Michael Maltzan: No more play

Michael Maltzan presents recent projects from his eponymous firm.

December 19, 2011

Recorded on October 6, 2011.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Michael Maltzan is committed to “creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities.”

In this excerpt from his lecture, Maltzan, principal of Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture, presents the School for Inner City Arts and the Carver Apartments.

Maltzan’s recent projects include the Inner-City Arts complex, New Carver Apartments, Rainbow Apartments, and Playa Vista Park, all in Los Angeles. The firm’s current work also includes the Star Apartments and One Santa Fe in Los Angeles; Ju Gong Bridge and Waterfront Park and Zhe Zhi Bridge, both in Chengdu, China; and the recent competition-winning entry for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University.

Maltzan’s complex for the Inner-City Arts campus, located in the heart of the Los Angeles Skid Row, serves at-risk youth from area public schools, providing a range of art facilities and services. The project was featured in the 2010 MoMA exhibition “Small Scale: Big Change.”

Maltzan’s New Carver Apartments, which provide permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents, was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design. His work has garnered numerous Progressive Architecture awards, citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence.


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