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Extreme Environments: Design for Unfamiliar Terrain

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

Extreme Environments: Design for Unfamiliar Terrain

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Extreme Environments: Design for Unfamiliar Terrain


UCLA A.UD Professor Craig Hodgetts leads a panel discussion to explore new frontiers for architecture in extreme environments from the arctic to the desert to outer space. 

Griffith Observatory

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027 
2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Wed, June 5, 2013 at 7:30pm

Free and open to the public. Space is limited so RSVP is required.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your reservation does not ensure parking. The Observatory has limited parking in its public lot, and that lot will likely be full on a pleasant summer evening. Plan to arrive early and be prepared to walk uphill from parking along nearby park roads. See the Observatory's website for more information (http://www.griffithobservatory.org/vplanyourvisit.html).




Craig Hodgetts
Architect, Professor, UCLA A.UD

Craig Hodgetts, a member of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s faculty since 1972, worked for Sir James Stirling and formed StudioWorks before opening a firm with his partner, Hsinming Fung, in 1984. The work of Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture has been published extensively and has received numerous awards, including First Design Awards from Progressive Architecture, an AIA Library Buildings Award for UCLA Towell Library, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award for the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. In 2005 the Los Angeles Architectural Forum honored Hodgetts and his partner for career contributions to the architectural culture of Los Angeles and he is the recipient of the Los Angeles American Institute of Architecture teacher of the year award in recognition of the continuing influence of his teaching upon students. Hodgetts is also the recipient in 2006 of the Los Angeles American Institute of Architecture Gold Medal Award and in 2008 received the AIACC Firm of the Year Award. A monograph of his firm’s work Hodgetts + Fung (United Asia Art and Design Corporation) was published in 2005.


Christopher Ferguson
Retired US Navy captain, former NASA Astronaut; Director of Commercial Crew Interface, Space Exploration, Boeing

Christopher. J. Ferguson (Captain, USN, Ret.; former NASA Astronaut) was named Director of Crew and Mission Operations in the Boeing Commercial Crew program, in December 2011. A veteran of three shuttle missions, he reports to John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Commercial Programs. 

In this essential role in Boeing’s human spaceflight program, Ferguson has comprehensive oversight for crew Interface in the design of Boeing’s Commercial Crew Transportation System. In this capacity, he works with NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, Johnson Space Center’s Engineering, Flight Crew and Mission Operations organizations and Kennedy Space Center’s Commercial Crew Program, to ensure Boeing’s design supports NASA’s Human Rating Requirements. He also plays a key leadership role in the development and testing of system concepts and key technologies for the Commercial Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and integrated launch and ground systems.

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides
Flight Director, Zero Gravity Group; Future Astronaut, Virgin Galactic

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is an FAA certified Flight Attendant for Zero Gravity Corp's 727,  "G-Force One." She has been on over 85 "weightless" flights and has adapted to the other ways of doing things that you adopt to in a world where everything floats. Her five submersible dives to the vent fields at the bottom of the ocean are captured in James Cameron's 3D IMAX film Aliens of the Deep where the team explores a remote, dark, high-pressure world. Loretta has also worked in the Canadian Arctic at Haughton Crater (a Mars analog site), doing research on plant biology in extreme environments for NASA. In 2005 she and her husband George bought tickets to take a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and in 2010 her husband George became the CEO of Virgin Galactic. These days, a lot of their attention is on designing for the next phase of human space travel.



About Extreme IDEAS

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) will carry the narrative of modern architecture in L.A. forward from its influential past to the future with Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of programs that chart a dynamic new future for architecture. The programs will look beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explore topics arising from unexpected quarters—film, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries—in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture. Major support for Extreme IDEAS has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

About Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city's development and ongoing impact in new ways.

About UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD)
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, pursues issues confronting contemporary architecture and urbanism through its Bachelor of Arts program and its four advanced degree programs: the M.Arch. I, M.Arch. II, M.A. in Architecture, and Ph.D. in Architecture. The programs' primary focus on advanced design is complemented by concentrations in technology and critical studies of architectural culture.


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Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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UCLA A.UD is a leading global voice in contemporary architecture that advances design through technology, design, culture, and practice: www.aud.ucla.edu

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