Professor Axel Schmitzberger and Cal Poly SLO architecture professor Stephen Phillips are co-curating "Resident Alien – Austrian Architects in America," an examination of the contributions of Austrian-American architects in the United States. The exhibition is at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and runs through Feb. 17, 2020.
If a trip to NYC isn't in your immediate future, you can still get a flavor of the exhibition in a more local setting. On Friday, Nov. 22, Schmitzberger and Phillips with host a panel discussion, "Exhibitionism" at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. The program will open with remarks from Andreas Launer, the Consul General of Austria for the United States, and MAK director Priscilla Fraser.
The event is part of a program commemorating two milestones: the MAK's 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Joining Schmitzberger and Phillips on the panel are:
- Julia Körner (Domaen)
- Peter Trummer (JK Design)
- Herwig Baumgartner (B+U)
- Christoph Kapeller (CK Architecture)
- Sandra Manninger (SPAN)
- Christoph Kumpush (Forward Slash(/))
- Andrea Lenardin (a-l-m project)
- Mark Mack (Mark Mack)
The College of Environmental Design enjoys a special connection with one of the architects whose legacy is explored in "Resident Alien": Vienna-born Richard Neutra, whose illustrious career was defined by his design of modernist homes in Southern California. Before he passed away in 1970, he taught at the college in a joint appointment with the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning in the college.
The Neutra family home in Silver Lake, the Neutra VDL House Studio and Residences, is managed by the college. In 2017, the 3,500-square-foot property was among 24 landmarks added to the National Historic Landmark registry.