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2011 Lecture : Dwayne Oyler

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Dwayne Oyler, "Oyler Wu Collaborative: Cumulative Processes and Intimate Understandings"


The College of Architecture, in conjunction with this year's lecture series titled Material Ecologies, is excited to welcome Dwayne Oyler of the Oyler Wu Collaborative to lecture to our community on Thursday, February 10th at 5.30pm in English LH001.


Dwayne received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was awarded the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Traveling Fellowship in 1996. In 2000, Dwayne, along with Jenny Wu, established the office of Oyler Wu Collaborative, currently based in Los Angeles. The office thrives on the utilization of diverse methodologies that range from new design and fabrication technologies to material and structural experimentation. The office insists on an intense hands-on approach to their work with the belief that a lack of conventional separation between the architectural and construction fields provides for a more natural extension of the design process. Their work includes: installations in Taipei and Los Angeles, and residences in Boston and Inner Mongolia. The first office publication entitled, Pendulum Plane, was published in August of 2009. Their work has been published internationally and they are the recent winners of the 2010 Arch Is Competition sponsored by the Los Angeles AIA.

Dwayne has also worked in the office of Toshiko Mori, Architect, and has collaborated with Lebbeus Woods on numerous projects. Dwayne has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in Vico Morcote, Switzerland. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, he taught in the Thesis Design Studio program at Cooper Union for the advancement for Arts and Sciences in New York City. He is currently teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).


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