LOS ANGELES, CA [June 1, 2016] On July 10, 2016 A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles will present Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody (1916 – 1978). This exhibition marks the architect’s 100th birthday and celebrates his seminal contribution to modern architecture.
Before graduating from USC in 1942, Cody had already distinguished himself as an expert draftsman and designer while working for Cliff May on housing developments in Los Angeles. An invitation to design a hotel in Palm Springs brought Cody to the desert in 1946 where he remained active until his death in 1978. From breakout jobs like the Del Marcos Hotel (1946), to inventive country club concepts like the Eldorado (1957), to houses for celebrities, Cody’s designs defined cutting edge, midcentury living. His work is inextricable from Palm Springs, the Bay Area, and the American Southwest. Although his aesthetic is often referred to as “Desert Modernism” his architectural range was broader and more diversified.
This exhibition honors the full scope of this work through rare examples of his masterful color renderings of personal sketches and architectural commissions, photographs of now-lost structures, and examples of vanguard building systems that included beams and roof slabs so thin that his buildings seemed to defy gravity. In this exhibition, we honor Cody’s lifelong support of education by working collaboratively with Professor Don Choi’s architecture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Through their experiments with new digital technologies students will be able to realize Cody’s expressionistic designs in ways nearly impossible 50 years ago.
Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody is organized for A+D Museum by the curatorial team of Jo Lauria, Catherine Cody, Dr. Emily Bills, and Dr. Don Choi.