In this podcast, we’ll talk about the current practice of public architecture and how elemental it is to the public’s experience of community space as well as to urban design and community building as a whole.
Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, has practiced architecture, planning, and engineering for almost 40 years. A cofounder of Pugh + Scarpa, he is responsible for general office administration, firm management, and urban design and engineering. Under his leadership, 98 percent of the firm’s projects that reach the construction document stage have been built. Committed to improving the urban fabric of Southern California, Gwynne also serves on and is a past chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission and is a Peer Review Consultant to the Cities of San Diego, Long Beach, Carson, and Los Angeles as well as the Getty Conservation Institute.
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Pugh + Scarpa’s other cofounder, has taught and lectured extensively at the university level, including at UCLA, the University of Florida, Mississippi State University, and SCI-arc. His academic distinctions include the 2008–09 Fay Jones Chair in Architecture at the University of Arkansas; 2008 Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University; and 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. Larry also cofounded Livable Places Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on underused and problematic parcels of land.
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