David Erdman and Clover Lee: Amass

Department of Architecture Fall 2010 Lecture Series

davidclovers brings together the distinguished practices of David Erdman and Clover Lee, whose work explores architectural massing effects. Their work is internationally recognized for its unique sensibility and how their computationally based design methods exploit materials in innovative ways. Established in 2007 in Los Angeles and relocated to Hong Kong in 2009, davidclovers has completed several projects and currently have three residential projects under construction. This fall they will break ground on their first residential house in the U.S. (Butterfly House) and will publicly release their Lunar House for purchase online. Lunar House is the first house in the U.S. to use Corian as an exterior cladding and is the result of a two-year collaboration with DuPont China and artist C.E.B. Reas.

Erdman is a founding member of the research design collaborative servo, with whom he collaborated from 1999–06. He taught at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) until 2008, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. The American Academy in Rome awarded him the Rome Prize in 2008. Research from his work with UCLA students will be collected in the forthcoming book Contemporary Plasticity. Lee is a founding member of Plus Clover and was the director of that office from 2001–06. She taught at UCLA until 2005, and was an assistant professor and director of the Rice School of Architecture China Program until 2009.