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  • The Art of the Landscape and the Architect Presented by Michael G. Imber, FAIA

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Sep, 2014
    Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for guests wishing to view the museum.
    ICAA & Driehaus Museum Members $15, Public $20 

    This talk will explore the relationship between landscape and culture through painting. Landscape painting has always represented much more than the literal depiction of a place. Painting embodies both cultural and personal memories that are important to understand the meaning and spirit of a landscape to its people; these include historical, socio-economical, political and even religious views. Architects have traditionally used drawing and painting to increase their understanding of culture and place.  Likewise, by adopting these time-honored practices, architects today can create more informed, sustainable, meaningful and lasting architecture.


    Michael Imber, FAIA is the Principal Architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas and recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment, yet modern in its execution.

    Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards including the Texas society of architect’s William W. Caudill, FAIA Award; for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. In 2007 Michael was honored with the Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings, and neighborhood design. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for his contribution to American Design. Most recently, he has been the winner of the 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 Palladio Award for outstanding achievement in traditional design and numerous Texas ICA&A Staub Awards in 2011 and 2012. He is also the designer of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House & the 2009 Coastal Living House.

    Copies of Mr. Imber’s monograph, Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses, by author Elizabeth M. Dowling, will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

  • NeoCon East

    Baltimore | Dates: 29 – 30 Oct, 2014

    Now in its 12th year, NeoCon East, the East Coast’s premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, will once again make its mark on Baltimore, October 29 – 30, at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year’s edition will offer even more resources, brand new initiatives and provide an immersive experience of what’s new and notable in the industry. The two-day trade event will showcase more than 250 brands across a wide range of sectors, including workplace, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail,  education, and public spaces. Featuring product launches from top manufacturers, educational programming that includes CEU-accredited   seminars, timely keynote presentations and exciting events, NeoCon East is not to be missed.

    Show Highlights Include:

    • The latest in commercially focused products, materials, and cutting edge technologies from more than 250+ brands

    • Featured presentations by industry movers and shakers including: Shashi Caan, pioneering architect, designer and president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers; and Kevin Salwen, journalist and author of Design Leveraged, a special report done in conjunction with IIDA and BIFMA. (No fee for keynotes and special presentations).

    • Over 35+ CEU-accredited seminars and association forums

    • Events including IIDA’s Opening Day Breaking Boundaries breakfast with featured speaker Helen Marriage, co-founder of London-based Artichoke (http://www.artichoke.uk.com), and producer of urban spectacle, celebration and “disruption.” Proceeds from the breakfast benefit “Health Care for the Homeless.”

    • A new floor plan with expanded product categories and easy to navigate layout that will include:

    o Interior Building Products. 
    o Technology
    o Interior Finishes + Materials and 
    o Furniture and flooring

    • McMorrow Report Partnership: a special Facility Manager/Exhibitor match program offering extensive reach to a powerful subscriber base of 42,000 facility managers in corporate, government, healthcare and sustainable vertical markets.

    • Special GSA Features – the largest design expo and conference featuring the greatest concentration of products and services under GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedules Program.


    Wednesday, October 29, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Thursday, October 30, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    *Seminars begin at 8 am


    Baltimore Convention Center, Halls E, F, G and Swing
    One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD


    Online registration begins September 4, 2014 and ends October 22, 2014

  • Dutch Design Week 2014

    Eindhoven | Dates: 18 – 26 Oct, 2014

    During the 13th edition of Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, you can see with your own eyes how the world of tomorrow is already in the making today. Smart solutions and inventive design offer new promising perspectives. From October 18 through October 26, the doors to the future open up in a city that buzzes with inspiration and creative energy for nine full days.

    3 design areas | 78 locations | 2200 designers | 400 events | exhibitions | workshops | seminars | food | parties

  • Teacher Workshop: Encountering the City

    St. Louis | Dates: 20 Oct, 2014

    Using the exhibition Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art as foundation, teachers will begin with an interactive tour with the Kemper Art Museum's associate curator, Meredith Malone. Following the tour, educators will explore the impact of the urban environment on how we live and interact in response to the spaces, institutions, and commerce around us with nationally known educator Kathy Walsh-Piper. The Encountering the City workshop will relate to study areas of architecture, art, language art, and social studies.

    This workshop is free for members of the Kemper Art Museum; $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and registration is required. Light snacks and all supplies will be provided. Please register with Allison Taylor, manager of education, Kemper Art Museum at 314.935.7918 or allison.taylor@wustl.edu.

  • Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art

    St. Louis | Dates: 12 Sep, 2014 – 04 Jan, 2015

    Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art investigates aesthetic engagement with the urban landscape and the experiential impact of contemporary built environments. Encompassing a wide range of media—painting, sculpture, photography, and video—Encountering the City brings together significant works by internationally renowned artists from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as from public and private collections, including Franz Ackermann, Isa Genzken, Doug Hall, Jakob Kolding, Sarah Morris, Gary Simmons, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others. Many of the artworks on view probe the relationship between art and architecture, be it critical responses to the failed aspirations of modernist architectural forms or evolving conceptions of place and space as they connect to themes of globalization and urbanism. Other projects focus on the material fabric of particular built environments (New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Beijing) and how the aesthetics of a city are informed by its cultural, commercial, and political configurations. Although diverse in material and approach, all of the artworks in the exhibition suggest different ways of inhabiting and viewing the world around us, provoking us to question how we live and how we understand ourselves within our perpetually evolving surroundings.

    Support for Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art is provided by James M. Kemper, Jr.; the David Woods Kemper Memorial Fountation; the William T. Kemper Foundation; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The exhibition is curated by Meredith Malone, associate curator. 

  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

    St. Louis | Dates: 12 Sep, 2014 – 04 Jan, 2015

    Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association presents the first public museum exhibition of architectural drawings from the private collection of the noted educator Alvin Boyarsky. Amassed during Boyarsky’s tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 until his death in 1990, the collection features early drawings by some of the most prominent architects practicing today—Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi, among many others. Through a selection of approximately forty prints and drawings that constitutes the bulk of this collection, as well as nine limited-edition folios published by the AA—including works by Peter Cook, Coop Himmelblau, and Peter Eisenman—Drawing Ambience offers a rare glimpse into a pivotal moment in architectural history and the imaginative spirit of drawing that was and continues to be instrumental to the development of the field.

    Coorganized with the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, the exhibition will debut at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and be on view in Providence from April 24 to August 2, 2015.

    Support for Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association is provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Private Home Tours and Apprentice Lecture in Central California

    Carmel and Los Banos | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014
    Spend a day with Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater, touring two extraordinary Wright-designed private homes in central California – the Walker House in Carmel and the Fawcett House in Los Banos. To conclude this extraordinary day, special guest and famed architect Arthur Dyson will speak about his experience as an apprentice in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fellowship and his role in the recent restoration of the Fawcett House. A lovely al fresco dinner will follow.

    Tickets may be purchased for $300 per person online or by calling Dan Cody at 412-586-2410. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. Space is limited, so RSVP early to reserve your place for this unique house tour. Deadline for RSVP is September 16. Smart casual attire is suggested.

    A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible and supports the preservation of Fallingwater.

    Please note: guests are responsible for their own transportation and lunch arrangements.  Guests will receive detailed directions and a list of suggested accommodations as follow-up to their registration.

    Purchase Tickets Here
  • Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep – 13 Dec, 2014

    In the late 1960s, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops that brought dancers, architects, environmental designers, artists, and others together in a process designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity through new approaches to environmental awareness.

    Organized with The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, this exhibition presents archival documentation of the workshops to the public for the first time.

  • Aqueducts of Portugal

    Boston (Chestnut Hill) | Dates: 16 Aug, 2014 – 30 Mar, 2015
    A photographic exhibit surveying Portugal's diverse variety of surviving aqueducts. All but one post-reconquest, ranging from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment, they supplied fortress and university cities, monasteries, and estate gardens, and Lisbon's huge Aqueduto das Águas Livres whose central span is the tallest Gothic arch ever constructed. The exhibit is presented with the support of the Museu da Água, Lisbon and the Consul General of Portugal in Boston. http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/#!photo-exhibition/cp5h
  • Chicago River Bridges Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 28 Aug – 20 Oct, 2014
    An exclusive Chicago River Bridges Tour from Wendella Boats of Chicago's bridges with author and bridge historian Patrick McBriarty. See the bridges up close and learn all about Chicago’s development as McBriarty explains how the bridges work, their engineering and architectural significance, and regale you with stories surrounding these mechanical marvels. The tour cruises the Chicago River’s Main Channel, Forks, and South Branch passing more than 20 bridges to begin and end at the Wendella docks at the foot of the NW Bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Take a fantastic journey through time and experience the Windy City’s bridges from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic steel and concrete structures of today. Tickets are $40. To reserve your spot go to Wendella's website: http://www.wendellaboats.com/experience/chicago_bridge_tour.aspx
  • Gather Up The Fragments

    chicago | Dates: 07 Feb – 26 Apr, 2015
    February 7–April 26, 2015 This exhibition will present the Shakers’ history and religious philosophy through 190 objects drawn from the Andrews Shaker Collection at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and local Chicago Shaker collectors. the exhibition explores the relationship of Shaker faith and beliefs and their aesthetic in architecture, furniture and the applied arts. Works on view will not only include historical costumes, but also reels, spool racks, looms, furniture, architectural elements, woven baskets, steamed wood boxes, and kitchen implements. The exhibition will also tell the story of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, pioneers who built the most comprehensive collection of Shaker artifacts in the country. The exhibition is generously supported by the American Folk Art Society, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and Terry Dowd, Inc.
  • Yale ISM Fellows

    Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2014
    The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) is accepting fellowship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The ISM Fellows are a cohort of scholars and practitioners who pursue research in a diversity of disciplines including history or art and architecture, musicology, anthropology, religious studies and more. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and have the opportunity to teach. Fellowships, which are offered to both senior scholars and postdoctoral associates, are typically granted for one year, although semester-long fellowships are also seriously considered. More information, including access to the online application, can be found online at www.ism.yale.edu/ism-fellows. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014. Contact information: Glen Segger, ISM Fellows Coordinator Yale Institute of Sacred Music glen.segger@yale.edu
  • Sausalito Walking Tour

    Sausalito | Dates: 06 Sep, 2014

    On a walking tour of Sausalito with CCS Architecture, Safdie Rabines Architects, and Truexcullins Interiors, tourgoers will see the newly opened Barrel House Tavern and the recently remodeled Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa. While at Barrel House, attendees have the opportunity to sample Chef Matthew Bousquet’s menu and take in the gorgeous views of the bay. At Casa Madrona, tour leaders highlight the hotel’s communal spaces and a handful of private rooms.

    • Start Point: Barrel House Tavern, 660 Bridgeway, Sausalito
    • End Point: Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa, 801 Bridgeway, Sausalito

  • Urban Agriculture Exploration & Implementation

    Seattle | Dates: 17 Sep, 2014

    As the urban agriculture movement continues to take hold, this discussion will challenge us to reconsider the limits of where and how food can be grown. In order to effect a shift toward a balanced and sustainable food system, urban farming must function on a larger scale within our city, whether this be a short-term lease for a vacant lot within a developer’s portfolio or a long-term lease on a rooftop space.

    Join Berger Partnership for an exploration of local and international case studies of urban farming ventures and a discussion of how we as A/E professionals can help our clients implement urban farming as part of their projects to promote local, healthy and secure food sources.

    Lunch is provided.

    Class Credits
    2 CEHs

    September 17, 12
    Noon - 2PM

    AIA Seattle
    1911 First Avenue

    $5 members, $40 non members

  • Nucor Steel Tour with Young Architects Forum

    Seattle | Dates: 22 Aug, 2014

    The Young Architects Forum is excited to host the 2014 Making and Materials Tour Series! A tour of Nucor Steel is coming up in August. Nucor is a steel and steel product manufacturer that has generously opened their doors to us to see how it’s all made. If you have any interest in the process of making steel, this tour is for you!

    Note: You must be over 18 for this tour. Please wear closed-toed shoes, socks, long pants, and be prepared to do some stair climbing!

    Friday, August 22


    Nucor Steel
    2424 SW Andover St
    Seattle, WA 98106

    $5 for AIA & YAF members; $20 for non-members

    Pre-registration is required.

  • Hypercollaboration: Reimagining the San Francisco Backyard

    San Francisco | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014
    Sept. 27, 2014
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    $10 General Admission

    This workshop will examine and challenge the way we view the private home garden. By removing fences and boundaries, the idea of the home garden extends into the public realm, woven into the possibilities for play, work, travel and engagement. This afternoon design charette is intended to engage all members of the community to share and debate ideas of a communal public garden space throughout the city.
  • 2014 Modesto Architecture Festival

    Modesto | Dates: 13 – 21 Sep, 2014

    The American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter and the Modesto Art Museum announce the seventh annual Modesto Architecture Festival, Saturday, September 13 to Sunday, September 21, 2014.

    There is something inspirational and informative for everyone of every interest and age: tours, exhibits, international movies, bike rides, workshops, speakers, installations, interventions, kid’s activities, and special events with dozens of community partners. Almost all events and activities are free. The festival mission is to celebrate architecture and architectural design as both an art and a science, and to heighten public awareness of architecture, landscape, public art, urban design, and the value of architects and designers in creating more livable and beautiful communities.

    The festival opens on Saturday with exhibits, tours, a talk by Murray Silverstein, co-author of A Pattern Language, and an opening night reception. Then, the events will continue through the following weekend. Other events include an evening of architecture movies at the art deco State Theatre; guided and self-guided walking, biking, and driving tours of Modesto’s architecture; a movie about the architecture of Gaudi at the Carnegie Center in Turlock; an evening tour and exhibit at the newly renovated post office building; and an afternoon of fun free activities for families and kids.

    The Instagram contest returns for a second year focusing on photos of doorways world-wide. There will be an exhibit of historic architectural blueprints and drawings of some of Modesto’s iconic buildings. Spirit of Space, the architecture paparazzi from Germany and Chicago, returns this year to lead a workshop and café on architectural video. This year will also see an expansion of Park(ing) Day. The world-wide annual event, this year on Friday, September 19th, will bring several temporary parklets and the installation of three new pieces of public art in the city’s design district.

    A trailer video about the festival can be seen here.

    Most festival events are free. Information about the festival can be found here.

    In 2013, the festival saw more than 5,000 visitors and more than 20,000 virtual participants. This year, even more people are expected.

    The festival is hosted by:

    AIA Sierra Valley 
    Serving the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada, the American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter is more than 70 architecture professionals in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Mono, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada by promoting architecture and design. We further this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member service, and professional excellence.

    Modesto Art Museum 
    The Modesto Art Museum's program, Building a Better Modesto, explores the place of the visual arts in creating a more livable Modesto. In particular we are exploring architecture, landscape, and urban design through exhibits, talks, tours, online resources, and movies. Building a Better Modesto is funded by Artplace America.


    David Burkett 
    American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley 
    david.burkett@pratarch.com, 209.247.0448


    Bob Barzan 
    Modesto Art Museum 
    bbarzan@yahoo.com, 209.402.5381

  • Wolfe and McKenzie Home Tour

    San Jose | Dates: 23 Aug, 2014

    The tour shows homes built by Frank Delos Wolfe and his partner Charles McKenzie in the period 1899-1910. Wolfe and McKenzie influenced the style of many homes built in Santa Clara Valley. They drew from Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical, Queen Anne, Craftsman and other styles to develop an eclectic architectural design all their own that can be found in many historical neighborhoods.

    The homes on the tour demonstrate functional and efficient floor plans with typical Wolfe & McKenzie elements such as porch columns, upper balconies, asymmetrical gables, deep roof overhangs with exposed rafter tails, and cantilevered corner window boxes. Inside the homes, visitors will see original woodwork and beams, built-in cabinets, inlaid ceilings, pocket doors and original staircases.

    There will be a Kickoff Party at the Bogen-Bonetti Home, 1794 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126.

  • Home: My San Francisco Opening Reception

    San Francisco | Dates: 22 Aug, 2014

    Join AIA San Francisco to celebrate the opening of Architecture and the City Festival exhibition, Home: My San Francisco. Light refreshments and hors d'ouevres will be provided.

    About the Exhibition:

    The relationship of an individual to his or her home is complex and intimate. In Home: My San Francisco, photographs of twelve unique homes, supplemented with an online trove of images, architectural drawings, videos and texts, reveal the narrative environments of the residents and the history of their houses. Together they define the spaces we call home.

    Our understanding of home and the design of domestic space is evolving in light of changing views of identity and family, work life, technology and sustainability. In addition, overnight economic growth has transformed San Francisco's urban fabric, exacerbating an affordable housing shortage and leading residents to question how the city can address an accelerated demand for housing that has outstripped supply. Locals wonder how to maintain San Francisco's identity as a vibrant city that celebrates diversity and freedom of expression, retains long term residents and welcomes newcomers, while sheltering our most vulnerable citizens. This exhibition is a part of a continuing dialogue, addressing these questions through photographs, spanning a wide variety of architectural styles and neighborhoods, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations, and multi-family residences which are compelling in their architecture, design and social history. We invite commentary from the design community as well as engaged citizenry to help create a snapshot of San Francisco at this critical moment.

    Curated by Julie Blankenship. Photographs by Julie Sadowski.

    This exhibition was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads

    Denver | Dates: 11 Sep, 2014
    Explore the current tools and techniques used for the identification, preservation, and management of historic roads. As an emerging area of historic preservation, planning and policy for historic roads presents new challenges for the historic preservation professional. Learn how to apply transportation policies to historic roads, balance safety and function with historic preservation objectives, and build awareness and new constituencies for the legacy of highway design in the United States.