Roski Talks: Frances Anderton

Tues, Mar 22 at 7pm

USC Roski Graduate Gallery
1262 Palmetto St., Los Angeles
(LA Arts District)


Reservations here.



For the wellbeing of our students and all who visit USC, and until further notice: masks are welcome when indoors,  visitors must have proof of full vaccination, and have completed a USC Trojan Check the day of the visit and prior to arriving on campus. More details below.


Radical Retrofits

The Pritzker prize is the most prestigious prize in architecture, given annually to a designer who advances the art of built form. But in 2021 the jury surprised people by giving the prize to Lacaton and Vassal, a French firm that adapts existing buildings in highly innovative ways, instead of building new. “Demolition is violence,” they say. In her talk, "Radical Retrofits," with students at Roski, Frances Anderton will talk about the biggest challenge facing design and architecture today— its colossal carbon footprint — and will ask: Is the solution more “green” buildings or to not build at all?  

Read more on the subject in Anderton's article in Sierra magazine.


About the Speaker

Frances Anderton covers Los Angeles design and architecture in print, podcasts and public events. She is currently writing a book, Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, to be published in 2022 by Angel City Press. Anderton also programs talks, exhibitions and events at Helms Bakery District. For many years she hosted KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture radio show, having got her start at KCRW producing Warren Olney’s current affairs shows Which Way, LA? And To The Point.  She produced and co-hosted the radio series Wasted: Neat Solutions to the Dirty Problem of Waste, aired in early 2021 on KCRW's Greater LA. In 2015 she curated Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, an exhibition of photography about resilient architecture, shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She has written widely about design for publications including "The New York Times" and "Dwell" magazine. Honors include the 2020 ICON Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival and the 2010 Esther McCoy Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism, bestowed by the Architectural Guild of USC School of Architecture.


Covid Restrictions: 

For anyone not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they must attest that they have a medical contraindication or religious objection to vaccination and as an alternative present a negative COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the start of this event. By attending this event, you are attesting that you meet one of these requirements.