SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

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Studio Faculty


Peter Zellner

Peter 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.


Hsinming FungHsinming Fung
SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs
Principal, Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture
Los Angeles


Hsinming Fung, AIA, is co-founder and director of design for the internationally renowned firm Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture. Fung became SCI-Arc’s Director of Academic Affairs in 2010, after having served the previous eight years as the school’s director of graduate programs.

Since the founding of Hodgetts+Fung (together with Craig Hodgetts) in 1984, Ming Fung has been engaged in the execution of all of the firm’s projects, including a new acoustical shell for the Hollywood Bowl; Yamano – a 29-story, mixed-use tower in Tokyo; the Towell Library at UCLA; and most recently, the Donna-Rio Bravo Land Port of Entry in Texas, and the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. The firm has established a reputation for high-caliber exhibit design through such works as the Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the landmark exhibitions Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses and The Work of Charles & Ray Eames.

The work of Hodgetts+Fung has received numerous awards and citations, including the Fellowship Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, LA Winners Award, Founders Award from the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design, the Gold Medal from the AIA/LA, the AIACC Firm of the Year Award, and most recently, the GSA Design Excellence Award. Fung’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She served as a Presidential Appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council in 2001 and was the recipient of the Arts Rome Prize Advance Fellowship in 1991.

A demonstrated leader in academia, Ming Fung has taught at Yale University as the Eero Saarinen Professor in 1995 and 2000, at Ohio State University as Herbert Baumer Professor in 1996, and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for 16 years. Since 2002, Fung has been director of graduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she has initiated two new post-graduate programs, SCIFI and MediaSCAPES. In addition, she currently serves on the executive board for the AIA/Los Angeles, the visiting committee for the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as a national peer for General Services Administration.


Andrew ZagoAndrew Zago
Zago Architecture
Los Angeles/Detroit


Andrew Zago, principal of Zago Architecture, has over twenty years of professional experience in architecture, urbanism, and education. He began professional practice in 1987 after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Zago currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- Arc), where he is also the coordinator of the Visual Studies program.

From 2003 to 2007 he was the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at the City College of New York, and he has also taught at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, UCLA and the Ohio State University. He frequently lectures, and his work has been exhibited in Berlin, New York, Cornell University, Princeton and Los Angeles.

Zago is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a member of the National Register of Peer Professionals of the General Services Administration in Washington. He is a recipient of both an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellowship Grant from the United States Artists organization. Of his firm’s work, the American Academy of Arts and Letters citation states: “Against the contemporary fascination with limitless fluidity, Andrew Zago proposes highly disciplined structures framing spaces that support and promote a vigorous dialectic between solid and void, transparency and opacity, movement and stasis.”

Zago Architecture has offices in Detroit and Los Angeles. The firm has designed projects in the US and Korea and its work has appeared internationally in books, professional journals and reviews. Notable among the firm’s recent projects are the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Fine Venture Office Tower, completed in association with Yamasaki Associates, Korea and a design studio facility for Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 2002 the firm was selected as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, and in 2001 Zago Architecture was awarded a Progressive Architecture Award for the design of a community pavilion in Detroit. In 2005 a book on the firm’s work, Zago Architecture and Office dA : Two Installations was published by the SCI-Arc Press.


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 ZagoNanako Umemoto
Visiting Faculty
Visiting Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture 


Nanako Umemoto is a Principal of Reiser + Umemoto, which she co-founded with partner, Jesse Reiser in 1986. Reiser + Umemoto, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary design firm, has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. Reiser + Umemoto recently won the competition for the Taipei Pop Music Center, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2014. In 2006, they published the bestselling ‘Atlas of Novel Tectonics’ and in 2008 released the Japanese edition. Their office tower O-14 is currently under construction in Dubai, and is scheduled to be completed in late 2010. The work of Reiser + Umemoto has been extensively published, appearing in, among others, Assemblage, A+U, The New York Times, Newsweek, Architecture, Architectural Record, Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Arquitectura Viva, Metropolis, and Abitare, and was recently featured on the Discovery Channel in 2008 . Their work has also been exhibited widely, participating in shows in Amsterdam, Beijing, Bregenz, Kyoto, London, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Venice, and Vienna, and they have lectured at numerous educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000, and in May of 2008, Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser both received the Presidential Citation from President George Campbell of the Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of Architecture. Nanako received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union in New York in 1983, following studies at the School of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at the Osaka University of Art. Prior to joining PennDesign, Nanako has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia, including Harvard University GSD, Columbia University, Hong Kong University, Kyoto University of Art, and the Cooper Union.

Andrew ZagoJesse Reiser
Visiting Faculty
Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture 


Jesse Reiser joined the School of Architecture in 2000. Previously he had worked with Aldo Rossi in 1979 and 1985 and also with Jon Hejduk. He established the office Reiser + Umemoto in 1986 with Nanako Umemoto. In 1986 the office became RUR Architecture, PC and has received awards including the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, and in 2000, the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008, Reiser + Umemoto received the Presidential Citation from The Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of architecture. Reiser +Umemoto were awarded First Prize for the design of Taipei Pop Music Center (2010); American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Diamond Award for O-14 (2010); and Concrete Industry Board (CIB) Award of Merit for O-14 (2009). Their 1990 study of the New York State water supply and Croton Aqueduct corridor, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, established the firm as specialists in large-scale, infrastructural urban developments. The firm has been involved in many international invited competitions and has recently won first prize in the competition for the design of the Alishan Tourist Infrastructure in Taiwan, which is currently under construction. Other recent international competitions include Aeon, an 83-story mixed-use hybrid tower structure in Dubai, and the new Terminal 3 at Shenzhen International Airport, in China. Reiser + Umemoto’s Vector Wall project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York during the summer of 2007, and their O-14 project, a 22-story office tower in Dubai was completed in late 2009. Recent projects for Reiser + Umemoto include: Taipei Pop Music Center, Taipei, Taiwan; “Airport of Media”, Entertainment Investment Platform Pavilion for Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China; Mirvis Apartment Renovation, Jerusalem, Israel; Private Villa, Fujairah, UAE; Al Mulla Law Offices, Dubai, UAE; O-14 Restaurant and O-14 Lobby, Dubai, UAE. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto published the Atlas of Novel Tectonics in 2006, which was awarded ‘Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt/Best Book Design from all over the World’ in 2007. They released the Japanese edition of the Atlas with Shokokusha Publishing in 2008; are currently producing a comprehensive monograph of their work, entitled Projects and their Consequences, which is scheduled for publication in 2010; and published O-14: Anatomy of the Tower. Reiser + Umemoto, (AA Publications, London: 2010). Mr. Reiser has presented lectures at Ohio State University; University of Buffalo, University of Illinois at Chicago; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Rensellear Polytechnic University; and Columbia University. He has participated in the Post Ductility: Metals in ArchitectureConference and the Contemporary Architecture and its Consequences Symposium, both at Columbia University.

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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