SCI-Arc presents “Main Event 13”

April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

19:00 To 23:00

960 e West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Event Description

SCI-Arc is pleased to announce Main Event 13 returns to its Downtown Los Angeles Art District campus (960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013). This year, Main Event 13 will showcase SCI-Arc’s annual schoolwide exhibition of final thesis projects and presentations of its most talented and promising young minds. This most anticipated event will also will also recognize two stand-out pioneers in the field of design and architecture – famed Pritzker-Prize-winning architect and founder of Morphosis, Thom Mayne and arts advocate Merry Norris, founder of Merry Norris Contemporary Art.

Thom Mayne, recipient of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, and winner of the 2005 Pritzker Prize, founded Morphosis as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As Design Director and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm. With permanent offices in Los Angeles and New York City, the firm currently employs over 60 architects and designers.

Merry Norris has dedicated her career to the cultural and civic life of Los Angeles, having championed public art awareness and design excellence through her role in numerous major activities, including being instrumental in the founding of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 1979-84, In addition to being named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) in 1990, Norris is the first person in the Chapter’s history to be elected as a Public Member to the Board of Directors of AIA/LA in 1995.

Guests will be treated to bespoke “3D printed” confections by alumni Liz and Kyle von Hasseln (M.Arch ’12) and encouraged to participate in an immersive VR demonstration presented by SCI-Arc faculty and students.

Musical ambiance for the evening will be provided by Adam Bravin, also known as DJ Adam 12 and half of the duo She Wants Revenge. SCI-Arc’s annual Main Event 13 brings together leading architects and designers, developers, civic leaders, architectural patrons and philanthropists to raise scholarship funds for students of SCI-Arc. A vibrant epicenter of exploration, collaboration and thought-provoking discourse, SCI-Arc has made it a priority to encourage the community of Los Angeles to engage with innovative ideas in architecture, design and the built environment.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email your inquiries to: or call the Office of Strategic Advancement at 213.356.5347
All proceeds from Main Event 13 will support the SCI-Arc Scholarship Endowment Fund.

About SCI-Arc
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. It is an independent, accredited degree-granting institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. Located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, the school is distinguished by its vibrant studio culture and emphasis on process. SCI-Arc’s approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members, most of whom are practicing architects, work together to re-examine assumptions, create, explore and test the limits of architecture. SCI-Arc faculty and leadership have garnered more than 500 national and international design awards and recognitions, including Progressive Architecture awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and the prestigious Jencks and Pritzker architecture prizes. SCI- Arc is ranked 1st in computer applications and 2nd in design in the 2013 America’s Best Architecture Schools survey from Design Intelligence, and #1 graduate and undergraduate architecture school in Western U.S. SCI-Arc is located at 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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