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2017 Competition Review Panel

Frank Clementi
FAIA, AIGA, Partner - Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Frank Clementi has spent his professional lifetime exploring the ways various design disciplines inform one another. While living in Milan from 1984-86, he joined Memphis Group founders Ettore Sottsass and Matteo Thun in conducting aesthetic experiments with ceramics, graphics, packaging, and architecture. The results of those investigations were the basis for a traveling exhibition about hypothetical skyscrapers, originating at Vienna’s Academy of Applied Arts. Since he joined our studios in 1990, Frank’s contributions have been just as prolific and diverse. Frank’s deft touch at bridging traditional distinctions among architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and product design are evidenced in his many projects both for Rios Clementi Hale Studios and notNeutral, the studio’s product arm. Frank’s long and storied academic career has included teaching positions at Woodbury University School of Architecture, the University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He has also been a visiting critic at Southern California Institute of Architecture and at UCLA School of Architecture.

Catherine Johnson
Design, Bitches

In 2010, Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph founded Design, Bitches with a bold and irreverent vision to make architecture significant in daily life. Their multidisciplinary firm draws inspiration from the duos’ eclectic expertise in the areas of design, art, and pop culture. Based in Los Angeles, Catherine collaborates on an international range of projects that scale from brand identity and commercial spaces to ground-up residential and cultural buildings. She works closely with clients to develop creative solutions responsive to location and user experience. By experimenting with materials and graphics, they provide durable contemporary designs that wink at history. Each design transforms a collage of influences into architecture that is beautiful and layered with meaning, but also welcoming—spaces and landscapes where people want to hang out. She is a licensed Architect and registered with the American Institute of Architects. Catherine received her MArch from SCI-Arc and her BIARC from the University of Oregon.

Steven Christensen
Steven Christensen Architects, AIA, LEED AP

Steven Christensen is the principal of Steven Christensen Architecture and member of the design faculty at UCLA. He holds a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Utah, and his teaching and research draw from his experience in both disciplines. Before launching his independent practice, Christensen worked in the offices of Preston Scott Cohen, Gensler, and CORE. His office has received several local and international awards and honors, and in 2016 it was the recipient of the Architect's Newspaper's Young Architects Award. The firm's built work ranges in scale from a 64 square foot installation at the A+D Museum to the 36,000 square foot headquarters of a software startup. The work of the practice has been exhibited internationally, and has been featured in publications including Architect, The Architect’s Newspaper, FRAME, AZURE, Contract, FORM, and a recent book entitled New American Architecture.

Heather Scott Peterson 
Interim Assistant Dean & Associate Professor School of Architecture,  Woodbury University 
Heather Scott Peterson is an artist, designer, and writer. She received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Her studio practice centers around sculpture, furniture, drawing, and artifacts. In 2014 she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, and has been a member of the viewing program at The Drawing Center in New York since 2007. In 2009 she was awarded the juror’s choice in issue 85 of New American Paintings. She has taught fine art, design, and architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and Cal State Long Beach. She is currently Interim Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Interior Architecture in the School of Architecture at Woodbury University.

Rennie Tang
Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona

Rennie Tang is a designer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. As coordinator of the Design Foundations curriculum she develops teaching methods that emphasize one-to-one scale spatial construction, topographic manipulation, materiality and landscape tectonics. Her research interests include intergenerational public space, playscapes and kinesthetic engagement. Projects are often fueled by trans- disciplinary collaborations with visual artists, choreographers and healthcare researchers. Her work is driven by concepts and methods drawn from her background in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and dance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University; she has worked in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Berkeley, Oakland and Vienna.

Erin Moore
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon

Erin Moore is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Moore works in teaching, research and creative practice on the life cycle environmental context of building construction and on the way that buildings shape and reflect cultural constructions of nature. She uses her architecture practice FLOAT as a testing ground for designing with explicit intentions for the life spans and life cycle environmental context of materials with a focus on small structures for inhabiting ecologically unique sites around the world. Once such project, the Kipuka Mauka/Makai, is currently under construction in Ulupalakua, Maui.  Recent work in teaching and research explores the architectural space of fossil fuel consumption, biogenic carbon sequestration and climate change including the studio course “Lines: Lines, Pipelines, and the Contested Space of Fossil Fuel Transport in the Pacific Northwest,” the paper “Time, Material, Environment: A Life Cycle Assessment Model for Calculating Green House Gas Payback Time for Building System Upgrades,” and a manuscript in progress applying graphic tools of architectural site analysis to the spatial and environmental context of building material extraction and manufacturing. Moore was a contributor to the art and architecture sections of the United Nations Experts' Report on Harmony with Nature (2016). Moore’s architectural design work has been published in 100 Contemporary Green Buildings (Cologne: Taschen, 2013), Architecture Now! 2 (Cologne: Taschen, 2011), Small Eco-Houses, (NY: Universe, 2010), Tiny Houses (NY: Rizzoli, 2009), New Prefab (Barcelona: Loft, 2008), and in Fine Home Building, Dwell, and Architectural Record magazines. Her Equilibrium Pavilion proposal was given a Material Equilibrium prize by architect Kengo Kuma (2013) and her Borrow Stools were shortlisted in the 2014 Lexus Design Awards. Moore is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and Smith College. 

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