Recent Opportunities

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  • 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: http://bit.ly/LADF_RMB

  • 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 www.sahscc.org; waiting list—email info@sahscc.org

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

    Quincy | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015
    Free

    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.
  • In the Future There Will be No Waste...

    New York | Dates: 30 May, 2015

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM SATURDAY, MAY 30

    The IDEAS CITY Festival theme for 2015, 
    Invisible Cities, borrows from Italo Calvino’s classic novel that explores the constructs that invisibly rig cities together. Two panels continue this theme by asking, "What cultural practices define the future smart city and where can we chart the boundaries between design methodology and ethical practice?" The first panel explores how can material cycles and waste management be further integrated into design practice. The second panel asks, "How invisible ecologies can be represented and made visible and urgent?" 

    Panel 1: "In the Future There Will be No Waste...," 5:30 p.m.

    Dirk Hebel, Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich
    Phillippe Block, Associate Professor, ETH Zurich
    David Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP
    Moderator: Mark Wasiuta, Adjunct Assistant professor, Columbia GSAPP

    Panel 2: Invisible Ecologies, 6:30 p.m.

    Melanie Gilligan, Artist
    Tom Ackers, Artist
    Bradley Samuels, Partner, SITU Studio
    Leah Beeferman, Artist
    Moderator: Leah Kelly, Research Associate, Rockefeller University

    This program is part of the New Museum's Ideas City Festival. Additional programming can be found here.

    Organized by: Center for Architecture with ETH Zurich

    Price: Free

    Please RSVP here.

  • 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.

  • The Reach of the Landmarks Law: A Balancing Act

    New York | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    When New York's landmarks law took effect 50 years ago, it forever changed the course of the city's history. But has its proponents' full vision been realized this past half century? In some cases, the law may have in fact been surpassed by newer legislation in other cities. Could ours be strengthened, or are additional preservation tools needed to complement the law? At this panel, preservation experts will discuss these and other questions exploring the possibilities, limitations, and challenges of the landmarks law. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

    Reception to follow!

    Alison G. Greenberg, Partner, Calcagni & Kanefsky
    Paul W. Edmondson, Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Leonard Koerner, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, NYC Law Department, Office of the Corporation 
    Michael T. Sillerman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
    Meredith J. Kane (moderator), Partner at Paul Weiss 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization

    Washington | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    The DC Public Library has hired the award-winning architect team of D.C.-based Martinez & Johnson and the Dutch firm Mecanoo Architecten to design the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The team will present preliminary renderings of plans to transform this historic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building into an amazing center for education, entrepreneurship and entertainment for the residents of the District of Columbia. Learn more about the plans at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture.

    1.0 LU HSW (AIA) .
    Free. Pre-registration required.

  • Film Screening: Take Shelter

    Silver Spring | Dates: 16 May, 2015

    “[A] frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading in the land…” — Roger Ebert

    “…Nichols has a genius for making landscapes and everyday objects resonate like crazy, for nailing the texture of dread.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine

    Arkansas-native Jeff Nichols (MUD, SHOTGUN STORIES) directs this exquisite study in the unsettling power of fear. A working class Ohio father (Michael Shannon) grows increasingly anxious about the safety of his wife (Jessica Chastain) and deaf daughter (Tova Stewart) as his grasp on reality breaks down. Terrifying visions compel him to take actions that put family and friends at risk, in this slow-to-unwind but impossible to shake parable about the instability of modern life.

    DIR/SCR Jeff Nichols; PROD Sophia Lin, Tyler Davidson. US, 2011, color, 121 min. RATED R

    Show times subject to change. Go to AFI.com/Silver  to view the complete schedule.

    Co-presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and the National Building Museum. Special thanks to the AFI Silver Theatre for its collaboration, including director of programming Todd Hitchcock, and associate programmer Josh Gardner. For more information visit AFI.com/Silver.

    Ticket Information:

    Tickets may be purchased online at AFI.com/Silver or at the AFI box office, located at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland (opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day). Please note that tickets are not available for purchase through the National Building Museum. Metro: Red Line to Silver Spring.

    $8.50 AFI and NBM members | $12 General Admission | $10 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military | $7 Children (12 and under).

    AFI Members who show their membership card will receive the member rate to National Building Museum exhibitions, including "Designing for Disaster".

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.
    Register

  • Spring 2015 CityVision Final Presentation

    Washington | Dates: 15 May, 2015

    CityVision teaches the principles of city planning and architecture to show students that they can affect the world around them and enact positive change through good design. As students explore neighborhoods, brainstorm solutions, and accomplish projects together, they learn the importance of teamwork, creative problem solving, and advocacy skills.

    This spring, students from Burroughs Education Campus and Stuart-Hobson Middle School explored the area being developed over I-395 and proposed their designs to create an active community gathering spot. 

    Programs are free. No registration required. Reception to follow presentations. For more information, please contact Teen Programs at teenprograms@nbm.org or 202.272.2448.

    The National Building Museum’s teen programs are generously supported by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Clark Charitable Foundation; DAVIS Construction; McGraw Hill Financial; American Society of Interior Designers; The Butz Foundation; The Tower Companies; and an anonymous donor. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official Meal Provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

  • Spotlight on Design: Ehrlich Architects: The Evolution of Multicultural Modernism

    Washington | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

    The work of Ehrlich Architects is guided by "multicultural modernism" - a humanistic approach that masterfully melds classic California Modernist styles with multicultural and vernacular design elements. Founding partner Steven EhrlichFAIA, will discuss the firm’s architectural evolution in light of their recent honor of the 2015 American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Architecture Firm Award. Following the talk, he will sign copies of the firm’s latest book, Ehrlich Architects: Learning, Working, Living, published in July 2013.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) 

    $12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. 

  • Working with an Architect & Ask an Architect

    Chicago | Dates: 18 May, 2015

    Have you thought about exploring a “green” renovation or remodeling project on your bungalow, but don’t know where to begin? Hear from residential architectural specialists about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, and budgets and realistic payback periods for green items. Additional seminar topics include: defining the environmental goals for your vintage home, finding out what resources are available, and understanding the steps involved in design and construction. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect.

    In partnership with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.  Please register here.

  • Lecture: Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry

    Chicago | Dates: 21 May, 2015

    Thursday May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    The Arts & Crafts movement, a fascinating period in American decorative history, led to the unprecedented commercialization of fine crafts and the empowerment of thousands of women and immigrants, who began to pursue new careers in design and handicraft.  In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition heralded the egalitarian art movement in America that led to the establishment of a plethora of metalwork and jewelry companies and studios by the turn of the century.  Author Darcy Evon documents how these new trends spread throughout the Midwest and eventually the country, led by innovative pioneers who inspired an entire nation.  They designed exquisite, original pieces of metalwork and jewelry by hand, starting with basic raw materials.  Frances Glessner's work will be featured.  Feel free to bring some of your jewelry or metalwork for show and tell at the end of the program.  Copies of Evon's book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Evanston Preservation Symposium

    Evanston | Dates: 23 May, 2015

    In honor of National Preservation Month, the Evanston Preservation Commission invites community members to attend a Preservation Symposium on Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Evanston History Center, located at 225 Greenwood St. in Evanston.

    The free symposium, “On Adding on to Historic Structures: A Dialogue between Preservationists and Architects,” will provide strategies to better understand how building additions are viewed by architects and local preservation commissions. Examples of successful additions to homes and properties in Evanston and the North Shore will also be discussed.

    Space for this event is limited. Community members are encouraged to register online by noon, Friday, May 22, or by contacting City of Evanston Senior Planner/Preservation Coordinator Carlos Ruiz at 847-448-8687, or cruiz@cityofevanston.org.

    Presented by both preservation experts and architects, the symposium will focus on the ways that local and national standards affect homeowners, the Realtor community, and institutions. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

    The event will be moderated by Evanston Preservation Commissioner and Architect Julie Hacker, of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC. Presenters and panelists include:

    Carol Dyson, Chief Architect
    Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer IHPA

    Stuart Cohen, Architect
    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    Professor Emeritus University of Illinois at Chicago

    Guy Bergh, Architect
    Melichar Architects
    Former Lake Forest Preservation Commissioner

    Tom Shafer, Architect
    Thomas Shafer Architects LLC
    Former Highland Park Preservation Commissioner

    Dan Weese, Architect
    Weese Langley Weese Architects

    Susan Benjamin, Architectural Historian
    Benjamin Historic Certifications
    Former Highland Park Preservation Commissioner

    Brad White, Associate Director for Alphawood Foundation
    Authored Evanston’s Preservation Ordinance

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