2016 Speakers

Terri J. Moore

Terri J. Moore

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Dr. Dana Cuff

Dr. Dana Cuff

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Terri J. Moore

Terri J. Moore

moore + friesl
Dr. Dana Cuff

Dr. Dana Cuff

cityLAB

Dana Cuff is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding Director of cityLAB, a think tank that engages experimental design and research about the emerging metropolis (www.cityLAB.aud.ucla.edu). cityLAB, founded in 2006, is currently developing innovative, hi-performance, low cost infill housing prototypes as backyard homes for Los Angeles. State policy, a full-scale installation on the UCLA campus, and a demonstration house to be constructed on behalf of the LA Mayor’s office and the Bloomberg Innovation team are all part of this project. cityLAB was invited to exhibit at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, was featured on CNN and in Newsweek magazine, and was named one of the top four urban think tanks in the country by Architect Magazine. In 2013, Dana Cuff and a cross-disciplinary team at UCLA received a substantial multi-year award from The Mellon Foundation for the “Urban Humanities Initiative” which brings the humanities and design together to build new curricular and discursive platforms to better understand collective life in Pacific Rim megacities. This initiative was renewed by the Mellon in 2016, with funding to create a sustainable program in Urban Humanities for undergraduates and graduates at UCLA.

Cuff has engaged cultural studies in architecture and the city as a teacher, scholar, practitioner, and activist. Her leadership urban innovation is widely recognized both in the US and abroad. In Sweden, she has served as distinguished professor and an advisor to a range of government agencies concerned with metropolitan development. She has published and lectured extensively about the modern American metropolis, the architectural profession, affordable housing, and spatially embedded computing. She has written and edited a number of books, including Architects’ People (with W.R. Ellis; 1989), Architecture: The Story of Practice (1989), The Provisional City (2000), a collection of Robert Gutman’s writings (Architecture from the Outside In, with J. Wreidt; 2010), and Fast Forward Urbanism (with R. Sherman, 2011).

Dana Cuff holds a PhD in architecture from Berkeley and a BA in Design and in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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