Authors on Architecture: Wagener & Erganian’s New West

  • Dates: 06 – 06 Feb, 2021
  • Location: California, United States
  • Address: Via Zoom
  • Contact: sian winship
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  • Phone: 310-560-6436, 310 560-6436

Few regions have undergone more rapid and radical development than the American West in the mid-20th century. Spectacular architecture, technical innovation, and new leisure activities were routinely commemorated on postcards. In their book New West (Hirmer Publishers, 2019), co-authors and SAH/SCC Life Members Wolfgang Wagener, AIA, RIBA, and Leslie Erganian tell that story through 500 selected linen postcards from their personal collection. (Read SAH/SCC’s book review)

Wagener and Erganian will bring four phases of the West’s development—steam, steel, oil, and information—to life. In a presentation well-suited to a Zoom audience, participants will have the benefit of charismatic speakers and engaging visuals. As documentarian Ken Burns described the book, “This is a wonderful and wonder-filled book, an obvious labor of love. It mines the physical transformation of the West and it plumbs the depths of the West of our imagination with hope and clear eyes.”

Wagener is an international architect and real estate development adviser. He graduated with a PhD in Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He wrote the monograph Raphael Soriano (Phaidon, 2002) and was a featured speaker on the SAH/SCC tour “Raphael Soriano: Man of Steel” in 2003.

Erganian is an American artist and writer. Her hand-colored photographs are in the permanent collection of the California Museum of Photography and the Xerox Corporation. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in film production from the UCLA.

Authors on Architecture: Wagener and Erganian’s New West—Saturday, February 6, 2021; 1-2:30PM PST; $5; go to and pay via PayPal; Zoom connection information sent upon registration.


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