Events And Opportunities

  • PastForward National Preservation Conference Early Bird Deadline Approaching

    Savannah | Dates: 07 – 15 Aug, 2014

    National Preservation Conference registration rates will increase after Fri., Aug. 15. Register for PastForward, Nov. 11-14, Savannah, Ga. today and save. PastForward is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. Visit for complete conference details, including registration.

  • LA Forum Presents: shoptalk with RAC Design Build

    Los Angeles | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014

    This year’s “On the Map” series turns a spotlight not on the end products of finished buildings, but on the processes by which design is achieved. The shoptalk events invite designers to reveal the methods of their architectural making and building, spanning a continuum from the high-tech digital on one end, to the analog and hand-crafted on the other. Exposing this range of activities, shoptalk invites you to tour the facilities where the magic happens and engage in the discussion about what it is that architects do.

    August 7, 2014:
    RAC Design Build

    August 28, 2014
    Ball-Nogues Studio

    September 11, 2014
    Panel Discussion on
    Housing Construction Systems

    The first event of shoptalk features RAC Design Build, a design firm with a portfolio of custom residential and adaptive re-use commercial projects for creative users. Blending the disciplines of architecture, construction, fabrication, and urban re-development, RAC promotes problem solving methods for their expanded view of what an architect’s studio can be.

    RAC will host this installment of shoptalk at their Frogtown facility, a former electronics factory on the banks of the Los Angeles River. The complex of buildings was transformed into a multi-use office, steel fabrication shop and boneyard of salvaged building materials, becoming a new Community hub in the process. RAC will briefly talk about their practice and share their latest work; lead you on a tour of their office and well equipped workshop; and participate in a discussion and Q&A session on the subjects of design, the maker ethic and the tools of their trades.


    Rick Cortez, Principal and Founder, RAC Design Build

    Thursday, August 7, 2014
    7:00-7:30 PM: registration
    7:30-9:00 PM: event

    RAC Design Build
    3048 N. Coolidge Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for LA Forum Members.
    Non-members can purchase tickets the day of the event.

    Stay tuned for more events in the On the Map: shoptalk series!

  • Nantucket Preservation Trust Annual August Fête

    Siasconset | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014
    Thursday August 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

    Please join us at the annual August Fete a special celebration of Nantucket’s historic architecture. The annual event, provides details of the island’s architectural heritage as guests tour historic houses and enjoy a tented reception.This year homes in Sunset Heights and the Underhill Cottages will be available to tour. Tour goers will have the chance to view homes along ‘Sconset streets including: Pochick and Magnolia. There will be a gala reception with live music by Coq Au Vin Ensemble, food by Nantucket Catering Company, and Spanky’s Raw Bar and more! 

  • Origins and Influences: Traditional Japanese Art as a Means Toward Organic Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014
    Speaker: Kevin Nute, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon.

    From the opening of the twentieth century through to the present day, the relationship between the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the traditional architecture of Japan has been a recurring source of discussion, and no little puzzlement. One of the principal factors in maintaining this interest has been the fact that whilst Wright freely acknowledged an important philosophical debt to Japanese art, and to the wood block print in particular, he consistently rejected suggestions that Japanese architecture had any direct impact on his work. Wright maintained that he found in Japanese culture not the inspiration which many suspected, but merely confirmation of many of his own ‘organic’ design principles. In his lecture, Kevin Nute examines Wright's interest in traditional Japanese pictorial art in the context of his philosophy of 'organic' architecture, and how the former contributed directly to its formal expression.

    Kevin Nute is a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon. He earned his doctorate at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies at Cambridge University. His thesis was published as Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan (Van Nostrand, 1993) and received the 1994 International Architectural Monograph Award from the American Institute of Architects.

    Professor Nute taught part-time at Cambridge until 1995, when he accepted a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship at the University of Tokyo. In 1996 he was appointed associate professor of architecture at another Japanese national university, where he directed a research laboratory for five years before joining the University of Oregon in October 2000.

    His research focuses on visual qualities of built environments that resonate directly with building users. He is the author of Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture (Routledge, 2004), and is about to publish his first electronic book, Vital: Using the Sun, Wind and Rain to Bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life, which illustrates how the natural movements of the weather can be harnessed to improve the habitability of indoor spaces and increase the visibility of sustainable practices in buildings.


    Thursday, August 7, 2014


    6 pm


    Pritzker Auditorium (Monroe Building), 104 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


    Free, reservations required