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  • The Glessner House 4th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

    Chicago | Dates: 03 May, 2014
    4th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea
    Saturday May 3, 2014
    Seatings at 11:30am and 2:00pm

    Glessner House Museum dining room
    $35 per person / $30 for museum members
    Pre-paid reservations required to 312.326.1480

    The museum offers a rare opportunity to dine in the historic dining room. Surrounded by beautiful oak paneling, a gilt ceiling, and a fireplace clad in exotic Persian tiles, attendees will be treated to a traditional high tea with fine china, silver, and an assortment of delicious treats. Curator William Tyre will discuss the beautiful objects on display in the newly restored silver closet in the dining room. This is a very special event not to be missed. Invite your mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or good friend for what promises to be a most memorable experience. Tickets sell out fast, so don't delay!
  • ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter's Membership Event

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Mar, 2014

    The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is kicking off its First Annual Membership Drive! As part of our new member initiative, we ask that each current member invite a potential new member to join us for a lovely evening of drinks & hors d’oeuvres. To register please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584616


    March 12, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm


    Chicago Art Source 
    1871 N. Clybourn Ave
    Chicago IL. 60614

    *Free parking directly accross the street.

  • Designing the Classical Interior Seminar with James S Collins

    Chicago | Dates: 12 – 13 Apr, 2014

    The Chicago Chapter of the ICAA presents Designing the Classical Interior, a course with James S. Collins, Architect. This seminar will provide 9 AIA/CES LUs and 0.6 CEUs for ASID, IDC and IIDA Members.

    The morning session of the course will introduce the philosophy and elements of classical architecture and their interiors. The session will focus on the application of the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past.

    Topics will include:

    • - Learning the appropriate use and configuration of columns, cornices, wainscoting, windows and doors.
    • - Time tested methods of creating baseboards, wainscoting, chair rails, door and window casings.
    • - The elements, proportional systems, and composition of interior spaces.
    • - Measured drawings of traditional buildings and interiors.

    ***Lunch will be provided along with presentation by seminar sponsors Hyde Park Moulding***

    Participants will receive rare handouts that have been used by craftsman for centuries to aid in creating timeless interiors.

    During the Afternoon, the class will tour the interiors of Howard Van Doren Shaw's Second Presbyterian Church, H.H. Richardson's Glessner House, and the oldest house in Chicago, the Greek Revival Henry B. Clarke House; the tour will focus on the application of design principles in real context learned in the morning session.

    The Sunday morning class will design and draw a classical interior, applying the information presented during the previous day's presentation. The class will be assisted by the instructor in generating a floor plan and elevations using class discussion, handouts and measured drawings.


    Session One: Saturday April 12th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
    Session Two: Sunday, April 13th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


    The Glessner House Museum 
    1800 S. Prairie Ave 
    Chicago Il 60616 


    $200.00 for ICAA Members 
    $250.00 for non-ICAA Members

    Please, click here to register

    Or through Brown Paper Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/470600

  • Symposium: Architecture, Starting with the Brain

    Toronto | Dates: 07 – 08 Mar, 2014
    The decade of the brain is now decades past, and its effects have rippled through all disciplines. The time has come to consolidate its gains. What relevance do the discoveries of neuroscience have for architecture, a culture and a discipline with its own matters of concern? Skepticism of “scientism,” born of a half-century of critical acuity, has held back efforts at theorization, no matter how reasonable and even necessary they may be. This symposium takes as its premise that “the brain” – as a discursive object, material reality, and perceptual apparatus – belongs to architecture as much as any other field. The lessons of the decade of the brain can help us rethink central aspects of architectural expertise and reformulate elements of its conceptual foundation. Can “universal” commonalities coexist with culturally-constructed differences? What means do we have of combining the conceptual with the affective? What agency do we have in the way we are molded by our environment? How can the mechanisms of “experience” be used as a basis for design? The symposium is structured around panel presentations and discussions with architecture theorists, historians, philosophers, and artists. It is free and open to the public, and will be held at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at 230 College Street, Toronto.
  • Cultural Landscape Report Course on-line & on site: Malta

    Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College | Dates: 02 Jun – 24 Jul, 2014
    The Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College is offering an 8 week, 3 credit online course on preparing a Cultural Landscape Report, as part of its Landscape Preservation curriculum. The Cultural Landscape Report is an important tool for landscape preservation planning. This course provides students with a working knowledge of the methods and approaches for producing cultural landscape reports. Using the site of the Villa Bologna in Malta, a significant eighteenth century Baroque villa, students will conduct on-site historic research, document existing site conditions, and create period plans, historic narratives, determine character-defining features of the landscape, and generate goals/priorities for the continued preservation of the landscape to accommodate future uses of the property. The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students, as well to professionals seeking CEUs or certificate credit. (AIA, RIBA, APLD). A deposit of $700 is required to reserve a space: due by March 28, 2014.
  • 2014 French Decorative Arts Symposium: French Style in the New World

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr, 2014
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    11:00 AM Coffee / Lecture 11:30 AM
    54 W. Chicago Avenue
    Individual Lecture Tickets: $45


    The Alliance Française’s 2014 Decorative Arts Symposium series, French Style in the New World, will explore French Style, the people who participated in its evolution in France, and the way it was interpreted, adapted and used in the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Jason Busch, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, will explore the artistic and cultural panorama of the Mississippi River Valley as the conduit for transmitting art, fashionable objects, and ideas about design, especially those emanating from France in the mid-19th century that found a home along the river in places like Natchez and New Orleans.

    Opportunities are still available for Grand Patron and Patron sponsorships. Please call Tom Driscoll at 312 337-1070 for more information on sponsorship benefits.

    For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
    Please note that registrations for cultural programs are non-refundable.

    Register for this event!

  • William Le Baron Jenney film at the Alliance Francaise

    Chicago | Dates: 08 Apr, 2014
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Free admission.

    Join CCSAH and the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for a French-language film on late 19th century architect William Le Baron Jenney, produced by the Alumni Association of his Paris university.

    Trained in Paris as an engineer, William Le Baron Jenney (1832 - 1907) was known as the father of the steel skyscraper. He designed Chicago West Parks and Boulevards in the 1870's and is best known for having designed the Home Insurance Building in 1884 - 1885.

    Watch the documentary "in his own voice", preceded by a talk with Robert Bruegmann, architectural historian recently retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

    Please note: Mr. Bruehmann's introduction will be in English. The documentary is in French, but a French/English transcript will be available in hard copy. You can also download the English trasncript now, or on your smart phone during the program. 

    A reception will follow in the Salon.

  • Save the Date: Mackintosh Architecture: A New Study

    Glasgow | Dates: 19 Sep, 2014
    Save the Date!

    Mackintosh Architecture: A New Study
    The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
    One-day symposium Friday 19 September 2014

    In July 2014 The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, will launch a major
    new online resource: Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and
    Meaning. This website is the culmination of a four-year project, funded
    by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has developed the
    first catalogue raisonné of Mackintosh’s architecture and that of the
    practice of John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh.

    This one-day symposium will explore the development of the project
    and its research outcomes.

    Speakers include the project team: Professor Pamela Robertson, Joseph
    Sharples, Dr Nicky Imrie; and Roger Billcliffe; Ranald MacInnes, Historic
    Scotland; and Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    Organised by The Hunterian in association with the Charles Rennie
    Mackintosh Society.
  • AHLP Annual Conference: Learning from Saint Paul: A New Paradigm

    St. Paul | Dates: 21 – 24 May, 2014
    Plan to join your friends and colleagues in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and witness firsthand this innovative strategy towards building strong cities – a shared, collective vision focused on the public realm.

    As well as boasting the State Capitol, Saint Paul is home to Indian Mounds Park (an integral part of a much longer American Indian story), and Summit Avenue (the longest and best-preserved row of Victorian mansions in America).  And for you Garrison Keillor fans, it is also the home to A Prairie Home Companion, as well as Mickey’s Diner (the first of its type listed on the National Register) not three blocks north of where we’ll be staying: in Minnesota’s ‘landmark’ Saint Paul Hotel (providing luxurious accommodations and legendary service since 1910).  In the heart of downtown directly across from Rice Park, the hotel is within easy walking distance of that ‘communal touchstone’, the Mississippi.

    And for those who were wondering about the ‘other’ Twin City, don’t worry.  Minneapolis will be suitably covered in our explorations (Nicollet Mall, Peavey Plaza, and that Spoonbridge sculpture!).  We are also making plans to leave the Twin Cities and visit Stillwater on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

  • ASEH 2014: Crossing Divides

    San Francisco | Dates: 12 – 16 Mar, 2014

    Conference Program:

    Click here to view conference program.

    Click here for a pdf file of the conference program.

    Click here for free app for conference program.

    Click here for conference schedule at a glance.


    Our conference will be held at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel - located next to the Powell St. BART station near Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The conference hotel rate is $189/night, with a limited number of student rooms at $129/night.

    To reserve a room, use offer code ASEH and click here. The hotel reservation system can also be reached at800-697-3103. Be sure to say that this is for the ASEH conference.

    Click here for hotel's sustainability statement.

    Click here if you are interested in sharing a room at the conference.

    Registration and Fees:

    Conference Registration Form


    Cancellation Policy


    Getting to San Francisco

    Getting Around in San Francisco

    BART System Map

    Map of Downtown SF, Showing Conference Hotel Location

    Visa letters

    In and Around San Francisco:

    Local Weather - and What to Bring


    Children and Families

    Archives in the Bay Area: A Selected List

    Read About San Francisco History

    Community Gardens/Food Justice

    Special Events:


    Plenary Sessions and Lunch Talks

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    Graduate Student Workshops

    Field Trip List

    Field Trip Descriptions


    Saturday Evening Dinner Buffet and Music

    Hal Rothman Fun(d) Run

    AV and Posters

    AV at the Conference

    Instructions for Presenting Posters

    List of Posters

    Students and Student Support:

    Click here for info. on volunteering at the conference.

    Click here to sign up for our conference mentoring/hosting program to support students and new professionals/new attendees.


    The deadline for placing an ad has passed. Click here to view the announcements for environmental history books and new scholarship.


    Click here for info on exhibiting at our conference in San Francisco.

    Click here for a list of exhibitors.


    Click here for preliminary list of sponsors.

    Travel Grant Recipients

    Click here for a list of travel grant recipients in 2014.

    Questions? Contact:

    Carolyn Merchant, local arrangements co-chair - merchant@berkeley.edu

    John Perkins, local arrangements co-chair - PerkinsJ@evergreen.edu

    Laura Watt, local arrangements co-chair - laura.watt@sonoma.edu

    David Biggs, program committee chair - dbiggs@ucr.edu

    Lisa Mighetto, ASEH director - director@aseh.net

    The meeting will include trips to Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, an organic winery, and more. Additional info. will be available on this website in June of 2013. Click here for timeline showing anniversary dates for 2014.

  • 1945–1975: British Culture for Architecture: Call for Proposals

    Montréal | Dates: 24 Feb – 03 Mar, 2014
    CCA Multidisciplinary Research Program The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Other Side of the Tracks: Charlottesville's Landscape of Prostitution, 1880-1950

    Washington | Dates: 11 Mar, 2014
    A Lecture by Professor Daniel Bluestone - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Like other occupations, prostitution has a spatial and architectural context, in some cases modest in other cases monumental. Focusing on a single city, this lecture will explore the landscape of prostitution, considering the ways in which the legal and moral frame shaped the location and architectural form of accommodation. It will also review legal prohibitions against prostitution present particular challenges to historical inquiry.

    DANIEL BLUESTONE is Professor of Architectural History and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Virginia. Currently Professor Bluestone is a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. In 2013 The Society of Architectural Historian awarded Professor Bluestone book Buildings, Landscapes and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation it Antoinette Forrester Downing Award, which recognizes "the most outstanding publication devoted to historical topics in the preservation field."

    The First Congregational United Church of Christ
    Second Floor Meeting Room
    945 G Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    6:30 pm – reception; 7:00 pm – lecture

    Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
  • Save the Date for MNSAH's Spring Tour to Des Moines

    Des Moines | Dates: 06 – 08 Jun, 2014
    Join MNSAH members for a weekend tour to Des Moines, Iowa. Highlights of the tour will include the Des Moines Art Center, Salisbury House and Gardens, Papajohn Sculptural Park, Drake University, the Moderne-style Butler house, historic Sherman Hill neighborhood, and more.

    Visit work designed by well-known architects including Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Harry Weese. 

    Details about the tour will be announced shortly. 
  • Mark Hinchman: The Short, Brilliant, and Modern Career of Y.T. Lee: Kuala Lumpur, 1953-1970

    Singapore | Dates: 25 – 25 Feb, 2014
    A lecture on the life and work of a Chinese architect active in Malaysia, before and after independence.
  • From Below the Ground Up: A Geologist’s Reading of Urban Cemeteries in NYC

    New York | Dates: 11 Mar, 2014
    Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 6:00pm

    NYC Parks, Cypress Hills Cemetery, The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies and The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation will present a series of three lectures in 2014 as part of the Uncommon Ground Series: Urban Cemeteries as Historic Landscapes Part II: Design, Topography/Geology and Stewardship. The subject of urban cemeteries, both private and public, will be explored with a view toward greater  understanding, appreciation and stewardship of these evocative landscapes.

    On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm Sidney Horenstein will speak on From Below the Ground Up: A Geologist’s Reading of Urban Cemeteries in NYC. New York City has the most diverse geology of any city in the United States. What role, if any, did geology play in the location and design and maintenance issues of our historic cemeteries? Older cemeteries, to some extent, preserve original topography. They are also important places to study the processes of weathering as well as the physical and chemical properties of the stones used in monuments, mausoleums and gravestones. With such a variety of cemeteries in the five boroughs, each individual site is a geological educational resource. Mr. Horenstein will share some historic and prehistoric clues embedded in these unique landscapes to help us better understand the physical character of their rich landscape. Learn more here.

  • Garden Dialogues: Florida Gulf Coast

    Sarasota | Dates: 29 Mar, 2014
    On Saturday, March 29, get exclusive access to this private garden and landscape in Sarasota and hear directly from the designer and his client about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • Garden Dialogues: Houston

    Houston | Dates: 16 Mar, 2014
    On Sunday, March 16, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Houston and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • Garden Dialogues: Miami and Palm Beach

    Miami and Palm Beach | Dates: 15 – 30 Mar, 2014
    On weekends between March 15th and 30th, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Miami and Palm Beach and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.
  • What’s Out There Weekend Miami

    Miami | Dates: 12 – 13 Apr, 2014

    What’s Out There Weekend Miami, scheduled for April 12 & 13, will offer tours of lush, tropical flora and landscapes from Palm Beach to Miami Beach and elsewhere. Tour highlights include Miami’s Lincoln Road, from the iconic 1960s Modernist blocks designed by Morris Lapidus to Raymond Jungles’ recent design at 1111 Lincoln Road and West 8’s Miami SoundScape Lincoln Park at the New World Symphony; Fort Lauderdale's Bonnet House’s 35 acres of tropical gardens that incorporate an eclectic and diverse mix of regional ecosystems; and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, the masterwork of Colombian landscape architect Diego Suarez, who merged Italianate classical design with native tropical plants in this extravagant ten-acre estate garden. Other notable regional parks, plazas, and botanical gardens will also be included in Weekend tours. What’s Out There Weekend tours provide fascinating insights about city shaping, landscape architecture and the design history of places they may pass every day but don’t necessarily know about.

    The What’s Out There Weekend program dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database currently features more than 1,500 sites, 10,000 images and 750 designer profiles.  And, What's Out There is optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices, and includes What's Nearby - a GPS-enabled function that locates all landscapes in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location.

    Registrations will be posted in late February!

  • Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    Braunschweig | Dates: 01 – 03 Apr, 2014

    Braunschweig, April 1 - 03, 2014
    Registration deadline: Mar 15, 2014

    Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    In 2014, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe will celebrate the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Department of Architectural History/Technische Universität Braunschweig that resulted in the establishment of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit. During the past 20 years several research projects, surveys, exhibitions, etc. were carried out, generously supported by various private donors, public institutions, and foundations.

    To celebrate this anniversary, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe organizes the interdisciplinary and international conference “Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches” in order to discuss the actual and future approach to architecture as part of the Jewish visual heritage. On the basis of primary sources and case studies, the tangible evidence of Jewish architecture will be revealed, analyzed, and placed in contrast to European architecture. The conference will emphasize the documentation and preservation of Jewish monuments and sites as well as their integration and transformation into museums.

    The conference will continue the discussion and network established during the previous Bet Tfila conference, held in 2007. The results were published in the volume “Jewish Architecture in Europe,” ed. by Aliza Cohen-Mushlin and Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.


    Im Jahr 2014 feiert die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa den 20. Geburtstag des Beginns der Kooperation mit dem Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem und dem Fachgebiet Baugeschichte/Technische Universität Braunschweig, aus der sich die Bet Tfila verstetigt hat. Während der vergangenen 20 Jahre wurden verschiedene Projekte, Untersuchungen, Ausstellung etc. durchgeführt und umgesetzt, die von verschiedenen forschungsfördernden Einrichtungen, Stiftungen und Privatpersonen gefördert worden sind.

    Um den aktuellen und zukünftigen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "Jüdische Architektur" zu diskutieren, plant die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa eine interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung mit dem Titel "Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches" an der TU Braunschweig. Anhand konkreter Sachquellen und Fallbeispiele sollen dabei die materiellen Zeugnisse jüdischer Architektur in Deutschland und Europa aufgezeigt, analysiert und kritisch vergleichend in den Kontext der allgemeinen europäischen Architektur eingeordnet werden. Im Fokus stehen das Sachzeugnis selbst und die aus ihm abzuleitenden Interpretationsmöglichkeiten. Dabei zeigen die aktuellen Entwicklungen die Dringlichkeit eines Diskurses, in dem Vertreter der verschiedenen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen einerseits den Stand ihrer Forschungen erläutern und neue Arbeitsmethoden und -techniken vorstellen, andererseits aber auch zukunftsweisende Perspektiven für Forschungsaufgaben entwickeln sollen. Vor allem soll dabei ein Schwerpunkt auf dem praktischen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "jüdische Architektur" in den Bereichen Dokumentation, Denkmalpflege und Musealisierung liegen.

    Die Konferenz soll den wissenschaftlichen Diskurs und das während der letzten Bet Tfila Konferenz im Jahr 2007 gebildete Forschungsnetzwerk erweitern. Die Ergebnisse der letzten Konferenz sind veröffentlicht im Band 6 "Jewish Architecture in Europe" der Schriftenreihe der Bet Tfila, herausgegeben von Aliza Cohen-Mushlin und Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.