• Panel Discussion
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Panel discussion with Sharon Johnston, founder and partner of Johnston Marklee; Marc Pally, curator, Art in the Public Realm; ​Heather Roberge, chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design; Mark Sarkisian, partner with SOM; and José Luis Palacios, design director with SOM.​ 

Brett Steele, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, will moderate the panel.


POETIC STRUCTURE: ART + ENGINEERING + ARCHITECTURE celebrated the fundamental artistic elements found in the design execution of engineering in architecture. Through a number of projects and installations by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP(SOM) engineers and visual artists, including a previously unseen kinematic pavilion hovering above the landscape on the grounds of the historic Schindler House. This exhibition displayed striking examples of how these disciplines, when integrated, demonstrate the similarities that exist between artistic and structural design.

For more than 80 years, SOM has explored the poetics of structure through continual examination, experimentation, and development of partnerships with artists to heighten design thinking. The MAK Center for Art and Architecture surveys these principles through the lens of a cultural organization dedicated to challenging the conventional notions of the relationship between architectural spaces and creative arts, through exhibitions, lectures, performances and tours.