Hernan Diaz Alonso & Alex McDowell: On LA


Production Designer, Alex McDowell and SCI-Arc Graduate Chair, Hernan Diaz Alonso discuss the Los Angeles scene in architecture, education, art, and the film industry.

Drawing comparisons between the cultural, aesthetic and commercial evolution of these fields on the U.S. West Coast and in Europe, McDowell and Diaz Alonso identify Los Angeles as a unique creative ecosystem.

Via his experience working on Hollywood blockbusters such as Minority Report and Upside Down—and his current academic role at the University of Southern California—McDowell identifies the concept of world building as the milieu where contemporary design practices converge. Diaz Alonso responds by aligning SCI-Arc’s educational ethos with the notion of an all-encompassing commitment to design innovation and singles-out past and current SCI-Arc faculty as examples of such an approach.