12 August 2017
By Stephen C. Luchetta, LEED AP BD+C
Guild Board President
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the USC School of Architecture Guild Board Members met at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey, for our annual summer retreat. Each year, the new board has an opportunity to step away from our busy lives and reflect on the past years accomplishments and evaluate ways on how we can better enhance the upcoming year. It is an honor to serve as president of this collection of dedicated and extremely talented professionals and support staff. I am looking forward to an outstanding year.
I also had the honor to introduce our new Dean of the School of Architecture, Milton S. F. Curry to the board. He provided us with a brief overview of his vision and discussed his three pillars that will lead our school to new heights in the upcoming years.
1) Pedagogy Frameshifting
2) Urbanism and Theory
3) Multiplicity in Students and Faculty
He also fielded several questions from our talented board regarding the faculty connection to the guild, industry partnership and working with other departments within USC organizations to improve the overall program.
The amazing location provided us an opportunity for stimulating conversation. We considered a variety of ideas on how to improve communications, increase our membership and how we can stay connected to the talented architectural students of USC. It is my hope that the excitement and energy experienced during the retreat will transition into another successful school year.
The day concluded with a private reception for guild board members, past guild presidents, faculty members and various other supporters. The reception also provided an opportunity for the Dean to meet various supporters of the guild, past and present. We are very fortunate to have him as our new Dean and I look forward to working with him in the upcoming year!