Attend a full day of stimulating presentations and panels that examines the fast-paced evolution of facade technology, addresses new perspectives on building skins, and explores innovative, sustainable design practices. Includes access to Methods+Materials Sponsor Gallery.


The LA Hotel Downtown
333 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery
Paul Danna | SOM
Diana Darling + William Menking | The Architect’s Newspaper
Diamond Presenting Partners Welcome  
Glenn Miner
Opening Remarks:
Deborah Weintraub, City of Los Angeles

Panel Description

“Outsides and Insides”

Outsides deal with place and context, the walls that create boundary, separate climate and habitat, city and room. Insides deal with program and content, the private world within, the blank canvas completed through habitation. These two frames will be used to show his current work.

Designing Excellence: Los Angeles Federal Courthouse
Jose Luis Palacios | SOM
Keith Boswell  | SOM
Garth Ramsey | SOM
Moderator: William Menking | The Architect’s Newspaper

Panel Description

Los Angeles’ United States Courthouse is a sustainable new facility serving the Federal Government’s needs in the Los Angeles area that establishes a strong civic identity while incorporating a high-performing facade and other design features and graceful detailing. Hear how the project came together from the design team from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and general contractor Clark Construction Group.

Methods and Materials
Travis Conrad | Neolith
Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery sponsored by 
Layered Patterns
Lorcan O’Herlihy
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Panel Description

 Layered Patterns will explore the ways in which Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] works with off-the-shelf materials in unique and provocative ways to heighten the vitality of a structure’s form, programming, and organizational strategies. Founding Principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA will discuss how through the fluid manipulation, patterning, and layering of everyday materials, you can create the extraordinary out of the ordinary, and bring vibrancy and depth to the overall building envelope.

LA Rising: Changing Perceptions of Supportive Housing
Mike Alvidrez | Skid Row Housing Trust
Angela Brooks | Brooks+Scarpa
Nathan Bishop | KonigEizenberg
Moderator: Garth Ramsey | SOM

Panel Description

 Los Angeles is growing in both population and density. Supportive housing is key to serving a growing population across demographics. Skid Row Housing Trust has commissioned high-design work to fill this need as supportive multi-unit housing is quickly becoming recognizable building typology. Hear from award-winning architects, Angela Brooks and Nathan Bishop and from Mike Alvidrez executive director of Skid Row Housing Trust talk about their partnerships to design beautiful residential and community spaces that change the perception of supportive housing in LA.

Methods and Materials   
Ivan Zuniga | YKK AP America Inc.
Complimentary Networking Lunch |Methods+Materials Gallery 
Diana Darling | The Architect’s Newspaper
Afternoon Keynote
Julie Eizenberg + Nathan Bishop | KonigEizenberg Architects

Panel Description

From Dingbat to Neighborhood
In mid-century Southern California, dingbats typified multiunit housing development. Nostalgia for the building type aside, dingbats were essentially an opportunistic, copy-paste prototype replaced over time by ever larger, equally market-driven models, including the mixed-use podium developments more common today. Given the renewed focus on neighborhood and community amenity, we want to explore the intersection of development conventions and neighborhood to identify opportunities for innovation in housing design.

Scholars and Skins: Advancing Facades Research through Computation
Doris Sung | USC / DO-SU Studio
Satoru Sugihara | SCI-Arc /ATLV
Alvin Huang | USC / Synthesis Design and Architecture
Moderator: Jose Luis Palacios | SOM

Panel Description

 Top architectural researchers from LA’s leading universities present projects and research that are advancing techniques for the future design of building envelopes. From dynamic facades, biological materials and complex skins formed through agent-based modeling, presenters will show the audience glimpses of future practices and real-world implementation of emerging technologies.

Methods and Materials 
Glenn Miner
Ivan Zuniga | YKK AP
Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery sponsored by 
Sporting Facilities for 21st Century California
Ron Turner | Gensler
Lance Evans | HKS
Sanjeev Tankha | Walter P Moore
Moderator: Jose Luis Palacios | SOM

Panel Description

 Southern California is site for many of the newest and most advanced sporting facilities. Hear from internationally-recognized designers and engineers that are shaping our experience of Los Angeles sporting complexes and hear about the advances in envelope design that define them.
Moderator: Jose Luis Palacios | SOM
Architecture’s Selfie Moment
Alice Kimm
JFAK Architects

Panel Description

Design reflects a culture’s social structure and values. Today’s selfie-effect has changed how architecture is used and perceived. As interior spaces and surfaces are increasingly highjacked by their users for social media, the façade as a building’s “face” is being superseded. Alice Kimm will explore how JFAK’s process has evolved to inspire users to interact with, document, and share interior as well as exterior moments of their buildings – helping to establish stronger, more connected identities and further shape dynamic environments activated by JFAK’s foundational use of light and form.
Closing Remarks
Paul Danna | SOM
Diana Darling + William Menking | The Architect’s Newspaper
Cocktail Reception | Methods+Materials Gallery sponsored by 
Oct. 18
Wednesday Night Cocktails sponsored by