Suna Jaen, Ju Sung Park, and Izzy Savage participated in the 2015 LABC Charette

Otis-LABC-Charette-Sp15_Process_BlogArchitecture/Landscape/Interiors seniors Suna Jaen, Ju Sung Park, and Izzy Savage represented OTIS College of Art and Design in the Los Angeles Business Council’s 2015 Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Design Charette, “South Los Angeles Wetland Park Facility.”


Teams of three students, each, from six Los Angeles area schools of architecture and design (California State University, Long Beach; California Polytechnic, Pomona; OTIS College of Art and Design; Southern California Institute of Architecture; University of Southern California, Architecture; and Woodbury University) participated in the “South Los Angeles Wetland Park Facility” charette competition at their own campuses between Friday, January 9th and Friday, January 23rd, 2015, when entries were due at 12:00 noon.

Student teams were asked to propose “a creative adaptation of the existing structure (a currently vacant 80,000 sf building) that enhances the historic character of the building while potentially transforming it in a meaningful way. “The City is interested in uses that reinforce the environmental features on the site and that enhance and serve the neighboring community….Proposals will be evaluated based on feasibility of execution, creativity of program, and expression of architecture.” – excerpts from the Project Description
Students presented their design proposals to a jury at the offices of Gensler, in downtown Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 25th. The jury consisted of Bob Hale, FAIA, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Scott Johnson, FAIA, Johnson Fain; David Martin, FAIA, AC Martin; Clifford Selbert, Partner, Selbert Perkins Design; and Sabu Song, Senior Associate, Gensler. Los Angeles Councilman Curren D. Price (representing the 9th District) also was in attendance to present remarks to the students and talk about the neighborhoods surrounding the design project.

Suna’s, Ju Sung’s, and Izzy’s design, “Network,” proposed an inversion of the normative figure-ground relationship with circulation emerging from the existing building as a dynamic, branching form. The, then, residual interior spaces house more than thirteen programs and activities including a Farmer’s Market, Tutoring Center, Family Planning and Childcare Facilities, an on-site Police Station, Gym, Grocery Store, and Gardening Classes in the on-site Garden.

The winning design/team will be announced at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


top: view of one entry to “Network”
bottom left, left to right: Izzy Savage, Suna Jaen, and Ju Sung Park (in the background) presenting their design to the jury
bottom right, left to right: Izzy Savage, Suna Jaen, and Ju Sung Park working on their design and presentation, around the clock, at Otis’ Westchester campus