Gala night: the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture celebrates 50 years

A futuristic-like vehicle with white seats and white hand rest. A man sitting on the chair on the left and a woman sitting on a chair on the right. Photographed against a blue background
A gala and auction will mark the 50 years anniversary of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture’s Architecture and Urban Design program. Pictured: a full-size prototype by SUPRASTUDIO created in response to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal.
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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.

A building made from silver slim metal poles and designed with shaped objectd. Photographed on wooden floor platform whith two people standing in from and trees behind the structure

A.UD students’ response to Los Angeles’s housing crisis came in the form of a prototype for an affordable, lightweight, environmentally sensitive home for people, birds, bees and more, created in collaboration with cityLAB and A.UD lecturer Kevin Daly

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A.UD @ 50 will honor numerous Palm Springs modern architecture advocates, from Jacques Caussin, Beth Edwards Harris PhD and Robert Imber, to Gary Johns, Nickie McLaughlin, Peter Moruzzi, and Sidney Willimas. Pictured: Frey House II, 1964, by Albert Frey. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles 

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Three students in a Lab working on a blue robotic object

U.AD’s has been instrumental in creating new generations of designers and architects. Pictured: UCLA A.UD students working in the IDEAS Robotics Lab

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For more information on A.UD @ 50, please visit UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture's website