A reception, lecture, discussion and book launch with Cathy Simon, FAIA

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A reception, lecture, discussion and book launch with Cathy Simon, FAIA

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us on Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, for a reception, lecture, discussion, and book launch with Cathy Simon, FAIA.

“Occupation: Boundary, Art, Architecture, and Culture at the Water”

In collaboration with the Helms Bakery District and the Cal Poly SLO LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design

Helms Design Center        
8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Free Parking is available at the corner of Helms Ave. and Venice Blvd.

Lecture is Free and Open to the Public


Cathy Simon

Cathy Simons five-decade long career has focused on transformative design at all scales. Her award-winning work comprises design for higher and secondary education, civic and commercial buildings, reinvention of historic structures, waterfront projects and urban design of numerous postindustrial Bay Area waterfront sites including the renovation of Pier 1, the Ferry Building and the masterplan for Treasure Island. Academic master plans include Harvard Futures, a study of Harvard in Allston, Brown in the Jewelry District, NYU Plans 2031, Stanford in Redwood City, and 2008 and 2017 Master Plans for Bard College, where she has also designed four buildings. In 1986 she was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for her work in Design. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, she was the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2015 and taught architecture at both Stanford and UC Berkeley where in 1996 she was the Howard Friedman Distinguished Professor of Architecture in Practice. From 1985-2008, Simon founded and led SMWM, a celebrated women-owned architecture and urban design practice with offices in San Francisco and New York. In 1999 SMWM won the AIACC Firm Award, the youngest firm to be so awarded. In 2008, SMWM joined Perkins + Will and from October 2015-January 2018, she served as a Senior Consulting Design Principal.

A speaker, design juror and critic, Simon is a member of the University of Washington Architectural Commission and the University of California Berkeley Design Review Committee. In 2016 she was the Board Chair of the Dutch organization OrangeGoesGreen, and in 2017-2018 served as a Research Advisor for the Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge. From 1993-1997, she was President of the GSD Alumni Council and served several terms on the GSD Visiting Committee. She also served for 12 years as a Trustee of the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy from 1992 to 2005.

Cathy’s design philosophy and expertise have made her a natural spokesperson for the burgeoning revitalization and resiliency of post-industrial waterfronts worldwide and she was recently an urban design and architecture consultant to a multi-firm engineering team developing the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Resiliency Program. Her book about design and the waterfront, Occupation: Boundary, Art, Architecture and Culture at the Water was published in 2022 by ORO Editions. In 2023 she received the Harvard Graduate School of Design Distinguished Alumni Award. Cathy’s and SMWM’s papers, drawings and models are collected in the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, where last fall they were shown at the College of Environmental Design in an exhibit entitled, “Giving Voice to Values.”

Follow link to purchase: Occupation: Boundary, Art, Architecture, and Culture at the Water – SIGNED BY AUTHOR CATHY SIMON | ORO EDITIONS

Introduced and moderated by Stephen Phillips, FAIA, 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).

Photos: Image of Pier 1, The Ferry Building Renovation (SMWM), and image of Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant (SMWM), and Cathy Simon (SMWM/Perkins+Will).



Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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