Cal Poly LA Metro Program Hosts Tom Wiscombe Inside the Helms Design Center

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Cal Poly LA Metro Program Hosts Tom Wiscombe Inside the Helms Design Center

March 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


On Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, Helms Bakery District is pleased to present a reception, lecture, and discussion with Tom Wiscombe of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, in collaboration with the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design. The evening will be introduced and moderated by Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD, Principal of Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS) and professor, director, Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo).

The event is FREE and Open to the Public. Please RSVP to Free Parking is available at the Valet located on the corner of Helms Avenue and Venice Boulevard.

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About the Architect

Tom Wiscombe
Born in La Jolla, California in 1970, Tom Wiscombe is an Architect living in Los Angeles. He is founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His work stands out in terms of its mysterious figural features, its alluring graphic qualities, and its tectonic inventiveness.

Wiscombe has developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, exhibitions of work at major cultural institutions, and publications worldwide. In 2014, Wiscombe began planning and design of the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art with Tom Gilmore, the developer known for leading the re-vitalization of downtown Los Angeles. This project involves 105,000 square feet of renovation and new construction beneath, inside of, and on top of several historical bank buildings. In 2016, Wiscombe, together with Orange Barrel Media, MOCA, and Imaginary Forces, won the West Hollywood Sunset Spectacular competition, a new form of billboard for the 21st century. In 2014, Wiscombe also received Second Place in the international competition for the Kinmen Passenger Service Center, Taiwan. In 2011, Wiscombe won first place in the competition for the 123,000 square meter. Chinese National Games Civic Sports Arena in Shenyang.
Wiscombe is Chair of the Bachelor of Architecture Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he has taught for over 10 years. Wiscombe has taught Advanced Research studios as Visiting Professor at PennDesign (U. Penn) for 4 years, and in 2012, held the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship at Yale University. He has published texts on architectural theory in journals such as AD, Project, and LOG. His work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York.
Previously, Wiscombe worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au, where he was the right hand of Principal Wolf Prix for over 10 years. He was responsible for multiple international projects and large project teams from competition through realization. Notably, he was Chief Designer for the UFA Cinema Center, Dresden, BMW Welt, Munich, and the Lyon Museum of Confluences, known as three of the most important works of contemporary architecture.


March 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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