Meet the SKYLINE Architects + Artists

Monday – Wednesday, March 14 – 16, we will be conducting Meet + Greets with our 2016 SKYLINE participants.

Join LERATA President Melissa Urcan to meet the architects and artists who created these works and learn how they designed and developed their projects and the technologies involved.

The current schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – 8pm.  Meet architect Steve Lee (@Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., Concourse Level, installation 1 on our Map/Guide) – ALSO at 9pm, Guitarist Aaron Gilmartin will interact with the sculpture musically, you can interact with it yourself from 8-9! See our Facebook page for video:

Steve Lee is the founder of Aprilli design studio, a Los Angeles-based design atelier mainly focusing on design, research and implementation of sustainable design and planning strategies. As a product designer and architect, his project ranges from small scale product design to larger scale installation and urban proposals which improve the quality of human life, society and surrounding environments. His recent project “Aprilli Flower Vase Collection” has been showcased at various galleries and international exhibitions including ICFF 2014 and HD Expo 2015.

Prior to founding Aprilli Design Studio, he has worked at architectural design firms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, RTKL Associates and Koetter Kim Associates for about eight years as lead designer on international high rise, commercial and hospitality projects including Wuhan Optic Valley Business Center, Chengdu Hyatt Regency Hotel and Chongqing ITCC. His work has been published on international magazines and media extensively.
Steve has received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Yonsei University in 2002 and Master in Architecture degree from Yale University in 2007.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 6pm.  Meet architects Yan Krymsky, Noam Saragosti, Ben Juckes, and Alexandra Schioldager (@1820 Industrial St. installations 3 on our Map/Guide):

Yan Krymsky is a lead designer at the Yazdani Studio, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice in Los Angeles. He also owns and operates Liminal Space, a Downtown Los Angeles design practice that focuses on local, small-scale installation and residential work. He earned his BA from the USC School of Architecture in 1999. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of local and internationally recognized buildings – most recently the CJ R&D center in Soeul, Korea and the Lassonde Studios, a hybrid “maker space” and housing building at the University of Utah. The project has received national attention for introducing a first-of-its-kind modular sleeping room concept. Yan also leads the Yazdani Studio research initiative focused on explorations in software, robotics and high performance building facades. The work is frequently shared with a community of enthusiasts on the popular Responsive Skins blog. Yan is a frequent guest university critic and has presented his research work at the University
of Southern California and the University of Oregon among others.

Noam Saragosti graduated with distinction from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona in 2014. He was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Student Award and the Thesis Degree Honor Award. In 2013 he was the receipient of the LT Shanks Traveling Fellowship. While a student, he assisted with an installation by Michael Fox for the Superfront Gallery in Los Angeles. Noam has worked at several award-winning architecture offices in Los Angeles including JFAK architects, Domaen, and Yazdani Studio. For the past year Noam has been working as a designer on three interactive media exhibits in the city of Jerusalem.

Ben Juckes is currently a designer at Yazdani Studio, working on the exhibit design for The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, estimated completion in 2017. Prior to his involvement at Yazdani Studio, Ben was part of the creative team behind the Australian Exhibit ‘Augmented Australia’ at the Venice Biennale in 2014. The exhibit showcased the unbuilt architecture of Australia, by locating 1:1 scale digital models of selected works at physical coordinates throughout Venice, visitors where able to explore the augmented structures using a smart phone. Ben graduated from his Masters of Architecture in 2013 from the University of Western Australia, receiving the E.G. Cohen Medal for his thesis project ‘A Funerary Paradigm’.

Past Meet + Greets:

Monday, March 14, 2016  – 8pm.  Meet architect Natasha Bajc (@1820 Industrial St. installations 4/5 on our Map/Guide):

Natasha Bajc is currently a faculty at Suprastudio @ AUD School at UCLA with the interest in mixed reality, cyber-physical systems and human computer spatial interaction. Natasha’s previous academic engagements include Southern California Institute of Architecture( SCI Arc), Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, Pasadena City College and University of Belgrade.

Her strong background in engineering, coupled with over 20 years of architectural practice allows her to have a broad picture of the current construction discipline. Providing for her interest in computation, she is currently pursuing Master of Computer Science at University of Southern California, and due to her set of unique skills, she develops new technological approaches to the old construction issues.

Natasha’s most recent exhibitions include Architecture and Design museum in Los Angeles and  museum of applied arts in Belgrade. With her company CodeDesignStudio she is the winner of European hotel design award and award for Radical Innovation in Hospitality. Her work has been published in many trade magazines and she was a TEDx speaker in the inaugural TED x conference in Belgrade, Serbia.