Studio News

Fall 2015


Cuff Op-Ed Published in the Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2015

cityLAB director, Dana Cuff recently wrote an Op-Ed piece on LA housing that can be found in today's Los Angeles Times. The article describes the severity of LA's housing crisis and the ways in which projects such as the proposed Palladium Residences in Hollywood can provide a positive impact.

Read the full piece by clicking here.


Cuff Receives AIA Award for Community Contribution
November 2, 2015

Dana Cuff was honored with the AIA/LA Award for Community Contribution at their recent annual awards ceremony and gala. Cuff was selected because of her extensive work on Los Angeles urbanism and housing and, in particular, her efforts to develop new architectural models for affordable and sustainable housing. She was honored alongside others who received awards for design, education, and building in Los Angeles, including Alissa Walker, Sarah Lorenzen, Aaron Paley, and Steven Ehrlich.

About the AIA|LA Design Awards:
Recognizing excellence in design, the AIA|LA Design Awards and Next LA Awards are prestigious honors bestowed on Los Angeles-based architects and practices that qualify for AIA|LA membership. The organization is one of the top three largest American Institute of Architects chapters in the United States. Submissions are reviewed by a select group of architects, fellows, critics, professors and theorists, who form a jury that represents the best in the design field.

See the AIA/LA’s website for more information.


Cuff and Mukhija Speak at Housing Reform Salon with LA-Mas at A+D Museum
October 21, 2015

cityLAB's Dana Cuff and Vinit Mukhija recently joined the A+D Museum & LA-Mas in a conversation on the potential of Accessory Dwellings Units (ADUs) to address housing affordability in Los Angeles. This Salon-style discussion explored ADUs from the perspective of policy and politics, grounded in development and design considerations.

For more information on cityLAB's ongoing research on backyard homes and accessory dwelling units, visit the Backyard Homes project page by clicking here.


cityLAB's Backyard BI(h)OME to be Installed at UCLA Lab School
October 19, 2015

cityLAB is pleased to announce that its Backyard BI(h)OME, a full-scale installation of a sustainable accessory dwelling unit, is going to be installed at the UCLA Lab School. The Lab school will be using the structure as an outdoor learning environment for children ages 4-12 and students will use the BI(h)OME to engage in interactive studies about the environment and sustainability.

To commemorate the prototype structure of the BI(h)OME that was on display throughout the summer, cityLAB Research Associates Katie Chuh and Dami Olufowoshe preserved its bench and have installed it outside the cityLAB office (pictured).

For more information on this research, visit the Backyard BI(h)OME project page by clicking here.


cityLAB Launches Research Investigation on 'Deep Think' Workspaces with Jet Propulsion Laboratory
October 1, 2015

Recent exchanges between cityLAB-UCLA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories reveal a common interest in the relationship between creative space, collaborative space, and most importantly, “deep-think” space. With the workday punctuated by myriad meetings, the worker’s attention distracted by steady digital communication, and the 24/7 workflow made possible by mobile technology, it is increasingly difficult to find the time and space for heads-down, concentrated, disconnected work. This project, a collaboration between JPL and cityLAB-UCLA, will study the need for deep-think time at JPL and ways that the physical environment might be designed to accommodate it. The project is broken down into three phases: workplace needs and opportunities assessment (interviews and site surveys); survey of existing strategies for achieving focus-time at JPL, UCLA, and beyond (spatial, technological, and programmatic); design translation of existing strategies for future deep- think spaces and subsequently, as site-specific interventions at JPL.


cityLAB Presents Research at IS Associates CIO Exchange Dinner
August 27, 2015

cityLAB's Dana Cuff, Carla Salehian, and Aaron Cayer recently presented their pilot study research findings and participated in a round table discussion on IT Workplace Futures to members of the IS Associates at their latest 'CIO Exchange Dinner' at UCLA. Conversation topics included the benefits and drawbacks of the creative office model, characteristics of the modern IT worker, and potential solutions to common office design challenges.

For more information on this research, visit the IT Workplace Futures project page by clicking here.


Unleashing the Backyard BI(h)OME Roundtable Discussion
August 11, 2015

cityLAB recently partnered with the City Impact Lab to gather two dozen civic leaders from various sectors (including elected officials, design professionals, urban thinkers, real estate experts, planners, etc.) at UCLA to discuss the Backyard BI(h)OME prototype and the necessary measures to make the prototype a reality. In other words, it posited, "how do you get a new idea implemented in Los Angeles when the status quo is sacred?"

To download the roundtable action report and learn more about this event, visit the City Impact Lab website, here.

For more information on this research, visit the Backyard BI(h)OME project page by clicking here.


LA Work on Work Exhibition Opening
July 24, 2015

As the culmination of a three-year collaborative research project on office work in downtown Los Angeles, cityLAB-UCLA and Gensler LA collaborated to create "Work on Work," an exhibit at the A+D Museum in downtown Los Angeles, that interprets the history of downtown and offers paradigmatic scenarios for re-conceptualizing the structures, locations, and scalar boundaries of workplaces within the city. Threading together historical research and speculative design, "Work on Work" evokes a new conversation about the trajectory of office work, office buildings, and their impacts on Los Angeles more broadly.

To mark the opening of this exhibit, Dana Cuff (cityLAB), Shawn Gehle (Gensler) and Li Wen (Gensler) participated in a panel discussion moderated by KCRW's Madeline Brand on July 24th. The exhibition will be on view from July 24th to August 2nd.

Event Location
A+D Museum [DTLA]
900 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Additional Links
• Future of Work cityLAB project page

Cuff Op-Ed Published in LA Times  

Cuff Receives AIA Award  

Housing Reform Salon at A+D Museum  

cityLAB Research Associates Katie Chuh and Dami Olufowoshe  

cityLAB visits JPL  

Unleashing the Backyard BI(h)OME: Roundtable Discussion

LA Work on Work Exhibition Opening  

LA Work on Work Exhibition Opening