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Friends of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Raymond Richard Neutra, M.D. Dr.PH
Michael Woo, Dean
Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA, Director
Neutra VDL Research House

Crosby Doe
Kelly Lynch
Gary Richwald, MD
Rick Corsini
Linda Dishman
Christine Madrid French




Raymond Richard Neutra, M.D. Dr.PH

Until retiring from state service in December 2007, Dr Neutra headed a 200 person division in the California Department of Public Health that carried out research into the environmental and occupational causes of disease. He has been on the faculty of the Universidad del Valle in Cali Colombia, Harvard University and UCLA. He is Richard and Dione Neutra's youngest son. He offers the following on his decision to give back to VDL, "My public health career rested on a foundation that derived from my parents and my brother's social commitments and their concepts about team work and planning to achieve healthful places to live play and work. They wanted the place where they lived and did their work to continue to provide benefit to the Los Angeles Community. The Neutra family did not have the resources to provide a full endowment to Cal Poly when it gave them the VDL site. Nonetheless I want to do what I can to my parents dream fulfilled and in so doing, repay in part the great debt that I owe them."

Michael Woo
Michael Woo is Dean of the College of Environmental Design, which is responsible for the operation of the Neutra VDL Research Studio and Residences. Interim Dean Brown oversees the work of the Resident Director, works with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation regarding title and funding matters, reviews the reports of contractors, and approves all expenditures for the property. He meets with the VDL Advisory Group, as well as the Friends of VDL, works closely with Neutra family members, is actively engaged in fundraising efforts, and provides oversight of faculty programs.

Sarah Lorenzen, RA
Sarah Lorenzen is an architect and professor in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches courses in architecture and urban design. Sarah is also the resident director of the Neutra VDL House, and she is a partner at Peter Tolkin Architecture. Sarah attended Smith College/the Atlanta College of Art (BFA), Georgia Tech (M.Arch) and SCI-Arc (M.Arch MR+D.)

Crosby Doe
Crosby Doe is a real estate agent who has specialized in the sale of historic properties in Southern California since he discovered Richard Neutra’s work when he was involved with the sale of the Loring house in 1974. On his involvement with VDL: “While sitting in the Loring house during its ‘open-house’ hours I began to wonder why I was feeling so good. I concluded that I was being affected by Richard Neutra’s commitment to design as a way of enhancing the health and welfare of its occupants. This realization has led to a lifelong commitment to celebrate the value of architecture in our lives and to share its importance with my clients.”

Kelly Lynch
Actress Kelly Lynch ('Drugstore Cowboy', 'Charlie's Angels', 'Roadhouse' 'The L Word') is a well-known presence in mid-century architecture and preservation. Kelly, and husband, screen-writer producer, Mitch Glazer, purchased and restored both Richard Neutra's 1959 Oyler House in Lone Pine CA, and John Lautner's 1950 Harvey Aluminum House in Los Angeles. Kelly Lynch's describes her reasons for helping VDL as "Richard Neutra's Oyler House, was the first home Mitch and I owned. It is a life-changing experience to live in a Neutra design. I feel a profound responsibility to aid in preserving the legacy of Richard Neutra and to lend my services to help the cause of architectural preservation, restoration and education, so that future generations can also be exposed to and inspired by the lessons and beauty of great architecture."

Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH
Dr. Richwald is a recognized expert in viral and communicable diseases and served as Director, Los Angeles County Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs from 1989 to 2000. Dr. Richwald's offers the following reasons for joining Friends of VDL : "Drawing on my pre-medical enginnering education at Cornell University and my subsequent career in public health and preventive medicine, I have been involved in research into housing conditions and health status for over two decades. Fascinated with the recent growth of the sustainable and healthy housing movements, together with my partner, Sue Bayley, I have built modern and innovative energy efficient homes in Los Angeles and Queenstown, New Zealand. I am honored to be associated with the effort to restore and re-use the Neutra VDL Research Site as a premier example of a sophisticated residential/work space that explored and honored affordable and environmentally sound modern design principles."

John L. Solomon
John Solomon is a a branding, animation, talent and internet consultant. His clients have included Warner Brothers TV Animation, Power of Entertainment, 6 Point Harness Animation Studios, The Vault, and BigStage.com. In his previous corporate position John was head of Disney Television Animation’s Shorts Lab. Prior to working at Disney TVA, John was Vice President of Creative Development of Theme Park Productions, the media unit of Walt Disney Imagineering. Recently, John restored Richard Neutra’s “Taylor House,” a modernist gem in the hills above Los Angeles, which has since been featured in a number of publications.
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