Raymond Neutra in Europe
Spring 2013 Lectures
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Raymond Neutra, the son of Modern master architect Richard Neutra, will be traveling and lecturing in Europe this Spring.

Raymond Neutra and the VDL House   

Architect Richard Neutra, born 1892 in Vienna, rose to prominence with his visionary design of the Lovell ‘Health House’ in Los Angeles. The ensuing decades solidified his place as one of the giants of the Modern Movement. In 1949, Time magazine featured Neutra on its cover and ranked him second only to Frank Lloyd Wright in American architecture.

His sons Dion and Raymond have both been inspired by their fathers´ work and his visions about the relationship between architecture and health and wellbeing. While Dion chose to become an architect and continues his father´s practice until today, Raymond decided for a career as a physician.
The Neutra family had their first house built in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles in 1932. The 190 m2  house was called the VDL Research House because it was built with a loan from Neutra´s early patron Van der Leeuw, a wealthy Dutch architecture aficionado, who had the famous Van Nelle Factory built in Rotterdam in 1928-31. The house and studio were built in three waves: the first two by Richard Neutra in 1932 and 1940, the third by Raymond and his brother, Dion, in 1966 following a fire in the 1932 wing. Hundreds of projects were designed there, launching the careers of many renowned architects. The site became a cultural and political salon, attracting some of the world´s most prominent thinkers, yet it is in danger of significant decay now.

Over the last 35 years, Raymond, Neutra´s youngest son, travelled the world to connect with his father´s buildings, their owners, and occupants. A retired epidemiologist, Raymond offers a unique perspective from a son growing up with a famous architect father. He is also a devoted preserver of Modern Movement architecture all over the world.

Also, Raymond Neutra will discuss the preservation of the VDL House in Los Angeles, and will describe the ongoing efforts to restore the compound, including the philosophical issues encountered during the project. His lectures raise awareness and support for the restoration of the VDL House, an ongoing social and technological experiment that his mother bequeathed to Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design in 1990.