SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

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Seminar Faculty


Peter ZellnerPeter Zellner
Principal, ZELLNERPLUS/SCIFI Coordinator & Cultural Studies Coordinator
Los Angeles

Peter Zellner is the founding principal of ZELLNERPLUS, an award winning architectural design, planning and research firm located in Culver City, California. ZELLNERPLUS has designed public and private art galleries, residences, institutional facilities and corporate spaces in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

In 2009, Domus (Russia) and the organizational committee of the ARCHIP International architectural competition, named Zellner the laureate and winner of the ARCHIP 2009 Interior/Innovations award. In 2010, Art+Auction magazine included Zellner its annual “Power 2010″ selection of influential people in the art world, alongside Ron Arad, Jean Nouvel, SANAA and others.

At SCI-Arc, Zellner is the Cultural Studies Coordinator, as well as co-coordinator of the Future Initiatives program together with David Bergman.

Zellner is the author of numerous essays and publications including Hybrid Space (Thames & Hudson, 2000) and curator of exhibitions such as Sign as Surface (Artists Space, 2003). He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University (1999). At the Harvard GSD, he was a participant in the Harvard Project on the City led by Rem Koolhaas. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from with First Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1993) in Australia, where he also taught from 1994-1997.

He has held Visiting Professorships in Architecture at University of California at Berkley, Florida International University, University of Southern California, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at the Institut fur Stadtebau und Raumplanung (Institute for Urban Design & Urban Planning) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.


David BergmanDavid Bergman
Principal, MR+E/SCIFI Coordinator, SCI-Arc
Los Angeles


David Bergman is the principal of MR+E, a Los Angeles based consulting firm focused on economic analysis related to urban planning. He has participated in a broad range of economic development and planning projects. In particular, he has worked intensively on issues surrounding the formation of urban and regional development strategies and the role of culture industries in economic development. His work at SCI-Arc focuses on project implementation and urban scale issues.

With a strong background in public policy analysis, and the communication of economic development goals, Bergman’s practice has centered on community plan and land use economics, redevelopment, economic impact analysis and culture industries. With over 20 years of planning and development experience, he provides the program with a foundation in planning and project implementation based on his work in Southern California and internationally.

Representative projects include:

Gold Line Station Planning, Los Angeles, California,
Irvine Business Center Land Use Plan, Irvine, California,
Advisory Services for Canada Lands at Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada,
Historic Preservation and Economic Development Manual for the Getty Conservation Institute,
The Grove at Farmers Market, Los Angeles, California

In addition to work in the US and Canada, he has competed projects in Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Guatemala.


Andrew ZagoPeter Trummer
Visiting Faculty
Visiting Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Trummer is an architect and researcher based in Amsterdam. He currently is Professor and Head of the Institute for Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the University of Innsbruck. He was Head of the Associative Design Research Program at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He received his Master Degree at the Technical University in Graz by Günther Domenig and finished his Postgraduate Study and the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam in 1997. He is a former Architect at UN Studio before establishing his own practice in 2001. He writes his PHD on “population thinking in architecture”. He was Guest Professor at Sci-Arc Southern California Institute of Architecture, at the Technical University in Munich and hold the Roland Rainer Chair at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He lectures, teaches and is invited as a critic at the Berlage Institute, the AA in London, the University for Applied Art in Vienna, IAAC in Barcelona, SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and at Rice University in Houston. Recently he has published Essays in AD, Arch +, Hunch, Volume and Manifold.

Andrew ZagoMarcelyn Gow
Founder, Servo

Marcelyn Gow is a partner and founding member of the architectural design collaborative servo. Her firm’s work focuses on the development of architectural environments integrating technical ecologies with shifting material states and electronic information infrastructures.

Recent projects include an installation for the Seville Bienniale and a design for a hydrodynamic roofscape in Stockholm.

servo’s work has been exhibited widely, notably at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou and SFMoMA. Recent publications include the monograph Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and Interactive Architecture.

Gow received her Architecture degrees from the Architectural Association, Columbia University, and the ETH Zurich. She has lectured internationally and contributed to journals including Perspecta, Via and AD. She currently teaches graduate design studios and seminars at SCI-Arc and has been a visiting professor at the KTH in Stockholm. She has also taught at UCLA and the ETH, Zurich.

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.



Program Calendar

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