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Local Dudes Make Good: Caruso to USC, Nazarian to SCI-Arc

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Localites Rick Caruso (of The Grove, Americana at Brand, and frequent lawsuits) and Sam Nazarian (of SBE, SLS and $$$) have new gigs. A reader informs us that Mr. Caruso has been selected as the graduation speaker for USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development. We hope this means they'll be offering a lifestyle mall-building degree soon. And Mr. Nazarian has somehow found himself on the board of directors for SCI-Arc. "Architecture and design are passions of mine, both personally and professionally," said Nazarian. "As you will see in all of SBE's properties, I have a profound appreciation for beautiful, innovative, progressive design."
Sam Nazarian, Hospitality and Lifestyle Entrepreneur,
Joins SCI-Arc Board of Directors

Los Angeles, CA (February 20, 2008) -- The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to announce that Sam Nazarian has been elected to the SCI-Arc Board of Directors. In his role as CEO and founder of the Los Angeles-based SBE, Nazarian has become one of the country's most respected innovators in the hospitality, entertainment and real estate sectors.

Raised in Los Angeles, Sam Nazarian balances and directs SBE's operating groups, which include hotel, restaurant, nightlife and real estate divisions, as well as Bolthouse Productions and Element Films, in all phases of acquisition, development, and management. In addition to owning and operating numerous restaurants and nightclubs in Los Angeles and beyond, Nazarian and SBE will launch their first luxury hotel property to be designed by partner Philippe Starck, SLS at Beverly Hills, later this summer and recently acquired the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which will be completely redeveloped and unveiled in 2010. In his effort to elevate the quality of lifestyle destinations at home and internationally, Nazarian and SBE have forged important partnerships with such visionaries as designer Philippe Starck, nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse and chefs Katsuya Uechi and Jose? Andre?s, among others.

"We are pleased to welcome Sam Nazarian to SCI-Arc's Board of Directors," said Chairman John Geresi. "Sam's presence on the Board complements many of the present strengths of SCI-Arc's leadership. Sam is an accomplished businessman and his vision of how architects can and will work creatively to advance their art in the future is valuable to both students and faculty alike. At a time when the problems facing architects are growing in complexity, SCI-Arc values its Board, which can draw on the many diverse insights of its members to assure that SCI-Arc's mission is never compromised."

"Architecture and design are passions of mine, both personally and professionally," said Nazarian. "As you will see in all of SBE's properties, I have a profound appreciation for beautiful, innovative, progressive design. It's an honor to be working with SCI-Arc, one of the most respected educational institutions in the world of architecture, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to contribute to their incredible programs, which encourage the kind of inspirational, creative thinking I have long admired."

SCI-Arc's Board of Directors has been invigorated by the influx of notable Angelenos, like Nazarian, who work outside architectural-related sectors. The SCI-Arc Board of Directors is comprised of 21 individuals who enable and support SCI-Arc in its mission to be an audacious leader in the field of architectural education, internationally. In the next six months, the Board will be active in supporting programs and seminars addressing innovation in technology and material application, supporting the school's outstanding faculty, and helping SCI-Arc further support Downtown L.A. and its redevelopment.

About SCI-Arc
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is an independent, accredited, nonprofit institution founded in 1972. 2006 winner of the AIA Educator of the Year Award, architect Eric Owen Moss currently serves as the school's director. Ming Fung of Hodgetts + Fung serves as Graduate Program Director and Chris Genik of Daly Genik serves as Undergraduate Program Director. With a current enrollment of just under 500 students from over 30 countries, SCI-Arc challenges students to find radically new responses to the real needs of communities around the world. To learn more about SCI-Arc, visit

SCI-Arc -- Re-imagining the edge: Educating architects to engage, speculate, and innovate

SCI-Arc, 960 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013


960 East Third St., Los Angeles, California 90013