Building for the Public Realm

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Mark Robbins is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard working on Households, a photography exhibit that will open at the university on March 3. While serving as the director of design at the National Endowment of the Arts, he implemented a program of grants, competitions and mayors' forums to improve architecture across the US. He is also a former curator of architecture at Ohio State University-s Wexner Center of the Arts, where he remains on the faculty.

Julie Eizenberg is a principle of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, designers of a wide range of building from the Standard and Avalon Hotels, and artists lofts in Venice, to the just completed expansion of the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax, housing for the homeless in downtown and Plummer Park community center in West Hollywood.

John Friedman is co-founder of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, designers of the Brig, Club Sugar and Falcon restaurant in Hollywood as well as affordable housing projects in Koreatown and South Central Los Angeles.

John Chase is an urban designer for the City of West Hollywood and author of several books, including Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving, a series personal essays on the built environment.

Lady Lucinda Lambton is a photographer, writer and filmmaker about historic and eccentric architecture. Her books include Vanishing Victoriana, An Album of Curious Houses, and Lucinda Lambton-s A-Z of Britain. On Thursday, January 23, Lady Lambton will speak to the Decorative Arts Council at LACMA about Temples of Convenience, the history of the lavatory and subject of her best selling book. The lecture is at 7pm in the Brown Theater. For reservations, call (323) 857-6528.