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Ray Kappe’s buildings, frequently featuring extensive spans of glass and warm wood, are known for their embrace of their often unusual sites and the California landscape. But Kappe’s impact on Southern California extends well beyond his own architectural practice. His work as an educator and as founding director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) ensure that Kappe’s unique approach to building continues to inspire generations of architects.

In this episode, Ray Kappe, joined by his wife, Shelly, and their son Finn, discusses his long career. This episode was recorded at the home Kappe designed for his family in the Pacific Palisades, which was completed in 1967 and which is discussed in detail in the episode.

Kappe house (1957). Rectangular forms of warm wood and white concrete with a lush lawn in front.

Job 4353: Ray Kappe, Kappe House, 1968/69, Julius Schulman. Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10. © J. Paul Getty Trust

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