ULI Los Angeles: Case Study and Site Tour of (W)rapper Building


2024-03-05T08:30:00 - 2024-03-05T10:30:00

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    (W)rapper Will open in a new window 5790 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 United States


    Pricing Members Non-Members
    Private $75.00 $100.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $55.00 $75.00
    Student $40.00 $55.00
    Under Age 35 $55.00 $75.00
    ULI presents a Case Study and Site Tour of the awe-inspiring (W)rapper Building. Crafted by the visionary minds at Eric Owen Moss Architects in partnership with Samitaur, Arup, and Matt Construction, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to innovation, resilience, and urban transformation.

    Located along Los Angeles Metro’s E Line that connects West Los Angeles with Downtown, the project catalyzes Los Angeles’ long term planning goal to increase density along mass transit routes. At 235 feet in height, (W)rapper sets a new scale and density for the former light industrial zone that previously limited heights to 45 feet.

    (W)rapper has a unique structural system comprised of a network of curvilinear steel bands, in lieu of vertical columns, that wrap the exterior of the building envelope. The bands are supported on a base-isolated foundation which separates the tower structure from the foundations below, allowing 32” of movement between the site and tower in a seismic event. (W)rapper is the only commercially available base-isolated high-rise office building in the United States.

    8:30 am - Registration opens / networking
    9:00 am-9:30 am - Discussion of project
    9:30am -10:30 am Tours -
    Networking / Concludes at 10:30 am

    Transportation to (W)rapper:
    By Car: Project address is 5790 W. Jefferson Boulevard. Enter the project from the signalized access at the intersection of Jefferson/National. Drive under the building and you will be directed to parking. Parking is free.

    By Transit: Take the Metro E-Line to the La Cienega Aerial Station. Exit the train and take the walk path west to (W)rapper, approx. 750ft.

    (W)rapper 5790 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 United States

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    Eric Owen Moss

    Principal and Lead Designer, Eric Owen Moss Architects

    Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds Master’s Degrees in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, College of Environmental Design and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. The Culver City-based office has completed projects in the United States and around the world. There are 22 published monographs on the work of the office, including The New City – I’ll See It When I Believe It and the upcoming Ismael’s Los Angeles by Rizzoli, and Eric Owen Moss – Construction Manual, Nanjing Charter, and Vespertine by AADCU. Moss and EOMA have garnered over 150 local, national, and international design awards including the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; AIA|LA Gold Medal; Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize; Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects; National Academy induction; Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art; Beidou Master Award in Ordos, China; and the Arpafil Award in Guadalajara, Mexico. Time Magazine listed Vespertine as one of the World’s Greatest Places to Visit in 2018, and in 2020 Conjunctive Points – The New City was awarded the AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Eric Owen Moss was also awarded the 2020 American Prize for Architecture, also known as the Louis H. Sullivan Award, from the Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has been a longtime professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and served as its director from 2002-2015.


    Amie Nulman

    Associate Principal, Arup

    I am a Structural Engineer and Associate Principal in the Buildings team in the Los Angeles office of Arup, a global engineering and planning consulting firm. I have over 20 years of experience designing and overseeing construction of complex structures around the world. In addition to structural engineering, I project manage and direct multi-disciplinary engineering teams on large building projects across various markets including commercial, arts and culture, and government. This year I took over the Government Business leader role for Arup in the western US. I support our projects, clients and collaborators across many jurisdictions and entities with a particular focus on the Department of General Services, the Judicial Council of California, the General Services Administration, and the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. I have a keen interest in working mindfully with owners, architects, engineers and contractors to develop holistic, simple and elegant design solutions. This is evident in my current and recent structures including the (W)rapper Tower, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion on the Wilshire Boulevard Temple campus, and Phase III of the California Science Center, also known as the permanent home for the Space Shuttle Endeavour.


    Kevin Pitzer

    Senior Project Manager , MATT Construction

    Throughout his career at MATT, Kevin has consistently delivered unique and complex projects on time and on budget and has played a vital role in successfully leading exemplary projects such as the LACMA Transformation, Hotel Californian, Christ Cathedral Tower of Hope, and the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Kevin is currently leading the project team at the (W)rapper, LA’s first exoskeleton tower, where he will guide the pioneering project to completion. Beyond supporting MATT’s clients, Kevin will also be responsible for identifying, developing and implementing best practices for operations. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


    Laurie Samitaur Smith

    Owner/Developer, Samitaur Constructs

    Since the mid-1980’s Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith have been developing the Conjunctive Points urban redevelopment project in Los Angeles and Culver City, California. Internationally recognized as a unique urban experiment in the fusion of art, architecture, and technology, Conjunctive Points has received numerous awards and extensive worldwide press coverage. Through their company, Samitaur Constructs, the Smiths are driving strong job creation and realizing an economic and cultural renaissance in what was once a defunct industrial tract. As Samitaur’s success in redevelopment became known, other developers followed suit and began to imitate the Samitaur re-use techniques. The benefit, from a preservation standpoint, was that more and more users were seeking rehabilitated industrial structures in which to house their companies. The popularity of such structures is even stronger today and the portfolio has grown to include over 1.2 million square feet of land. Since Frederick’s passing in 2019, Laurie has taken over sole leadership and has guided Samitaur through successful completion of its largest project to date, (W)rapper, and has multiple large-scale projects in the development pipeline planned for the coming years. In 2020, the Los Angeles City Council issued a unanimous resolution stating, “NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that by adoption of this Resolution, that the Los Angeles City Council hereby commends Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith for their remarkable vision and legacy, and for their outstanding commitment to urban renewal in Los Angeles, as exemplified by the embodiment of their 35 years of devotion to that cause, Conjunctive Points.”