The Architect's Guide
An essential guide for architects who want to experience the LA Design Festival.
There are over 80+ events happening throughout the city during the four days of the LA Design Festival but we wanted to make it easy for architects and architecture fans to see it all. Read on for our top picks, must-sees and go-do’s.
Wednesday: Abramson Teiger
Culver City-based architecture firm Abramson Teiger hosts a conversation about their proposed pedestrian and bike bridge that would connect West LA. In the lead-up to the Olympics, an iconic design like this would serve both function and form. Check out the office and stay for a conversation about Biking in LA and bridging the gap. This event is for avid bikers and anyone interested in bipedal mobility in LA. RSVP here.
Thursday: Rios Clementi Hale Studio, MADWORKSHOP, Elena Manferdini and Face of a Nation
Rios Clementi Hale Studio kicks off Design, etc. on Thursday, followed by MADWORKSHOP talking about Design with Purpose and some of their initiatives. 2019 ICON Elena Manferdini sits down with Clever podcast host Amy Devers. And if you’re not heading to the Awards Night and After Party, go see a special screening of Face of a Nation, a documentary by Mina Chow investigating America’s diminished presence at World’s Fairs, or catch a screening of Contemporary Days at Tom Dixon, a documentary that looks at the work of iconic designers Robin and Lucienne Day.
Friday: Grimshaw Architects, Johnson Favaro, Designing for the Moon, Keynote with Brooks + Scarpa
Day Two of Design, etc. kicks off with talks by Grimshaw Architects about the Future of Cities and Johnson Favaro on Sense and Sensibility in architecture for the public realm. Melodie Yashar talks about Designing for the Moon and Brooks + Scarpa delivers the keynote address.
Saturday: Brooks Atwood, Peter Zellner, Jorge Gracia, ADU Home Tour, Design Supper Club with Assembledge+ and AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards
Brooks Atwood of Office Untitled (formerly known as R&A Architecture) kicks off the third day of Design, etc. with his typically witty and irreverent take on design. Prepare to be surprised. Next up, Peter Zellner and Jorge Gracia talk about their respective Free Schools of Architecture and how they are forming the next generation of talent through hands-on practice-based learning. If you’re interested in the whole ADU trend, check out the first-ever ADU Home Tour to see how LA architects are making it easier for homeowners to build state-of-the-art, well-designed, and performative granny flats. The ADU Home Tour features Bunch Design, Cover, Paul Gasiorkiewicz, and LA Mas. After dark, check out the 13th annual AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards or snag a ticket to the first-ever Design Supper Club at the Laurel Hills House designed by Assembledge+.
Sunday: Goods Market by Bend, Dopium.LA
Shop a great selection of independent LA makers at the first-ever Goods Market by Bend including Back Beat Rags, Bandits Bandanas, btw ceramics, Graf Lantz, P.F. Candle Co, Stuffed Cookies, Urbana Sacs, and Year Of Ours. Don’t miss Dopium.LA’s annual one-night only art and design experience, which is essentially the LA Design Festival’s Closing Night Party in Chinatown. More info coming soon.