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Hadrian Predock to lead architecture’s undergraduate program

His voice in design education and leadership will enhance the school’s experiment with new paradigms, dean says

Allison Engelby Allison Engel

Award-winning architect and educator Hadrian Predock has been chosen to serve as the next director of undergraduate programs at the USC School of Architecture.

Predock, who founded the California firm Predock Frane Architects with John Frane in 2000, is known for pushing the boundaries of the discipline through site-specific projects and installations that incorporate art and architecture.

“Hadrian, with his voice in design education, leadership in practice and advocacy for creative culture, will not only enhance the school’s mission but also experiment with new paradigms in the undergraduate degree program and renewed integration with practice,” said Qingyun Ma, dean of the School of Architecture.

architect Hadrian Predock

Hadrian Predock (Photo/courtesy of Hadrian Predock)

Predock will begin his new post this fall. He succeeds Alice Kimm, who held the directorship for four years and is returning to full-time teaching and research.

“This is an exciting time as architecture pulls out of the recession,” Predock said, “and I’m looking forward to helping position the school in larger conversations about where the profession is going.”

The architect’s work, which includes innovative approaches to design for cultural institutions, housing and retail projects, as well as art installations and furniture, has been honored with numerous awards and inclusion in the Venice Biennale and other world-class exhibitions. On three occasions he has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ top design award.

Notable projects include the Getty Center’s new Family Room; a contemplation space, Acqua Alta, that used thousands of nearly invisible filaments to evoke water patterns; and a new twist on urban infill housing, Habitat 15. In 2004, Predock was part of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices series.

Prior to joining USC, Predock was a faculty member at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, where he taught design studios for many years. He has also taught at Tulane University and the University of California, Berkeley.

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