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  • Firmily Feud: An Architectural Game Show

    Dallas | Dates: 21 Jul, 2014

    Name DFW's newest architectural game show sensation? Survey says…Firmily Feud! On the heels of a wildly entertaining, highly publicized edition of Firmily Feud at Main Street Garden and just in time for summer, this edition of Firmily Feud takes the game back to its origins at The Foundry. Once again, we have polled hundreds of every-day Dallas citizens on questions related to the field of architecture and put the most popular answers on the board. This time, the task of revealing these answers goes to 4 awesome teams:

    • Milby Attorneys & Counselors - AIA Dallas Industry Allied Partner & Annual Patron Sponsor
    • Swingle Collins & Associates - AIA Dallas Industry Allied Partner & Annual Patron Sponsor
    • Rogers-O'Brien - AIA Dallas Industry Allied Partner & Annual Patron Sponsor
    • TEXO (The Construction Association) Members  

    Also back by popular demand, teams will be assisted by the "Architectural Lifeline Council" which is made up of some of DFW's most seasoned design professionals, and this time, as a first for the series, a lucky audience volunteer. Because what better way to connect with your audience than by making them part of the game?

    Each team will have to dig deep and push the limits in order to topple the competition and exert themselves as the Firmliy Feud victor. You don't want to miss this battle royale as once again the champion will take home the coveted Firmly Feud trophy, bragging rights and a well-deserved sense of entitlement.    

    Firmily Feud is free, open to the public, and at The Foundry, a winning combination for a fun and entertaining night out with friends. Be there - because if we have learned anything from the past editions of Firmily Feud - it's that anything can and will happen. 

    Start the summer off right at The Foundry July 21st at 7:00 p.m. - come out to play, drink, socialize, network and have a great time with your fellow design professionals.

    Be sure and register to join the fun!

  • Urban Design Committee: Humanism for Landscape Urbanism with Eric Kramer

    Boston | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Eric F. Kramer, principal at Reed Hilderbrand, will present how Landscape Urbanism has been an effective vehicle for reasserting the significance of landscape architecture as a design practice, leveraging the discipline’s systems-based approach and a contemporary interest in environmental issues to take on increasingly complex urban projects. Relying on mapping, dynamic modeling, and the extensive use of metrics, Landscape Urbanism has embedded a sense of scientific certainty in the process of design.

    As a practice that describes itself as working at the intersection of nature and culture, we ask how cultural value, meaning, and significance - the human systems which are harder to quantify, map, and manipulate - find a place in shaping our environment in an era of landscape urbanism, or its more recent progeny, ecological and even tactical urbanism. Humanism, a concept that reasserts human agency and the link between physical experience and intellectual development, may be a model for reinserting ourselves, as designers and dwellers, into the matrix of values that shape our landscape and our public realm. Because, in the end, it is the experience of our environment, the social interactions that take place there, the memories we develop there, and the ideas we imagine in a space that make it meaningful, lasting, and significant.

    This presentation aims to set the stage for a vibrant discussion of how design of the public realm today engages cultural values on even footing with more easily identified environmental and economic values. Respondents will include David Grissino, Senior architect and Urban Designer at the BRA; Elizabeth Sisam, Associate Vice President for Planning at Harvard University; Patrick Tedesco a Principal with NBBJ; and Meera Deean an urban designer with Utile.

    A number of Boston-area projects which will serve as a basis for this discussion can be previewed and visited utilizing the following link, a cell-phone web-app designed for the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, which was held in Boston:  

    Eric Kramer, a principal with Reed Hilderbrand, in Cambridge, MA, has overseen the design and implementation of significant projects that utilize rigorous technical and horticultural systems to accommodate intensive programmatic requirements. Recent projects include the Clark Art Institute, Central Wharf Plaza, the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion and Greenway Carousel, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, Harvard’s Institutional Master Plan for Allston, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Master Plan in Lincoln. He received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BA from Amherst College. He currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.


    To learn more about the Urban Design Committee, visit architects.org/committees/urban-design-committee.

    Click "Register" to attend.

    1.5 LU

  • New Architecture on Cooper Square, Bond St. and the New Bowery

    New York | Dates: 02 Aug, 2014

    AIA CES 2.5 LU | 2.5 HSW

    When: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

    Where: AIANY Tours   

    Meet at Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. just below Astor Pl.

    Explore new architecture on Cooper Square, Bond Street and the Bowery. Highlights include Fumihiko Maki’s new Astor Place office building, Morphosis’ Cooper Union academic building, new residential developments on Bond Street, SANAA’s New Museum, Norman Foster’s Sperone Westwater Gallery, new hotels, as well as older landmarks in these historic N.Y.C. neighborhoods.

    $20 AIA member
    $30 non-member

    Click here to Register

    TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 (Waiting List available)

    Organized by: The AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

    AIANY, and The AIANY’s Architectural Tour Committee, and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

  • PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 18

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 18
    Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Bricolage Theater | 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    6:20 - Doors open. Network & mingle with Pittsburgh creatives while enjoying cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
    7:20 – Presentations begin.

    Admission: $15 per person. Pay at the door. Price includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres.

    PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. PechaKucha Night is about artistic and creative celebration, and promotion of local talent.

    The program provides a voice, not only for architects and designers, but also for public artists and all creative types, who want to share their work and ideas.

    Join the Facebook event.

  • Alternatives to the Traditional Lawn

    Houston | Dates: 10 Jul, 2014

    Architecture Center Houston will host a panel discussion and Q&A session exploring alternatives to traditional lawns. Karen Lantz, AIA, Lantz Full Circle, will discuss her recent project using sustainable design solutions and practices easily achieved in Houston's climate. Heidi Sheesley with Treesearch Farms will introduce a conversation about alternative plants, concepts and trends in gardening. David Cater with Utility Research Garden will talk about garden design, planting food and bamboo, and why rainfall can be enough to nourish our landscape. Garden Architecture curator Kathleen English, AIA, English & Associates Architects, will moderate the evening.

    Treesearch Farms is generously donating several door prizes to be given away by raffle to attendees.

    5:30 Happy Hour
    6:15 Presentation

    Featured speakers to include David Cater, Utility Research Garden; Karen Lantz, AIA, Lantz Full Circle; and Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms.

  • Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space

    Houston | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014

    Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space captures the recollections of the modern American master architect and artist who designed the historic U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington D.C.  Born to Russian immigrants in a New York City brownstone in 1923, Lundy showed an early aptitude for drawing and painting. His talent led him to art school at New York University, but his studies were cut short when he enlisted in World War II. The young soldier soon found himself serving in Patton's Third Army in France, where he kept sketchbooks that are now part of the collections of the Library of Congress.

    Surviving a serious wound that earned him the Purple Heart, Lundy went on to study architecture under Walter Gropius at Harvard University. Upon graduation, he began practicing architecture in Sarasota, Florida, designing a number of churches, schools and commercial projects that garnered many awards. In 1960, he moved his practice to New York and went on to receive the commission from GSA to design the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington D.C.

    In 2008, GSA, proud steward of the U.S. Tax Court, nominated it to the National Register of Historic Places, making it the youngest of GSA’s more than 1,600 buildings to receive this designation. Realizing an unprecedented opportunity to capture on film the recollections of the original architect for this exceptionally significant building, GSA preservationists began working with Lundy to create a documentary on his life, work, and legacy. 

    The film was released in January 2014 for the benefit of the American public.  The Historic Building Film Series is part of the Public Buildings Heritage Program, which GSA produces in support of the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 13287, Preserve America. For more information, please contact historic.buildings@gsa.gov.

    ArCH Members will receive 1 MIP point when they sign-in at this event. Membership is free and you can sign-up when you RSVP online for this event. 

    5:30 Happy Hour Reception
    6:15 Film Screening

    Mr. Lundy will be in attendance for this special screening.

    The film will be preceded by previews for the 2014 Architecture Center Houston Film Festival: Architecture Meets Life.

  • Tour of the Magic Chef Mansion

    St. Louis | Dates: 02 Aug, 2014
    12 noon – 4 p.m

    The Magic Chef Mansion was built for Charles Stockstrom, the founder of the company that became Magic Chef Stove Company. The residence, designed by Ernst Janssen and completed in 1908, remained in the Stockstrom family until 1990. The home has been restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance, including original lighting fixtures and period furnishings.

    Tours of the Magic Chef Mansion are scheduled in conjunction with most Saturday afternoon Compton Hill Water Tower Openings.

    Adults - $15    Seniors 65 & up - $12    Children 6–12 – $8

    Cash only, please

    Children under 6 years – Free (All children must be accompanied by an adult.)

    Tour schedule subject to change

    Group tours are available at other times. Contact us for more information.

  • "Remembering the Future": Architecture at the1964/65 New York World's Fair

    New York | Dates: 26 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES 2.5 LU | 2.5 HSW

    When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM SATURDAY, JULY 26

    Where: Offsite Committee Events   

    AIANY Tours

    World’s Fairs offered the chance for architects to explore new concepts and technologies in order to create a memorable, visceral experience for a broad public. Structures designed for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair were emblematic of a turbulent period for both architecture and society. Conceived at the dawn of the Space Age, the Fair opened as the country was coming to terms with civil rights and technological and social upheaval. At the World's Fair, Modern Architecture met Pop Art. Explore extant architecture from the ‘64/65 Fair, including Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, Wallace Harrison’s Hall of Science, and modern sculpture by Peter Muller Monk, Donald, le Duc, Jose de Rivera, and others, while commemorating the 50th anniversary of that memorable, controversial exposition.

    $10 AIA member
    $20 non-member

    Click here to Register

    TOUR IS LIMITED TO 20 (Waiting List available)

    Meet at the Unisphere on the side of the Queens Museum

    Organized by: AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

    AIANY, and AIANY’s Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

    This program is related to the exhibition Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view from June 12 through September 6, 2014 presented in conjunction with  The Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision

  • Architecture as a Way of Life and Placemaking

    New York | Dates: 28 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU|HSW

    When: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 28

    Where: At The Center   

    Rafiq Azam is the principal of SHATOTTO architecture for green living, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  He will introduce us to his work this city, which is also home to works by Louis Kahn.  Azam’s “green” is not about global ratings or the current sustainability trend.  It is his response to the sky, water, and vegetation that surround him and his city.  There is an apparent simplicity in Azam’s work that disguises and belies a complex fabric revealing the wonders of the cosmos.  “Shatotto” in Bangla means “doing something continuously.”  Azam creates spaces and structures for one’s senses and thoughts in the context of South Asia’s past and future.  His presentation will coincide with the New York introduction of his monograph by SKIRRA, the first ever published about a Bangladeshi architect.

    Reception: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
    Lecture: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Opening remarks
    Lance Brown, FAIA, 2014 AIANY President

    Umberto Dindo, FAIA, Committee Chair, Architecture for Education

    Price: Free for AIA and Asia Society members, and for students; $10 for non-members
    Register Here

    Sponsored by: AIANY Committee on Architecture for Education

    Supported by: Asia Society New York

  • PhD Bursaries in Architecture/ Architectural Theory at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University UK

    Leeds LS2 9EN | Dates: 05 – 14 Jul, 2014
    TWO Doctoral Bursaries in Architecture/ Architectural Theory at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, The Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Leeds Beckett University United Kingdom

    The Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology is currently offering TWO UK/EU fees only PhD bursaries in Architecture, at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, for entry in October 2014. The Faculty offers a unique environment for integrating research across a range of areas covering culture, creativity, design, sustainability and digital domains. This environment provides opportunities for developing exciting multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research projects.

    The School of Art, Architecture and Design is interested in receiving applications in the field of architectural research addressing the relationship between architecture theory and the design process in the urban environment, and the influence on the specifically architectural of other spatial and critical practices. In particular, we welcome research proposals that aim to explore the state of theory in architecture, through critical reconsiderations and current practices.

    The closing date for bursary applications is midnight on Monday July 14th 2014.

    To apply: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/research/aet-bursaries.htm
    PhD in Architecture information: http://cagd.leedsmet.ac.uk/public/architecture/phd/

    For further information and to discuss the research bursary scheme contact: Dr Rebekka Kill, Head of the School, Art, Architecture and Design at R.Kill@leedsmet.ac.uk and/or Prof Teresa Stoppani, Head of the Leeds School of Architecture at t.stoppani@leedsmet.ac.uk
  • CFP: Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (edited collection)

    Dates: 03 Jul – 15 Sep, 2014
    Contributions are sought for an interdisciplinary collection of essays to be edited by Allison Levy and published by Ashgate Publishing Co. in the new book series, Cultures of Play, 1300-1700 (see http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=5166; series editor Bret Rothstein).

    Dedicated to early modern playfulness, this series serves two purposes. First, it recounts the history of wit, humor, and games, from jokes and sermons, for instance, to backgammon and blind man’s buff. Second, in addressing its topic – ludic culture – broadly, Cultures of Play also provides a forum for reconceptualizing the play elements of early modern economic, political, religious, and social life.
  • 2014-2015 VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant: Call for Applications

    Dates: 02 – 23 Jul, 2014

    The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for two VRAF Professional Development Grants, one to support the advancement of an emerging professional and the other to support the work of an established career professional.  These grants can be used to support conference attendance, enrollment in a workshop, or participation in research activities.  More information, including the application form, is included below. For consideration, please submit your application by Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:59 Pacific Time. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact Linda Callahan, lcallaha@mtholyoke.edu. The recipients of the VRAF Professional Development grants will be announced by Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

    Award Amount: Each of the two 2014-2015 awards will provide a grant of $850. The grant is for use between September 10, 2014 and September 9, 2015.

    Eligibility:  Applicants should be in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.  Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.  Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

    Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

    • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
    • Registration fees or tuition
    • Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
    • Lodging
    • Meals - including meals in transit to and from the educational event
    • Research expenses
      (Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions.)

    Application Deadline and Decision Announcement:
    Applications for the 2014-2015 are due Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
    The award decisions will be publically announced on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

    Guidelines and Application Form: http://vrafoundation.org.s119319.gridserver.com/index.php/grants/professional_development_grant/

    Application Form:

  • Machiya - The Delicate Townhouses of Kyoto

    Honolulu | Dates: 15 Jul, 2014
    Machiya townhouses are found mainly in central Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. This very visual lecture will cover a variety of different types of Machiya as well as provide an overview of the unique architectural features specific to these charming homes. This type of house also provided insight as to the lifestyle of Kyotoites from the past to the present.  

    These houses were and sometimes still are a combination of residence and business spaces for the merchants of Kyoto and amongst some of the charming characteristics and features unique to them, includes stunning indoor gardens and private client rooms to entertain guests. Machiya display thousands of years of Japanese craftsmanship but are slowly disappearing in favor of modernization.  

    Presenter: Pauline Chakmakjian, Japan-America Society of Hawaii
    Ms. Pauline Chakmakjian will give a discussion on Machiya - the delicate townhouses of Kyoto. She is a Trustee of the Japan Society of the UK and a Governor of the English-Speaking Union and she has previously lived in a Machiya in Kyoto. 

    AIA/CES: AIA Honolulu will register credits for this event.

    Cost: $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Bring your own lunch.

    Online registration:  Stay tuned for more information and online registration.

  • Stories from an Architect: Brian Szymanik, AIA, LEED AP

    Philadelphia | Dates: 14 Jul, 2014

    The AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee welcomes BrianSzymanik AIA, LEED AP to share his career, work, and advice for emerging architecture professionals.  Brian is a 2013 AIAPhiladelphia Young Architect Award winner and principal of MAKE. llc.  

    Brian Szymanik is a practicing architect and educator based in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Architecture from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

    Brian's work has been published in numerous venues including The ARCC (Architectural Research Centers Consortium) Journal, AIArchitect, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and CBS Philly Evening News. He has served on the faculties of the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia University, and Marywood University where he was the School of Architecture's first Assistant Professor of Practice. Brian has worked withAIA National to help prepare the organization for the NAAB's Accreditation Review Conference and is a visiting team member representing the AIA on NAAB Accreditation Visits.

    Brian is currently a principal at MAKE., a full-service architecture, design, planning, and fabrication firm in Northern Liberties that seeks to equally engage the practical, theoretical, material, and experiential realms of the field of architecture. 

  • Traffic Advisory, The Future of Transportation: A practical approach

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Gabe Klein (http://gabeklein.com/bio), former Transportation Commissioner for Chicago and former Transportation Director for Washington, DC, will speak about how American cities can plan for the future of urban transportation. Pulling from his experiences in both cities and the private sector, he will examine new mobility ideas and concepts as well as discussing how he's engaged key stakeholder groups to accomplish large scale change in complex environments.  Klein's talk will also highlight several real life examples that demonstrate how DC and Chicago achieved these changes from conception to completion.

    The Traffic Advisory speaker series is part of Overhaul: The 2013-2014 Transportation Series, sponsored by the Barr Foundation and organized by the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture, is bringing together leaders from across North America and Europe to talk to us about the role that 21st century transportation can and should play in adapting to a new period of transformative change. 

    To attend this lecture RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with "Traffic 7/17" in the subject line.

    1.5 LU

  • Conversations on Architecture: “Beyond the Building”

    Boston | Dates: 08 Jul, 2014

    July 8: “Beyond the Building”
    With Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group

    In the five years since it was founded, MASS Design Group has learned that a building is much more than the sum of its parts; a building is a vehicle for social change, fostering dignity, the fulfillment of purpose, and the provision of opportunity. The firm also knows the immense value of the building process and the unique opportunity it provides for training and research. Buildings must be supportive of the human networks and infrastructure systems they complement. As its reach has expanded to three continents, MASS understands that to truly deliver a good building, you must also go “beyond the building.” Join MASS Design Group as they discuss what that really means.

  • Viral Voices III: Globalization

    New York | Dates: 14 Jul, 2014

    The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “(dis)Covered Identities.” The theme aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identities through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives and trends of our time. Viral Voices will specifically explore the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation?

    Greg Lindsay, contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of Aerotropolis, and David Basulto with David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for a lecture discussing the relationships between social media and the profession. Following the lecture, Robyn Peterson from Mashable, Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, Diana Jou from the Wall Street Journal, Rafi Segal from MIT Architecture / Architect/Blogger, Mark Collins from The Morpholio Project /the GSAPP CloudLab, and Kyle May from Clog will join the speakers for a panel discussion.

    1.5 LUs

    http://aianyglobaldialogues.blogspot.com/ for further information

  • West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center

    New York | Dates: 19 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM SATURDAY, JULY 19

    Where: AIANY Tours   

    Discover the evolution of this pioneering cultural complex of the mid-20th Century. Explore its origins as a Robert Moses urban renewal project announced in 1956, through its design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 60s, to its reimagining by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in this past decade for the New York of the 21st Century.

    Guide: John Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA

    Meet at the fountain in the plaza of Lincoln Center at 9:45 AM. The tour will begin promptly at 10:00 AM, rain or shine.

    $10 for Members
    $20 for Non-Members
    Please Purchase a ticket HERE
    Tour is Limited to 20 (waiting list available)

    Organized by: AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

    Walk ups cannot be guaranteed a spot on tours – please use the sign up link above for waitlist if the tour is sold out

    AIANY Chapter and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

    This program is related to the exhibition Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view from June 12 through September 6, 2014. 

  • AIA|LA Tour: The Elysian, An Architectural Gem is Born

    Los Angeles | Dates: 15 Jul, 2014
    When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Where: The Elysian,
    1115 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Guided tour by David Lawrence Gray Architects & LINEAR CITY DEVELOPMENT, LLC


    Originally conceived as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, The Elysian was designed by internationally acclaimed architect William Pereira, whose other noteworthy projects include the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco, the County Museum of Art and CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, and the Library at the University of California in San Diego. One of only three architects to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine (along with Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei), Pereira is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer of Mid-century Modernism.

    The MWD complex was originally designed by Pereira in 1961. The low rise component was completed in 1963 and the eight story tower that has now been transformed into 96 remarkable residential units, was erected in 1973. Perched on a hill overlooking Sunset Blvd, the iconic tower is strategically located between Chinatown and Echo Park with easy access to both the 101 and 110 Freeways.

    THE REBIRTH: 2014

    Since 1993, after the MWD’s move, the tower stood vacant for nearly 20 years. Under new ownership by Linear City Development in 2011, they began to repurpose Pereira’s landmark building. David Lawrence Gray was hired as the project architect. MWD General Counsel, John Clairday, was able to provide the design team with the original plans and construction details. The Elysian is a remarkable achievement. Linear City is proud to have engineered the rebirth of one of the most significant mid-century buildings in Southern California, an iconic structure that will quickly become home to a diverse and sophisticated community of very fortunate residents.

    More information: http://theelysian.la/the-elysian/

  • AIA|LA Breakfast with the Architect Tour: Koning Eizenberg's "The Sobieski House"

    South Pasadena | Dates: 13 Jul, 2014
    When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Where: South Pasadena, CA
    Who: Koning Eizenberg w/Julie Eizenberg, AIA & Hank Koning, FAIA

    Our second "Breakfast with the Architect" tour takes us to South Pasadena with an AIA|LA Design Award winning project, Sobieski House.

    A family of four pictured a sustainable indoor/outdoor lifestyle that capitalizes on the potential of their large 25,900 sf flag lot in South Pasadena; existing features include an encircling 16' high hedge, a recently remodeled studio/garage (by other architect), mature shade trees, orchard, pool and a large house that didn't prove to be worth saving. A poolhouse was built first to accommodate the family while the new 3,700 sq ft house was built. 

    The compound of interconnected indoor and outdoor rooms is a study in informality, employing modest materials and anticipating changes in use and ongoing improvisation by the family over time. Low wood-clad bars (with roof gardens above) house storage, utilities and bathrooms while the high-ceilinged white boxes enclose living/sleeping spaces. All living/sleeping spaces spill to the outside relying on exterior circulation through outdoor rooms to get from one indoor space to the next. The idea was not to blur the distinction from indoor to outdoor with big walls of glass (a la mid-century modern) but to intensify the quality of each by relying on smaller framed views and daily circulation between. The constant inside to outside traffic required an alternate approach to air-conditioning to responsibly provide indoor comfort over the extended hot summer months. Cooling is achieved by a combination of passive strategies including orientation, passive shading and cross ventilation, as well as fan-assisted earth tubes.

    For more information and an image gallery, please visit the Koning Eizenberg website.