June 7 - August 30, 2012

Raw Materials proudly presents REFLECT SPACE, an architectural re-imagining of the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument located at 401 South Main Street, half a block away from Raw Materials in Downtown Los Angeles. REFLECT SPACE was created by architectural student Rebecca Gilbert as part of PERCEPTOR, a fourth year topic studio at USC’s School of Architecture taught by Rebecca Lowry.

PERCEPTOR explores the space between art and architecture with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the experiences common to both. In this studio, students explore the work of relevant artists and architects, providing a starting point for their own exploration, interpretation, and engagement with a complex urban condition. Running though the work is an ongoing dialog between new and old, the focus on perception, experience, and awareness.

Rebecca Gilbert recently completed her fourth year of study, and will receive a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California School of Architecture in 2013. A world traveler and participant in USC’s Asian Architecture and Urbanism program this past fall, Rebecca always finds herself back in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she continues to pursue her career in architecture.