Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung / Hodgetts + Fung

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 24, 2018 - 5:30pm

Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung will present a lecture titled "Real Stuff" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24. They are Founding Principals of Hodgetts + Fung, a Culver City, CA-based studio made up of architects and designers with special expertise in the design of unique places for learning, cultural events and civic functions. With complementary backgrounds in urban design, architecture, and industrial design, partners Hodgetts and Fung have a singular ability to integrate divergent needs in order to create memorable designs for significant projects. Their approach to this work is multifaceted - embracing visitor experience, technology, and iconic presence in a disciplined process resulting in a bold, uncompromising architecture. This method has been instrumental in achieving a fusion of architecture and contemporary culture which advances the objectives of our clients as well as their communities.

Craig Hodgetts is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. With a broad ranging background in automotive design, theater and architecture, Hodgetts brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of construction methodology. He is presently a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and previously was a Founding Dean of the School of Design at the California Institute of the Arts. With Hsinming Fung, he has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University, and served as a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University and the University of Arizona. Known for his enthusiasm for interdisciplinary studies, he has also been active in curriculum development at the Art Center College of Design, where he created a prototype classroom for advanced studies in the Department of Environmental Design.

With a lifelong commitment to the arts and education, Hsinming Fung brings a sensibility distilled from her background as an émigré to a design practice energized by her search for meaning. Fluent in five languages, she brings an acute sense of cultural relevance to the work of the studio, lending important perspectives to a profession which all too often is dominated by practical concerns. Having lived in several countries, Fung’s comprehension of the human experience in various urban environments adds a unique insight to her designs, facilitating accessibility without compromising intellectual integrity. Following an eight-year relationship with the Southern California Institute of Architecture as Graduate Programs Director and Design Studio faculty, Fung was appointed to the new position of Director of Academic Affairs in the fall of 2010. Awarded an AIA Gold Medal Award in 2006, Fung also served as Presidential Appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council in 2001. In 1994, she and Hodgetts a were Honorees of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Fung was a 1991 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Advance Fellowship. She is currently serving as the 2014 President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

About the lecture

"Real Stuff"

An illustrated discussion of the Hodgetts + Fung philosophy and process as revealed in case studies of several of their recent projects.