To mark a seminal 50 years of its Architecture and Urban Design program, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture has announced ’A.UD @ 50’, a gala honoring famed designer Yves Béhar and legendary architect, planner and urban designer, Denise Scott Brown. Brown and Béhar will be celebrated together with a group of 400 key figures, who have helped cement Palm Springs’ reputation as pioneers of mid century modern architecture. 

U.AD has been instrumental in developing new generations of designers, innovators and leaders. ‘Now more than ever, the world demands creative solutions to the many complex and pressing challenges of our time. There is no better time to recognise the essential role that architecture and design play in shaping our futures,’ says David Roussève, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture Interim Dean.

The event, which will take place at the historic core of UCLA’s Royce Quad campus, will welcome numerous noted guests, spanning architecture, real estate, design, construction and the entertainment industries. 

A silent auction will be held during the evening, seeing U.AD’s faculty members delving deep into their archives to donate original and rare works, all of which will go under the hammer. The auction will also include a series of photographs by the internationally acclaimed photographer Iwan Baan, created exclusively for A.UD @ 50. All proceeds will go to the support of the university’s innovative programs and help fund future student scholarships.