Lavin, Sylvia

Richard Schulman

Sylvia Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award, as well as previous awards from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.  Besides Kissing Architecture, featured in her Rorotoko interview, Lavin is the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT, 1992), Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT, 2005), and the forthcoming The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity.  She initiated a series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, has been a guest curator for the CCA and Ace Galleries, and is currently working on a large-scale exhibition, Fin-de-Sixties LA: From Pop to Postmodernism.  Lavin is the Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture at UCLA, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, and the Director of Hi-C, a design/research group that supports architecture in the public realm.

On Rorotoko:

On her book Kissing Architecture
(Our Cover Feature of August 09, 2011)