FXFOWLE Presents
Urban Narratives: Story Telling In Architecture And Film
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles

Thursday, November 20, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles
Free. Space is limited. Light refreshments. 
RSVP by November 17 - communications@fxfowle.com

Filmmakers and architects share the capacity to set stories in place. While filmmakers seek locations to unfold narratives, architects design buildings to support narratives. Los Angeles provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on this reciprocal relationship to the city. Through its robust film industry, the city of Los Angeles has demonstrated the capacity to transform its character from highly specific to virtually anonymous. Los Angeles demonstrates the many, diverse global contexts in which architects work. This event will feature architects, filmmakers, and authors/educators reflecting on their creative work as they set spaces for narratives in the city.


Kim Tanzer, FAIA, DPACSA, is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Kim served as the University’s School of Architecture’s Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor from 2009 to 2014. She is co-editor of The Green Braid: Towards and Architecture of Ecology, Economy and Equity and author of After the Deluge: Reimagining Leonardo’s Legacy and many essays. Much of Kim’s teaching and research focuses on the relationship between the human body and large shared spaces such as the city and the landscape, with an emphasis on creating sustainable environments. She frequently employs film strategies in her design, teaching, and research.

Edward Dimendberg
is a Professor of Film and Media Studies and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (2004) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (2013).

Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED, is a Senior Partner at FXFOWLE Architects (New York, Washington DC). Dan’s passion is sustainable city building. He is widely recognized for integrating design excellence, sustainable innovation, and an urban point of view into noteworthy architectural and urban design projects. Throughout his 25-year tenure at FXFOWLE, he has principally served in a design and leadership capacity for many of the firm’s significant projects, and approaches each project—from individual buildings to large scale urban plans—with the viewpoint that it must contribute to the larger totality. 

Amy Murphy is an Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Southern California. With degrees in fine arts, architecture and film, her creative practice has always straddled itself between several disciplines. Much of her course work at USC examines the ongoing relationship between media and urban experience from the mid-19th century to the present. The majority of her publications examine how our post-apocalyptic imagination in media reveals Western society’s changing attitude towards nature and collective urban life as we begin to reckon with our own potential environmental destruction. Most recently, she was the co-designer with Michael Maltzan of the currently-running exhibit on German Expressionist Cinema at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Haunted Screens. 

Aric Lasher is a Principal and Director of Design at HBRA Architects (Chicago). Aric oversees the design of academic, public, and residential buildings and ensembles, as well as master plans and landscape projects. In addition to his work in architecture, he has designed sets for several major motion pictures including Pearl Harbor, Minority Report and What Dreams May Come, and his written work includes the book Plans of Chicago, which considers Chicago’s legacy of planning innovation and the future of the city from an analytical and urban historical perspective.