As Ray Kappe says he likes to think as a futurist. Kappe discusses studies that he did for the AIA regarding development in Los Angeles and the unnecessary destruction of green space. He also talks about urban planning, and his idea for creating an inflatable dam on the Los Angeles river.
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Former SCI-Arc student Jerry Compton talks at a SCI-Arc alumni event to support the Kappe Library. He talks about the importance of Ray and Shelly Kappe in starting SCI-Arc, while Tony Spencer begins to talk about the pyramid he and other SCI-Arc students built in Washington, D.C. in 1976, as part of the AIA Convention. Jerry remembers how the pyramid project got him elected as the student AIA president while Tony remembers their rhombic dodecahedron and the feeling that they could do whatever they wanted as students. Terry Rainey also speaks about being a student in the early years of the school.
Peter Waldman presents several recently built projects reflecting his interest in an American architecture for “mapmakers, nomads, and lunatics,” including the Hurricane House in Houston, and the Trojan Horse house in Galveston.
The first few seconds have no sound. L. A. AIA president Henry Silvestri hands out awards, and introduces Bernard Zimmerman, who announces some upcoming AIA-sponsored lectures.
Discussion among panelists regarding their educational and professional backgrounds. There was further discussion regarding the AIA’s (American Institute of Architecture) recent publication regarding the incorporation of women into architecture. They discussed current political topics, such as Affirmative Action and the Women’s Liberation Movement. They discussed current social norms within the profession of architecture and methods by which they deal with the issues associated.
Shelly Kappe brings up the AIA’s recent attempts to encourage women to study architecture, and to join the association, which might be considered affirmative action. The panelists discuss professional gender equality around the world, noting that although in Europe and Asia women were given more opportunities for employment, women there were never appointed to management positions. They discuss the everyday occurances that take place in practice, with which a sense of humor helps. They stress being architects first and women second.