Tu casa es mi casa

September 23, 2017 through January 17, 2018
Open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm

Neutra VDL Research House
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Mario Ballesteros is director at Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura. He was formerly founding editor of Domus Mexico magazine and director of communications at the Laboratorio para la Ciudad, a public innovation lab of the Mexico City government. Ballesteros received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from El Colegio de México (COLMEX) and his master’s degree in architecture and urban culture from the Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center (CCCB) and UPC Barcelona Tech. In Barcelona, he worked as an editor at Actar Publishers, curator for the Design Hub Barcelona; as head of Communications and Digital Platforms at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch); and as an editor at Quaderns, the journal of the Catalan Architects Association. He is also a founding partner at Andamio, an independent curatorial and editorial consultancy focused on architecture and design, and he currently teaches design criticism at CENTRO.

Andrea Dietz is an associate with Chu + Gooding Architects, a Los Angeles-based practice with expertise in exhibition design. She has a background in cross-border exhibition and event production (with Estudio Teddy Cruz), and is a longtime associate of the Woodbury School of Architecture, where she coordinated a multi-million dollar federal grant, led graduate program curriculum development, oversaw digital fabrication facility improvements and operations, and delivered coursework in research methodologies and theory. She occasionally freelances as a curator, designer, writer, and studio instructor (with Cal Poly Pomona) and is a board member of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA is resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, architecture professor, and former chair, at Cal Poly Pomona, and partner at TOLO Architecture (previously Peter Tolkin Architecture). Having spent her first eighteen years in Mexico City, as the daughter of U.S. nationals, she is keenly aware of cross-border politics. At 18 she left Mexico to attend college in the U.S. to pursue a BFA in Drawing at Smith College and the Atlanta College of Art. After graduating art school she broadened her interest to architecture, receiving an MArch I from Georgia Institute of Technology and later an MArch II MR+D from SCI-ARC.

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator, whose work is situated at the intersection of architecture and media cultures. She has curated, contributed to, and collaborated on projects that have been shown at the Art Institute Chicago, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, pinkcomma gallery, and the AA School. She co-curated Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, which received the Bronze Dragon Award at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen (2015). She teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA Program at Art Center College of Design and was co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

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