This summer, over 50 students on 21 teams submitted proposals for SPACED OUT, a juried design competition at the School of Architecture that challenged students to reimagine the future of collaborative work environments in light of COVID-19. In their proposals, students were to consider their project’s cultural impact on our community, innovatively use materials and technology, and value transdisciplinary thinking in order to create a strong sense of design synergy.
Annie Chu, Chu + Gooding Architects
Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA, is a founding principal of Chu+Gooding Architects, a lifelong educator, and a champion of Interior Architecture. Since founding her firm in 1996, Annie has worked extensively with world-renowned arts, cultural, and educational institutions, including Hammer Museum, MOCA, The Huntington, Autry Museum of the American West, California African American Museum (CAAM), the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Southern California Public Radio, USC, UCLA, and UC Riverside. Most recently, Chu+Gooding Architects was selected to provide Interior Architecture services to the Los Angeles Convention Center Renovation & Expansion project. Annie’s leadership in the civic and professional realms has included the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, Contract Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Board of Directors, and the Prix de Rome Award jury for the American Academy in Rome.
Saidee Springall, a | 911
Saidee Springall holds a degree in architecture from Iberoamericana University in Mexico City as well as a master’s in architecture from Harvard Universityʼs Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding a|911 Springall worked with Rafael Moneo in Madrid, Spain and with Sasaki and Associates in Watertown, MA. Springall is currently a fellow of the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts artists program with an ongoing research on ‘the forms of the city’ and the way urban and architectural legal codes and its exceptions shape it.
Founder and Creative Director, wHY
Kulapat Yantrasast was born in Bangkok and trained in Japan, where he received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in architecture from the University of Tokyo. He subsequently worked for eight years as a close associate of the Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Tadao Ando. Kulapat established wHY in 2004 with the intention of combining his experience in the art world with a deep commitment to cultural inclusivity and human flourishing.
He has been named as one of the art world’s 100 Most Powerful People, and he is the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. Kulapat serves on the board of a number of cultural institutions including the Artists’ Committee of Americans for the Arts and as trustee of the Noguchi Museum in New York City and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
- Ken Breisch (Acting Director, MHC Program)
- Joon-Ho Choi (Associate Dean of Research & Creative Work)
- Alison Hirsch (Director, MLA+U Program)
- Elizabeth Held (Director, Communications and Marketing)
- Alvin Huang (Director, M.Arch & M.AAS Programs)
- Amy Murphy (Diversity Liaison)
- Doug Noble (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
- Jen Park (Executive Director, Student Services)
- Doris Sung (Director, B.Arch & BSAS Programs)
- Selwyn Ting (Assoc. Director, M.Arch & M.AAS Programs)
- Geoffrey von Oeyen (Assoc. Director, B.Arch & BSAS)
- Ben White (Director, Facilities & Operations)