Michael Maltzan: No more play

Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan will present on his firm's social change-oriented design work.

October 6, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Michael Maltzan | New Carver Apartments, Los Angeles, CA, 2009. Credit: Iwan Baan

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

Michael Maltzan, principal of Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture, will present his firm’s work.  Since founding his firm in 1995, Maltzan has created a practice committed to “creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities.”

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 provides permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.  Additionally, 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.

Moderated by Vishaan Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti is the Director of the Real Estate Development Program and The Marc Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and serves on the Architectural League’s Board of Directors.


This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.



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