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  • Understanding the Living Building Challenge

    Minneapolis | Dates: 28 May, 2014

    Mohawk Group and the International Living Future Institute present:

    Understanding the Living Building Challenge provides a 6-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment.

    Workshop Overview:
    9:00-10:00 The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge / Petal rationale + strategies: Site
    10:00-10:15 Bio-break
    10:15-11:45 Petal rationale + strategies: Water, Energy, Health / Small Group Discussion
    11:45-12:30 Lunch + Case Studies
    12:30-2:00 Petal rationale + strategies: Materials, Equity, Beauty / Small Group Discussion
    2:00-3:30 Breaking down Barriers / Community + Tools / Full Group Discussion /

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge
    - Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
    - Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area
    - Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design
    - Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process
    Presenter Information:
    Richard Graves
    As the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, Richard directs the Institute’s signature programs: the Living Building Challenge, Natural Step USA, Ecotone Publishing and the Cascadia Green Building Council. The Institute’s work moves across scales, offering global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, and reaching out to individuals to unleash their imagination and innovation to create a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Before joining the Institute, he was the Senior Vice President for Community and Education with the U.S. Green Building Council from 2010 to 2012 where he directed programs for its national and international members. As a volunteer with the USGBC, he served on the National Board from 2006 to 2010.  A registered architect, Richard previously worked for the Minneapolis office of Perkins+Will, working on ecologically sustainable building and planning projects around the world. He lives in Minnesota.
  • 2014 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards Program

    St. Paul | Dates: 20 May, 2014
    Tuesday, May 20, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

    St. Paul City Hall, Lower Level Concourse & Rm 40
    15 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul 

    The Heritage Preservation Commission of the City of Saint Paul and AIA Saint Paul are once again co-sponsoring the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards to recognize projects, individuals, and organizations, that enhance and celebrate Saint Paul’s cultural resources. The 2014 award recipients will be presented at this reception on May 20.

    Click here for event flyer. 
  • No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station

    Los Angeles | Dates: 02 May – 10 Aug, 2014

    Los Angeles Union Station is a celebrated architectural icon and a symbol of the city’s early-20th-century aspirations. Completed in 1939, Union Station centralized rail travel in Los Angeles and, before the rise of air and automobile travel, was the primary gateway into the city. More than a historic artifact, it is now the vibrant centerpiece of the region’s evolving transportation network.

    Organized by the Getty Research Institute, the exhibition features beautifully rendered architectural drawings, photographs, and other archival material that illuminate the contentious 30-year process of creating the station’s eclectic, distinctly Southern Californian architecture.

    Presented in another iconic downtown landmark, the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library, the exhibition examines the architectural design and cultural politics of the historic station, and concludes with a selection of recent plans for Union Station 2050.

    Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 5-6 PM

  • NeoCon 2014

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 11 Jun, 2014

    NeoCon® is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, annually attended by over 40,000 architecture and design professionals. With over three days of non-stop resources, energy and ideas, NeoCon is the single most important industry event of the year and your one-stop destination.

    Monday, June 9- Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    9 AM - 5 PM

    The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Chicago, IL 60654 USA

    As the premier industry event, NeoCon provides access to the latest and most innovative products and endless educational and networking opportunities for markets including:


    NeoCon educational programming features nearly 100 accredited seminars, association forums and keynote presentations that showcase leading industry and business experts. 

    Products that satisfy all of your interior specification needs

    Interior Building Products
    Interior Finishes
    International Partnerships


  • Innovators: Building Design and Construction

    New York | Dates: 06 May, 2014

    Who are the Guastavinos of today? Everything you thought you knew about architecture and engineering is changing. From 3-D printing, to prefabrication, to modular design, today’s design visionaries are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and changing the fabric of our built environment. Join Jill Lerner, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and 2013 President of the AIA New York Chapter, for a discussion with architects Corie Sharples (SHoP Architecture) and Marianne Kwok (KPF), and engineers Valentine A. Lehr (Lehr Consultants International) and Guy Nordenson (Guy Nordenson Associates) about design innovation in the 21st century.

    Presented in conjunction with Palaces for the People and co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter.

    Free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.


    For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395.

  • New York City Archaeology Then and Now: Continuing Stories from the Underground

    New York | Dates: 04 May, 2014

    The 34th Annual Professional Archaeologists of New York City (PANYC) Symposium on New York City Archaeology takes you on a tour back through time—and below street level. Some speakers will revisit archaeological sites decades after excavation, while others describe how their early investigations informed their later work and careers. Images of site excavations more than a half-century ago will be compared with photographs of the same areas, long since developed, as they appear today.

    Co-sponsored by PANYC.
    Registration recommended; free with Museum admission.

    For more information, or to order tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395.

  • Innovators with Norman Foster: From Guastavino to the Moon

    New York | Dates: 14 May, 2014

    Buildings, bridges, and flying machines: the engineering marvels of the Guastavinos paved the way for innovations of all kinds. Join renowned architect Norman Foster and his engineering partner Roger Ridsdill Smith to hear about the father-son team whose patented designs defined the Oyster Bar, Saint John the Divine, Ellis Island's Registry Room, and many more New York City landmarks. They'll show how the Guastavinos' work continues to inspire today's building technologies, such as 3D printing on the moon. Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile.

    Free for Museum members; $10 general public, students, and seniors.

    Please note: This program will take place at the AIA-NY at 536 LaGuardia Place between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street. 

    For more information, or to order tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395.

  • Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s 40th Annual Preservation Honor Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Honolulu | Dates: 30 May, 2014
    Friday, May 30, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms Dole Cannery Square,
    735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

    This special event will include Dinner, the Honor Awards Presentation and a celebration of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s 40th Anniversary The Preservation Honor Awards have been presented annually since 1975. The Awards are Hawai‘i’s highest recognition of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration or interpretation of the state’s architectural, archeological and cultural heritage.

    The Historic Preservation Honor Awards are Hawaii’s highest recognition of projects, organizations, publications or individuals active in preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or interpretation of the State’s archaeological, architectural, and cultural sites.  The Preservation Honor Awards are designed to recognize achievements in interpreting, preserving or restoring Hawaii’s built environment.

    Nominations are considered by a committee of professionals who are invited to serve on the Historic Preservation Honor Awards Committee.

    Each nomination is considered on its own merit and not in competition with others.  The Committee reserves the right to select multiple awards or no awards in each category.  Nominations from all counties are encouraged.

    Since 1975, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has selected historic preservation honor award winners throughout the State of Hawai‘i.

  • The South Park Blocks: A Cultural Mandate

    Portland | Dates: 08 May, 2014

    A Walking Tour

    The South Park Blocks: A Cultural Mandate

    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Members: $12    General Public: $20

    This eleven-block downtown area was first platted and donated to the City in 1852, transforming a fire break parcel into the most desirable residential area of its day –complete with schools, playgrounds, stately homes and places of worship. Come take a stroll through the groves of elms and recount some of the stories they would love to tell about the area’s history and architecture. The South Park Blocks stand alone as a place of revitalization, refreshment and cultural allure.

    Pre-Registration is Required

  • Astoria Preservation Field School: The Craft of Historic Buildings

    Astoria | Dates: 16 – 19 Jun, 2014

    Clatsop Community College announces its new summer Historic Preservation Field School to be held from June 16 to 19, 2014 in Astoria, Oregon.  The Field School will consist of a series of hands-on workshops, visits to regional sites of historic significance, walking tours of historic Astoria, a boat tour of Astoria’s Columbia River waterfront, and other opportunities to investigate local history and preservation activities. Presented through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, the summer Field School offers attendees the twofold opportunity of developing unique historic preservation skills while soaking up the atmosphere of the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

    Situated near the mouth of the majestic Columbia River and just a few miles from where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806, Astoria is Oregon’s gateway to the Pacific.  The area is also rich in natural and scenic beauty.  Hundreds of Victorian homes dot the steep hillsides and a revitalized downtown takes visitors back to another era.

    This four-day hands-on Field School introduces participants to the basic concepts of historic preservation.  Students will earn two college credits and engage in the crafts of historic buildings, including woodworking, blacksmithing, stained glass design and repair, and repair and weatherization of historic windows.  The planned schedule of workshops and activities includes:

    • Monday 16 June — an introduction to historic preservation, understanding and using woodworking tools, a trolley tour along Astoria’s waterfront, and a walking tour of historic neighborhoods in Astoria.
    • Tuesday 17 June — stained glass workshop and an evening tour of the Norman Yeon house and site (a northwest regional style house located in the dunes of the Clatsop Plains).
    • Wednesday 18 June – blacksmithing workshop and an evening tour of historic sites along the Washington side of the Columbia River.
    • Thursday 19 June – historic window repair, glass cutting, and weatherization workshops and an evening boat tour on the Columbia River along Astoria’s historic waterfront.

    Participants will experience an engaging combination of hands-on Field School activities with customized tours of local historic resources.  Workshops and tours will be conducted by experienced and highly-qualified working artisans, historians and preservationists.  Tuition, fees and supplies for the Field School total $575.  Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.  Registration opens in May 2014 at www.clatsopcc.edu/register or call 503-338-7670. Information on housing options, restaurants and other local activities and events is available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at www.travelastoria.com.

  • Sustainability in the Built Environment: Trends, Opportunities, and Your Practice

    Chicago | Dates: 06 May, 2014

    Sustainability in the Built Environment: Trends, Opportunities, and Your Practice

    Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 pm-  5:00 pm

    Sustainability has evolved from an emerging trend to a mainstream global movement. Have you fully embraced what that means for your practice? Join leading national and local practitioners on May 6, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. to discuss how this shift impacts you. We’ll explore current and emerging sustainability trends, market opportunities and how to position yourself as a leader now and into the future. At the end of the day, we’ll share light appetizers and refreshment.


    Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Sustainable Design Leader, HOK and Resident Fellow, AIA National on Sustainability and Design for Health
    Mary Ann will highlight emerging sustainability trends, as well as market and leadership opportunities for architects.

    Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow
    Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Cannon Design
    Rand will share insights on the AIA 2030 Commitment program and its ambitious goals to deepen architects involvement in energy benchmarking, tracking and more.

    William Sturm, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC
    Principal, Serena Sturm Architects
    William will share his perspective on the AIA National Committee on the Environment’s work to advance design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

    Tate Walker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
    Tate will moderate the panel discussion. He served as president of AIA Wisconsin, member of the USGBC Technical Advisory Group that worked to develop the energy and atmosphere credits for LEED v4, and ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service project manager.

    1:30 pm:    Registration
    1:30–4 pm: Program 
    4–5 pm:      Social

    Continuing education credits:

    • Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will receive 2.25 LU/HSW.

    • The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). As an IACET Authorized Provider, The Energy Center of Wisconsin offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

    Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

    Cost:the fee to attend this program and social is $20 for non-AIA Chicago members and $10 for AIA Chicago members. 

    AIA Chicago members must enter the promo code ’half’ to receive their discount.

    There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early. Register online now via this link.

    This event is sponsored by This event, hosted by AIA Chicago and the Energy Center of Wisconsin, is sponsored by the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service.

    Learning units: 2.25 LU/HSW

    Location: Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, 425 South Wabash Avenue, Room 1111 (11th floor)

    Member price: $10.00  
    Non-member price: $20.00

  • Chicago Parks: Landscape, Imagination, and the Livable City

    Chicago | Dates: 12 May, 2014

    Monday, May 12, 6:30 pm-  8 pm

    The Architecture + Design Society invites you to hear about two very exciting landscape design projects underway in Chicago: Maggie Daley Park and Bloomingdale Trail/The 606.

    The 606 and Maggie Daley Park will be major new Chicago Parks. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) is leading the design team for Maggie Daley Park and is the landscape lead for the 606, seeking out opportunities for these parks to build on and expand Chicago’s great tradition of park-making. Matthew Urbanski, a Principal at MVVA and a lead designer on both projects, will discuss how landscape imagination has guided the development of each park. He will discuss the influence of existing conditions, and foreseeable changes on each site and discuss the way that these have been leveraged to create experiential and programmatic diversity. 

    Journalist/photographer Lee Bey, who handles urban planning and government affairs work for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative with artist Theaster Gates, will moderate a Q&A with Matthew following his presentation.

    The 606, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, is a linear trail and park system that will be created within interstitial urban spaces that are not necessarily “park-like” at first glance. Maggie Daley Park, will replace existing park spaces, building new value and contemporary program into an existing network of parks. Although very different in many ways, the guiding principles of each project reflect an increasing awareness of the essential contributions that landscape makes to the quality of daily life in cities.

    There is no charge to attend, and reservations are not required. AIA and ASLA continuing education credit will be offered. Learn more about A+DS programs here.

    This event is sponsored by Architecture + Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago; Walsh Construction; AIA Chicago; ILASLA

    Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW

    Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 North Michigan Avenue, Fullerton Hall

    Member price: 0  
    Non-member price: 0

  • Strikingly Modern: Residential Architecture of the 1930s-1960s

    Chicago | Dates: 08 May, 2014

    Strikingly Modern: Residential Architecture of the 1930s-1960s

    Thursday, May 8, 12pm- 1pm

    "Strikingly Modern" unquestionably defines Chicago’s great residential architecture of the 1930’s-1960s. Susan will talk about the development of the modern house in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects--explaining why our City’s residential architecture of this period is "strikingly Modern." Arguably every important Mid Century architect in Chicago reverberated off of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, and they talk pointedly about how and why. Wright and Mies were the "elephants in the room."--their ideas and work accepted or rejected but never ignored.

    At the turn of the 20th century, Wright established the Prairie School, which embraced geometry and transformed traditional architecture. In the 1930s and 1940s, Wright’s Usonian houses of wood and glass expanded on his earlier creativity. In 1937, Mies settled in Chicago and, drawing on his experience in Germany, created a pared down architecture of steel and glass. What evolved subsequently was an interesting synthesis that, very likely, could have taken place only in Chicago.

    Susan will present Chicago’s place in Modern residential architecture, discussing other influences (Japanese, Scandinavian, etc.) In addition to talking about Mies’ Farnsworth House, Wright’s Usonian houses and Keck’s solar houses, she will illustrate her talk with homes by Paul Schweikher, Edward Dart, Bertrand Goldberg, Edward Humrich, Harry Weese, Jim Speyer, David Haid and Larry Perkins. The Paul Schweikher Home and Studio, the Wilmette house Harry Weese designed for his sister Sue and Jim Speyer’s house for Ben Rose and the adjacent auto museum by David Haid -- as well as Susan’s own Late Prairie house by Lawrence Perkins --will be featured.

    Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

    About Our Speaker

    Susan Benjamin is an architectural historian with 35-plus years of experience in the world of historic preservation. Her firm, Benjamin Historic Certifications writes National Register nominations, historic resource reports and helps clients who rehab income producing buildings receive historic tax credits and those who rehab their homes receive a 12 year freeze on their property tax assessment. Three of her tax projects projects: The Power House for the Chicago & North Western Railway, the Hairpin Lofts and the Louis Ancel House in Glencoe, have won Driehaus Awards.

    Susan is in the final stages of completing a National Register nomination for Chicago’s Park and Boulevard System: 26 miles and over 3000 buildings. She frequently lectures and has written two books, with architect Stuart Cohen on Chicago area architecture:Great Houses of Chicago: 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs 1890-1940.

    This event is sponsored by Historic Resources KC and docomomo Chicago chapter

    Learning units: 1 LU/HSW

    Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

    Member price: 0  
    Non-member price: $15.00

  • Detroit Historical Society Spring into Belle Isle Gala

    Detroit | Dates: 03 May, 2014
    May 3 2014 | 5:00pm to 11:55pm

    Enjoy a cocktail reception, a strolling dinner and live entertainment along with an exclusive behind the scenes Trolley Tour of Detroit’s loveliest attractions including the nation’s oldest aquarium, the Anna Scripps Conservatory, the Scott Fountain and the newly re-invented Dossin Great Lakes Museum. 
  • Preservation Detroit Annual Spring Benefit and Meeting at the Masonic Temple

    Detroit | Dates: 08 May, 2014

    Preservation Detroit Annual Spring Benefit and 
    Meeting at the Masonic Temple
    Thursday, May 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    $40 Members
    $50 Non-Members
    $20 Students with current student ID

    Buy tickets here.

    At the heart of the world’s largest Masonic Temple is the Asylum of the Knights Templar, a stone chapel modeled after Westminster Abbey. And like many of the over 1,000 rooms inside Detroit’s magnificent Masonic Temple, it has a few secrets.

    On May 8, 2014, explore this magnificent and mysterious building at Preservation Detroit’s annual spring benefit and meeting, held in the Asylum chapel at the Masonic Temple. Enjoy a tour of some of the Temple’s eclectic and intricately symbolic lodge rooms, theaters, and ballrooms and learn about the history of George Mason’s 1929 architectural masterwork. Hear from Preservation Detroit’s board of directors and community partners about our advocacy efforts in the Lower Cass Corridor during a time of tremendous change. Food, drinks, and music served. Cash bar. Silent auction items include Rodriguez tickets.

    Our largest benefit event and membership meeting supports our ongoing efforts to promote, protect, and preserve Detroit’s outstanding cultural and architectural heritage, of which the magnificent Masonic Temple is an inextricable part. Please join us.

  • Know Your Historic Home

    Bend | Dates: 21 May, 2014

    Join Central Oregon preservationists for a program about researching and documenting historic houses. Heidi Slaybaugh from the Bend Historic Landmarks Commission will present about the architectural styles of Deschutes County. Discover the history of residential development of Bend and Deschutes County and which styles define the historic character of each region. Heidi will describe the importance of historic preservation and what it means to own a historic home. She will also go over the process of renovating or remodeling a locally or nationally listed historic home. Part of the Deschutes Public Library’s Know Home series.

    Free and open to the public.

  • Wayne Morse Family Farm Annual Open House

    Eugene | Dates: 18 May, 2014
    Sunday, May 18th, 2014, l–4pm

    House Tours -  History – Park Info
    Famous Political Cartoons Exhibit Highlighting Senator Morse’s opposition to the Vietnam War
    OPB’s “Wayne Morse” Documentary (30-minute repeating video)
    Marimba Bands – Ice Cream Social

    The Wayne Morse Family Farm, formerly a working cattle and horse farm, was the family home of Oregon Senator Wayne Morse who served in the U. S. Senate from l944 to1968. It is currently a 26 acre multi-use Eugene City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Open house is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation.

  • The 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Conference

    New York | Dates: 29 – 30 May, 2014
    The Hort and W. Atlee Burpee Co. present the 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Conference, May 29 & 30 2014. Nearly all of the world’s population growth between now and 2030 will be concentrated in urban areas. With this rapid growth in our cities, farming in and around urban areas needs to play a bigger role in feeding these populations. This year, we will discuss the urban agriculture movement and demonstrate how people and communities around the world are addressing this issue with unique and effective solutions. Join us for a morning of lectures and an afternoon of hands-on workshops featuring urban farming techniques and practices.
  • Allan Wexler: Breaking Ground

    New York | Dates: 29 Mar – 03 May, 2014
    Delving into deep-seated rituals that form the basis for ancient and modern civilizations, Breaking Ground is a solo exhibition featuring Allan Wexler's photo-based works of landscape interventions ranging from man-made impressions to natural fissures. Displayed as wondrous collections, his sculptures composed from tree branches also on view glorify those organic "happy accidents" from which essential building principles have blossomed.
  • Tour of Ironworks Studio with Andrew T Crawford

    Atlanta | Dates: 17 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 a.m.
    Ironworks Studio - Westside

    Join Art Partners for a private tour of Andrew T Crawford Ironworks, owned and operated by Atlanta artist Andrew Crawford. While touring the studio guests will experience the day-to-day processes, challenges, and techniques used in the creation of functional artistic and industrial objects. 

    Crawford attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied sculpture. After graduating in 1993, he returned to Atlanta and opened his workshop and studio, Andrew T Crawford Ironworks. His goal was to create functional objects with an emphasis on blacksmithing. As Crawford built his business and his clientele, he continued to receive attention for his unique ornamental gates. This format has been a consistently identifiable trait throughout his career. 

    Along with dozens of private commissions, Crawford has created ironwork and sculpture for schools, businesses, and municipalities. Some of his most prominent works have been for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the City of Washington, DC. His works are also included in the collections of several American museums. 

    Tickets are $5 for Art Partners members and $10 for non-members. 

    All Art Partners program ticket sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable. In the case of cancelation on the purchaser's behalf, ticket proceeds will be applied as a donation to the Art Partners of the High Museum of Art.