We have assembled an exceptional team of distinguished scholars and prominent practitioners to develop the program content:

Thomas Hines, Principal Scholar

Thomas Hines is the singular authority on the development of modern architecture in Southern California.  He is Professor Emeritus of History and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

He  has received Fulbright, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, was a Getty Scholar, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

His book Architecture of the Sun; Los Angeles Modernism 1990-1970 is the sourcebook for the study of Los Angeles architecture. He has written the definitive histories of Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture. Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform, and Burnham of Chicago, Architect and Planner.

He has recently been academic advisor and on-camera for Christopher Hawthorne’s television documentary  That Far Corner about Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses in Los Angeles for KCET.  He was an historical advisor for the television documentary Frank Lloyd Wright, directed by Murray Grigor, and historical advisor and on-camera commentator for the documentary films Blueprints for Modern Living: The Case Study Program for LACMA, and The Architect and the Painter: The Achievements of Charles and Ray Eames.

Richard Longstreth, Contributing Scholar

Richard Longstreth has written extensively on the modern vernacular architecture and urban development of Los Angeles. He is a Professor of Architectural History at George Washington University, where he has served as Director of the Department of American Studies.

His work has focused on the history of architecture in the United States, and the economic, design, urbanistic, Richard has served as president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Society of Architectural Historians, trustee of the National Building Museum, board member of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and a member of the National Historic Landmarks Advisory Group.

His books include: The Drive-In, the Supermarket, and the Transformation of Commercial Space in Los Angeles, 1914-1941, The Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960; Looking Beyond the Icons, Midcentury Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism,  and On the Edge of the World, Four Architects in San Francisco at the Turn of the Century.