Max M. Fisher Visiting Professor Fall 2009
Los Angeles architects Eric Kahn and Russell Thomsen, formerly of COA (Central Office of Architecture) – now IO (IDEA Office), will be the Fall 2009 Max Fisher Visiting Professors. Since 1987, their work has sought to engage a range of issues, from architecture and urbanism to technology and design. Their recent work includes the donor wall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the winning entry in the Dead Malls Competition, a new student services building at Los Angeles Community College, the VPM prototype for the Dwell Home Invitational, and a series of compelling single family houses in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. They were finalists in a housing competition for Livable Places, and the recipient of both the Young Architects Award and the Emerging Voices series sponsored by the Architectural League of New York. A monograph of their work was published in 1997. Their work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Kahn and Thomsen are both senior faculty members at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and have taught at various other schools throughout the U.S., Europe, and in Japan.