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Ray Kappe resources: General resources

Publications by and about Ray Kappe


“Small apartment,” Arts + architecture, January 1955, p. 27

“Two income-unit structures,” Arts + architecture, October 1955, p. 16-7



[Apartment,] House & home, April 1958, p. 108, 110


[Residence,] House & home, November 1960, p.152-3

[Robert Hayes residence,] Western architect & engineer, 1960, p. 20-21



“Well-proportioned design in the wood tradition,” House & home, August 1963, p. 98



Gebhard, David. “Architecture in Los Angeles,” Artforum, Summer 1964, p. 10-1



[Moorpark apartment,] Architecture West, January 1965, p. 18-9

[Townhouses,] House & home, July 1965, p. 68



“Design file: decks,” House & home, May 1966, p. 128-131

[Handman residence,] Architecture West, September 1966, p. 32-3



[Apartment,] House & home, September 1969, p .91


“The house of seven levels,” House beautiful, September 1970, p. 86-93 (Kappe residence)



[Residence,] House & home, July 1971, p. 76-7



[Co-op village,] Interiors, September 1972, p. 30

Seidenbaum, Art, “In case of firing,” Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1972, p. F1

Trombley, William, “Cal Poly ousts architectural chairman,” Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1972, p. B1

“Ex-Cal Poly Pomona architect director will open new school: ousted chairman of department to start beach facility Oct. 2,” Los Angeles Times. Sept 14, 1972, p. C1



1973. “Architectural School Begins Second Term.” Los Angeles Times. Jan 21. I8.

1973. “Architecture Institute to Hold Night Classes.” Los Angeles Times. Aug 5. E31.

1973. “Design Series Under Way.” Los Angeles Times. Nov 4. G10. (“Design Forum ‘73”)

Kappe, Ray. 1973. "Academe: Free Form School." Architectural Forum. Mar. P. 71-2.



“1975 Design awards program merit award:” L.A. architect, July 1975, p. 2, 4 (Katzenstein residence)

 [Residence,] Interiors, July 1975, p. 59, 88R-89R



“1976 Design Awards Program Honor Award,” L.A. architect, December 1976, p. 2-3. (SCI-Arc)

Dreyfuss, John, “Architecture in the halls of lively,” Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1976, p. OC, C1“The Los Angeles 12,” Architectural record, August 1976, p. 81-90

“Los Angeles 12,” L.A. architect, May 1976, p. 3.

“Raymond Kappe,” GA houses, #1, 1976, p. 120-149 (Kappe, Katzenstein, Gertler, Hattenbach, Sultan residences)



“An Architectural discovery map,” L.A. architect, June 1977, p. 3-4. (Kappe residence)

“Building Types Study 509: College buildings,” Architectural record, November 1977, p. 122-4 (SCI-Arc)

“Residential energy-conserving design,” L.A. architect, December 1977, p. 4 (Penn residence)

“SCC/AIA 1977 Design merit award:” L.A. architect, July 1977, p. 2. (Sultan residence)

Skorneck, A. Jeffrey, “People mover: a new look downtown,” L.A. architect, April 1977, p. 1-2



“The Best in the West: CA architecture 1978,” L.A. architect, October 1978, p. 3. (Loyola Gym)

“SCC/AIA 1978 Design awards,” L.A. architect, November 1978, p. 2-3. (Inglewood Water Treatment Plant)

Slert, N. Charles, 12 Los Angeles Architects, Graphics Communications Department, Cal Poly Pomona, 1978, p. 65-78



[Residence,] Residential interiors, November/December 1979, p .82-3


Peck, Stacey, “Home Q&A: Shelly & Ray Kappe.” Los Angeles Times. Apr 27, 1980 p. Q50

“Special Energy Insert,” L.A. architect, June 1980, p. 6. (Beverly Glen Arbors)



Walker, Derek, “A.D. Profiles 36: Los Angeles,” Architectural design, 1981, p. 114 (Loyola gym, Water Treatment Plant)



The California condition; a pregnant architecture, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1982, p. 14

“Focus: Works of Raymond Kappe,” Toshi-Jutaku, March 1982, p. 24-54 (covering work from 1951-81, includes “Personal philosophy” by Ray Kappe)

“Freedman residence, Block residence,” GA houses, #12, 1982, p. 46-59



“1983 Design Awards,” L.A. architect, November 1983, p. 6 (Freedman res)

 “Five architects to trade views on interiors during Westweek,” L.A. architect, March 1983, p. 1.

Kappe, Ray, Architecture, May 1983, p. 290, 296. (statement on Postmodernism debate)

Kappe, Ray, “SCI-Arc,” Architecture California, July/August 1983, p. 28-30.



“Un'architettura a condizionamento naturale: a Los Angeles,” Abitare, October 1984, p. 48-55 (Cookston residence)

Kappe, Ray, “Designing for the unthinkable,” L.A. architect, May 1984, p. 2.

Kappe, Ray, “In memorium Jeffrey Lindsay,” L.A. architect, November 1984, p. 3.

[Santa Monica Bus Administration Facility] Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1984, sec. 5, p 1, 6

[Sultan residence,] Architettura, croanche e storia, November 1984, p. 806



Chavkin, E. “Santa Monica’s streamline jewel,” L.A. architect, February 1985, p. 3 (Santa Monica Bus Administration Facility)

“Cookston house,” GA houses, #18, August 1985, p. 78-85

 [Santa Monica Bus Administration Facility] Architecture California, March/April 1985, p. 26

Terzi, Anna. “Tra gli alberi del vecchio parco,” Ville giardini, December 1985, p.20-23 (Katzenstein residence)



Kappe, Shelley, “What really happened in the Fifties,” Architecture California, November/December 1986, p. 24-5 (4 projects)

“Raymond Kappe,” AMC, October 1986, p. 28-31 (Kappe and Cookston residences)



Kaplan, Sam Hall, L.A. lost & found, Crown, 1987, p. 182 (Kappe and Sultan residences)



Cenni, Rita. “Sotto il cielo di vetro: progetto di Ray Kappe,” Ville giardini, September 1988, p.20-29

Scheimer residence,” GA houses, #24, 1988, p 138-45



“Best Apartments in L.A.”, L.A. weekly, September 22, 1989, p. 79 (National apartment)

“Kapelovitz residence,” GA houses, #27, 1989, p. 146-55

Kappe, Ray, “Living in Nature,” M.D., March 1989, p. 46-51

“Maison à Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles,” l’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, October 1989, p. 150-3

[Manhattan Beach residence,] Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, February 12, 1989, p 22-7

“Terrazze intorno a un volume d'aria; Raymond Kappe, casa presso Los Angeles,” l’Architettura cronache e storia, August 1989, p. 405-6 (Cookston residence)

“Vicino all'acqua lontano dagli altri = Waterside and companionable: Manhattan Beach,” Abitare, June 1989, p. 124-9


“AIA honors”, Architecture, May 1990, p. 40, 43 (Topaz medallion)

Goldstein, Barbara (editor), Arts & Architecture: the Entenza years, MIT Press, 1990, p. 192-3 (reprint of the project originally published in October 1955)

“Naples Canal house,” GA houses, #30, 1990, p. 122-5

Rotondi, Michael, SCI-Arc newsletter, #3, May/June 1990 (Kappe tribute)



[Brief interview on architecture and development], L.A. weekly, April 19, 1991, p 23-4.

“Interview with Ray Kappe,” Audio/Visual interiors, Spring 1991

“Interview with Ray Kappe,” Design Journal, Spring 1991

Kappe, Ray, “Regionalism: climate, site & materials,” Architecture California, February 1991

Kappe, Ray, “Saul Goldin,” L.A. architect, September 1991, p. 4.

"SCI-Arc: independent studying spirit," Kenchiku Bunka, April 1991, p. 142



Bisi, Lucia “Il totem bioclimatico progetto dell'architetto Ray Kappe,” Ville giardini, May 1992, p.10-15

“In cima alla scogliera: Srebnik residence,” l’Arca, July/August 1992, p. 70-5

“Ten California Architects Abroad,” L.A. architect, September 1992, p. 15 (RIBA exhibition, London)



Borghi, Ruggero, “Vocazione panoramica: progetto dell'architetto Ray Kappe,” Ville giardini, January 1993, p. 10-17

Jencks, Charles, Heteropolis: Los Angeles, the riots and the strange beauty of hetero-architecture, Academy Editions, 1993, p. 42

Kappe, Ray, [Review of Lisa Germany’s monograph on Harwell Hamilton Harris], Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, March 1993, p. 119-20.



Kappe, Ray, [Letter responding to a February 1994 review of ten publications on L.A. architecture], Art in America, October 1994, p. 31

Kappe, Ray, “SCI-Arc: back to the future,” L.A. architect, May 1994, p. 6.



Smith, Andrew B., Architect, planner, teacher oral history transcript: Raymond Kappe, Oral History Program, UCLA, 1995 (PDF and audio available via UCLA at <



“AIA/LA Design awards,” L.A. architect, November/December 1996, p.6-12



“Carson-Lindsey residence, Manhattan Beach, U.S.A,” GA houses, #54, 1997, p. 36-[49]

Webb, Michael, “An established experiment,” Metropolis, October 1997, p.92-97,115 (on SCI-Arc)



Kappe, Ray, “Extending SCI-Arc’s legacy,” Architecture, August 1998, p. 37 (conversation between R. Kappe and Neil Denari)



Cohen, Edie, “The eyes of Dallas Price,” Interior design, August 1999, p.140-147

"Frankel Residence," GA houses, #59, 1999, p. 116-7

Webb, Michael, Themes and variations; house design Ray Kappe Architects/Planners, Images, 1999


"Shapiro residence, Santa Monica Canyon, California, U.S.A." GA houses, #65, 2000, p. 72-81



"Levy residence, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A." GA houses, #66, 2001, p. 90-91 



A+D Museum, Ray Kappe: a retrospective, 2003 (published to accompany an exhibition at A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 13, 2003 to Feb. 6, 2004)

"Frankel residence, Yadkinville, North Carolina, U.S.A." GA houses, #75, 2003, p. 44-[57]



“Benton residence, Culbert residence,” GA houses, #81, 2004, p. 16-33, 34-[47]

Dunning, Brad, “Site Pacific,” New York Times, Home Design, April 18, 2004, p. 104-10

Russell, Beverly, “Ray Kappe’s enduring modernism,” Modernism, Fall 2004, p.[76]-[83]

Ryan, Raymund, “Sense of equiry,” Architectural review, February 2004, p.21-22 (review of 'Ray Kappe - A Retrospective' at the A + D Museum in Los Angeles)



Anderton, Frances, "LEEDing the way." Dwell, November 2006, p. 99-100, 102 

McCann, Paul, “Ray of light,” Wallpaper, August 2006, p.[102]-103,105

Truppin, Andrea, “Prefab goes green,” Modernism, 2006 Fall, p.58-[65]



Fink Shapiro, Gideon, "AIA-Cote 2007 Award winners: celebrating the top ten green projects around the country." Architect, June 2007, p. 41, 44, 46, 48 

“LEED program evaluates homes," Urban Land, March 2007, p. 26-7, 29



Anderton, Frances, "Level best" Dwell, September 2008, p. 152-[159] (Kappe residence)

“Kappe house; Melcher residence,” GA houses, #101, 2008, p. 68-9, 72-3; 74-7

Sokol, David, "COTE D'Azure," Greensource, July 2008, p. 60-5, 71 



Ivy, Robert Adams, "An unsung modernist master," Architectural Record , August 2009, p. 42-44 (interview with R. Kappe)

Kappe, Raymond, "Element: glass,” GA houses, #113, 2009, p. 64-65


Garwood-Jones, Alison. "Built in 30 hours: Ray Kappe's California prefab comes to Canada, with the strength to take on sweltering summer heat and frosty winter chills." Azure, November/December 2012, p. 74-78



Sanchez, Kelly Vencill, "Manhattan beach transfer," Dwell, February 2014, p. 78-85 



Kappe, Ray, foreword to Cory Buckner, The Lyman House and the work of Frederic P. Lyman: drawing and building, Crestwood Hills Press, 2016 (foreword by Ray Kappe)

"The Kappe residence, Los Angeles, USA, 1965-67: Ray Kappe," A & U, April 2016, p. 8-19, 20-21

Smith, Benjamin J., With and Without Walls: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and a New School of Los Angeles Architects in the 1970s and 1980s, Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture) dissertation, University of Michigan, 2016 (PDF available via Deep Blue))

Taylor-Hochberg, Amelia, "Modern Scientist: SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #18," Archinect, April 11, 2016

Taylor-Hochberg, Amelia, "Ray Kappe, founder of SCI-Arc, revisits the school's roots," Archinect, March 10, 2016



Bell, Rebekah, "Q&A: Architect Ray Kappe Talks California Architecture and Designing Mr. C Residences," Robb Report, September 8, 2017



Futagawa, Yoshio, Ray Kappe : Kappe Residence : Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A., 1965-67, Tokyo, A.D.A. Edita, 2018 (interview with Thom Mayne ; text by Takashi Yanai)

Kappe, Ray, foreword to Michael Boyd (editor), Making L.A. modern: Craig Ellwood: myth, man, designer, Rizzoli, 2018

Williamson, Leslie, "California soul: Ray Kappe House," ArchitectureNow, September 10, 2018



"AIA issues statement in memory of Ray Kappe, FAIA,", November 26, 2019

Anderton, Francis, “A tribute to SCI-Arc founder and architect Ray Kappe,” KCRW, November 26, 2019 (Available as both podcast and article)

Baldwin, Eric, “Ray Kappe, Founding Director of SCI-Arc, Passes Away at 92,” Arch Daily, November 25, 2019

Conroy, S. Claire, "Remembering Ray Kappe, FAIA,", November 27, 2019

Eastman, Janet, “Ray Kappe 1927-2019,” Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2019, p. A1, 10-11

Gibson, Eleanor, "SCI-Arc founding director and "unparalleled" architect Ray Kappe dies aged 92,", November 25, 2019

Gonzaga, Samantha, "Ray Kappe shaped Southern California architecture and design education," (CalPoly Pomona, Department of Architecture), November 23, 2019

Hill, John, "Ray Kappe (1927-2019) ,", November 27, 2019

Hogan, Bill, "An architect's remembrance of the great Ray Kappe,", November 23, 2019

Ingram, Jennika, "World-renowned Palisadian architect and innovator Ray Kappe has died," Palisadian-Post, December 5, 2019

Joyner, Sean, “Ray Kappe, founding director of SCI-Arc, and master of Southern California modernism, has died,” Archinect, November 22, 2019

Klimoski, Alex, “Obituary: Ray Kappe, 1927-2019,”, November 25, 2019

McCann, Paul, "LA architect Ray Kappe’s duo of houses pair modernist and organic ideas," Wallpaper*, March 15, 2019

"Ray Kappe (1927-2019)",, November 22, 2019 

"Ray Kappe, FAIA (1927-2019)," Los Angeles Conservancy, November 2019

Raymond Kappe (1927-2019),” Artforum, November 26, 2019

Speros, Will, "Ray Kappe dies at 92,", December 2, 2019

Stone, Leilah, “Ray Kappe, founding director of SCI-Arc, dies at 92,” The Architect’s Newspaper, November 22, 2019

Walker, Alissa & Jenna Chandler, “Ray Kappe, LA’s trailblazing modernist architect, has died,” L.A. Curbed, November 23, 2019


Please note

  • These guides are intended to provide initial orientation, and suggest a variety of different lines of investigation—not take the place of individual research.
  • All the resources cited here--print and digital--are available through the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc.Items not available at SCI-Arc are not included.
  • Surveys covering multiple projects are preferred over monographic studies focusing on specific works or individuals.
  • Resources on Los Angeles and Southern California are stressed.
  • Proprietary digital resources (Avery Index, Oxford Art Online, ArtStor, etc) can be accessed on-campus at SCI-ARC via any SCI-Arc internet provider. Off-campus they can be accessed 24/7 via the Kappe Library proxy server, and a valid SCI-Arc Network username and password.

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