UAM Artist Panel Discussion
In the Horn Center at California State University, Long Beach
Moderator: Kristina Newhouse, curator at UAM
Gail Peter Borden is Associate Professor and Discipline Head of Architecture at USC School of Architecture, where he is Director of Graduate Architecture. Borden received his Master in Architecture II degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an artist, theoretician and practitioner, Borden’s focus is the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture. Prior to arriving at USC, Borden worked at firms including Gensler and Associates, Frank Harmon Architect, and The Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, where he was a designer on the Potzdamerplatz Project and the renovation of the Centre Georges Pompidou. He became principal of Borden Partnership in 2002 and in 2004 was awarded the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architect’s prize.
Rob Ley currently teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and seminars at the USC and at the SCI-Arc. Ley received a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois. Ley founded the LA-based design firm, Urbana in 2002. Through Urbana, Ley engages in explorations of innovative materials and formal approaches to develop environments that respond to human experience. The studio’s history of experimental work includes installations at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Taubman Museum of Art, Materials & Applications, Florida State University, and metropolitan arts commissions including the Cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City.
Eddy Sykes leads ChersonProm, a LA-based art, architecture, and design firm with a concentration on bespoke and process-based endeavors. Sykes studied architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. With over 20 years of experience and training within the disciplines of architecture, engineering design, and production, Sykes has developed design strategies that meet not only standard engineering protocols but propose nonlinear and radical solutions to some of the most “buttoned down” organizations in the world. Sykes’s design projects range from security blast doors and silicone seal systems for the nuclear industry to one-of-a-kind kinetic tessellated chandeliers.