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Fifty years ago, William Pereira designed the original campus of UC Irvine. Beginning on Monday, April 18, 2016, a symposium and accompanying suite of exhibits - including work by social sciences alumnus Larry Tenney, '83 (photo credit above) - will examine the history of UCI’s master plan and the city of Irvine in relation to American modernism, higher education and early 1960s Utopianism. The aim is to define Pereira’s legacy and influence on contemporary developments in campus architecture and urbanism. “California Modern, Irvine Style” is the fifth in a wide-ranging series of symposia sponsored by UCI as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.

All events are located in the UCI Student Center. 

Monday, April 18 - Symposium - Pacific Ballroom

3:30 p.m. Keynote address by Elizabeth Diller, architect of the Broad Museum and MacArthur Fellow

10:00 a.m. Pereira and UCI: The View from the City with Alan Hess, Grace Kook-Anderson and Kevin Staniec
11:30 a.m. Around the Campus in 60 Minutes: A Festival on One-Minute Films
1:00 p.m. Pereira and UCI: Architectural Perspectives with Jean-Louis Cohen and Nicholas Olsberg
5:00 p.m. Celebratory reception and roundtable featuring foundational faculty as well as representatives from the City of Irvine, the Pereira family, and the architectural community

Please RSVP for the symposium here

Tuesday, April 19 - Friday, April 22 - Viewpoint Gallery

Join us at noon for one-hour gallery talks designed to stimulate interest in campus history and design. Talks include:

  • Tues., April 19 - “What happened to UCI’s centrum? And other stories about Pereira’s vision for the campus” with Laura Uglean Jackson and Christine Kim of the UCI Libraries;
  • Wed., April 20 - “Around the campus in 60 seconds: celebrating student films about UCI - Film Festival Outtakes” with Peter Krapp, professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies;
  • Thurs., April 21 - “What is urban planning? A hands-on workshop with UCI’s Department of Planning, Policy and Design” with Sanjoy Mazumdar, professor, and Cecilia Kim, Ph.D. candidate, from UCI’s Department of Planning, Policy, and Design; and
  • Fri., April 22 - "UCI stories: oral histories” with Krystal Tribbett of the UCI Libraries

Please RSVP for lunch here.

April 18-25 - Exhibit & Installation - Viewpoint Gallery

"Bold and Independent: UCI's 50th Anniversary Exhibition" curated by Kevin Staniec

“Turning 50” digital installation by UCI’s Jesse Colin Jackson and Catherine Liu

Viewpoint Gallery hours are everyday from 7 a.m. to midnight. 

For a detailed schedule of events, please click here.

Organized by Catherine Liu and Julia Lupton with Ed Dimendberg and Peter Krapp.

The symposium and related events are free and open to the public.     

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