Craig Hodgetts, Hyperloop Studio; Hodgetts + Fung

Craig Hodgetts, Hyperloop Studio; Hodgetts + Fung

CHPhoto-001Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, is a well-known Los Angeles-based architect known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. With a broad-ranging background in automotive design, theater and architecture, Hodgetts brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of construction methodology.

Hodgetts’ early career as an architect cultivated under the mentorship of Sir James Stirling, after which he founded his own firm, StudioWorks. In 1984, he formed Hodgetts + Fung with partner Hsinming Fung, and the two have continued to pioneer innovative designs for the past three decades. Hodgetts + Fung has created a spectrum of award-winning projects, which includes the temporary yet emblematic UCLA Towell Library; the new acoustical shell for the Hollywood Bowl; a soon to be completed riverfront amphitheater in historic downtown Nashville; and a mixed-use hotel and retail development that incorporates a pedestrian walkway in West Hollywood.  Hodgetts’ work has been published extensively and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects California Council, the 2006 Gold Medal Award from AIA Los Angeles, and the 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.

Hodgetts has been a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA since 1972 and is currently leading the Hyperloop Studio, based on Elon Musk’s revolutionary high-speed pneumatic tube transit system that will transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. Craig and a group of 25 graduate students are charged with addressing urban design, planning, and capsule design for the project.