Aleksander Tokarz is a Polish architect who immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. After his undergraduate studies he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where he did several internships with Bjarke Ingels Group, Henning Larsen Architects, and 3XN Architects. During this time he formed his own studio which focuses on the collaborative nature of art and design within architecture. Later, he launched a cultural publication called Scraper Magazine, which features interviews with architects and artists from various cities all over the world. He currently lives in Mexico City working on several corporate, commercial, and community projects.
During the 1920s, Los Angeles was a magnetic metropolis that attracted strange and peculiar people from all over the world. As the population of the city swelled so did its many religious and fraternal groups who would compete for new members by having grandiose places of worship built in their name. Many of these structures incorporated Mayan, Byzantine, Egyptian, and Classical Greek motifs onto their buildings. During this explosion of eccentric architecture, the city produced some of their most iconic buildings, most of which still stand today.
Participants will research and examine various buildings that were built using eccentric styles of architecture during the 1920s in Los Angeles. Some of these will be places of worship, cultural centers and residential buildings. Included with the research will be the background story of where these styles originated and how they came to be popularized in Los Angeles at that time.
Participants will be challenged in their investigative skills, making them visit places they haven’t been to before and to ask questions they haven’t asked before. At the end of the exercise they will have a comprehensive overview of not only the local architecture of the city but also their meanings and ancient origins.