Publication

  • Biography of a Teaching Machine and Other Writings
    Craig Hodgetts
    Author
    Todd Gannon
    Editor
    MIT Press, 2017
  • GRANTEE
    Todd Gannon & Craig Hodgetts
    GRANT YEAR
    2015

Craig Hodgetts, collage from Design Quarterly 100, Inside James Stirling, 1976. Courtesy of Craig Hodgetts.

Widely known for his award-winning design work, the Los Angeles–based architect Craig Hodgetts has distinguished himself as one of the key voices of his generation through trenchant commentary and visionary speculation on architecture and design. This volume gathers an array of theoretical polemics on buildings and cities, critical assessments of major projects and personalities, and other writings that showcase Hodgetts's unique position as both a central figure in the discipline of architecture and a tireless advocate of technological opportunities developed at the fringes of the field. Contextualized with a critical introduction by historian Todd Gannon and illustrated with rare materials from Hodgetts's archive, this collection cuts a revealing cross-section through a turbulent period, during which architecture's confidence in the modernist project was shaken, its intellectual energies redirected, and its cultural agenda re-imagined in the face of environmental challenges, technological opportunities, lingering disciplinary traditions, and revolutionary new ideas.

Todd Gannon is an architect and writer based in Los Angeles. He is a faculty member and cultural studies curriculum coordinator at SCI-Arc, where he has taught since 2008. His published books include The Light Construction Reader (2002), Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie's Miller House (2013), and monographs on the works of Morphosis, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, and others. His essays have appeared in The SAGE Handbook for Architectural Theory (2012), The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism (2007), and in periodicals including Log, Offramp, and the Architect's Newspaper. In collaboration with Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago, he curated the 2013 exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics at SCI-Arc, which examines the legacy of Thom Mayne's Architecture Gallery (1979) in Venice, California.

Craig Hodgetts is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and storytelling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture, and evolving lifestyles. With a broad-ranging background in automotive design, theater, and architecture, he brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of construction methodology. Hodgetts is presently professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and previously was a founding dean of the School of Design at the California Institute of the Arts. With HsinMing Fung, he has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University, and served as visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, and the University of Arizona. Known for his enthusiasm for interdisciplinary studies, he has also been active in curriculum development at the Art Center College of Design, where he created a prototype classroom for advanced studies in the Department of Environmental Design.