a compilation of Craig Hodgetts’ architectural writings and researching a monograph on the work of Franklin D. Israel.

Gannon has lectured at institutions across the United States and in Europe, and is a frequent conference participant and jurist. He served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he directed publication efforts from 2008-2010. His work has been recognized and supported by the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the Getty Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Ohio State University, and UCLA.

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