The Society of Architectural Historians is honored to present the 2021 Change Agent Award to Michael Maltzan, FAIA, founder of Michael Maltzan Architecture, based in Los Angeles. Maltzan and his firm are committed to creating progressive, transformative experiences that chart new socially responsible trajectories for architecture, urbanism, and the public realm. The virtual award program will feature the Change Agent Award presentation to Michael Maltzan by SAH President Victoria Young, chair of the Department of Art History, University of St. Thomas. Michael Maltzan will give a short talk on the firm’s work in housing for the homeless, followed by a conversation between Michael and Frances Anderton, with questions from the audience. Anderton covers architecture and design in Los Angeles, on radio and in print.
2021 SAH Change Agent Honoree
Michael Maltzan founded Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. His projects cross a wide range of typologies, from cultural institutions to city infrastructure. Maltzan's notable projects include the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, MoMA QNS, Star Apartments, the Pittman Dowell Residence, the new Sixth Street Viaduct, MIT Vassar Street Residential Hall, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Centre.
Maltzan received an M.Arch from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and BFA and B.Arch degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the 2016 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and was elected to the National Academy of Design in 2020. He currently serves on the Deans leadership council at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Visiting Committee to the GSD. He was featured in the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s 2019 film, What It Takes to Make a Home, delivered the 20th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and his work was named One of the 25 Best Inventions of 2015 by Time Magazine.
Maltzan's work has gained international acclaim for innovation in both design and construction. It has been recognized with five Progressive Architecture awards, 43 citations from local, state and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence, the Zumtobel Group Award for Innovations for Sustainability & Humanity in the Built Environment, and a 2020 Best of the Millennium AIA LA Honor Award. The firm and its projects have been widely featured in national and international publications and have been exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art New York, the Heinz Architectural Center, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm’s work was selected for the 2006, 2018, and 2020 La Biennale di Venezia.
Frances Anderton covers architecture and design in Los Angeles, on radio and in print. No Such Place as Away
, a series she produced on neat solutions to the dirty problem of waste in California, airs January and February 2021 on KCRW public radio station. She has started work on a book, Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles
, to be published by Angel City Press. In partnership with Helms Bakery District she is developing programming around design, buildings and land-use in LA along with an independent DnA: Design and Architecture podcast.
About the Award
The SAH Change Agent Award was established in 2019 and honors individuals in architecture, design, conservation, and urbanism for their innovative, paradigm-shifting work. The Change Agent Award extends the SAH mission to promote the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all. SAH is a nonprofit organization, based in Chicago in the National Historic Landmark Charnley-Persky House (18891-1892), designed by Adler and Sullivan with Frank Lloyd Wright. Proceeds from the event support the mission of SAH as well as ongoing restoration of Charnley-Persky House.
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