Modern Patrons: Moore in LA
SAH/SCC Tour & Talk, West Los Angeles
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Join SAH/SCC for the latest in our popular Modern Patrons salon series, as we celebrate the work of Charles Moore with a visit to the David Rodes Residence (Moore Ruble Yudell, 1978-9). This exclusive event features a dialogue with the owner about the process of engaging and building a modern home with one of the most charismatic and influential architects of the late 20th Century.
Charles Willard Moore is best known for his groundbreaking residential design work at Sea Ranch. Moore, moreover, was also an active educator. From his recruitment by William Wurster to teach as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959, to posts at Yale, UCLA, and lastly, the University of Texas, Moore was an influential teacher and nurturer of young architects. Moore practiced architecture individually and in several important partnerships throughout his career, including with Moore Ruble Yudell in Santa Monica.
David Gebhard and Robert Winter described the Rodes Residence as "…a two-story convex façade that acts as a stage set for the owner’s amateur theatrical productions." According to Gebhard, Moore said he drew inspiration for the design from "modernized 18th-Century houses in the south of France." The house has been widely published in Architectural Record, Architecture and Urbanism, and GA Houses.
The Rodes Residence was designed for David S. Rodes, a professor of English at UCLA. A Recipient of a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Rodes has been a driving force at UCLA since he began as an assistant professor of English in 1966. He is a Fulbright and Stanford fellow, and has chaired numerous UCLA campus committees. In 1972 he was given the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 1995 was decorated by the French government. He is the former director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA.
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