SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

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SCI-Arc Director


Eric Owen Moss holds Masters degrees in Architecture from both Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. The office, located in Los Angeles, California, is currently staffed with twenty-five professionals designing and constructing projects in the United States and around the world. The firm has garnered over sixty design awards from Progressive Architecture magazine and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1999, Moss won the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2001 the firm won the LAAIA Gold Medal for Design; and in 2003, Moss won the Gold Medal Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley.

There are ten published monographs on the Moss office, including three by Rizzoli and one, Gnostic Architecture by Monacelli Press. Most recent are Eric Owen Moss – The Uncertainty of Doing, published by Skira in 2006; Eric Owen Moss – Provisional Paradigms, published by Marsilio in 2007; and Eric Owen Moss – Construction Manual (1988-2008), launched in December 2009.

Moss continues to build, teach, lecture and exhibit. In 2002, the firm won two competitions in St. Petersburg, Russia, one for the New Mariinsky Theatre, the second for the redevelopment of New Holland. In 2003, Eric Owen Moss Architects won the international competition for the Queens Museum of Art in New York. In 2006, they won the Future Cities competition – LA, NY, Chicago, sponsored by the History Channel. The firm has featured regularly at the Venice Biennale, with exhibits that have included the controversial proposal for the New Mariinsky at the Russian Pavilion in 2002, and the international competition entries for the National Library in Mexico City and the Smithsonian Institute in 2004. In 2006, the firm exhibited the Los Angeles/Culver City project in the Cities, Architecture, and Society section. In 2010, Moss became the first foreign architect invited to curate a national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Eric Owen Moss first taught at SCI-Arc in 1974, and was appointed director in 2002. He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen.



Director of Academic Affairs
Hsinming Fung, AIA, principal of Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture, founded the firm in 1984 with Craig Hodgetts, FAIA.


Hsinming Fung, SCI-Arc’s Academic Affairs Director, has designed such critically acclaimed projects as the new Hollywood Bowl, Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library, the rehabilitation of the historic Egyptian Theatre, Sinclaire Pavilion at Art Center College of Design, Towell Library at UCLA, the Wild BeastMusic Pavilion at CalArts, and a host of other civic, educational and experimental projects. She has been the recipient of prestigious honors, including the Rome Prize for Advance Fellowship in 1991, the appointment to the National Council on the Arts under President Clinton, and visiting Eero Saarinen Professor at Yale University in both 1995 and 2000.

Her work has received multiple local, national and international design awards. Current projects include the 29-story mixed-use Yamano Tower in Tokyo; Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center in Atherton, California; and ImaginAsian Center in Downtown Los Angeles.


Hsinming Fung taught Architecture at California State Polytechnic University School of Environmental Design for sixteen years. She received a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. Hodgetts + Fung’s monograph Scenarios and Spaces was published by Rizzoli.



Graduate Programs Chair

Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal and founder of the Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch.

Considered one of the most influential voices of his generation, Diaz Alonso has served for the past several years as Distinguish Professor of Architecture and the Graduate Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc. Previously, he was a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and head studio professor in the “Excessive” post-graduate program at the Universitat fur angewandte Kunst in Wien, Austria. He was recently honored by Yale University with the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design for fall 2010.

Diaz Alonso has lectured extensively at major institutions around the world. His architecture designs have received numerous awards and have been displayed in both architecture and art museum exhibitions. His work has been widely published in magazines and periodicals worldwide and multiple books, including the “Excessive” monograph.

In 2005, Diaz Alonso was the winner of PS1 MoMa’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition. His work has since been the subject of solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa in 2006, and the Art Institute of Chicago and the MAK Centre, Wien in 2007. He is currently scheduled to produce a solo show at the Pompidou Center, Paris in 2011.

His work is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Center, the San Francisco MoMa, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

SCI-Arc's SCIFI is an intensive research-based, post-professional degree program and think tank dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary civic design, city formulation, and urban regulation.



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