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Architecture Unbound: Discussing the Disruptive Avant-Garde


People pictured: (top row) Joseph Giovannini; Craig Hodgetts, FAIA; Scott Johnson, FAIA; (bottom row) Thom Mayne, FAIA; Greg Goldin. Click here for high-resolution images.

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Colburn School, Thayer Hall, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHAT: Three prominent architects will join the author of the new authoritative history of the Avant-Garde architecture of our times. Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde (Rizzoli), by noted critic and designer Joseph Giovannini, has been called “an amazing achievement,” “a masterpiece,” and “an instant classic.” The book chronicles the century-long influence of avant-garde art and the theories of the oblique on prominent architects and some of their highest-profile projects—many of which are in Los Angeles. Don’t miss this lively discussion of architecture that is transgressive, oblique, aberrant, deconstructed, and digital with Thom Mayne, FAIA, Scott Johnson, FAIA, and Craig Hodgetts, FAIA.

WHO: Moderator: Greg Goldin is the co-author and co-curator of the Never Built series of books and exhibitions that explore unrealized plans in Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris, France. He is working on The Phaidon Atlas of Never Built Architecture, and was previously the architecture critic for Los Angeles Magazine.


Joseph Giovannini, author of Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde, is a practicing designer who has written on architecture and design for such publications as the New York Times, Architectural Record, Art in America, and Art Forum, and was architecture critic for New York Magazine, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has also taught widely in graduate architecture programs.

Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, partner at Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung, is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and storytelling into his designs for The Hollywood Bowl, Hyde Park Library, and numerous exhibitions. He is a professor at UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a keen social critic, whose book of collected articles is Swimming to Suburbia and Other Essays.

Scott Johnson, FAIA, design partner of Johnson Fain, counts among his many designs high-rises in Century City, wineries, mixed-use complexes, and First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. He was Director of the Master of Architecture Program at USC, and co-recipient of AIA|LA Gold Medal. Among his several books are Essays on the Tall Building and the City and The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture.

Thom Mayne, FAIA, founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective practice of architecture, urbanism, and design, rooted in rigorous research and innovation. He has designed major projects throughout the world and has been the subject of more than 20 books. Recipient of the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal, Mayne has taught at numerous schools, including SCI-Arc, Yale, Harvard, UCLA, and Berlage Institute, among many others.

TICKETS: Free; registration required at

BOOKS: Books will be available for purchase and signing.

PARTNERS: Event partners are Colburn School and AIA Los Angeles.

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