William Krisel, Architect

MCASD is proud to present a special screening of Design Onscreen’s latest documentary film, William Krisel, Architect.

Directed by Jake Gorst, William Krisel, Architect explores architect William Krisel’s life and work, including his roots in 1930s China, his ground-breaking designs for modern living, and interviews with scholars, his contemporaries and family.

During the 1950s, Krisel built thousands of mass-produced tract homes in Palm Springs and throughout Southern California and thus played a key role in establishing the desert modernism of the area. By devising airy dwellings with massive windows opening into the bright expanse of the surrounding landscape, Krisel proved that modest mid-century homes did not have to be “cracker boxes” of unimaginative and claustrophobic design. Krisel also built thousands of homes, apartment projects, condominiums, and commercial buildings in San Diego, including the high-rise Coronado Shores.

William Krisel, Architect is produced by Design Onscreen, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to producing, preserving, and promoting high-quality films on architecture and design.

Admission to this event is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please e-mail info@mcasd.org.

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