Recent Opportunities

  • IN THE PARK: Play Pasts

    New York | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    What can we learn from play spaces of the past? How can old play spaces be updated to preserve original design ideas while keeping pace with ever evolving design standards and notions of childhood?

    Join us for a fun, intimate journey through Central Park’s play spaces and landscapes to learn more about the work of the Central Park Conservancy and play of the past. Marie Warsh, historian and director of preservation planning at the Conservancy, will guide us on a tour of playgrounds in Central Park, reflecting on the cultural histories embedded in the landscape. Exploring changing notions of childhood and play, we’ll visit the Children’s District, designed by Olmsted and Vaux; Heckscher Playground, the park’s first modern playground; and other play spaces that have undergone a number of transformations, including the newly-rehabilitated Adventure Playground at West 67th Street.

    Meet at the Dairy Visitor Center in Central Park.

  • A BROOKLYN BARRIO: Living Los Sures

    New York | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

    What makes a neighborhood? How do you gain a deeper understanding of a place?

    You hang out! That’s what documentary filmmaker Diego Echeverria did when he made Los Sures in 1984. Echeverria chronicled the streets of Williamsburg’s Southside meeting people, being seen, building trust, and hanging out in a neighborhood that was then called one of the worst ghettos in the U.S..UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art has also been hanging out on the Southside for many years. By obsessively exploring every aspect of Los Sures and documenting the longstanding Latino community as they fight displacement, UnionDocs has produced a multi-faceted project of their own,Living Los Sures.

    Using the 1984 film and this impressive body of new work as points of departure, we have organized a roaming celebration of local experiences across the barrio of Los Sures. Come immerse yourself in street life then and now.

  • An Evening with Maureen Chilton

    Newport | Dates: 19 Aug, 2015

    Maureen Chilton, Chairman of the Board, The New York Botanical Garden

    Join Maureen Chilton as she shares her experiences at the New York Botanical Garden and her ongoing preservation work at White Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Chilton has served on the Board of the New York Botanical Garden since February 2005, and became Chairman in 2009. in additional to leading important endeavors throughout the organization, she holds a special interest in the Garden's education programs, especially those that provide opportunities for underserved children. Mrs. Chilton is a member of the Preservation Society's International Council. Along with her husband she is involved with a number of charitable, cultural and educational institutions. 

    Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for non-members. Advance registration is required.

    Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Visions of Vizcaya, a Passion for the Past

    Newport | Dates: 15 Jul, 2015

    Ian Simpkins, Chief Horticulturist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    Vizcaya is a one of a kind estate – a pastiche of old and new, emerging from the steamy mangrove swamps. Created by a man with an open checkbook and another man with unlimited creative vision, it continues to beckon today as theater of a bygone era, transporting the visitor to another place and time. The gardens are a captivating blend of Italianate architecture and French inspired horticultural design with splashes of tropical exuberance and heightened decay. Take a journey through the gardens, be captivated by their beauty, learn about new research findings, and discover the background of the genius that created them.

    Admission $5 for Preservation Society members, non-members $10.  Advance registration required.  Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes

    Newport | Dates: 10 Jun, 2015

    Judith B. Tankard, Landscape historian

    Beatrix Farrand was one of the foremost landscape architects of the 20th century.  In a career spanning from the Gilded Age to the late 1950s, Farrand was renowned for her private estate gardens, such as Dumbarton Oakes in Washington, D.C. and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine.  She was also a campus consultant at prestigious universities, such as Yale and Princeton.  the restoration of a number of her important landscapes has brought her work to the forefront.

    Admission is free, advance registration is required. Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137

  • History In The Bag Series: History of La Crosse Parks

    La Crosse | Dates: 23 Jun, 2015

    History of La Crosse Parks is presented by Steve Carylon, Director of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

    "History In The Bag" is a brown bag lunch series of Riverside Museum summer lectures. All lectures are admission-free programs that focus on sharing stories of local history and personal history. Bring your own lunch!  Speakers are local historians with a passion for the stories of La Crosse and the Coulee Region. Presented by the La Crosse County Historical Society. 608-782-1980 /

    Location: All presentations are in the auditorium at Riverside Museum, located at the north end of Riverside Park, 410 E. Veterans Memorial Dr., La Crosse, WI 54601 

  • 30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk: Lord Norman Foster

    Philadelphia | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    Join the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for our 30thLouis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk honoring Lord Norman Foster, architect of Philadelphia's forthcoming Comcast Innovation + Technology Center. A portion of proceeds from this annual event support the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, a legacy project of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

    In 1967 Norman Foster established Foster Associates, now known as Foster + Partners. Over the past four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urbanmasterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions. In 1999 Foster was honoured with a life peerage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

    Learn more about Norman Foster at his website:

    Registration required.

  • The New Tall: Re-thinking Our Vertical Habitat

    Philadelphia | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

    Join CTBUH Philadelphia for a networking reception and presentation about Re-thinking the Vertical Habitat featuring guest speaker David Malott, CTBUH Chairman &KPFPrincipal. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

    5:30 - 6:30 PM Reception / Networking

    6:30 - 7:00 PM Welcome & introduction by Kirk Harman, President, The Harman Group
    Presentation by David Malott, CTBUH Chairman & KPF Principal

    7:00 - 8:00 PM Continued Networking

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 27 by email to Janine La Marca at

  • 2015 SDC Iron Designer Challenge

    New York | Dates: 04 Jun, 2015

    How will the best water works look like? That’s the challenge that will be put to ten teams of high school students in the 2015 Iron Designer Challenge, a fund-raising event for the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction.

    Projects will be built in front of a live audience and judged by acclaimed architects, engineers and contractors, at the School of Design and Construction on June 4, 2015. One team will emerge as New York’s 6th Iron Designer. Structural Ingenuity and Best Use of a “Secret Material” will also be awarded, as well as the audience’s People’s Choice Award.

    The event is open to the public, and guests will enjoy live music, appetizers, and a chance to mingle with industry leaders, students, and participate in a silent auction that supports the nonprofit Urban Assembly School.

    Founded in 2004, the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction is an “A” rated, unscreened, college preparatory high school with an integrated curriculum focused on architecture, engineering, design, and construction.

    Tickets on Sale:

  • Chinatown Design Night + Pop-Up Market

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015
    In collaboration with the Chinatown Business Improvement DistrictFifth Floor Gallery, and Preen, LA Design Festival’s closing night event is an all-out street party that takes place under the crimson glow of the lanterns of Chung King Road, a 500-foot pedestrian alley in the northeast corner of “New Chinatown.”

    In the late 1990s many of the storefronts were sitting unused, and several of them were converted into art galleries. Chung King Road is now one of the centers of art and nightlife in Downtown Los Angeles. This year, Chinatown Design Night will feature a pop-up design market for the first time, showcasing local makers and designers including Birch & BoneCapsule LabsDelusions of GrandeurInk+SmogIrving Place StudioJanel Foo GlassworksLaure Joliet Photography,Lumpkin FurniturePost StudiosRewilderStacy Wong HandmadeThe Happening, and many more! 

    Chung King Road
    Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sustainable Landscape Tour

    Los Angeles | Dates: 07 Jun, 2015
    With Los Angeles entering its fourth year of extreme drought, the Mayor issued an executive directive last fall asking Angelenos to reduce their water use 20% by 2017. Over 50% of LA’s drinking water goes to outdoor use, including lawns and landscaping.

    The Sustainable Landscape Tour, co-curated in collaboration with the City's “Save The Drop LA” Campaign, features some of the city’s most innovative landscape designs demonstrating how Angelenos continue to lead the way, responding creatively and effectively to increasing water restrictions and worsening drought conditions. 

    Featured stops include: 

    Marsh Park by Meléndrez
    Nestled within the close-knit community of Elysian Valley, and boasting 700 feet of Los Angeles River frontage, Marsh Park offers a chance to reconnect a neighborhood with nature. Consistent with MRCA’s goal of bringing nature back into the urban environment, the concept design for Marsh Park serves multiple purposes: an arroyo and river marsh storm water system winding through the passive open space cleanses and infiltrates storm water runoff from the surrounding neighborhood before it reaches the River and offers opportunities for environmental education and nature interpretation. Join Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith in a tour of this special park.

    Grand Park by Rios Clementi Hale Studios
    Grand Park’s landscape architecture and architecture by Rios Clementi Hale Studios creates a distinctive, interconnected, and inviting space in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. Explore the park's four public spaces, which invite guests to jump, run, lounge, and play. Emphasizing world cultures are the floristic gardens - featuring botanicals from each of the world’s six Floristic Kingdoms - and the environmental graphics program which include entry totems welcoming visitors in 25 different languages. Tony Paradowski, RCHS Senior Associate and the Lead Designer of Grand Park, and Lucas Rivera, director of Grand Park, will offer insight into the park's design, and encourage visitors to tour this vibrant space.

    And more!
  • DTLA Restaurant Tour featuring Bestia and Redbird

    Los Angeles | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015
    Sprout LA's Bill Chait is behind some of LA’s favorite restaurants, from the highly anticipated opening of Redbird and Bestia, to the latest development in the Arts District. And in this special tour, LA Design Festival guests are invited to explore the design behind the spaces that have been taking the city by storm.

    Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis are the husband and wife team behind Bestia. With over 60 different forms of charcuterie, fresh pastas, and desserts made from scratch (chestnut flour zeppole served with house-made coffee gelato and cream, anyone?), Bestia has become a culinary beast in LA's dining scene. But the attention doesn't stop with the menu - Chef Genevieve was partially responsible for the design of Bestia, where she re-furbished oil drum spouts converting them into lighting fixtures and conceptualizing the floating booth system just to name one of her many aesthetic contributions. She will be joined by Studio Unltd's Greg Bleier - who helped to transform the industrial space into the award-winning establishment it is today - and invite guests to a unique exploration of the design process. (*Note: the kitchen will be closed, but guests will be treated to a splash of champagne!)

    Our next stop brings us to the newly opened Redbird, where Amy Fraser (wife of chef Neal Fraser) and designer Robert Weimer will share about the former rectory of the St. Vibiana Cathedral, and its history, elegance, and design. Eater LA provides this reverent description of this temple for California Cuisine: "Walk in from the 2nd Street side (note the lovely Adam Silverman lanterns in the entry) and step up first into a relaxed lounge space, filled with mid-century style furniture and helmed by an impressive wine cellar on the far side. To the right, a near 360-degree bar that will dole out Julian Cox-designed drinks. The lounge also features a stunning ceiling painted by Guerin Swing with motifs from the cathedral, as well as a tasteful painting from local artist Nancy Baker Cahill. Oh, and there's even a door that the pope gave to the rectory back in 1933 that states: 'Truth is Our Freedom.' "

    The tour will begin at Bestia (valet parking available). LA Design Festival will transport guests to each stop on the tour, returning to Bestia at the end of the night. Please arrive early, as spaces are limited and the tour will being promptly.
  • LA Design Festival Presents: LA River Makers Bash

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 May, 2015

    In collaboration with the LA chapters of AIA, APA, ASCE, ASLA, and the LA Forum, LA Design Festival hosts the first-ever River Makers Bash, an outdoor night-time celebration on Mission Street by the LA River.

    Drink, dance, check out custom installations, and celebrate design with us! This is THE party you don’t want to miss. Music by dublab.

    Tickets available online:

  • Contemporary Homes Benefit Architecture Tour

    St. Louis | Dates: 31 May, 2015

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
    Bus tours starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
    VIP Tour at 5 p.m. – tickets through The Sheldon at 314.533.9900

    This year's tour features three architecturally significant homes in the St. Louis area, all built within the last 10 years. Designed by Philip Durham, Adrian Luchini and Louis R. Saur, these homes represent some of the best examples of contemporary architecture in St. Louis. The event is chaired by Sheldon Art Galleries board member Ted Wight.

    Scheduled tours depart the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd. Free first come, first served parking is available on The Sheldon's west parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Authors on Architecture: Arenson on Sheets

    Santa Monica | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

    Join SAH/SCC for a look at the work of artist and designer Millard Sheets (1907-1989). Adam Arenson, Huntington Library 2014-2015 scholar-in-residence, will preview his forthcoming book, Privately Sponsored Public Art: The Millard Sheets Studio, Home Savings and Loan, and the Corporate Creation of a New American Urban History (projected title).

    For more than three decades, Sheets and his studio of artists designed Home Savings and Loan branches throughout California, studding their iconic projects with mosaics, murals, stained glass, and sculptures that celebrated both family life and the history of the Golden State. The collaboration between the Millard Sheets Studio and Howard Ahmanson, Home Savings’ executive, resulted in more than 40 branches designed and built between the completion of the first collaboration in 1955 and Ahmanson’s death in 1968. It set the course for more than 100 additional branches that bore the Home Savings name until the institution was sold to Washington Mutual in 1998.

    This first book-length study of these Home Savings buildings recovers Sheets’ and Ahmanson’s visions for these institutions as they shaped the corporate and cultural landscape of Southern California. It explores the mystery of why Home Savings and Loan—a financial institution that rose to lead the nation in deposits—commissioned hundreds of murals and paintings. It advances contemporary urban history by connecting this corporate investment in public memory with the long history of commercial patronage dating to the Renaissance, as well as to the recent history of percent-for-art regulations

    Arenson, an associate professor of history and the director of Urban Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, has created a richly illustrated book that is the first published monograph on Sheets.

    Combining private investment and public art, championing historical themes in a period of dramatic cultural and political change, the Home Savings and Loan buildings are signature structures of Midcentury Modern architecture, and their story deserves to be known before it is too late to save these remarkable works.

    Authors on Architecture: Arenson—Sunday, June 14, 2015; 2-4PM; Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Central Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; free; seating is available on a first-come, first served basis; 310.458.8600.

  • Bubeshko Apartments Reborn

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    SAH/SCC Life Members and Patrons are invited to a rare visit to R.M. Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments in Silver Lake, whose award-winning restoration was done by DSH//architecture. We’ll tour the owners’ unit with the architects who brought the property back to life, Chava Danielson, AIA, and Eric Haas, AIA, and hear about their research, challenges, and process. The afternoon visit will end with a wine-and-cheese reception on the patio.

    Schindler designed and built the two neighboring apartment buildings between 1938 and 1941 for mother-and-daughter clients. The clients’ vision of a Silver Lake salon for artists, architects, and musicians was met by Schindler’s concept of a “Greek hillside” of five units, each different in size, configuration, orientation, and finishes.

    The project to rehabilitate these buildings from years of benign neglect was one of probing their history by engaging a deep understanding of Schindler’s formative theories, his architectural intentions, and their ultimate material realization. Not wanting to freeze the project in time, yet at the same time respecting its origins, the architects and new owners focused on the project’s DNA: its generative ideas, theories of spatial configuration, and employment of color and material.

    The team concentrated on material systems throughout the project; stained plywood, painted wood, and colored plaster were used systematically to produce a matrix of individuated dwelling spaces. The use of color is integral to how these systems form space and shape environments. Schindler’s concern with these effects stood in contrast to the reductive esthetic of the International Style.

    His muted, translucent palette was restored using environmentally sound stains and pigments, with the new owners deeply involved in the process. Fixtures, appliances, and building systems were upgraded in line with contemporary standards.

    The rebirth of these important buildings acts as a model for future sensitive restoration work. Careful study, open to revision, undertaken with economy, environmental sensitivity, and integrity, respects the past and responds to the present. DSH//architecture’s restoration has received numerous awards, including those from AIA/LA, AIA/CC, Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, and State of California.

    Bubeshko Apartments Reborn—Saturday, June 13, 2015; 2-4PM; $20 each for SAH/SCC Life and Patron Members; reservations required; space is limited; tickets will be made available to general membership at $35 each should the opportunity arise, on a first-come first-served basis; registration—see order form on Page 6, call 800.972.4722, or go to; waiting list—email

  • Historic New England's Quincy House: Old House, New Discoveries

    Quincy | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    Join Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle for an illustrated lecture focusing on recent discoveries and changes at the historic Quincy House. Built as a country estate in 1770, Quincy House, a National Historic Landmark, was originally surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields and pastures overlooking Quincy Bay. 

    For generations, the Quincys, like their relatives the Adamses, played important roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts. In the nineteenth century, Eliza Susan Quincy collected extensive information about her family and home. She kept journals and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house would remain a repository of Quincy family history. The interiors of the house have recently undergone radical changes resulting from the study of Eliza Susan Quincy's materials, including the addition of wallpaper, floor coverings, textiles, and furniture. 

    Cosponsored with the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures Program.
  • D.C. Builds: Restoring our Rivers

    Washington | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, and Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / PDH (LA CES)
    $12 Museum | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.

  • Wright on the Park: Saving the City National Bank and Hotel

    Minneapolis | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    This year the MNSAH Spring Tour is a two-part event, right here in the Twin Cities. To start, we will tell the story of the efforts to save and restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. MNSAH members Jane King Hession and Bill Olexy produced a documentary that describes the story of one of Wright’s most distinctive commissions, the efforts by the community to save it, and the 21st century restoration of the last remaining hotel by America’s foremost architect. Jane and Bill will discuss the creation of the documentary and we will then view the video.

    The presentation will be followed by a tour of Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, originally known as Stewart Memorial Presbyterian. The church was designed by William Gray Purcell and George Feick. Completed just before Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel, the church provides an ideal Prairie style setting for MNSAH’s event.

    Where: Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, 116 East 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN.

    Park on the street or in the lot on the north side of the church, which may be accessed from the alley along the west side of the church off 32nd Street. 

  • Landmark Legacy

    New York | Dates: 31 May, 2015

    Explore the exhibition Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks and discover the role of the Landmarks Law in preserving many of the city’s famous buildings and neighborhoods. Choose your favorite New York landmark and create a model of it. Then make a label for your landmark that explains when the building was built, when it was landmarked, and why it is architecturally or historically important.

    Family Programs are geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old.


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