Michael Maltzan Discusses His Design Philosophy + Work in This Design Coversations

We are thrilled to share the second rebroadcast of the 2022 The Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ Design Conversations Lecture Series with Michael Maltzan, founder of his eponymous firm Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. The Los Angeles-based architect’s projects span an array of typologies, from apartments for those experiencing homelessness in Skid Row to MoMA’s satellite location in Queens to the soon-to-be-completed Sixth Street Viaduct project in LA. Here, Maltzan shares how topics of politics, economics, equity, accessibility, and sustainability inform his design philosophy and the work he and his team create. Watch:

To learn more about The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT, they have launched digital access to the archives through Google Arts & Culture, joining over 2000 cultural institutions from around the world. The initial launch includes nearly 900 high resolution images of artifacts from the archives so that now anyone with access to the Internet and Google Arts & Culture can search the Vignelli archives or browse it by color or chronological order.

This lecture is presented with the support of RIT’s MAGIC Center.


This lecture series is made possible in part by the generosity of RIT Alumnus, Chris Bailey and Bailey Brand Consulting

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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