Renowned LA designer to lecture at Bellevue College


Renowned Los Angeles-based designer and architect Frank Clementi will visit the campus of Bellevue College on Thursday, April 11 to present a free lecture titled “Hippies, Radicals and Weirdos.”

Clementi, who is the Doris Katz Distinguished Visiting Critic in BC’s Interior Design program, will examine architectural themes in buildings constructed during the sixties and seventies. The event is free and open to the public.

Clementi is a principal with Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Since joining the firm in 1990, he has been involved in the design of a wide range of projects, including offices, child care centers, theaters, residential commissions, parks and municipal works, and is a member of the city of Los Angeles Mayor’s Design Advisory Committee.

Clementi has taught at the University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and currently teaches at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

Clementi’s lecture is part of a comprehensive professional engagement program for the college’s Interior Design students, made possible by a $200,000 gift last year by the friends and family of Doris Katz, a former instructor and program chair who died in 1991. In addition to visits from design professionals like Clementi, the gift will fund master workshops, trips to regional design studios, internships and more.

Bellevue College’s Interior Design program is one of only three accredited programs in Washington state, and was just recently reaccredited for another six years by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Serving approximately 500 students each year, the program awards certificates, associate degrees and, since 2010, has offered a bachelor’s degree program that graduated its second class last year.

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in Building N, Room 201 on BC’s campus, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE.

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