January 23, 2013
Location: Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center
Ray Kappe, FAIA is an internationally recognized and published architect-planner-educator who has practiced architecture in Los Angeles since 1953. His much awarded and published work is considered to be an extension of the early Southern California master architects, Wright, Schindler and Neutra. He is well known for his work in the 60’s and 70’s published in GA Houses 1 and the monograph on his work in Toshi Jutaku 8203. His work of the 1980’s and 1990’s has been featured in many of the subsequent GA Houses books, as well as many other national and international journals and books. In 1998 Images published a book written by Michael Webb on his houses entitled: Ray Kappe Houses Themes & Variations. In 2003 in celebration of his 50 years in architecture, a monograph entitled Ray Kappe 1953-2003, was published by the Architecture + Design Museum in conjunction with the Ray Kappe Retrospective Exhibit.
Kappe established the curriculum and was the first chairman of architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in Los Angeles, as well as its European Program in Vico Morcote in Switzerland, and was Sci-Arc’s director from 1972 to 1987. He has served as Chairman of the Board of and was a Board member until 2007.
Kappe is the recipient of numerous design awards and is the only architect to receive all of the following major awards: The Neutra Award for excellence in architecture; the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medal, the highest award for architectural education in the United States; the Maybeck Award from the American Institute of Architects/California Council, the highest state award recognizing lifelong individual achievement in architectural design; and the LA/AIA Gold Medal for “Lifetime achievements as an innovative designer, enlightened planner and inspired educator who has influenced generations of students and practitioners.
Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.