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On Assembling

Andrew Holder, Harvard; Claus Benjamin Freyinger, UCLA

September 21, 2023 · 6:00 pm8:00 pm · Betts Auditorium

School of Architecture

On Assembling

A lecture from Andrew Holder and Claus Benjamin Freyinger

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 6:00 pm

Betts Auditorium

School of Architecture

Andrew Holder is co-principal of The LADG and an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is also Program Director for the MArch I degree track. His research and design interests include the late Baroque architecture of 18th century Germany, the English picturesque, and the construction of architecture as an inanimate subject. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Queensland, UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Otis College of Art and Design. Andrew’s writing connects architecture’s form and physical presence to its participation in a larger history of ideas, most recently in the book Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech, co-edited with K. Michael Hays (2022). Additional publications include essays and projects in Young Architects 16, a+t, Log, Pidgin, Project, Harvard Design Magazine, and RM 1000.

Claus Benjamin Freyinger is co-principal of The LADG and a lecturer at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He is a frequent guest critic at institutions across the United States. His built work and architectural proposals focus on how buildings can become active participants, and the relationship of academic research to architectural practice. Recent projects include a series of five houses in Los Angeles, a retreat in rural Maine, a compound in the Mount Washington suburbs of Los Angeles, and an exhibition design for the Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The LADG (Los Angeles Design Group) is an architectural practice founded in 2004 by Andrew Holder and Claus Benjamin Freyinger. With offices in Venice, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, The LADG creates work at all scales–from furniture to multi-unit buildings–making the familiar new again. With completed projects in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and the United Kingdom, their architectural projects take the “everyday” seriously, challenging the status quo of buildings and our built environment. They have received several awards, the 2022 AIA LA Next LA Award for their “House on Dusty Mile,” located in the high desert of Landers, California, along with the 2017 and 2018 Progressive Architecture Awards, among other accolades. Their recently completed “House 5” was published in Wallpaper Magazine and featured on the cover of Dwell Magazine in 2023.

Lectures made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria. Members of the AIA can log credits for this event by completing the form at the event.

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