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Paul Bockhorst, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest


As a documentary filmmaker and producer, Paul Bockhorst is known for his ability to create narratives that are at once intelligent and accessible. His work at the helm of Paul Bockhorst Productions spans three decades, and it includes many public television documentaries on the history of art and architecture, as well as programs that inquire into the lives of individual artists.

Some of his architecture-related work has delved into the history of Arts & Crafts architecture in California, with films such as “Greene & Greene: The Art of Architecture”; “Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California”; “Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California”; and “Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck.” Bockhorst’s work has also examined the relationship of the built environment to the natural environment, with projects such as “A River Reborn: The Restoration of Fossil Creek,” a documentary about the decommissioning of Arizona’s first hydroelectric dam; “Treasuring Our Natural Heritage,” a three-part series on biodiversity; and “Discovering the Angeles,” which is a look at the urban-wildland interface in Southern California.

Bockhorst’s productions on the visual arts share thematic attributes with his work on architecture, as visual artists and architects are similarly affected by historical context and often share aesthetic concerns. His arts-related work includes explorations of California art, as well as more focused angles on artists such as Gregory Kondos, Channing Peake, and Elaine Badgley Arnoux.

In addition to being broadcast on public television stations, Bockhorst’s documentaries are used widely as interpretive and educational resources in museums, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad. They have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the San Diego Museum of History, among others.

Bockhorst’s current projects include a documentary examining the art and craft community that emerged in Claremont, California in the years following World War II, and another documentary on William Cody, an influential architect who helped make Palm Springs an oasis for Mid-Century Modern architecture.

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Paul Bockhorst, Hon. AIA

Location: Monrovia, California

2014 AIA Honorary Membership Jury

  • Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Chair
  • Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.
  • Akron
  • Torrey Stanley Carlton, Hon. AIA
  • AIA San Antonio
  • San Antonio
  • Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • St. Louis

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