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  • Sonoma Living: Home Tours

    San Francisco | Dates: 10 May, 2014
    AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Taking place Saturday, May 10, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences– all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

    Tour Date: Saturday, May 10 2014

    Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: Residences are located in Petaluma, Kenwood, Sonoma and Windsor.

    Information on the Home Tours Headquarters will be available soon.

  • Architecture for Humanity-Denver, Salon No. 7: WATER

    Denver | Dates: 25 Mar, 2014

    Salon No. 7 "Water" of the OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD series
    by Architecture for Humanity-Denver, sponsored by AIA Colorado
    March 25th @6PM (happy hour 5:30PM) - free and open to all
    Forest Room 5: 2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211

    Salon No. 7, a continuation of our "North Morph" series exploring contemporary issues involving the neighborhoods of Denver. Water is a huge issue in our geographic area - the Platte River, groundwater quality, and stormwater to name a few!


    Dick Farley FAIA, Principal
    Richard Farley, Urban Design LLC

    Tom Cech, Director
    One World One Water Center

    1. Platte River - from dumping ground to neighborhood amenity, recreational potential, is having a river in your back (or front) yard in RiNo, Globeville, Elyria an amenity or not?

    2. Stormwater - what are the unique issues surrounding water quality and how do they impact aesthetic and experiential conditions for the north Denver neighborhoods?

    3. Groundwater - parts of Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea have all been Superfund sites in the past. What does this mean for generations to come?

    4. Aesthetics of Water - what does design have to do with it, and how does parametric technology partner with today's water issues?

    RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/architectureforhumanitydenver

    email us your ideas and thoughts!
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  • Housewalk at the Junior League of Chicago Headquarters

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Apr, 2014
    The Junior League of Chicago will be opening its historic headquarters building on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm for self-guided tours. All areas of the house will be open to explore. The JLC Headquarters was designed by the architectural firm of Pond & Pond and was built in 1908 as a private residence. The house retains a high level of integrity and features carved woodwork, fireplaces, stained glass, and more.
  • Spiritual Kitsch

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Apr, 2014
    Spiritual Kitsch
    APR 07, 2014, 6PM

    Please RSVP

    Molly Hunker, inaugural Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow at the School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago, joins the Graham Foundation April 7 for a presentation on her current research and culminating fellowship project, Myth.

    Hunker’s fellowship research has centered on kitsch artifacts and their potential to recalibrate contemporary notions of atmosphere and engagement.  Myth, opening at UIC School of Architecture April 1, focuses specifically on the home shrine, re-envisioning the richly decorative and kitsch accretion through the lens of the architectural installation.  The discussion will explore how home shrines and related assemblies can provoke new understandings of visual opulence and lead to the production of emotionally resonant architecture.

     Molly Hunker grew up in Wyoming and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hunker has worked for architecture studios and art workshops in Seattle and Los Angeles and has taught at UCLA, Woodbury University and University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is the co-founder, with Greg Corso, of SPORTS, a design collaborative that aims to reconcile the intelligence and sensibilities dormant in the crafty, cute and commonplace with that of the high-tech, couture, and complex to distill the opportunities born at this intersection.

  • Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation

    Chicago | Dates: 05 Apr, 2014
    APR 05, 2014, 2PM
    Please RSVP

    This event brings together the editors and several contributors to the Graham-funded book Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation, which interrogates Chicago’s history of fomenting and transmitting radical architectural and urban visions. Editor Alexander Eisenschmidt will introduce the project and short presentations by Penelope Dean, Ellen Grimes, Sam Jacob, and Mark Linder, which will be followed by a discussion, moderated by editor Jonathan Mekinda. The event will highlight some of the most productive episodes in the city’s past and explore what made Chicago function so effectively as a mediator of ideas and an instigator of speculation. The book launch also marks the opening of the exhibition “Chicagoisms” at the Art Institute of Chicago. Building on the premise of the book, this exhibition mines the history of the city to define principles of architectural action and urban engagement to which architecture practices were invited to respond via speculative proposals for the contemporary city.

    Copies of Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation will be available for purchase at the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Alexander Eisenschmidt is a designer, theorist, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work investigates the productive tension between the modern city and architectural form – a topic on which he has published and lectured extensively. Eisenschmidt is the editor of City Catalyst (AD, 2012), curator of City Works for the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, and founding partner of Studio Offshore.

    Jonathan Mekinda is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a joint appointment in the Department of Art History and the School of Design. His research focuses on the history of modern architecture and design during the middle decades of the twentieth century, particularly in Italy, which is the subject of his current book project, Building the House of Man. His writing can be found in journals such as the Journal of Design History and Design Issues and in the forthcoming volume Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias (Courtauld Books Online, 2015).

    Penelope Dean is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her writings have appeared in Architectural DesignHarvard Design MagazinehunchLogPraxis, and TransScape. Her research has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a Visiting Scholars Residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture at Montreal. She is founding editor of the architectural magazine Flat Out.

    Ellen D. Grimes is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches architectural design, technology, and theory. Previously she has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and served as the executive editor of the Journal of Architectural Education.

    Sam Jacob is an architect and critic. He was co-founder of FAT, where he was responsible for a range of internationally acclaimed projects, and now directs his own architecture and design studio. He is Director of Night School at the Architectural Association in London and teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a columnist for Dezeen and Art Review and contributing editor to Icon. Currently, he is co-curating the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

    Mark Linder is Associate Professor in architecture and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University. He is the author of Nothing Less than Literal: Architecture after Minimalism (MIT Press, 2004) and is currently at work on a book titled Three Easy Mieses: That’s Brutal, What’s Modern? on the alternative mid-century modernisms of Alison and Peter Smithson, Walter Segal, and John Hejduk.

  • Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma's 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

    Norman | Dates: 04 – 06 Jun, 2014

    Save the dates, June 4-6, 2014, for Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma’s 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Start packing your book-bags and plan to enroll for historic preservation summer school in Norman on the University of Oklahoma campus.

    The three courses of study include:

    TRACK A: Academic Pursuits, which focuses on Norman’s and the state’s architectural legacy; research collections and tools for historic preservation; and a half-day visit to the Oklahoma Archeological Survey to tour the archeological laboratories and learn about current field work, research projects, and cooperative efforts with the SHPO and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Cultural Resource Program.

    TRACK B: Back to Basics, which includes an introduction to the National Register of Historic Places and the Secretary of the Interior’s Rehabilitation Standards; rehabilitation project case studies of all sizes; and highlights of how the arts and historic preservation combine to promote community revitalization.

    TRACK C: Comprehensive Community Preservation, which features two workshops. First is the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s one-and-a-half-day Community Assistance Mentoring Program (CAMP) for design review commissions and local government staff. Second is a half-day workshop about heritage areas and corridors and how they support economic development and heritage tourism, presented by Elizabeth Watson, Heritage Strategies LLC.

    Special events include the opening reception on Main Street in historic downtown Norman; local tours; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.’s annual meeting and luncheon; the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual awards banquet; and the Plenary Session, featuring Linda Caldwell, Executive Director, Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, who will deliver a lively discussion about how small towns can realize economic benefits and strengthen rural heritage tourism programs through spin-off from nearby, larger cities.

    Conference cosponsors include State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society; Oklahoma Main Street Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture, Institute for Quality Communities; Campus Corner Merchants Association; City of Norman; Cleveland County Historical Society; Norman Arts Council; Norman Chamber of Commerce; Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau; Norman Downtowners; and Oklahoma Archeological Survey.

    Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at


    and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.

    If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org) or Umit Hope Mander, Associate Director, Institute for Quality Communities, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma (405/325-2434 or umander@ou.edu).

  • 2014 AIA CAE Spring Conference

    Barcelona | Dates: 27 – 30 Apr, 2014
    2014 CAE Spring Conference
    The Value of Design: Enhancing Education Through Architecture
    April 27 - 30, 2014, Barcelona, Spain

    What's New? (as of March 13th)
    - Conference Approved for 18 HSW LUs.
    Detailed Agenda Posted
    Regular Registration Ends Friday, March 21st

    The CAE Spring conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from April 27 through 30th. Our 2014 theme – the Value of Design – finds ample expression in Barcelona where design and designers are celebrated. Whereas last year’s amazing conference in San Francisco focused on design thinking and technology, the 2014 conference will underscore the influence of culture, art, and history on the design of places for learning. Why Barcelona? The post Franco era in Spain allowed the re-emergence of regionalism, and Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the heart, responded enthusiastically. With a robust economy by southern European standards, Mediterranean coastline, and rich architectural heritage, Barcelona is a thriving city with a unique design sensibility. One focus of the Catalonian emergence is the education of their children, as they embarked on an ambitious program of creating learning environments to provide that for that education. They utilized design competitions to select Architects, resulting in a large number of innovative and creative learning environments. The CAE 2014 Conference will provide as broad a sampling of these stunning buildings as possible, as well as glimpsing a couple of well known architectural gems. Don’t miss it!

  • Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

    Dubai | Dates: 06 – 07 May, 2014
    Dubai will play host to the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014, taking place on 6 & 7 May 2014. 

    Attracting over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit is the leading platform for business networking and knowledge sharing for the region’s landscape industry. 

    The UAE’s construction sector spending is on the rise, with increased investment in green space and urban landscape development. 

    In Dubai, achieving the maximum amount of green space and beautified area in the city is part of the strategic development plan, with sustainability being a cornerstone of key national projects and government policy. 

    This opens up significant growth prospects for the landscape sector, and a responsibility for the industry to incorporate smart and sustainable best practice into all project including planning, design, construction and maintenance. The use of smart technology will be imperative in overcoming the challenges of the harsh desert environment. 

    The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014 is a must-attend for senior professionals
    committed to the sustainable growth of the Middle East’s landscape sector.  
  • 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference

    Atlanta | Dates: 31 Mar, 2014

    Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater

    All over the country, communities and municipalities are implementing ground-breaking projects that leverage rainwater runoff and green infrastructure techniques to build innovative parks and greenspaces. In addition to improving water quality, these new greenspaces can catalyze redevelopment, mitigate storm water flooding, provide off-road transportation corridors, transform neighborhoods, and often provide community amenities where none existed previously. 

    The 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference will highlight existing opportunities for development, inspire cooperation from diverse partners, and influence decision-makers to creatively solve problems concerning infrastructure while producing wonderful parks and greenspaces that provide multiple benefits to communities.

    If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities for "Pipes to Parks," please download our sponsorship packet for details. For questions or more information, contact Betty at betty@parkpride.org.

    Registration for the 13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference is now open! 

    Also, don't forget to check out and register for one of the many conference tours, where you can experience green infrastructure first hand! 

  • ASLA Central States Conference

    Omaha | Dates: 09 – 11 Apr, 2014

    April 09, 2014 8:00 AM to April 11, 2014 5:00 PM

    The Central States is comprised of SIX individual chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  These chapters come together once a year for camaraderie, learning, advancing the profession and to celebrate their good work.

    The six ASLA Central States chapters are ArkansasGreat PlainsIowaOklahomaPrairie Gateway and St. Louis. These chapters encompass the eight US states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

    The Ninth Annual Central States Conference will be hosted by the ASLA Great Plains chapter April 9-11, 2014 at the stunning Durham Museum in downtown Omaha, NE and features up to 12 LACES Accredited Hours.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Landscape Lectures: Michael Ezban in Conversation with Charles Waldheim

    Boston | Dates: 12 Jun, 2014
    Thursday, June 12, 7:00 PM

    Tickets: $5-$15 | Reserve online or at 617 278 5156

    Michael Ezban is a landscape designer, registered architect, and educator, and the 2014 Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies at the Gardner Museum. His writing and design work explores cultures of waste - economies and ecologies entangled with waste landscapes. Ezban holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received the 2013 Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship. He also holds a Masters Degree in Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan. He is a principal at 
    VanderGoot Ezban Studio, a research, and design practice based in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he teaches architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

    The Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was created in 2012 to recognize emerging design talent across disciplines dealing with landscape and support experimentation, research, and achievement in design through landscape. In addition, with each selection the committee aims to identify work embodying landscape as a medium of design for the public realm and grow disciplinary and professional capacity within landscape architecture.

  • CORRESPONDENCE: The Monk’s Garden 1903-2013

    Boston | Dates: 20 Feb – 27 Oct, 2014

    The Gardner Museum recently commissioned Michael Van Valkenburgh to design a new four-season garden on the site of what Isabella Gardner called her “Monk’s Garden.” The redesigned Monk’s Garden, sited to the east of the historic palace, opened in September 2013 as part of the Museum’s expanded campus. CORRESPONDENCE features design process and construction drawings of the new garden, as well as communications between the design team and contractors responsible for its construction. The exhibition centers on a pair of letters between Museum director Anne Hawley and Van Valkenburgh describing their aspirations for the new garden at the beginning of the design process. The exhibition also presents photographs that illustrate how greatly the garden has changed over the years.

    Van Valkenburgh’s design of the Monk’s Garden interprets the Museum’s meandering gallery layout, and the rich colors and textures of its idiosyncratic collection, in a contemporary landscape context. While the garden is accessible (weather permitting) from both the original Museum building and Renzo Piano’s new addition, it is not the primary connection between them, freeing it to focus instead on cultivating a sense of place. The garden is given its own interior, with the aim of provoking extended quiet contemplation rather than hurried passage.

    The original high brick wall of Fenway Court surrounds the garden, and the design aims to soften this enclosure through the creation of a small-scale, dreamlike woodland. Composed of approximately 60 trees including stewartia, paper bark maple, and gray birch, the groves establish a detail-rich palette of colors and textures suitable for intimate appreciation. Winding paths, paved in a striking combination of black brick and reflective mica schist, meander through the trees. Rather than intersecting, the paths playfully meet and diverge, while also gently widening in places to create nooks for garden chairs. Please join us in the new garden.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Announces Partnership with Google Cultural Institute

    Boston | Dates: 18 Mar, 2014

    BOSTON, MA, March 18, 2014 -- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced today it will join over 400 existing online art collections through its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, collaboration between Google and art partners from across more than 50 countries that work to preserve and promote culture online.

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be one of a handful of museums participating in the Google Cultural Institute that will have a complete first-person walk-through (“Street View”) experience as part of its collection. By making immersive views of the Museum’s galleries and more than 2,500 objects available online, including detailed, high-resolution images of select objects, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum aims to assert itself into the digital landscape and improve accessibility of its historic collection for audiences around the world.

    “As a cultural institution, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to engage, educate and build relationships with existing and new audiences,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “Our participation in the Google Art Project enables us to capture the attention and interest of audiences around the world, providing a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the museum and our collection.”

    "Starting today, people around the world – from students and teachers to art enthusiasts – will have the opportunity to personally explore one of Boston’s great cultural treasures," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "This partnership between Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Google is an example of two organizations sharing ideas and resources to reach a shared vision for what’s possible."

    Last May, the Google Cultural Institute photographed and virtually mapped the Gardner Museum galleries. A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ captured 360-degree images of the interior of each gallery. The images were digitally stitched together, enabling smooth navigation throughout the museum. This technology will allow people around the world to explore the museum’s objects in never-before-seen angles and detail with the click of a mouse.

    "Isabella Stewart Gardner created her Museum with a mind towards preserving art for future generations to educate and enrich the public," said Steve Vinter, Site Lead for Google's Cambridge Office. "The Google Cultural Institute shares this vision and aims to further her mission by making this wonderful collection accessible to art lovers worldwide through a few clicks of a mouse."

    Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding a courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses a one-of-a-kind collection of art, featuring works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas, and Sargent, as well as changing contemporary and historic exhibitions, classical concerts, lectures and special events.

    Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute can browse 57,000 high-resolution objects by the artist’s name, the type of art, the museum, the country, collections, and the time period. Google+ and video hangouts are integrated on the site, allowing viewers to invite their friends to view and discuss their favorite works in a video chat or follow a guided tour from an expert to gain an appreciation of a particular topic or collection.

    The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online.

    For more information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, please visit www.gardnermuseum.org.

  • Program Assistant (FELLOWSHIP, PART-TIME)

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Apr – 01 Sep, 2014
    Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham Foundation produces three major exhibitions per year and a host of public programs including lectures, performances, panel discussions, and receptions that engage contemporary work and issues in architecture. It is the largest private funder in the field of architecture in the country, making grants nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations. Support is project based and extends to books, exhibitions, installations, exhibition catalogs, films/videos/new media projects, as well as individual research projects. Since 1963, the Graham Foundation has been located in the Madlener House, a 9,000-square-foot turn-of-the-century Prairie-style mansion located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. The Graham is also home to Chicago’s only architectural bookshop offering a selection of publications from an international roster of publishers, as well as an extensive collection of local and international periodicals on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. The Graham Foundation seeks students of architecture, art, art education, history, design, and related programs interested in gaining experience at a non-profit arts organization, foundation, and/or cultural institution. Selected applicants will learn through active participation in tasks related to the foundation’s grants and public programming. Key responsibilities include: • Providing the first point of contact for visitors during gallery hours ensuring that gallery visitors are always greeted with an informative and warm welcome and that any questions they have about the Graham Foundation’s exhibitions, public programs, grantmaking, history, and identity are answered during the course of their visit • Staffing public and evening events • Maintaining mailing lists and directory profiles, updating online and print listings, distributing material, and communicating about programs via social media • Making sales, tracking inventory, stocking, and maintaining the Graham Foundation Bookshop • Administrative tasks including answering phones, taking messages, and sorting mail • Contributing to ongoing public programs and grantmaking history initiatives • Assisting with exhibition research, installation, and maintenance • Other duties as needed The Program Assistant will be organized, responsible, and detail oriented. She or he will ideally possess: • An engaging personality • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including interpersonal and public speaking skills • Interest in learning about and promoting the Graham Foundation’s programs and history • Initiative and the ability to work independently • Knowledge of or interest in architecture or art history, theory, and practice • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and general experience working in databases • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and InDesign, is a plus As a landmark historic building, the Madlener House has limited accessibility. The intern must be able to climb three to four flights of stairs. Start date: April 21, 2014 End date: September 2014 with potential to extend Work schedule: Flexible. 2 days per week 11:00am – 6:00pm, and regular evening events. Compensation: Paid Fellowship Please send a resume and cover letter to Ellen Hartwell Alderman at ealderman@grahamfoundation.org. Candidates for interviews will be contacted by email. The Graham Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer interested in continuing the growth and diversity of its staff.
  • CFP: Decoration Reconsidered (SECAC 2014)

    Saratosa | Dates: 08 – 11 Oct, 2014
    Within canonical discourses of 20th century art, the term “decoration” has long been associated with degeneration, femininity, commercialism and pleasure “signifiers” of inferiority and otherness in relation to the definition of “good art.” Adolf Loos’ notorious text “Ornament and Crime” (1905), has been followed by generations of artists and critics holding similar views of decoration and the decorative quality as a problem, if not a travesty, for self-respected artists. The political bias behind such perceptions has been deconstructed in past decades by such artistic groups as the “Pattern and Decoration” of the 1970s and in more recent scholarship. However, the bias against decoration continues to dominate perceptions of appropriateness and quality within art historical research as well as in contemporary art practice. This session invites papers reflecting on the significance of decoration for modern and contemporary art, as well as the complex discursive space it occupies within various traditions of art history. Deadline for submission: April 20, 2014 Information about SECAC, abstract guidelines and submission procedures available at: http://www.secollegeart.org/conference
  • RAMSA 2014 Travel Fellowship

    New York | Dates: 21 Jan – 11 Apr, 2014

    The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention - key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded every year to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.

    Click here to see selected 2013 Travel Fellowship submissions.

    Important Dates
    04/11/2014  Deadline for submission of proposal
    05/02/2014  Announcement of award
    11/03/2014  Deadline for submission of report

    Call for Proposals
    Registration Form

    Authorization Form

    Copyright Release

  • Stitch: an AIA Portland Ideas Competition

    Portland | Dates: 17 Mar – 28 Apr, 2014

    As the City of Portland continues to grow we find ourselves needing urban living rooms to offer space that is open and free for the public to use and gather. Pioneer Square is a great success as an urban space for the city, but as the population grows more public squares are needed. The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together. The square caps the highway, bridges between the downtown core and the growing neighborhood around Providence Park, and offers a perfect place for events related to both. This location is located along the max line integrating it with the entire City both near and far. Portlanders need urban space to express themselves, gather, protest, people watch, eat and generally contribute to community health and well-being.

    This competition calls for ideas on ways to successfully cap I-405, bridging the downtown to Goose Hollow and the Stadium district. We are looking for extraordinary creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban problem. The program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of public space with other programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context and needs of the city. We encourage each proposal to address multi-modal transportation within the project.

    This ideas competition is open to all including students and professionals, architects and engineers, landscape architects and urban designers. You can enter as an individual, as a team or as a firm.  You can also submit as many entires as you wish although you will have to pay an additional entree fee for each one.

    • $25 for students & unemployed designers
    • $50 for professionals
    • 1st Place – $500 + 2 Architecture Books donated from Princeton Architectural Press
    • 2nd Place – $200 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
    • 3rd Place – $100 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press

    Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and be displayed at a local Gallery space, as well as on talkitect.com. We will also be sending press releases to local newspapers and/or magazines as well as national architecture publications.

    • Competition Registration Starts: March 17th
    • Submissions Due: April 28th – 5:00 PM PST
    • Jury Deliberations: April 28th – May 16th
    • Winner Announced: May 16th
    • Celebration: May 16th

  • The 2014 Animal House Competition

    Buffalo | Dates: 21 Nov, 2013 – 28 Mar, 2014

    The 2014 Animal House Competition

    This is an ideas-based competition in which entrants are asked to design a ‘house’ for a domestic animal of their choice.  The program’s intent is for each participant to develop a contemporary shelter design addressing spatial requirements of non-human species in a fresh & appealing way.

    Each entry should speak to the requirements of the animal it is being designed for.  There are no real limitations on what type of animal this is, ex- cept that the animal must be domesticated.  It is up to the designer to determine not only what the immediate shelter for the animal is, but also the specific context they choose to design the shelter within.  Is the inhabitation designed on an urban rooftop, in a traditional kitchen, in an open backyard, on a desk?

    The designer must understand the animal they design around and develop contemporary solutions for its new home. Design forms that break the mold of what society may have previously deemed as ‘typical’ for such enclosures will be highly valued by the jury.  An emphasis on unique fabrication methods or sustainable design may also allow an entry to stand out.

    What does the animal require in terms of space?  There should be a clear formal design concept that accommodates the chosen animal’s spatial requirements for multiple activities as applicable (ie. sleeping, sitting, standing, etc.). How is the scale of an animal’s enclosure related or unrelated to that of a human’s house?

    The 2014 Animal House Competition is meant to provide a vehicle for Emerging Professionals across New York State to develop their voices in a unique and challenging design endeavor.

    Entrants must be residents of New York State and qualify as “Emerging Professionals” - Students or Graduates 10 years or less removed from school at
    the time of the Competition Opening.

    First Place: $1,000
    Second Place: $500
    Third Place: $250

    Prizes sponsored by AIA Buffalo/WNY.

    Honorable Mentions will be distributed based upon merit at the discretion of the Design Jury.

    Top Prize Winners will be showcased in Press Releases, AIA digital Newsletters (locally & state-wide), on the AIA Buffalo/WNY website, on the AIA BEP website, and other varieties of Social Media.

    All entries will receive recognition on the AIA BEP website in an online gallery at the end of the competition. Select entry boards will be displayed at a Gallery Exhibition in Spring 2014 in Buffalo, NY.

    AIA Members: $25
    Non-AIA Members: $35
    Students/Volunteers: $20
    AIAS Members: No Fee

    All proceeds (less incidental administrative costs) will be donated to Buffalo Humane in support of their efforts to provide shelter and homes for various animals across Western New York.

    See Entry Form for further requirements.

    Entry fees are non-refundable. Please make checks or money orders out to
    Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

    Competition Opens: Nov 21 2013
    Submissions Due: Mar 28 2014
    Jury Deliberation: Apr 2014
    Winners Notified: Apr 2014
    Gallery Exhibition: Spring 2014

    For more information regarding the competition, entry requirements, rules, regulations, & selection criteria, please visit aiabep.org/animalhouse

    Email    info@aiabep.org
    Facebook    facebook.com/aiabep

    Each entry submission must include the following exactly in order to be
    considered by the jury.

    The primary deliverable for the competition is your Design Board.  It must
    be   24”x36” vertically-oriented, matte-finished, and mounted to 3/16” or
    1/4” foam core or equivalent. The boards must convey all intended design concepts through any drawing types the entrants choose, however, there must be at least one rendering showcasing the overall design (preferably in context with the animal it is meant for).

    Please provide all of the following in a separate 9”x12” unmarked envelope taped to the rear of the presentation board.

    Project Narrative
    A 250 word or less description of your submission including all pertinent information related to the animal your shelter is intended for, the concept for its formal design, and additional features that may cause your project to stand out.

    CD Containing above & Digital Images from Design Board
    All entry materials must be saved digitally to an unmarked CD at 300dpi resolution (jpg or tif format only) including the Design Board and several individual images from the board itself.  Please only label the files with generic names as listed below:
    “Project Narrative” “Design Board” “Image 01”

    Concealed Entry Form
    The entry form must be filled out in its entirety and be included in the unmarked envelope.  NOTE:  This is the ONLY place that identification marks for entrants should be indicated on any of the materials submit- ted for the competition.  All other materials submitted should omit all identifying marks.  Numbers will be associated with submission entries upon arrival to the delivery address below.

    Non-Refundable Entry Fee
    Please make out all checks or money orders to;
    Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

    All deliverables shall be wrapped in brown craft paper & delivered to:

    Attn: Manuel Rivera, AIA HHL Architects
    172 Allen St
    Buffalo, NY 14201

    *All submissions entries MUST arrive on or before Friday March 21, 2014. The submission deadline date will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.

    Submission entries may be delivered anytime between November 21, 2013 and March 21, 2014. An email confirmation will be sent to all entrants at the close of the competition verifying their submission was received, however, it is strongly recommended that entrants use alternate package arrival verification methods to ensure proper delivery as well.

    All submission entries must contain original content only and must be sub- mitted without identifying marks, including logos, texts, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s author(s). The AIA will use all information submitted to display in exhibitions and publications to promote the competition.

    All designs will be judged based on the following criteria:

    LIVABILITY |  Has the design entry met the needs and requirements of the animal for which the entry has been designed?

    CLARITY  |  Does the entry have clear, concise, and appropriate design methodology and form that compliments the design intent? Aesthetic appeal of the formal design will also factor into jury deliberation.

    CONSTRUCTABILITY  |  Could this house actually be built?  Are the fabrication methods creatively executed in the design to reinforce the overall concepts of the shelter?  Although not confirmed, the first prize winner’s Animal House may be constructed dependent upon several factors including structural clarity.

    REPRESENTATION | High-quality representation that showcases strong and captivating design identity will be sought after during jury deliberation. Whether utilizing hand-drawn or computer graphic methods, the designer’s craft must be maintained at an exceptional level.

    Emphasis on other considerations such as sustainability, estimated cost of construction, and animal selection are also left up to the discretion of the entrant, but will factor into the jury’s evaluation of each entry.

    Entrants are given wide latitude in determining the form, function, and style of their designs.

    Decisions of the Jury are Final.

    Members of the Jury have been selected from several diverse professional
    & institutional organizations throughout the Western New York area to best facilitate objective judgment of the competition entries.

    Michael LaValley, Assoc. AIA, LEED® AP
    Co-Founder/Co-Chair | AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals
    Board Member | AIA Buffalo/WNY
    Project Manager/Designer  |  Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects

    Michael Anderson, AIA, LEED® AP
    2014 Secretary | AIA Buffalo/WNY
    Architect | Architectural Resources

    Anne E. Dafchik, AIA, LEED® AP, NCARB
    Education Coordinator | AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals
    Architect | Kideney Architects

    Kevin M. Mahoney
    2013 President | Buffalo Architecture Foundation
    Sr. Vice President/Partner  |  Baer & Associates

    Joyce Hwang, AIA, NCARB
    Assoc. Professor/Director of Professional Studies  |  University at Buffalo SA&P
    Director | Ants of the Prairie

    Carol Tutzauer
    President | Buffalo Humane
    Social & Behavioral Research Scientist  |  University at Buffalo

    Clara Miller
    Vice President of Communications | Buffalo Humane
    Assist. Manager/IT Support/Campus Dining & Shops  |  University at Buffalo


    1. Entrants give AIA Buffalo/WNY and AIA BEP permission to reproduce their submission without restriction.
    2. No royalties shall be payable by AIA BEP or any other sponsors for use of the submission entry materials.
    3. Entrants verify that all information provided in the Concealed Entry Form is true and their submission is subject to disqualification in the event that it is found that any information has been falsified.
    4. Entrants affirm that they are sole owner of the materials identified in the Animal House Competition entry, that each submitted entry is an original work, and that neither these materials nor the permission granted hereby infringes upon the ownership, copyright, trademark, or rights of others.
    5. All deliverables become property of AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals.
    6. Entries shall not have been previously published in any competition publication, whether printed, online, or otherwise.
    7. Entries shall not have been selected as a finalist, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.
    8. If the design is submitted from a team of people, all team members must be identified on the concealed entry form.
    9. All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including logos, texts, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s author(s).
    10. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate entry fee must be paid for each.  Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.
    11. Entrants are not allowed to discuss details of their competition designs and/or entries with any of the judges directly whatsoever. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
    12. Any deviation from competition rules may result in automatic disqualification at the discretion of the jury.
  • Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture Symposium

    Alexandria | Dates: 28 – 29 Mar, 2014
    The second Frascari Symposium will be hosted at the 
    Washington-Alexandria Center of Virginia Tech on March 28-29, 
    2014 on the topic of Confabulations: storytelling in architecture. 

    The symposium will host confabulations by 
    and other storytellers.
  • Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    Museums: Building Collections, Building Community