What Do Architects Really Think About When They Design Homes?

Author Bernard Friedman Features Top Designers in Book and Film at Architecture & Beyond

Free Event: Thursday, April 19th, 6:45-7:45PM, Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Avenue, LA


The Los Feliz Library hosts author and filmmaker Bernard Friedman at the Architecture & Beyond lecture series. On Thursday, April 19th, at 6:45PM, Friedman will relay his discussions with architects, critics, and theorists on how the American concept of “home” affects how we live and what we live in. Thirty interviews are compiled in Friedman’s The American Idea of Home: Conversations About Architecture and Design (University of Texas Press, 2017). The free event takes place at the Library at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, 90027.

“We’re giving people a look ‘under the hood,’ so to speak, on how architects set the stage for them to turn a house into a home,” notes Friedman. The interviews stem from conversations the author and documentary producer conducted for voiceover commentary for his short film “American Homes.” The 11-minute animated film displays 1,800 years of American culture through the lens of residential architecture and has been shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival, London International Animation Festival, and Architecture & Design Film Festivals in Rotterdam, New York, and Chicago. Friedman will show the film at this event.


From AIA Gold Medalists and Pritzker Prize winners Thom Mayne, FAIA, and Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA, to theoretical practitioner Gregg Lynn, and shelter magazine favorites Lee Mindel, FAIA, and Tom Kundig, FAIA, a wide range of architects expound upon meanings of home, importance of site, and necessity of sustainability, among many other wide-ranging topics. In addition to Mayne and Lynn, other Los Angeles interviewees include Hadley Arnold, Eric Owen Moss, FAIA, Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, Frank Escher, Ravi GuneWardena, AIA, and Sam Watters. Former Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wrote the foreword.

Skylight Books will be on hand for the selling and signing of the book. The free lecture series, offered for more than a dozen years, is supported by the Friends of Los Feliz Library and merchants of Los Feliz Village BID. For more information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710.

Bernard Friedman is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years in media and entertainment. Friedman’s diverse interests in the arts and sciences find expression through a variety of media, including documentary production for radio and television. He is founder and the managing member of Immunova, a drug development venture, and founder and creative director of the documentary production company, Flying Mind.