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Jon Yoder, PhD

Associate Professor
Jon Yoder is a designer and scholar of Modern architecture and visual media. He received a Ph.D. in Architecture from UCLA, M.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin, and B.A. in Art and Communication from Goshen College. He teaches design and theory in the CAED and taught previously at Syracuse University, SCI-Arc, and UCLA. His designs with Pei Cobb Freed, ZGF Partnership, and SPF:Architects have been published widely, and his research has been supported by grants from the American Institute of Architects, College Art Association, Graham Foundation, Historical Society of Southern California, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Yoder publishes essays, presents lectures, curates exhibitions, and organizes symposia that explore alternative models of architecturally constructed vision. He is also currently working on two books: Widescreen Architecture, which analyzes the buildings of Los Angeles architect John Lautner as exemplars of a broad cultural drive for visual immersion in the 1960s; and Op Arc, which explores the ‘ocular’ impulse in contemporary architecture practice.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Widescreen Architecture: The Immersive Visuality of John Lautner (UCLA PhD Dissertation), 2011; "Multimedia Review: New Films by Murray Grigor," in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2009; "An Answer Concerning Technology," in Architecture + Phenomenology Second Annual Conference (Japan), 2009; Televisuality: Graduate Session 06, 2008; "A View to Kill For," in Modern Painters, 2008; "All That is Solid Melts into Infrastructure...," in Thought Matters II: UCLA Research Studio Works, 2008; and "John Lautner: Diagramming Vision in Los Angeles," in ArcCA, 2005.
Research Areas
  • Modern Architecture
  • Media & Technology
  • Visual Culture
  • Digital Fabrication
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture & Urban Design, Society of Architectural Historians, Society for Cinema & Media Studies
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Taylor Hall
Spring 2015
  • HONR 40099 - 035 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
  • ARCH 45291 - 002 St : Los Angeles Modern
  • ARCH 55291 - 002 St : Los Angeles Modern
  • ARCH 60102 - 001 Graduate Design Studio Ii
  • ARCH 66996 - 005 Individual Investigation
Fall 2015
  • HONR 40099 - 003 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
  • ARCH 60301 - 001 Theories Of Architecture