Michael Rotondi in his final lecture as Director of SCI-Arc discusses his aspirations and beliefs. He started on his path as as a father and teacher began when he and several of his fellow students and faculty from Cal Poly Pomona left the school with Ray Kappe to begin SCI-Arc. A bit later, September 1976, his son was born. Learning to teach from his experiences as a father, he soon came to see SCI-Arc itself as a constantly reforming living organism with its own molecules, intelligence, and consciousness. Finding greater comfort through greater degrees of uncertainty, he learned to believe in the power of ideas, the promise of architecture, people, and himself. Realizing the need for structure to achieve freedom, he came to believe that anything imaginable is possible.
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Ray and Shelly Kappe thank everyone involved in putting on this fundraiser for the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc. Before beginning, Ray mentions John Hohansen, and David Lafaille, a board member who was key in getting the building lease and the school’s accreditation. Ray then talks about how SCI-Arc started, including why he left Cal Poly Pomona, and how the early school was open to all possibilities. Kappe then introduces a slide presentation by Jerry Compton and Tony Spencer, his former students and talks about when they built a pyramid on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1976. The slide presentation starts with audio from meetings from Ray Kappe’s last days at Cal Poly, and continues with photos show the founding and early classes and projects at SCI-Arc.
A compilation of early material related to SCI-Arc, including photographs and video accompanied by Beethoven and other music. The school’s 1800 Berkeley Street location appears, as does Ray Kappe, Adhe Lahti, Ena Dubnoff, Glen Small, student models and drawings, the Urban Odyssey, and the pyramid project in Washington D.C. There are additional photographs of Cal Poly Pomona, Arnie Stalk, Thom Mayne, Charles Gwathmey, and Shelly Kappe. Students perform a spoof of Eric Owen Moss giving a desk critic in which the student’s model is destroyed.