Los Altos’ Neutra House Returns with Big Names for Lecture Series


Some of the state’s top architects will take to the podium as part of the Neutra House’s fall lecture series. The Neutra House is a restored Los Altos home designed in the 1930s by Richard Neutra. Talks take place in an adjacent auditorium, followed by a reception at the house.

Ray Kappe
Ray Kappe coming to Neutra House. (Photo: John Eng)

The series runs at 6 p.m. October through March, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos. neutrahouse.org

 Among the speakers will be Charles Davis (October 13), senior partner at the San Francisco firm EHDD. Among Davis’s projects was the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Craig Hartman (February 9), design partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s San Francisco office, designed Oakland’s remarkable Christ the Light Cathedral, among other projects.

Southern Californian Ray Kappe (March 8), a leading designer of modern residences who was profiled in our spring issue, pioneered ‘green’ building before the term existed.

Architect Rob Steinberg (January 12) will talk about his late father Goodwin Steinberg, an important modernist designer based on the Peninsula. Architectural historian Thomas Hines (November 10) will discuss Neutra. And on December 8 the speaker will be Steve Glenn, founder of LivingHomes, which build prefabricated homes designed by, among others, Ray Kappe.

Kappe is making another appearance in Los Altos—in the form of three rental units he designed for LivingHomes. Two are three-bedroom apartments, one a compact studio. Check out livinghomes.net.