Livewire at SCI-Arc Gallery

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present Livewire, a site-specific installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery by Los Angeles-based architects and SCI-Arc studio design faculty members, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, in collaboration with the engineering firm Buro Happold. The exhibition runs from October 24 to December 14, 2008. The opening reception takes place on Friday, October 24, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, with a discussion taking place on Monday, November 17 at 7:00pm between Eric Owen Moss, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu.

Livewire stems from the desire to occupy the SCI-Arc Gallery in a way that exploits the spatial potential of the existing venue and strives to define an expanded relationship between tectonic expression and functional performance. The installation proposes a vertical circulation system, a stair, linking the floor level of the gallery to the catwalk above and is constructed of approximately 2,400 linear feet of aluminum tubing and rods. The stair, often relegated to pure functional use, is a testing ground for weaving together a multitude of architectural ideas, ranging from the manipulation of light, geometry, and structure to vertical circulation. Livewire is aimed at suggesting an expanded definition of architectural elements, one that surpasses boundaries of simple functions and suggests intangible results.

The architecture office of Oyler Wu Collaborative was established in 2001 by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu in New York City and is currently located in Los Angeles. Oyler received a B.Arch. from Kansas State University and M.Arch. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Jenny Wu received her BA from Columbia University and also received her M.Arch. from Harvard University’s GSD. They are the principals of Oyler Wu Collaborative, an architecture firm that believes in creating a dialogue between context and intervention that has the ability to operate at multiple scales and through varying physical and conceptual relationships.

Oyler Wu Collaborative’s scope of projects range from small design interventions to a 15-storey mixed-use tower in Taipei, Taiwan. Oyler Wu Collaborative was recently awarded the design of the new space for the LA Forum for Art and Architecture in Hollywood, CA and is one of the 100 firms selected to participate in the Ordos 100 project in Inner Mongolia, China. For more information, please visit