Recent Opportunities

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  • Marcel Breuer and the Benedictines Design Saint John's Abbey Church

    New York | Dates: 11 – 11 Feb, 2015
    Victoria M. Young discusses her new book, Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space at 6:30 p.m. at NYU's Washington Square Campus. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of SAH.
  • Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age

    Portland | Dates: 06 Feb – 01 Sep, 2015
    The exhibit documents and interprets the use of a variety of metals found in and on late 19th and early 20th century buildings in Portland, Oregon. While Portland is well-known for its collection of standing cast-iron front buildings, other metals commonly used for various purposes were bronze, lead, tin, cooper, bras, and zinc. The Architectural Heritage Center is open 10 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
  • Portraits in Design: Beatrix Farrand as Mentor

    Washington | Dates: 15 Mar, 2015

    Portraits in Design is a lecture series that takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. The series delves into the life stories of important architects, landscape architects, and planners to better understand how their personal lives had an influence on their professional careers. Portraits in Design continues in 2015 with lectures on Le Corbusier on January 11Julia Morgan, FAIA, on February 22; and Beatrix Farrand on March 15.

    Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) was an American landscape architect whose career included commissions to design nearly 110 gardens for private residences, estates and country homes, public parks, botanic gardens, and college campuses. Few of these projects survive, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, on Mount Desert, Maine; and elements of the campuses of Princeton, Yale, and Occidental. Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, will speak about the life and work of Farrand, who was the only woman among the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Miller is the author of Parks, Plants, & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009) and will sign books after the talk.

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member. 

    Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015 
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Assoc. of Architecture School Librarians Annual Meeting

    Toronto | Dates: 17 – 19 Mar, 2015
    The 27th annual AASL conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario, March 17-19, 2015. Early registration closes February 1.
  • Inventing Kindergarten

    Oak Park | Dates: 09 Apr, 2015

    Frank Lloyd Wright is deservedly prominent in American architectural education. Consequently, Froebel blocks, a type of building block toy fundamental to Wright's youthful development, are widely known to architectural graduates. Little recognized though is that these geometric toys that Friedrich Froebel designed in Germany in the 1830s, were merely a small part of the educational system he invented and called kindergarten. And that in direct, and unprecedented fashion, they were the vehicle that first exposed not only Wright, but the likes of Le Corbusier, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and everyone at the Bauhaus to the viability of geometric abstraction. Cubism may have been a common thread through modern art and modern architecture, but kindergarten began casting its crystalline spell over Western art years before the Cubists were born.

    About the speaker

    Architect and collector Norman Brosterman first became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling the world's finest collection of antique building block and construction toys. In 1989, Brosterman's collection was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Discovering that the famed "Froebel Blocks," which are well-known to all students of Frank Lloyd Wright, were merely part of a much larger system of elegant, nature-based design toys, Brosterman embarked on years of research into the history of this lost world, culminating in the publication in 1997 of his award-winning book,Inventing Kindergarten. Brosterman recently co-founded Kaleidograph Design LLC, makers of the Kaleidograph paper kaleidoscope, pattern design toys, to create and manufacture nature-based toys in the spirit of Friedrich Froebel.

  • Adult Workshop: Bangers, Mash, and Paper Lamps

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Feb, 2015

    In 2015, the Smart Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of micro-exhibitions drawn from its extensive collection. Interaction: British and American Modernist Design, curated by Alice Kain, explores the transnational exchange of ideas between the UK and America that informed modernist design. The exhibition features the only existing leaded glass lantern from Wright’s iconic Robie House dining table. Join curator Alice Kain, and David Bagnall, Curator and Director of Interpretation at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, as they discuss British and American decorative arts featured in the exhibition.

    Following the discussion, participate in an adult workshop to create paper shades inspired by Wright’s striking leaded glass lamps designed for the Robie House dining table. Plus, snack on a traditional English dish of Bangers and Mash.

    Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

  • Dialogues on Design

    New York | Dates: 26 Feb, 2015

    Dialogues on Design is a new series of conversations with leading interior designers, landscape designers, and architects, moderated by Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful and editorial director of the Hearst Design Group. Each of the discussions will feature two prominent designers discussing their work and current trends in design today. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the designers at a reception following each program.

    Thursday, February 26, 4:30pm
    David Kleinberg, Interior Designer
    Mario Nievera, Landscape Architect

    Participation in this series is by subscription; $300 for the series. To purchase tickets, contactSamantha Fingleton at or (212) 472-1500 x431.

    NYSID is grateful for the generous support of Armani Casa.

  • Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York's Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 06 Mar – 24 Apr, 2015

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmark legislation, this exhibition will feature more than a dozen public spaces, known and little-known, that have been designated as interior landmarks. In archival and new photography, it will highlight the importance of public interiors as the spaces in which we conduct our daily lives. Clarifying the different approaches to preserving and restoring interiors, it will point out the challenges and controversies in maintaining the integrity of these spaces in the face of changing needs and popular taste, and the achievements in keeping them accessible to the public. All new photography is by Larry Lederman © All rights reserved.

    This exhibition is in conjuction with NYC Landmarks 50, a city-wide celebration of the the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, with many events, exhibitions and programs staged by public and private organizations around the city. Most of these will focus on architecture and exteriors — which, though the most visible, are not where people conduct their day-to-day activities. That function is served by interiors, which are not only integral to any structure, but are often more distinctive and historically significant. 

    Read the full press release here.

    This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:

    The Achelis Foundation
    The Felicia Fund
    Alexa Hampton
    Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation
    Calvin Tsao

  • Changing Use: The Dilemma of Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 25 Mar, 2015

    The challenges of preserving New York’s landmark interiors doesn’t end with their designation. Changing circumstances that mandate their conversion to different functions may bring about alterations that change the appearance and may compromise the integrity of the site. Hugh HardyH3 Hardy Collaboration ArchitectureKitty Hawks, interior designer; and Justin Davidson, architectural critic, will join New Yorkmagazine design editor Wendy Goodman in a provocative discussion, introduced by Judith Gura, about the problems faced in preserving landmark interiors in an era of changing needs and a city committed to the pursuit of the new.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students

    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • Behind the Scene: Set Decoration in TV & Film

    New York | Dates: 11 Feb, 2015

    Working in collaboration with directors and production designers, set decorators are key members of the design team for film and television, tasked with converting the blank canvas of the set into a space that feels authentic and believable. They must research, resource, and acquire all of the objects required to dress the sets — from interior items like furniture, drapery, and knickknacks to exterior elements such as street lamps, trashcans, or rubble and debris. Andrew Jackness, film production designer, will lead a discussion with prominent set decorators George DeTitta, Birdman (2014); Regina Graves, The Knick (Cinemax); and David Schlesinger, Annie (2014), about the creative process, from preparation to filming.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students
    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • Clarke House Lecture: Unearthing Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 31 Mar, 2015

    Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 7:00pm
    Free admission
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Have you ever wondered what remnants of Chicago history lie buried right beneath your feet?  Join Eric Nordstrom, owner of Urban Remains, for this exciting, fast-paced review of recent digs at several locations throughout the city including the former site of the John Kent Russell house (c. 1855), a near west side parking lot, and Wolf's Point.  Erick will share discoveries he has made in long-abandoned privy pits and explain what layers of prior generations' trash reveal about the developement of the city we know and love today.

  • The Apartment Building in Portland, 1900–1930: an Introductory Survey

    Portland | Dates: 07 Mar, 2015

    In 1904, the category “apartment houses” first appeared in the Portland City Directory. While only four buildings were listed, the new term signified the emergence of a new building type, one that differed from the boarding houses, hotels, and other multi-dwelling units of the time.

    Within a few years, Portland’s explosive growth pushed this new form of housing to be an integral part of the city’s urban landscape. By 1910, 90 apartment houses were advertised in the directory, and by 1930 there were 750! Even so, the rise of the apartment building remains a less studied part of Portland’s architectural history.

    This presentation by Ed Teague is an introduction to the history of Portland’s apartment buildings from the early 20th century to the Depression Era. Ed will explore the factors that influenced the evolution of this building type, such as improvements in materials, advances in construction and transportation systems, and the growth of the real estate industry. Moreover, the presentation will illustrate the skill and versatility of Portland’s leading architects as they expanded their design portfolios to include a new kind of housing.

    Ed Teague is the head of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon.

  • Film and Architecture: Two Shared Worlds

    Portland | Dates: 28 Feb, 2015

    What does Alfred Hitchcock have to do with a schoolhouse, albeit one that has attributes of the Victorian period? Furthermore, what are Mayan temples doing in Los Angeles? To find the answers to these questions we’re going to the movies… via architecture!

    Using brief clips from selected films, AHC Education Committee member, walking tour docent, and retired architect, Bob Hermanson will explore the role of architecture in film. This program is sure to be an exciting adventure into realms of make believe, while also situated in the real world of concrete and glass cities. Along the way you’ll learn some of the vocabulary of film and architecture, as well as the art of storytelling and the fascinating, and architectural, role of film “sets.” The clapperboard is ready…let’s go to the movies!!!

    Bob Hermanson has taught architecture at several universities in the US and in Paris. As a practicing architect he has worked in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Depoe Bay, Oregon.

  • Old House Revival Tour

    Portland | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    After 16 years, more than 4,200 tour-goers, and well more than 100 kitchens visited, our long-running and very successful Kitchen Revival Tour is being transformed in 2015 into the Old House Revival Tour!

    The redesigned tour will still offer the opportunity to see great kitchens in vintage homes, but will also showcase other spaces that demonstrate Portlanders living in older homes; paying respect to the past while also making them their own. Our goals are to highlight ideas and resources for preserving original building materials, restoring spaces lost to previous remodels, and creating new spaces that are sensitive to the architecture of the home. Tour-goers might see a restored bathroom or original mid-century basement bar, a unique Arts & Crafts dining room, or a refurbished wrap-around porch. All living spaces in homes from the late 1800s through the 1970s will be considered for the tour. We hope that you will join us on April 11, 2015 as we begin this new era for our most popular education program.

    We are accepting nominees for this year’s tour through February 2, 2015. For more information about the Old House Revival Tour, please call Val Ballestrem, Education Manager, at the AHC (503) 231-7264 or email 

  • David Adjaye exhibition

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016

    With over 50 built projects across the world, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism. This exhibition—the first devoted to Adjaye—offers an in-depth overview of the architect’s distinct approach and visual language through a dynamic installation design conceived by Adjaye Associates.

    Capturing a significant moment in Adjaye’s career, this exhibition spans projects from furniture and housing to public buildings and master plans and features drawings, sketches, models, and building mock-ups. In addition, a specially commissioned film featuring interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators including an international roster of artists, the exhibition curators, and other influential figures in the art world, helps bring the projects alive and makes clear the important role that Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today.

  • SAH Chicago Seminar

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Apr, 2015
    The Chicago Seminar continues SAH’s commitment to bringing together two important audiences—conference attendees and local participants, including students, practicing architects, and professionals in related fields. This half-day program addresses the history and future of Chicago waterways and issues of community and preservation in Chicago neighborhoods. Funded by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the seminar is anchored by a keynote address from professor Charles Waldheim of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who has written extensively on the history and future of Chicago urbanism.

    See website for more information.
  • Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 8

    Dates: 01 – 01 Mar, 2015
    Space, Alterity, Memory In recent years, public protest movements such as Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter have demonstrated the ways in which political power, economic and ethnic identity, and cultural memory are closely linked to questions of space. The assembly of non-hierarchical oppositional communities in Zuccotti Park, the mass demonstrations across American cities countering police-enforced racial segregation, and the construction of precarious counter-monuments to the victims of state violence (such as the recently-destroyed memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) exemplify how efforts to resist and commemorate are entangled with the unequally distributed access to public space in post-Civil Rights America. Analogous issues are at the fore throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa where new forms of local belonging and transnational immigration have revealed systematic patterns of racism and exclusion. Increasingly, public displays of xenophobia rely on essentialist notions of place and identity, which threaten fragile multicultural agreements. What happened to the utopic future of progressive cultural inclusiveness envisioned in our popular culture? Is this turn part of a cyclical longer history? What are the markers of state power, familial legacies, capital, fear and an empowered populace that allow for resistance and how do they manifest in the public arena whether virtual or real? This special issue of Shift takes a broad view of these recent developments by exploring the interrelationships of space, alterity/identity and memory in visual and material culture. We accept papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews from a range of visually-oriented disciplines that explore such issues as: The status of the public monument or assembly Ephemeral, archival and other non-monumental forms of public memorialization The fate of established art historical categories such as site-specificity or monumentality The figure of the migrant in visual culture/the relationship between art, migration and urban space The contestation and occupation of public and private space The architectural construction of race The city versus the nation as art historical or museological framework This journal is an online publication. All submissions should be sent by email to by 01 March 2015. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2015. For submission and style guidelines, please visit:
  • Extended Deadline (March 2, 2015) Hillwood's Scholar-in-Residence Program, Washington

    Dates: 29 Jan – 02 Mar, 2015
    Scholar-in-residence Program Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces a new scholar-in-residence program. PhD candidates or higher and any qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project's relevance to Hillwood's collections and/or exhibition program including, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections, as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation and will be reviewed by the selection committee. There are three potential types of awards: Type #1: 1- 2 weeks Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs. Type #2: 1-3 months Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay. Type #2: 3-12 months Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay. Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, a testament to the life of an important 20th century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Companies that later became General Foods, the Museum houses over 17,000 works of art. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion and accessories collections. As part of the visitor experience, and in conjunction with a robust offering of public and educational programs, the Museum presents two changing special exhibitions annually that bring together objects and thematic content that highlight the acknowledged strengths of its permanent collection. Scholars will have full access to Hillwood's art and research collections. The Art Research Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogs, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members. Application deadline: March 2, 2015 We will announce the award recipient(s) by March 17, 2015 For inquiries or to submit an application please contact one of the following: Wilfried Zeisler Associate Curator of 19th Century Art Kristen Regina Head of Archives & Special Collections
  • TEMPLA Summer School BARCELONA

    Barcelona | Dates: 30 Jan – 25 May, 2015
    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Episcopal, Canonical and Secular Memorial Devices in Medieval Cathedrals. Art, Architecture, Liturgy and Writing
  • Pilgrim Arts of the Eighteenth Century

    Los Angeles | Dates: 20 – 20 Mar, 2015
    Pilgrim Arts of the Eighteenth Century. (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture session) American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting Los Angeles, Westin Bonaventure, 404 South Figueroa Street, San Fernando March 20th 2015, 4.15-5.45pm Program Session Chairs: Noémie Etienne, Institute of Fine Arts, and Meredith Martin, New York University and Institute of Fine Arts Speakers: 1. Multiple Hands: Workshop Practice and Masters of Eighteenth-Century French Painting David Pullins, Harvard University 2. Invitations to Travel: Circulating Pontiffs, Pilgrims and Pictures in the Bazaars of Early Modern India Dipti Khera, New York University and Institute of Fine Arts 3. Moving Across Media: The Mobile Image and Eighteenth-Century Sino-French Encounter Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4. A Vernacular Orientalism: Exoticizing Discourse and Amateur Japanning in the Northern Connecticut Frontier, 1725-35 Matthew Fisk, Boston Architectural College