"In the heart of Silver Lake, one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant creative cultural centres, the Materials & Applications exhibition space is redefining what an architecture gallery can be. Part architecture gallery, part public art display, and part workshop for experimentation and learning, the venue provides an outdoor exhibition space for new architectural ideas, while inviting the public to participate in creating its installations."

Uncube Magazine  |  Sept 25, 2014


Materials & Applications (M&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Our mission is to advance original and critical ideas about architecture through public projects and programs. We produce outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.


Jenna Didier, Treasurer // Artist, M&A Founder
Ron Elad // BuroHappold, Associate Principal
Elan Murdoch // EMC Partners, President
Noah Riley, President  // Riley Architects, Founding Principal
Jen Silbert, Secretary // Rewilder, Founding Designer
Carolyn Sams // First Seating, Founder
Stephanie Sherman // Artist & Curator, Founder of Elsewhere
Warren Techentin // Warren Techentin Architecture, Principal



Hadley Arnold and Peter Arnold // Directors, Arid Land Institute
Sarah Beadle // Artist
Benjamin Bratton // Media Theorist, UCSD
Giacomo Castagnola // Germene Studio
Leila Hamidi // Consultant
Natalie Jeremijenko // Artist
Mitch McEwen // Superfront
Merry Norris // Public Art Consultant
Lucia Sanroman // Curator & Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Maxi Spina // MSA, Spinagu


Jia Gu  // Director
Jacqueline Falcone // Development Coordinator
Aubrey Bauer // Program Assistant
Chase Galis // Program Assistant


The Contemporary Council of M&A is a dedicated council of young professionals who serve as a resource group for M&A's mission and culture. They provide leadership and direction in M&A's public programming, development, and outreach.

Laida Aguirre // Artist & Architect
James Diewald // Architect, SOM
Melina Girardi // Designer, Murmur
Nicholas Korody // Curator, Editor
Emma Price // Architect
Zac Porter // Architect, Educator, Historian






"I wanted to use the parking lot as a new kind of public space, a pocket park, a space for experimentation and research. I had worked with many architects and I knew that the best of them had ideas that extended far beyond what their clients might require. In the spring of 2002, I created with a couple friends a new undulating temporary facade for the building - drawing from Christo and Jean-Claude as well as Gisele Stromeyer's work with tent fabric, in order to announce a new center for creative experimentation in the built environment. In this way I called architects and landscape architects out to play." 

- Jenna Didier, Founding Director (2002-2015)

Materials & Applications was founded in 2002 as a collaborative space for experimentation and research in the parking lot of a Silver Lake home. Since then, propelled by a community of artists, architects and designers, M&A remains one of the only independent spaces in Los Angeles for art and architecture dedicated to foregrounding contemporary ideas through built, material, real and temporary architecture.

Today, M&A is helmed by Jia Gu (Executive Director) with a generous team of volunteer staff and coordinators, and support from the Board of Directors and the Contemporary Council of M&A.

M&A is made possible by the community of participants that has grown around our projects. We remain forever grateful for the assistance of our past colleagues, interns and key volunteers: 

Andrew Adzemovic, Buse Aktas, Hillary Bretcko, Jih Byeon, David Casey, Jess Castillo, Patricia Chai, Karen Choi, Henry Cheung, Oscar Chun, Kevin Crooks, Aaron Dang, Astrid Diehl, Lynn Didier, Martina Dolejsova, Christine Eyer, Brittany Ellis, Marcos Figueroa, Jen Fleming, Kathy Grace, Amelia Hazinski, Crystal Hughes, Jasmine Jones, Brian Janeczko, Kim Karlsrud, Diana Kichler, Glen Kinoshita, Maria Kobalyan, Jessica Lim, Brandie Lockett, Jenny Long, Nico Machida, Elizabeth Marley, Scott Mayoral, Mandana Ozlati, Raynald Pelletier, Esmi Resnick, Mecky Reuss, Nicole Rinde, Aaron Ryan, Sigita Saliklis, Sarah Schade, Stephanie Snow, Stephany Stamatis, Sam Starr, Nicole Stubblefield, Astrid Sykes, Colin Tucker, Jackie von Treskow, Raven Weng, Kathy Williams, Victoria Wu

Past Key Personnel: 

Nicholas Blake, Technical Director and former Board Member (2006-10)
Oliver Hess, Director Emeritus (2004-2011)
Bruce Chan, former Program Director (2008-10)
Kevin Crooks, former Program Director (2013-14)
Courtney Coffman, former Communications Director (2015-17)


Materials & Applicatons
117 W. 9th St. Suite 702
Los Angeles, CA 90015


M&A Courtyard
1619 Silverlake Blvd.

Los Angeles CA, 90026

Materials & Applications exhibition space is located in a unique open-air courtyard (converted from a parking lot) in the heart of Silver Lake, near the intersection of Effie St. and Silverlake Blvd. Please check our calendar for ongoing programs and installations.