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In Honor of the 50th Birthday of The Sea Ranch

Watch the video of the Architectural Forum on YouTube!

Listen to the audio files of the Architectural Forum online!

DVD of the Architectural Forum available at The Sea Ranch Association office for $10.00

October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Knipp-Stengel Barn
37600 Highway One, The Sea Ranch, California

Remote Audio/Video Broadcast - Del Mar Center Hall
40600 Leeward Road, The Sea Ranch, California


  • How well has The Sea Ranch fulfilled the vision of its founders?
  • What are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing TSR today?
  • How might TSR vision evolve to address these and future challenges?

A public forum consisting of an introduction and five 20 minute presentations, a panel discussion, and questions from the audience, which will include The Sea Ranch Board of Directors, The Sea Ranch Design Committee, and local Designers/Builders.

10:00 Welcome by Jacquelynn Baas
10:05-10:35 Historical/contextual introduction by Donlyn Lyndon [UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, author, and Sea Ranch architect]
10:40-11:00 Mitchell Schwarzer [S.F. Bay Area architectural historian]
11:05-11:25 Christopher Hawthorne [architecture critic, Los Angeles Times]
11:30-11:50 Cathleen McGuigan [editor, Architectural Record]
11:50-1:15 LUNCH BREAK (brown bag; beverages provided)
1:25 Reconvening, Jacquelynn Baas
1:30-1:50 Linda Jewell [UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture & Urban Design]
1:55-2:15 Will Bruder [architect and planner, Will Bruder Architects]
2:20-3:00 Panel discussion led by Donlyn Lyndon
3:00 BREAK
3:15-4:15 Audience questions, moderated by Jacquelynn Baas
4:15-5:00 Wine and cheese and informal discussion


Lead Speaker Donlyn Lyndon is Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. He has also headed departments of architecture at MIT and the University of Oregon. Lyndon's design work includes Sea Ranch Condominium One (with MLTW), which received the 25 Year Award from the American Institute of Architects and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He chairs TSR Commons Landscape Committee, managing ten miles of coastal and forest landscape. Among his publications is The Sea Ranch, which describes and analyzes TSR's landscape and distinctive architecture. A new, expanded edition has recently been published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Panelist Mitchell Schwarzer is an architectural and urban historian whose research and teaching includes art, architecture, cultural landscape, and technology. A graduate of Washington University, Harvard, and MIT, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design; he currently serves as Professor, Visual Studies, California College of the Arts.Schwarzer edited Design Book Review from 1999 to 2001; his own books include Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: History and Guide. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, and China.

Panelist Christopher Hawthorne has served as architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times since fall 2004. Previously he was the architecture critic for Slate, a contributing editor for Metropolis magazine, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times and many other publications. Hawthorne was consulting curator for the National Building Museum's groundbreaking 2005 exhibition, The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design, and co-author of the exhibition's accompanying publication. He has taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Columbia University. During his childhood, Hawthorne summered at The Sea Ranch with his parents. A Yale graduate, he lives in Pasadena, California.

Panelist Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, as well as editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction's GreenSource, a sustainable design magazine. McGuigan joined McGraw-Hill Construction in 2011 after serving for many years as Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor. A Michigan native, she holds a degree in English with a minor in art history from Brown University. While working at Newsweek she earned a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and has served as adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Panelist Linda Jewell (M.L.A. Pennsylvania) is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. In both her teaching and practice she focuses on how structural interventions can be introduced to create vivid landscape experiences. Jewell joined the Berkeley faculty in 1991 after fifteen years of combining professional practice with academic appointments, including Chair of Harvard's Department of Landscape Architecture. Her publications and design work have won numerous ASLA merit and honor awards. She has published more than 30 articles on landscape construction and design and has produced several exhibitions, including a traveling exhibition on American outdoor theaters.

Panelist Will Bruder is lead design architect for Will Bruder Architects, a studio of architects and design professionals in downtown Phoenix. The studio aims to create functionally poetic architecture, interior designs, and urban planning solutions that meet the need of clients and are appropriate to their contexts. Self-trained as an architect, Bruder has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He supplemented his studio art education with further study of structural engineering, philosophy, art history, and urban planning, and served architectural apprenticeships with Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts. He is actively engaged in exploring with his Phoenix community the role of design in place making within a fragile urban desert environment.

Forum Organizer and Moderator Jacquelynn Baas is Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She was founding Director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, designed by Charles W. Moore, and has lived full time at The Sea Ranch since 2003.

Sponsored by:
The Sea Ranch Foundation [www.thesearanchfoundation.org] and
The Sea Ranch Association [www.tsra.org]

Supported by: Private Donors and Sonoma County Advertising and Promotions Program

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