Kenny Wong


is a Lecturer in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona and was previously the Assistant Director of Design Research at cityLAB UCLA.

He holds a Master of Architecture (MArch) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from UCLA.

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California 100
April 2022

What’s in store for the future of Housing and Community Development in California? cityLAB, collaborated with the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley to answer just this question. Read more about housing trends and imagine scenarios of California’s  possible futures in the report from California 100. More about the project is also available from the Lewis Center.


Education Workforce Housing
February 2022

Two years of research into the education and housing nexus from cityLAB, the Center for Cities and Schools, and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, has just been released by the California School Boards Association. Read more at the project press release and report webpage from CSBA.



School Lands Housing
Summer 2020

Kenny leads the cityLAB research team on a year-long grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the California School Boards Association to investigate new strategies and guidelines for school lands housing. cityLAB will be working alongside research partners at the Center for Cities and Schools and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, both based at UC Berkeley. The project builds upon cityLAB’s ongoing thinking around the 21st Century School-House.


School Housing Independent Study
March 30 - June 5, 2020

Kenny guides undergraduate and graduate students in architecture as lead tutor for an independent study with professor Dana Cuff. The team researched and studied precedents of teacher and workforce housing at schools across the state and country. Their insights contribute to the work that continues at cityLAB.


UHI Spring Studio
March 30 - June 5, 2020

Kenny continues as part of the instructional team for the 2019 Urban Humanities Initiative Spring Studio as a teaching assistant with Gustavo Leclerc. The interdisicplinary graduate studio was conducted remotely due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Students researched and developed eCodices of the Westlak/MacArthur Park neighborhood through archival and web-based research. Final projects from the students can be seen here.


UHI Fall Seminar
September 26 - December 6, 2019

Kenny continues as part of the instructional team for the 2019 Urban Humanities Initiative Fall Seminar as a teaching assistant, led by Gustavo Leclerc, Dana Cuff, and guest professor and filmmaker Jesse Lerner, with Gus Wendel. The collaborative interdisciplinary graduate program continues at UCLA with an investigation of borders and commons within a reimagined seven ecologies of Los Angeles through film and research. Final projects from the students can be seen here.


The Los Angeles Schools
September 21 - November 24, 2019

The “Green New Wave” will be included in the A+D Museum exhibition, The Los Angeles Schools, which will open September 21 and run through November 24 at its Arts District gallery space. A short video and an edited interview on the project and research studio will be on display. More available here.


UHI Summer Institute
September 20 - September 25, 2019

Kenny joined the instructional team for the 2019 Urban Humanities Initiative Summer Insitute as a teaching assistant, led by Dana Cuff and Gustavo Leclerc and with Gus Wendel and Jacquline Barrios. The collaborative interdisciplinary graduate program took place at UCLA and Art Division, an arts training non-profit for young adults in Westlake / MacArthur Park. Through a six-day intensive on fieldwork and urban humanist methods, students investigated spatial justice moments within and around the park, producing thick maps based on data and field observations and speculative fotonovelas that narrate potential lines of flight from them. Final projects from the students can be seen here.


The Dickens Universe
July 14-20, 2019

LA 1992/London 1780: Sounding Out a Crowd, with Jacqueline Barrios (UCLA Department of English), is installed at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz, for its final exhibition as part of The Dickens Universe conference. University of Southern California Neighborhood Academic Initiative (USC NAI) scholars will perform a short adaptation of their theater production and present a gallery talk on Tuesday, July 16, 5:15 PM. 


CURRENTS
June 13, 2019

The “Green New Wave” presented at RUMBLE is selected for display in the AUD Fall 2019 CURRENTS exhibition. Also selected is “Fuzzy Japanese,” a speculation on architectural practice that bridges design thinking and the detail completed for Jeffrey Inaba’s Professions seminar with Philip Li and Jean-Michel Hirsch. The exhibition will be on display throughout the Fall 2019 quarter in Perloff Hall.


RUMBLE
June 10, 2019

Final review of the UCLA AUD research studio led by Roger Sherman, “Creating New Sites Within Cities” will be presented on the first day of RUMBLE 2019. The project designed with Haoyu Chen, Liyao Chen, Siqi Zhang, proposes a water-focused architectural-infrastructural intervention within the LACMTA (Metro) Orange Line right-of-way. The final jury consisted of Dana Cuff (UCLA), Katie Kasabalis (UVA), Greg Kochanowski (Rios Clementi Hale, UCLA), Keith Krumwiede (CCA), and Hans Tursack (MIT).

RUMBLE continues on June 11 and the exhibition is open to the public through June 15. More details here



LA Zine Fest
May 27, 2019

Two copies of the publication The Botanical Gardens of Sawtelle are donated to the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library at their booth in the LA Zine Fest. It is expected to enter the catalog in the next month. A print copy is also held in the UCLA Powell Library Zine Collection (call number ZINE 337), and a digital version can be downloaded here.


Salon 02
May 24-26, 2019

Two projects were exhibited in the second UHI Alumni Salon at the UCLA AUD DeCafe: LA 1992/London 1780: Sounding Out a Crowd, with Jacqueline Barrios (UCLA Department of English), and Micro Public-ation, an installation which includes A Book of Plans. The presentation City Analog: Sound Scavenging Archives was also included in the panel “Mapping the Plan.” The catalog designed and produced for the symposium is viewable here.



Daily Bruin
May 13, 2019

The Daily Bruin arts beat offers a preview of Salon 02 “_plan” and highlights LA 1992/London 1780: Sounding Out a Crowd. The story was available in print on campus and is readable online here.


Midreview
May 10, 2019

Presentation of work in progress for UCLA AUD spring research studio with instructor Roger Sherman, which proposes a transformative architectural-infrastructural project within the LACMTA (Metro) Orange Line right-of-way. Guest critics were AUD Professor Dana Cuff, Architect Jim Favaro, and AUD Chair Heather Roberge. 


SCANPH
April 18, 2019

Report on campus-based affordable housing published by the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing for the Los Angeles Community College District, with cityLAB UCLA as a major partner. Contributed a review of research on housing insecurity and educational outcomes for community college students. Full report is available via SCANPH here.


Website
April 8, 2019

A construction site on the internet breaks ground.