Author Archives: Lyra

Sun Seekers Book

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California can be ordered here. Please support independent publishers and order from the lovely folks at Atelier Éditions. Thank you!   Video of the making of the book, by SYL L’art grafic in Barcelona:    

Sun Seekers Book

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California can be ordered here. Please support independent publishers and order from the lovely folks at Atelier Éditions. Thank you!   Video of the making of the book, by SYL L’art grafic in Barcelona:    

News & Events

Upcoming Events – Lecture at the “Architecture & Beyond” series at the Los Feliz library. November 14, 2019. Details TBA -Guest speaker at the Los Angeles Breakfasts Club, January 2020, details TBA -Guest speaker at the annual Lanterman House lecture

News & Events

Upcoming Events – Lecture at the “Architecture & Beyond” series at the Los Feliz library. November 14, 2019. Details TBA -Guest speaker at the Los Angeles Breakfasts Club, January 2020, details TBA -Guest speaker at the annual Lanterman House lecture

Chairs for Health

After interviewing medical staff and patients, Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, also an architect, meticulously co-designed the interior of the Paimio sanatorium in southwest Finland, from door handles that would not catch the sleeve of a doctor’s coat, to

Chairs for Health

After interviewing medical staff and patients, Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, also an architect, meticulously co-designed the interior of the Paimio sanatorium in southwest Finland, from door handles that would not catch the sleeve of a doctor’s coat, to

Youth Heliotherapy

Leah Lovell and Pauline Schindler ran a progressive school together in the 1920s. This image shows them in a sundrenched garden in Los Angeles, holding hands in a circle with several children (including two sons of the photographer Edward Weston).

Youth Heliotherapy

Leah Lovell and Pauline Schindler ran a progressive school together in the 1920s. This image shows them in a sundrenched garden in Los Angeles, holding hands in a circle with several children (including two sons of the photographer Edward Weston).

Physical Culture magazine

Bernarr Macfadden was a vegetarian bodybuilder and publisher whose widely popular magazine, Physical Culture, (founded in 1899) promoted exercise, fasting, temperance, unprocessed foods, and virility. Macfadden’s origins were intoxicating, especially to a young person seeking to remake themselves. Orphaned by an

Physical Culture magazine

Bernarr Macfadden was a vegetarian bodybuilder and publisher whose widely popular magazine, Physical Culture, (founded in 1899) promoted exercise, fasting, temperance, unprocessed foods, and virility. Macfadden’s origins were intoxicating, especially to a young person seeking to remake themselves. Orphaned by an

Protecting Fair and Affordable Housing

I was invited to contribute an op-ed to public television station KCET on the topic of Trump’s appointee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. You may have seen developer Geoff Palmer’s luxury apartment

Protecting Fair and Affordable Housing

I was invited to contribute an op-ed to public television station KCET on the topic of Trump’s appointee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. You may have seen developer Geoff Palmer’s luxury apartment

New Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in Los Angeles (Part 2)

“In architecture, I had absolutely no role model,” said Norma M. Sklarek, the first African-American woman to earn an architecture license in the United States. In the mid-1960s, Sklarek moved to Los Angeles from New York to join the firm

New Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in Los Angeles (Part 2)

“In architecture, I had absolutely no role model,” said Norma M. Sklarek, the first African-American woman to earn an architecture license in the United States. In the mid-1960s, Sklarek moved to Los Angeles from New York to join the firm