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Building Truth: A Conversation with Architect Hagy Belzberg
Building Truth: A Conversation with Architect Hagy Belzberg

Sun, Apr 30


Holocaust Museum LA

Building Truth: A Conversation with Architect Hagy Belzberg

Hagy Belzberg sits down with author and curator Greg Goldin for an in-depth look behind the scenes of Holocaust Museum LA’s exciting "Building Truth" expansion project.

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Apr 30, 2023, 5:00 PM

Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Since opening our permanent home in Pan Pacific Park in 2010, Holocaust Museum LA has welcomed nearly 600,000 visitors. Museum space is at capacity, particularly during school hours. To meet the need and demand for Holocaust education, we launched our “Building Truth” expansion plan to double the Museum’s footprint (without losing any green space in the park). We will soon break ground on the new Jona Goldrich Campus, designed by Museum Board member and award-winning architect Hagy Belzberg, that will allow us to keep survivor voices alive, amplify our reach and impact, and increase our visibility.

A new Learning Center Pavilion along The Grove Drive, adjacent to the existing building, will include a dedicated theater for USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony exhibit; a 200-seat theater for film screenings, concerts, conferences and public programs; outdoor reflective spaces; two classrooms for large student groups and programs for younger audiences; and 2,500 sq. ft. of special exhibit space. In addition, a new pavilion built to house an authentic boxcar found outside of Majdanek death camp in Poland will be constructed on top of the existing building.

Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, OAA 

Hagy's father escaped from Poland in 1932 and would subsequently lose family members in the Holocaust . After receiving his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University, Hagy returned to Los Angeles to found BA Collective, now a 30-person architecture and interior design firm. His unwavering commitment and skills have resulted in a diverse portfolio of award-winning, built work across North America. Hagy has held teaching positions at UCLA, USC and SCI-Arc, and continues to serve as guest lecturer and guest critic at various institutions.

Greg Goldin 

Greg is an architecture critic and author of Never Built Los Angeles and Never Built New York. He curated "Windshield Perspective" and "Never Built Los Angeles" at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and writes regularly for Los Angeles Magazine, among other publications. 


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