John Spence Awarded Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, The Department Of Architecture And Urban Design At UCLA
John Spence, Chairman and Founder of Karma Royal Group, has been honoured by the University of California (UCLA) by being awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design in 2015.
John will be collaborating with Adjunct Assistant Professor Georgina Huljich in her Advanced Topic Studio in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.
“It is a tremendous honour to be invited to participate as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at UCLA,” said John. “To have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and best new talent in architecture and urban design is exciting and invigorating. I look forward to sharing my experience and passion for realizing and developing opportunities in challenging, remote and non-urban environments with the students and, in turn, allowing them to have the opportunity to realize their talent and vision working with me and my global team.”
John continued; “I greatly enjoyed my experience as the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Fellow at Yale University last year and am both hugely flattered and honoured that a second top-tier American University has chosen to give me another Fellowship.”
The Department of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD) at UCLA has become widely recognized as one of the most progressive in the world, combining a preeminent faculty with an interest in the computer as a creative tool and its critical impact on contemporary culture. Upon graduation, alumni work for the world’s most innovative architects, among them Frank Gehry, faculty member Thom Mayne, and Zaha Hadid — all of whom are Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, the highest honor in the field.
During the winter term 2015 in the United States, John and Adjunct Assistant Professor Georgina Huljich will be presenting the Advanced Topic Studio, “The Island, the Pods and the Glamorous – Contemporary Glamping in Remote Settings”. As urban developments in cities across the globe grow at an unprecedented rate, the challenge has become producing an underlying theory that is pointed in a different direction. The project will consist of the development of a Glamping* Resort on one of three islands: Bequia Island in the Caribbean; Rottnest Island in Western Australia and one of the Gili Islands in Indonesia.
“We are honoured to have John Spence involved as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow,” said Hitoshi Abe, Chair, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. “His enthusiasm, expertise and unique, visionary perspective will enrich our environment at large.”
The studio’s collaboration with John will give students the opportunity to investigate innovation with a real understanding of problems at hand but with the visionary and risk taking perspective that has characterized his approach to luxury development on unconventionally remote sites.
*glamping: shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.