The 2012-2013 Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series has scheduled a presentation by architect Daniel P. Gregory, “Visions and Subdivisions: Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House,” 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Gregory will discuss how May’s work popularized the outdoor-oriented designs that took the country by storm after World War II.
The second lecture in the fourth season of the series provides a closer look at the work of an architect who made a significant contribution to the development of a new style of residential architecture in California and spread California living to other parts of the country.
Locally, the Sunset Magazine complex in Menlo Park may be the best-known example of May’s work.
Daniel earned a doctorate from UC Berkeley in architectural history. He is editor-in-chief of Houseplans.com, the largest online source of architectural house plans, and served as senior home editor at Sunset. He is the author of “Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House” (Rizzoli, 2008).
The Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series runs through March, usually scheduled 6-7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Admission is $20, $100 for the six-part series. Tickets for students are $10 per lecture.
A catered reception with the speaker follows at the Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave. Admission to each reception is $20 per person, $100 for the series, and is subject to space availability.
Upcoming speakers include:
• Dec. 6: Raymond Neutra will discuss Richard Neutra’s visit to Holland in 1930, Cornelius Van der Leeuw, Theosophy, and the link among Dutch Modernism, Wright and California Modern.
• Jan. 10: Andrea Cochran, FASLA, will discuss her approach to placemaking through the integration of landscape, art and architecture to heighten the experience of the environment.
• Feb. 7: Cass Calder Smith will discuss his residential work, notable for its positive and negative outdoor space connections of the shape of the house, the site and the landscape.
• March 14: Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles will discuss his firm’s restoration of homes designed by Cliff May, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Members of the American Institute of Architects may receive Continuing Education units for the lectures.