A lecture and discussion with Dana Cuff, Professor, UCLA, AUD, and Director of cityLAB. Hosted by the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design -- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Organized and moderated by CPLA_Metro Director Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD.
Dana Cuff is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA where she is also Director of cityLAB, an award-winning think tank that advances experimental urbanism and architecture. Since receiving her Ph.D. in Architecture from Berkeley, Cuff has published and lectured widely about spatial justice, the architectural profession, and affordable housing. She is author of several books, including The Provisional City about postwar housing in Los Angeles, and a co-authored book (in bookstores next year) documenting her innovative cross-disciplinary project at UCLA called the Urban Humanities Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation. Based on cityLAB’s design research, she co-authored a landmark bill that permits “backyard homes” on virtually all 8 million single-family properties in California (AB 2299, Bloom-2016), doubling the density of suburbs across the state. She and her team are currently working on a wide range of new forms of affordable housing to be co-located with schools. cityLAB recently initiated a satellite center in one underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles, where a deep, multi-year exchange with community organizations will demonstrate ways that humanistic design of the public realm can create more compassionate cities. Cuff was the recent recipient of two prestigious awards that describe her career: Women in Architecture Activist of the Year (2019, Architectural Record) and the international prize for Researcher of the Year (2019, Architectural Research Centers Consortium).