Richard L. Dorman: An Audacious Modernism
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Saturday, July 17, 2021
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Join SAH/SCC and its President, Sian Winship, as she talks about the work and legacy of Richard L. Dorman, FAIA, an important midcentury modern architect. Dorman has largely been forgotten to history because he left no architectural archive. For more than a decade, Winship has been collecting photographs, plans, and drawings of his residential, commercial, and institutional projects. She is now ready to share never-before-seen images with a broader audience.
Dorman’s love of the seven-foot module in plan was perfectly matched with the views and climate of Southern California. A graduate of the USC School of Architecture, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine as one of the “Take Over Generation”—postwar professionals dedicated to remaking the world. He was published extensively in Arts + Architecture and Esther McCoy spied his talent when she featured him in a 1961 article “Young Architects in the United States.”In 1968, Dorman was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA for his contribution to design. His risk-taking approach to life and architecture are evident in more than 300 projects throughout Southern California.
In addition to being a board member of SAH/SCC for the past 25 years, Winship earned a Masters in Historic Preservation from USC in 2011 where she wrote her thesis, in part, on Dorman. Since graduating, Winship has worked as a preservation professional researching and writing National Register nominations and historic context statements. Among them is the award-winning Japanese American Historic Context and Women’s Rights Context Statement for SurveyLA. Winship is currently working on a book, An Audacious Modernism: The Legacy of Richard L. Dorman.
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