February 2, 2014 Lawrence Scarpa: “Latent Potentials”

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in McCarty Auditorium of the Art + Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville.

You can participate in the Q&A following the lecture by submitting questions through Twitter using the hashtag #ChurchLecture. A member of our audience will ask your question to the lecturer. Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) continuing education credits will be provided by the American Institute of Architects.


Lawrence Scarpa will present “Latent Potentials.” He has received more than 50 major design awards in the last 10 years, including 19 national awards from the American Institute of Architecture. This spring, he is the UT BarberMcMurry Visiting Professor. He is founder and principal at Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa) in Los Angeles.  His work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the National Building Museum.

Lecture Video:

The event will be available on the night of the lecture at the below or at this link.

Relevant Works:

Architizer: Brooks + Scarpa Firm Profile

Suggested Reading:

Students are encouraged to read the “Lecture Series Readings” provided through the “Academics” server. All college faculty, students, and staff have access to this folder.

Lecturer Bio:

The work of Lawrence Scarpa and his firm Brooks + Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. Over the last ten years Mr. Scarpa has received over fifty major design awards including nineteen National AIA Awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, The Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. He has also received the lifetime achievement award from Interior Design Magazine. In 2010, his firm Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa) was awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award.

Mr. Scarpa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited in venues such as MOCA Los Angeles, The National Building Museum, Washington, DC and the Gwanju Bienale, Seoul, Korea.  Mr. Scarpa has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured in Time Magazine and Architectural Graphic Standards.

He has taught and lectured at the university level for more than two decades.  Some of those institutions include Harvard University, UCLA, SCI-arc, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a co-founder of the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing and to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.


Images provided by Brooks + Scarpa. Features the Yin Yang House and the Green Dot High School project.

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