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  • Schindler’s Last, At Last

    Los Feliz | Dates: 02 Mar, 2014

    Schindler’s Last, At Last
    SAH/SCC Home Tour
    Sunday, March 02,2014, 2:30 PM

    Join the SAH/SCC for a very special visit to the last house designed by R.M. Schindler, the Schlessinger Residence (1952-54) in Los Feliz. Conceived but not fully designed at the time of Schindler’s death, the task of building the project was taken up at the time by architect John August Reed, a founding member of the SAH/SCC. 

    Ground had not yet been broken on the project when the talented Viennese architect passed away in 1953. By way of Ester McCoy's recommendation, a young John Reed was hired to provide additional plans and oversee construction. Over the course of construction, budgetary constraints as well as owner preferences led to several changes in the subsequent plans. 

    Having purchased the home from the Schlessinger estate, the current owner hired noted craftsman Eric Lamers to sensitively restore and align the house more closely with Schindler’s original intent.

    Join us for a rare opportunity to see the house and engage in a very special dialogue with John August Reed and Eric Lamers. We’ll learn firsthand about a remarkable time in Los Angeles, the realities of loss and interpretation, as well as the opportunities and challenges ofchoosing restoration over demolition.

    Tickets are $35 and reserved for SAH/SCC Patron-level/Life members. 

    Don’t miss out on this rare and unique opportunity to experience one of the last vestiges of modern master, Rudolph Schindler. Purchase your ticket online right now to ensure your reservation or upgrade to Patron or Life Member level.

    Otherwise, to be placed on the waiting list, email us.

  • Designer as Patron: Measer in Venice

    Venice | Dates: 22 Feb, 2014

    Designer as Patron: Measer in Venice
    SAH/SCC Tour & Talk
    Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 PM

    SAH/SCC presents the second in our new series, “Architect/Designer as Patron,” where we visit designers and architects who have built their own homes, and discuss the issues of domestic living today. The Venice Anthem House, by designer Dorothy Measer at dk designhouse, is a great example of minimalism for a modern family. 

    The 3,802-square-foot home was built on the foundation of a former “Granny cottage” owned by David Measer. When a mutual friend suggested Dorothy help him with color and light issues, it was love at first sight—and site. She designed the new home for their growing family with open spaces that connect with each other, the greater outdoors, and the local community.

    Throughout the interior and exterior spaces, the designer calls attention to the systems that support and define daily life, such as city grids, light cycles, and air circulation. The open indoor/outdoor floor plan radiates around a central cylindrical structure—sporting a bright-orange interior—that acts as the “guts” of the house, neatly concealing utilities. Surface tones of white and natural wood are accented with vibrant shades of blue, green, yellow, and orange in furnishings, fabrics, accessories, and art to warm the strong contemporary lines. 

    The building footprint was re-oriented—turned five degrees on the existing lot—to take advantage of passive solar gains and natural breezes. Connection to site and community was important to Measer, who created a lower-level outdoor space to actively engage the street, creating neighborhood interaction through such features as a built-in bench for passersby to pause. The curve of the low wall framing the garden also softens the corner lot, acting as a welcoming gesture.

    An array of vertical green metal panels lines the rectangular façade. The multi-colored panels are arranged in a barcode pattern interpretation of a portion of the closing lyrics from the owners’ favorite song, “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen: “Light gets in.” The concept has truly become the anthem of the Measers’ lives, love, and living.

    Designer as Patron—Measer in Venice: February 22, 2014; 2-4PM; $15 each for SAH/SCC Life and Patron Members; reservations required; space is limited; seating will be made available to general membership should the opportunity arise, on a first-come first-served basis; registration— call 800.972.4722, or go to www.sahscc.org; waiting list—email info@sahscc.org

  • 36th Annual NE/SAH Student Symposium

    Cambridge | Dates: 22 Feb, 2014
    9:00am until 1:30pm
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NE/SAH) is pleased to invite you to attend its 36th Annual Student Symposium, with presentations by outstanding students from programs in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, art history, urban studies, historic preservation, and related fields. This year's event will feature students from Amherst College, Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University. 

    The symposium will take place SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Portico rooms). The event is free and open to the public.

    More information is available on our website: http:// nesah.wordpress.com/

    We look forward to seeing you!
  • MNSAH 2014 Annual Meeting: One Hundred Years of Architecture at the University of Minnesota

    St. Paul | Dates: 19 Mar, 2014
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
    Registration  deadline:  March 12, 2014

    The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce that the speaker for this year’s annual meeting will be Thomas Fisher presenting on “One Hundred Years of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.” This year’s annual meeting also includes presentation of the David Stanley Gebhard Award for best book and article on the built environment. We’ll serve a choice of dinner entrées at the meeting, or members may attend the annual meeting and presentation only at no cost.
  • Technophilia

    London WC1H 0PD | Dates: 13 – 13 Mar, 2014
    A symposium exploring architects' preoccupation with technology across periods and regions, via issues of process, symbolism and the body. Organised by Birkbeck's Architecture Space and Society Network http://assnbbk.blogspot.co.uk
  • NEH Summer Institute: World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche (22 Jun-19 Jul 14)

    Cincinnati | Dates: 12 Feb – 04 Mar, 2014

    Dear colleagues,

    Please join me in spreading word of the NEH Summer Institute on World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche, which will convene in Cincinnati 22 June - 19 July of 2014. Our goal is to push beyond our society’s current common understanding of the war as a European war fought largely by white Europeans, and to develop scholars who will take a leading role in their institutions and communities in expanding our ways of understanding the war. The two intersecting angles we take on the Great War combine transregional reach with auditory, visual, and healing arts as ways to analyze, interpret, and narrate the war at the front and at home. During the Institute, participants will work with several styles of pedagogy, including lecture, seminar discussion, working groups, remote instruction, site visits, and interaction with creators of educational material in Cincinnati cultural institutions. This intensive program will provide a $3300 stipend to 22 college and university faculty and 3 graduate students, to cover travel, lodging in campus housing, most food, and incidentals.

    Our institute leaders, innovative scholars of WWI in Europe, Russia, North Africa, the Middle East, and the U.S., will guide our participants in the study of several cultural ventures profoundly influenced by, and influencing, the course and outcome of the war. Participants will work with a vast array of primary sources, some newly translated for the institute, others collected from uncatalogued materials for us to puzzle through together. We have also planned several weekend and evening activities as part of Cincinnati Remembers WWI, a nine-month series of events concluding with Cincinnati Opera’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, “Silent Night”, set in the Christmas truce of 1914. While the History Department at UC is our host, we will also meet at several sites throughout the city, such as the Institute for Military Medicine, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Museum and Freedom Center, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

    For details on the schedule and how to apply, please visit our website athttp://www.uc.edu/webapps/NEHwwone2014/default.htm/. I hope you will find this endeavor to be one that you can recommend with enthusiasm to your colleagues.

    Best wishes,

    Elizabeth B. Frierson, Ph.D. 
    Associate Professor
    History of the Middle East and North Africa

  • (Re)Creating Historical Towns and Cities: Nation, Politics, Society in Post 1914 Urban Restorations (April 16-17, 2015)

    Kalisz | Dates: 12 Feb – 30 Jun, 2014

    The Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts of The Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań & Kalisz Society of Friends of Sciences invite presentations for an international conference (RE)CREATING HISTORICAL TOWNS AND CITIES: NATION, POLITICS, SOCIETY IN POST 1914 URBAN RESTORATIONS, to be held at the Faculty Pedagogy and Fine Arts in Kalisz, POLAND between April 16th and 17th, 2015.

    We welcome proposals representing diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives, including presentations of historical cities reconstruction projects in post World War I Europe, ideas of preservation and urban renewal, as well as broad explorations of the political, social and cultural contexts.

    In case of any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at

  • Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781-1869)

    Makati City | Dates: 01 – 02 Mar, 2014

    Ayala Museum, together with its partner international cultural institutions, is inviting scholars, students and cultural workers to a two-day symposium entitled Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781-1869) to be held in its Ground Floor Lobby from March 1-2, 2014.


    Co-presented by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Italy, the symposium will feature scholarly presentations which address cultural and artistic exchange in the Pacific region from the late 18th to the early-to-mid-19th centuries, and will examine the ways in which engagements between the Americas, Asia, and Europe transformed art styles and meanings through commerce, colonization, and conversion.


    A panel of over fourteen local and foreign experts has been invited to present their studies on this under-examined period of interaction among nations and colonies.


    Complete information on the symposium organizers, speakers, and topics are available at www.ayalamuseum.org/getty2014.html.


    Interested participants can enroll for a full registration fee of Php 5,200 (USD 115), inclusive of conference kit, snacks, and Ayala Museum admission. Enrollees may also opt to attend only one of two symposium dates for a single-day rate of Php 3,200 (USD 70) with the same inclusions. Students and senior citizens are entitled to a 20% discount (Php 4,100/USD 90 for full rate and Php 2,500/USD 55 single-day rate) upon presentation of valid ID.


    Registration forms for Transpacific Engagements can be downloaded from www.ayalamuseum.org/getty2014.html. Accomplished forms and (proofs of) payment must be submitted to Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City or emailed to symposiums@ayalamuseum.org on or before February 21, 2014 - 12:00 NN.


    For inquiries, please contact Lorraine Datuin at (632) 759 82 88 local 20. 

  • Summer School: "Russian Culture in Baltic Nature"

    Dates: 27 Jun – 08 Jul, 2014

    Deadline for Applications – 15 of March 2014.

    The Summer school “Russian Culture in Baltic Nature” is planned as maximally international and interdisciplinary event. The participants will explore and discuss all aspects of the heritage phenomenon. On the one hand we intend to study the natural and cultural heritage objects as such – forts and palaces, roads and bridges, rivers and valleys, museums and churches, in one word – historic landscapes. We are going to look for “Russian” in “Non-Russian” and vice versa. On the other hand we will explore the current use, preservation, representation and management of heritage. That’s why the program includes the heritage objects that are now in different forms of property, under different legislation systems and used for different purposes.

    The School is designed for PhD students in all related disciplines who are interested to the topic, such as: Russian studies, transborder history, history of cultural transfers, natural and cultural heritage management, Baltic region studies, Fine Arts History etc. The Call for Applications is also open for interested professionals and teachers, though Doctoral students are the main target group.

    The main aim of the school is to educate students to approach the subject without borders, either in thinking or in the landscape. The idea is to appreciate our common past, not to judge it! If something good is to come out of centuries of fear and wars in the Baltic region, it just might be cultural landscapes such as those in the Baltic region. They are places of memory and the point is to see the whole of the past, not only one piece of it, and make participants in the Summer School see themselves as links in the same chain in order to give them perspective.

    The Summer School will combine lectures from experts in the field , discussions with invited special guests – researchers, practicioners in heitage management, museum professionals, and group work. The participants will be divided into thematical groups (for instance – Maritime heritage; Roads and borders; Urban natural and cultural heritage; Manorial complexes etc.). Each group will be led by one of the Summer School professors. The group will be assigned tasks to be completed during the school and presented in the end.

  • Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Mexican Architect Carlos Bedoya

    Dallas | Dates: 20 Feb, 2014

    The Dallas Architecture Forum will continue its lecture series with Mexican architect Carlos Bedoya, the founding partner of Mexico City architectural firm PRODUCTORA.

    Carlos Bedoya is a leader among the powerful new design visions coming out of Latin America.  The firm was recently honored as an International Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York.  Their work has been exhibited at Beijing’s National Museum of Art and at the Victoria & Albert.  In addition to his extensive practice Bedoya teaches in both Monterrey and Mexico City.

    Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID) and can be purchased at the door. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members are admitted free and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.; reception at 6:15 p.m.

  • The Last Few Feet: Parapet Design, Issues, and Repairs

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Feb, 2014
    Event Type: BEC-event
    Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
    Time: 12:00-1:30
    Location:11 E Madison, 3rd Floor, Chicago (Gensler)

    Architecturally, parapet walls have many different styles and forms. They often provide a decorative termination to building facades and sometimes extend significantly above the roof level to hide unsightly roof top equipment. Regardless of style, the design considerations and service life issues for parapet walls can be very complex. Parapet walls are exposed on three surfaces and must consider exposure to wind loads on both side of the wall and exterior elements such as rain while successfully integrating with the roofing and structural systems. If not detailed, constructed or maintained properly, parapet walls can be a source of water infiltration into the building and/or result in structural insufficiencies of the facades and structural roof system. Repairs can be intrusive and expensive.

    General design principles and considerations as well as common issues observed in both historic and modern parapet detailing and construction will be discussed. Case studies of parapet repairs and replacements will be presented. Case studies will discuss the challenges of retrofit designs for the parapet wall structural system and detailing of integral flashing systems. Economic and aesthetic issues will also be discussed.


    1. Understand design considerations for loads implied on parapet walls
    2. Understand the difference between pre-1950 and post 1950 masonry wall water management systems
    3. Understand different types of distress mechanisms in masonry walls
    4. Understand flashing detail issues that can be encountered at parapet walls


    Matthew E. Novesky, R.A. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

    Since joining WJE in 2000, Mr. Novesky has been involved in numerous projects related to the inspection, investigation, and repair of distressed conditions in existing buildings. He has performed evaluations of brick, terra cotta, stone masonry, concrete, and glass facades. He has conducted numerous building water leakage investigations, provided recommended repair options, and observed installation of repair solutions to mitigate leaks. He has conducted numerous condition surveys and prepared documents for repair of both contemporary and historic landmark buildings and structures.

    Mr. Novesky has authored papers on exterior facade materials related to typical construction detailing and failure mechanisms of numerous building materials.


    An invite will be sent to BEC Chicago members approximately 10 days in advance. For non-BEC Chicago members interested in attending contact jdiqui@stocorp.com

  • Charleston Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Fair

    Charleston | Dates: 22 – 22 Feb, 2014
    February 22nd, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Rotary Room, Charleston Carnegie Public Library

    Sponsored By The Charleston Historic Preservation Commission

    Come Learn About:
    • Tax Credits
    • Landmark Designation
    • Window Restoration
    • Lead Paint Removal
    • Historic Siding
    • Gravestone Restoration

    Refreshments will be served. 
  • Fulton Mansion Parlor Chat: "Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright, 1865-1915"

    Rockport | Dates: 24 Feb, 2014
    Parlor Chat: "Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright, 1865-1915"

    Date:2/24/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

    The February Fulton Mansion Parlor Chat will be a book club style discussion of Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright, 1865-1915.

    The book discusses the individual and collective achievement of the recognized trinity of American architecture: Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-86), Louis Sullivan (1856-1924), and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). The book shows how each envisioned the building types demanded by the growth of 19th-century cities and suburbs—the downtown skyscraper and the single-family home.

    **Books are readily available from many online book vendors for a very affordable price.

  • The Landscape Architects’ Expo (LA EXPO)

    Long Beach | Dates: 13 – 14 Feb, 2014
    Landscape Architects Expo (LA expo) is a 2-day trade show & educational conference on Feb. 13th & 14th 2014.
  • 30th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 05 Apr, 2014

    The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a national peer review scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. Celebrating 30 years at the 2014 conference, the NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and hold discussions related to introductory design issues.

    The conference’s origins reside in a small gathering entitled Beginnings, held in 1972 at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and organized by Tim McGinty and Gerry Gast. This gathering brought together for the first time design educators to discuss introductory design education. Just over a decade later, after a second gathering held in 1983 at Cranbrook Academy, the first Beginning Design Conference was held in 1984 at Arizona State University. Meeting annually since, the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student has been and continues to be the primary venue for discussion about the practice of and research into for beginning design.

    The conference has a dedicated community of beginning design educators, whose interest in the educational challenges and attendant pedagogies, projects, and curricular strategies associated with beginning design propel the conference.


    The 30th annual NCBDS is being organized and hosted by the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    NCBDS30:IIT conference chairs – Catherine Wetzel and Leslie Johnson.

  • Call for Abstracts: ARPA Journal/Applied Research Practices in Architecture

    Dates: 11 Feb – 01 Mar, 2014

    Research is everywhere. Architects incite action, design materials and archive cities. They capitalize upon the excess energy of practice to launch unsolicited experiments into the world, or sidestep clients by joining forces with government think tanks. Discussions from classrooms have found currency at town halls, and findings from construction sites have migrated into basement laboratories. Yet for all of its vitality, research eludes definition. The term describes everything and nothing, leaving its assumptions--the drive towards innovation, certainty, and influence, for example--unexamined.

    The ARPA Journal is a forum for debates on what is applied research in architecture. We scrutinize techniques of inquiry to examine their ethical stance and spark ideas for their potential transformation. If the term applied research conventionally describes a practice adulterated by practical concern or funding bias, the ARPA Journal asks how research can embrace its entangled nature, and experiment with the very problem of autonomy in application.

    Sign up here for The ARPA Journal mailling list to keep up with our upcoming issues and our calls for papers.

    Call for Abstracts: Issue One

    Architects experiment upon the world. Researchers reach outside the laboratory by co-opting existing structures of influence and crafting new techniques of engagement. The practice of human subject research has yielded the benefits of the polio vaccine and horrors of the Tuskegee experiments, reminding us that, as a former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency once remarked, "When we fail, we fail big." Impacts are often unpredictable, but no less powerful. The Coney Islands of the world--experiments like practice drills for emergency conditions or special economic zones--leak beyond their proving grounds without any official sanction.

    Test Subjects, the inaugural issue of the ARPA Journal, focuses on the nature of application in architectural research. How do architects wield influence through research? As we weigh the risks and rewards of aggressive experimentation, how careful do we need to be? How do researchers maintain effects of their work, both intended and unintended? How does the agency of test subjects refigure the role of the expert in research?

    We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research on the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, examinations of pivotal moments in the history of applied research, investigations of the structures of research practice, research projects that critically apply risky practices, and design projects that have focused, experimental implications. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail.


    To apply, submit the following in one pdf document (4MB max) to Janette Kim atjkk16@columbia.edu. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rotating basis. Once selected, contributors to Issue One must submit their completed materials by April 1, 2014.

    Info: Title; author name, bio and email, and submission type (critique or project)
    Abstract: 300 words maximum
    Images: 5 maximum, if applicable.
    Related work: Project websites or writing samples on related subjects, if applicable.

    Forthcoming topics include The Search Engine, Degrees of Certainty, Performance, and Archives.


    Innovation is nothing new in architecture, but has taken hold as a structured practice due to the rise of computing technologies--consider data mining, the search engine, and rapid prototyping. In parallel, architects have sought tools to grasp the volatility of markets and climates, and to capture phantom traces of neoliberal governance and mobile populations.

    Research makes explicit political, cultural and aesthetic narratives in the built environment by working with the very mechanisms through which such meanings take shape. Settlement patterns are recognized just as machines for material assembly are retooled. Quarantine practices are debated just as data are mapped at an unexpected scale. Techniques of inquiry are subject and method. Yet, if the tools of research are conditioned by the context of their formation, is there anything inherently compromised about drone mapping or genetic modification? Or about soliciting sponsorship from the US Department of Defense or DuPont? To accept or deny such models wholesale would be to reinforce an impossible division between a critical and a positivist model, between condemning the tools of power and unleashing them into the world unchecked. The real question, instead, is how researchers design the reach of their inquiry through aggressive action of their own.

    As an applied practice, research promises to engage contemporary actors, sites and techniques, combining experimentation with inquiry into researchers' ethical responsibility. Such reflection demands scrutiny of the practice's presumed tenets. Post-war federal funding for research and development has defined experimental criteria around the rigors of rule-based judgments. Markets demand ever faster, smaller and more efficient technologies, incanting the mantra of innovation in the name of growth. How do architects exercise judgment amidst a system structured around verifiability? When does the compulsion to look ahead fail to address current resources, future side effects, or obsolescence in retrospect? Researchers lay claim to certainty and invention narratives in order to wield influence and relay architectural discussions to parallel fields. Through research practice, architects may gain a seat at the table, but which table? For whom and from whom do architects seek legitimacy?


    The ARPA Journal is an online publication that mixes slow and fast distribution in three formats: critique, projects, and debates. Published quarterly, each issue will focus on a technique or protocol of research, and will consist of three 'releases,' that will be published monthly. Releases will comprise the following:

    Critique: Texts and images of any length that examine applied research projects, writings, and/or theories not produced by the author. 
    Projects: Research investigations created by the author, to include text, images, video, and/or other online medium. 
    Debates: A moderated, live debate among all critique and project contributors, as well as other invited commentators who work on related material.

    About us

    The ARPA Journal is a public forum for debate based at the Applied Research Practices in Architecture (ARPA) program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Janette Kim, Editor in Chief, ARPA Journal; Director, ARPA program. MTWTF, Designer, forthcoming website.

  • German and British Garden Culture (26-27 Feb 14)

    Hannover | Dates: 26 – 27 Feb, 2014

    Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hörsaal Kirchenkanzlei, Herrenhäuserstraße 2a, 30419 Hannover, February 26 - 27, 2014
    Registration deadline: Feb 14, 2014

    Hanover and England – A garden and personal union?
    German and British garden culture between 1714 and today

    Symposium in cooperation with the Technische Universität Dresden

    When George I, Elector of Hanover, was enthroned in England in 1714 he
    established a personal union that existed until 1837 leaving many
    cultural and political marks. Its 300th anniversary will be celebrated
    in the conference "Hanover and England: a garden and personal union?
    German and British garden culture between 1714 and today". The symposium
    will not only focus on questions of garden history but also consider
    furthermore the contemporary background on which ideas on art,
    agriculture, commerce, technology, literature and politics were

    In view of the encyclopaedic interest of the late 18th century it is
    self-evident to invite several academic disciplines to describe and to
    discuss the cultural transfer between Great Britain and Hanover. The
    transfer of horticultural and artistic ideas very often flourished in
    the 19th century at different places. This gives reason to focus the
    conference on two key parts: the Hanoverian-British exchange between
    1714 and 1837 (the period of the actual personal union) and the
    Anglo-German relations that open perspectives even into the present age.

    Funded by:
    Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur

    Registration form:

    The Symposium will be conducted in English.

  • Zak Kyes: Giving Shape

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Feb, 2014
    Giving Shape

    FEB 12, 2014, 6PM

    Please RSVP

    In a new lecture titled “Giving Shape,” Graham grantee Zak Kyes explores historical references that inform his studio’s approach to publications, exhibitions and identities including Lina Bo Bardi, Seth Siegelaub, CalArts and the Visual Design Association, while also showing the studio’s recent and ongoing projects with the Architectural Association, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2012 Taipei Biennial, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Fridericianum, and 8th Berlin Biennale. Zak Group uses the strengths and skills that come from graphic design to consider how designers can thoughtfully take part in the creative process where giving shape is its own way of creating culture. First presented November 2013 at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

    Zak Kyes is a Swiss-American graphic designer and founder and director of the design studio Zak Group. Since 2006 Kyes has been the art director of the Architectural Association, London. In 2008, he co-founded Bedford Press, an imprint of AA Publications. Apart from studio projects, Kyes's critical practice encompasses publishing, curating, and site-specific projects. His current projects include the art direction of the 8th edition of the Berlin Biennale (2014). Kyes also teaches at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne).

    Zak Group is a London-based design studio headed by Zak Kyes and Grégory Ambos. The office was formed in 2005 as a collaborative practice to explore the possibilities for design in the production of culture. The studio received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design in 2011 and was twice awarded the prize for the Most Beautiful Swiss Book in 2010. The studio's work has been included in the exhibitions Graphic Design Worlds (Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2011), Wide White Space (CCA Wattis, San Francisco, 2011), The Malady of Writing (MACBA, Barcelona, 2009), Graphic Design for and Against Cities (Corner College, Zurich, 2009), and the 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design (Brno, 2009).

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Architectural Restoration Field School (May 25-June 7, 2014)

    Forest | Dates: 10 Feb – 25 Apr, 2014

    *The deadline for applications for the 2014 Summer Session is April 25th.*

    Poplar Forest is pleased to offer its continuing Architectural Restoration Field School, begun in 1990.

    The restoration staff have designed the program to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered during the course of this model project. Multi-disciplinary approaches are emphasized and hands-on training is offered, where possible. Selected field trips place this particular project in a broader conservation and restoration perspective. The program provides an awareness and a knowledge of the rich complexity of details and issues found in the architectural restoration of historic properties.

    10 to 12 participants under the direction of the Director of Architectural Restoration receive training and education during an intensive 14-day program. Participants are accepted into the program from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and experience. Participants are selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in the restoration process. Past participants include undergraduate and graduate students, historians, architects, architectural historians, craftsmen, contractors and others.

    The program's focus will be an understanding of the process of planning and implementing a museum-quality restoration project. Training and education consists of lectures, observation, architectural investigation, documentation, conservation techniques and field trips to observe behind-the-scenes restoration work at other Jefferson sites and relevant projects in the region.

    History of Poplar Forest and Thomas Jefferson 
    Theory and Practice of Museum Quality Restoration 
    Architectural Investigation 
    Restoration Construction 
    Historic Materials 
    Masonry Conservation 
    Historical Archaeology 
    Historical Interpretation 
    Restoration Theory Field Trips

    Click here to view a typical field school schedule.

    Date: May 25 – June 7, 2014 
    Cost: $350 tuition

    Food/Lodging: Field school students are responsible for their own food and lodging. Dormitory rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities are available at Lynchburg College for approximately $35/day.

    Credit: Pre-arranged independent college course credit is the responsibility of students and their respective colleges.

    To Apply: Submit a cover letter, stating why you would like to participate, a resume and a letter of recommendation.

    Mail To: 
    Travis C. McDonald 
    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest 
    P.O. Box 419 
    Forest, VA 24551 
    (434) 534-8123

    Deadline: April 25, 2014
    Scholarships may be available

    "It exceeded my expectations. It was outstanding!" 
    "Its value as a learning tool is exemplary." 
    "This was one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had." 
    "I learned more practical experience in two weeks than I learned in two years of graduate school!" 
    "I was a bit concerned, having just completed a MS in preservation, but I learned so many new & exciting things." 
    "A wonderful educational experience and lots of fun too. I feel fortunate to have participated." 
    "The quality of the experience in regards to the caliber of people that we met, spoke to, and were lectured by was astounding." 
    "As much was incorporated into a two-week program as one could wish ... I was very pleased with the variety of students." 
    "The examples that I was shown and the literature that I was given at the Field School have and will continue to help me in my field. The Poplar Forest Restoration Field School has given me the confidence and understanding I needed to pursue my dream of restoring historic houses."

  • 2014 Carter Manny Award

    Dates: 10 Feb – 15 Mar, 2014

    The Graham Foundation invites applications for the 2014 Carter Manny Award to support doctoral dissertation research and writing.

    This annual award program recognizes outstanding doctoral students whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and concern and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields.

    The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. 

    Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree and who have been nominated by their department are eligible to apply. To learn more about the award, the eligibility requirements, and to access the application, see the award guidelines.

    2013 Carter Manny Award Recipients

    Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Disciplines and Techniques of Creativity, 1880–1985

    Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

    Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953

    Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning 

    Image: Allotment Gardeners' colony "Rosenthal" display at the Small Garden, Settlement, and Housing Exposition, exhibiting produce for the prize jury, 1923, Vienna. Courtesy of Austrian League of Allotment Gardeners. From the 2013 Carter Manny Award to Sophie Hochhäusl for Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953.



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