Definitions Series: Risk

April 8, 2014



Definitions Series: Risk with Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Stephen Phillips and Eva Franch i Gilabert presented a discussion on the “institutionalization” of “experimentation” and cultural politics and power of TAKING RISKS.


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About the participants

Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary, collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.  He is co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.  Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013).  


Eric Owen Moss

Eric Moss, FAIA, received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1965, his Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1968 and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard in 1972. EOMA has been the recipient of over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Eric Owen Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Moss has been a longtime professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and has served as its director since 2003.


Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, and Visiting Faculty at SCI-Arc. He is Principal in the award-wining firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS). As a graduate of Yale, Penn, and Princeton, he has received fellowships, grants, and awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Graham Foundation, the Bruno Zevi Foundation, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the AIA, and the ACSA, among many others. 

About the book 

LA [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s

Stephen Phillips

Published by Lars Müller, 2013

With contributions by Neil Denari, Thom Mayne, Franklin Israel, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, Craig Hodgetts, Wes Jones, Frederick Fisher, Coy Howard, Hsinming Fung

Catapulted to fame by the international media in and around the 1980s, a loosely affiliated cadre of experimental architects, the so-called L.A. Ten, emerged to define the future of Los Angeles architecture.


In the new book L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s by author/editor Stephen Phillips of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program—architects Neil Denari, Frederick Fisher, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, Wes Jones, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, and former associates of the late Franklin Israel offer a casual, witty, and approachable retrospective on the characters, environment, and cultural history of L.A. architecture as they remember it.



The Definitions Series invites a series of individuals to construct, propose and articulate definitions of a specified term.


Special thanks to Cal Poly, HMC Architects and Morphosis Architects for sponsoring this event.