Lutah: A Passion for Architecture, A Life in Design

Screens on Monday, April 4, 5pm – East Orange Public Library

Kum Kum Bhavnani, Photo Lutah Director

Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Director

KUM-KUM BHAVNANI (DIRECTOR / Co- WRITER) is a university professor by day at UC Santa Barbara, teaching about third world, gender and culture…and a film-maker by night. She has moved continents a number of times during her life, but has been settled in California for the last 20 years.


AboutLutah: A Passion for Architecture:A Life in Design

A determined young woman from a broken home in the Midwest makes her way to California, wins a college scholarship intended for a boy, struggles to find work in the midst of a depression, rises to the top of a profession dominated by men, and designs many of the loveliest, most original buildings in one of the most picturesque and admired small cities in the U.S.  LUTAH is a Horatio Alger Story with a woman as its star.

In this film you will meet  Lutah Maria Riggs, architect and draftswoman. With an abundance of talent and a hint of eccentricity she navigated her way through the established world of architecture in the early 20th century and brought a freshness to the look of Souther California buildings. Her design of some of our most iconic structures, such as the Lobero Theatre, cemented her role as a true Santa Barbara treasure.