Frank Escher

Frank Escher

Frank Escher

Principal at Escher GuneWardena, Los Angeles | Escher GuneWardena, Los Angeles

    Frank Escher is a principal with the Los Angeles firm Escher GuneWardena Architecture, whose work ranges from small, conceptually rigorous projects to ecologically and socially innovative urban design proposals. Frank Escher and partner Ravi GuneWardena’s interest in contemporary art has led to collaborations with artists, such as Sharon Lockhart, Mike Kelley, Olafur Eliasson, and Stephen Prina, and the installation design of dozens of exhibitions in American and European museums. Escher GuneWardena’s work on historic structures includes the restoration of John Lautner’s Chemosphere, Phase 1 restoration of the Eames House (in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute), as well as houses by A.Q. Jones, Richard Neutra, Paul Williams, and Gregory Ain.

    Escher is the editor of the monograph “John Lautner, Architect”, the first book on this architect’s work (Artemis, 1994 and Birkhäuser 1998), is co-author of “Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner” (Rizzoli, 2008) and was, with Nicholas Olsberg, co-curator of the exhibition of the same name (Hammer Museum, 2008). Escher was the administrator for the John Lautner Archive (1995-2007), serves on the board of the John Lautner Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Julius Shulman Institute, and of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Escher, trained at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich, Switzerland), has taught at the University of Southern California, he and GuneWardena have been visiting professors at Cal Poly Pomona, at the University of Oregon, and at the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) for the 2016-2017 academic year. In June of 2017, Clocks and Clouds, a monograph on Escher GuneWardena was released by Birkhäuser.

    Sessions

    Session Title: Tri-State Architectural Excellence Design Awards & Celebration
    Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
    Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location:  The Egg at Empire State Plaza, Hart Theatre