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  • Tracing Intentions: The Founding of the Architects' Collaborative (TAC)

    Boston | Dates: 10 Mar, 2015
    Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
    Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass. 

    $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

    In 1945, a group of young architects asked Walter Gropius to join them in what would become one of the most historically significant architecture firms, The Architects' Collaborative (TAC). Gropius believed in the collaborative process, and research reveals that these young architects believed in a collaborative society at peace through Modern architecture. Their ideals, which reflected the idealism of the time, shaped TAC and their early, and still vital, housing project, Six Moon Hill in Lexington, Massachusetts. In this lecture, Norwich University Professor Wendy Cox presents her recent research on the lives, decisions, and work of the original young architects to join The Architects' Collaborative.

    Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. Purchase tickets now.
  • Clarke House Workshop: Blacksmithing

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    Basic Blacksmithing:  10:00am-12:30pm

    Intermediate Blacksmithing:  1:00-2:30pm

    $30 per person, each session limited to 10 people
    Glessner House Museum courtyard
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480


    Joseph Coleman will teach you the tricks of the trade at his forge in the Glessner courtyard.  Learn about blacksmithing and work your own piece of wrought iron to take home.  Recommended for beginniners.  Workshop will be held rain or shine, please dress accordingly.


    Hone your existing blacksmithing skills by taking on a slightly more challenging project at the anvil.  Joseph Coleman will share additional techniques for traditional wrought ironwork.  Recommended for past Blacksmithing Basics' participants or those with previous forget experience at another historic site.  We will hammer away, rain or shine.

  • Block Cinema screening, “Saving Mes Aynak”

    Evanston | Dates: 06 Mar, 2015
    March 06, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    (Brent Huffman, 2014, USA, DCP, 60 min.)

    “Saving Mes Aynak” follows an Afghan archaeologist as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site from imminent demolition by a Chinese mining company. Some believe that future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and Buddhism itself.

    Director Brent Huffman will attend the screening. General admission is free.

  • Deconstructing the Highline: A Public Symposium

    New York | Dates: 05 Mar, 2015

    The High Line, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway in Manhattan, is widely recognized as among the most iconic urban landmarks of the 21st century. It has stimulated public interest in landscape design while simultaneously re-integrating an industrial relic into the everyday life of New York City. Since its opening in 2009, this unique greenway has exceeded expectations in terms of attracting visitors, investment, and property development to Manhattan's West Side, and is widely celebrated as a monument to community-led activism, adaptive re-use of urban infrastructure, and innovative ecological design. It has also inspired a worldwide proliferation of similar proposals seeking to capitalize on the repurposing of disused urban infrastructure for postindustrial revitalization.

    Providing a much-needed critical perspective, this interdisciplinary symposium will interrogate the High Line’s relation to public space, creative practice, urban renewal, ecology, and public policy. The event brings together scholars from urban studies, geography, cultural analysis, art, and architecture.  

    Cost: Free and open to the public; no RSVP required; seating is first come, first served
  • Design Industrial Design

    New York | Dates: 19 Mar, 2015

    This talk, sponsored by Parsons School of Constructed Environments new Industrial Design MFA to launch fall 2015, explores how breakthrough design entrepreneurs have opened product design and development to become more open, inclusive, and participatory.

    Through Pensa Labs's freeform DIWire Bender, MakerBot’s 3D printer ecosystem, and Shopbot’s CNC routers consumers are becoming producers.

    Cost: Free; No tickets or reservations required.
  • Sensing and Sensibility: Politics and Technology in the Contemporary City

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015

    Thursday, April 23, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
    Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 203

    Douglas Pancoast is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design (BArch 1991) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA Arch 1995). He has worked for firms including Richard Meier and Partners, 1100 Architect, BlackBox Studio at SOM, and His work has been shown in the Chicago-based exhibitions Art in the Urban GardenMystique: Space, Technology, and Craft and Speculative Chicago; and in Scale at the Architectural League of New York and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. His projects have been featured in Architectural RecordArchitectureA.P.+, and The Architectural Review, and in the book Young Architects: Scale.

    Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about power, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She is currently a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute and a member of Deep Lab. Her writing has previously appeared inCreative Time ReportsTechPresident, and San Francisco Art Quarterly. She lives on a small island off the coast of America.

    Iker Gil is an architect and director of MAS Studio, an architecture and urban design office in Chicago. He is also the editor in chief of the quarterly design journal MAS Context and the editor of the book Shanghai Transforming (ACTAR, 2008). He has taught at UIC and IIT and co-directs the Chicago Expander program. He is a PhD candidate from Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), and holds a Master of Architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

    Javier Arbona is a geographer researching the spatial legacies of militarization and violence. He is currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. Arbona is working on a book manuscript titled "The City of Radical Memory: Spaces of World War II Home Front Repression and Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area." In addition, Arbona is a founding member of the DEMILIT landscape arts collective. DEMILIT has produced works for the Headlands Center for the Arts, Deutschlandradio, the 2012 New City Reader at the Istanbul Design Biennial, and the Art Gallery at UC San Diego. Arbona holds architecture and urbanism degrees from Cornell University and MIT, and a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley.

    Laura Forlano is an Assistant Professor of Design at the Institute of Design at IIT where she is Co-director of the Critical Futures Lab. From 2012–13, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Comparative Media Studies program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the intersection between emerging technologies, material practices and the future of cities. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement, which was published by MIT Press in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.

    This lecture is presented with MAS Context and made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

    All lectures and events are free and open to the public.

  • Minsuk Cho: MASS Studies, Seoul

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Apr, 2015

    Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
    The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

    Minsuk Cho was born in Seoul and graduated from the Architectural Engineering Department of Yonsei University (Seoul) and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University (New York). After working in various firms, including OMA Rotterdam, he established Cho Slade Architecture in 1998 in New York City with partner James Slade. In 2003, he returned to Korea to open his own firm, Mass Studies, which has been recognized with numerous awards. The Korea Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai was awarded the Silver Medal in the category of Architectural Design by the Bureau of International Expositions and also earned Cho a Presidential Citation from the government of Korea. In March 2013, Minsuk Cho was the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia, and was awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation in June 2014.

    This lecture is presented with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

    All lectures and events are free and open to the public.

  • AIA|LA Iconic L.A. Tour: A. Quincy Jones, Smalley Residence

    Beverly Hills | Dates: 15 Mar, 2015

    What: Smalley Residence

    When: March 15, 2015
    Where: Beverly Hills, CA
    Who: A. Quincy Jones, renovation by Scrafano Architects

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    A. Quincy Jones designed this masterpiece of mid-century modern design in 1973. The Smalley house is one of the largest single-family homes that Jones designed. With respect for the original design, the interior layout was configured to accommodate the owner’s current lifestyle. We restored many of the iconic elements of the original design including the river rock pebble flooring, douglas fir clad ceilings, brick fireplace and concrete block walls.

    "In several ways it is easier to design a good small house than a good big one, to work to an average budget than to an unlimited one."
    - Dan MacMasters in 1974 issue of Los Angeles Times Home Magazine


    About Scrafano Architects:

    Scrafano Architects is one office with two locations – in Los Angeles and Chicago – and have worked on more than 300 residential, retail and commercial projects of all sizes and scales projects in California, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Hawaii, New York, and the Virgin Islands. The strength of any firm is how its values, character, and distinctive perspective shape its design aesthetic and approach to client service. Scrafano Architects excels because of how its team came together, the breadth of influences they draw from, and their success in building long-term relationships—with their clients, contractors, designers, and suppliers. Their unique architectural style is the synthesis of modern and classic. The firm’s associates first became acquainted while at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and maintained their connections through a shared design sensibility and approach to client service. The team has known each other for more than two decades allowing for efficiency in working together and much expertise from which to draw. As a female-owned business, Scrafano Architects brings a different sensibility to its design philosophy: they concentrate not only on the form of a structure but also its practical applications. Their experience in interiors and landscape architecture and in choosing designs and materials for the interior combine to deliver spaces that are in perfect harmony with their surroundings.

    Principal Elissa Scrafano, AIA

    Elissa Scrafano, principal and founder of Scrafano Architects, has been practicing architecture for more than 22 years and is a registered architect in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Before establishing Scrafano Architects in 1997, Elissa worked at the offices of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Narduli Grinstein Architects, and Landworth Debolske Architects. She has taught model and object making and architectural drawing at Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc, University of California at Irvine, and Woodbury University in Burbank. In addition, she has been a guest critic on several undergraduate and graduate student reviews. Elissa received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a concentration in art history, in 1985 and a master’s in architecture with honors from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles in 1990. She was a guest student at the Architectural Association in London and the Staadelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, and also studied history of art and architecture in Italy. Elissa was recently appointed to The Cultural Heritage Commission of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
  • Some Shulman Architecture: From White City Modernism to L.A. Vernacular Architecture

    Los Angeles | Dates: 02 Feb – 28 Mar, 2015
    When: February 2, 2015 to March 28, 2015-Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Who: Artist/Curator  Susan Horowitz, Affiliate AIA|LA
    What: SOME SHULMAN ARCHITECTURE  exhibit at AIA|LA Gallery
    Where: AIA|LA Gallery, 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

    AIA|LA welcomes its February 2015/March 2015 artist to our gallery, Susan Horowitz, Affiliate AIA|LA                                                                                                                                                                             
    Artist reception: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, RSVP to SUSANHOROWITZPROJECT@MAC.COM 

    SOME SHULMAN ARCHITECTURE is a exploration of the work of Israeli architect Ben-Ami Shulman (1907-1986). Shulman was posthumously recognized as one of the significant architects of the modernist White City of Tel Aviv, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Eight of his apartment buildings have been designated landmarks. The White City of Tel Aviv features the largest collection of 1930's modernist architecture in the world.

    When artist/curator Susan Horowitz, researching a photographic project on White City architecture, discovered that Shulman had emigrated to 1960, she embarked on a search to identify his buildings. The expectation was to find parallels to the acclaimed 1930’s work that might reveal a key to further understanding of the architectural diversity of L.A. The research was pursued with the invaluable participation of Uzi Shulman, his architect/son, + full access to the Shulman Archive.

    Unlike the legendary architects who fiercely promoted + adapted their modernism in L.A., Shulman arrived with fine (but as yet publicly unrecognized) credentials, at a later stage in life, but enthusiastic to get involved with the flow of L.A. styles. His collection of contemporary architecture + design books + systematic scrapbooks of international + American architecture postcards suggest that he was avidly following a wide range of contemporary architecture including L.A. residential + commercial buildings. He found particular success working with development companies building apartment complexes in L.A. + the growing Valley that reflect a surprisingly wide stylistic range. His 17 documented apartment buildings read like a catalogue of what could be termed the L.A. vernacular architecture of his working years. These types of vernacular buildings form the patterned connective tissue- the context- of the growing city but do not point to a signature style. As a group they resemble the apartment buildings artist Ed Ruscha included in SOME LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS.

    These surprising results add an unusual facet to the history of L.A. architecture.

    The exhibition focuses on the L.A. work while the SOMESHULMANARCHITECTURE.COM website, which features an e-book + 2 doc/videos, presents an archive of the scope of the research. The doc/video SOME SHULMAN ARCHITECTURE, which premiered at the 2014 L.A. New Urbanism Film Festival, documents the process of this project. The concept of a video e-book transformation of this complicated project offered a compelling visual way to document the story.

    The artist/curator's previous photographic projects which focus on issues in urbanism + architecture, initially concentrating on L.A. but now international in scope, can be viewed at SUSANHOROWITZPROJECT.COM

  • 2014 Chicago Prize: The Barack Obama Presidential Library Design Competition

    Chicago | Dates: 03 Feb – 30 Apr, 2015

    In 2015 President Obama will announce the location of his Presidential Library. Two sites in Chicago, one in New York and one in Honolulu were proposed as locations. In the next several months choices made by Obama and his advisors about the library’s location, design, and function will help shape his post-presidential legacy.

    In order to foster debate about the use and purpose of this unique building type, the Chicago Architectural Club challenged local architects to rethink and redefine the Obama Presidential Library on a hypothetical site in downtown Chicago. This exhibition features winners and honorable mentions of Chicago Architectural Club’s 2014 Chicago Prize design competition.

    Winners of the competition were announced at the opening reception of the exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation on February 3, 2015. A live stream video of the program is available here.

  • Joyce Hwang: Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Apr, 2015

    Thursday, April 2, 5:30 p.m.
    Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 203

    Today we see conflicted attitudes toward our relationship with urban "nature." What happens, for instance, when urban wildlife encroaches on more densely populated areas of cities? What happens when they develop habitats outside officially zoned territories, and in residential or commercial neighborhoods? Ants of the Prairie sees these challenges and "conflicts" not as limitations, but as instigators for creative practice. In our work, we are developing a series of projects that incorporate wildlife habitats into constructed environments. Recently completed works include Bat Tower, Bat Cloud, and a second iteration of Bat Cloud installed in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Joyce Hwang, AIA, NCARB, is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and the Director of Ants of the Prairie. She is a recipient of a 2014 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony, where she was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Hwang received a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, where she received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Bronze Medal.

    This lecture was made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

    All lectures and events are free and open to the public.

  • Art, Design, and Activism in Contemporary Landscape

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015

    The field of contemporary landscape architecture is rich in interplays between art, design and activism, creating unique possibilities for the impacts of the built environment on politics and culture. Speakers Jane Hutton of the GSD, Melissa Cate Christ of Transverse Studio, and Frances Whitehead of ARTetal Studio and SAIC will present a global and multi-disciplinary review of landscape architecture projects that explore this territory. The panel will include project presentations, discussion, and questions form the audience. 

    Sponsored by Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects at SAIC.

  • Port Urbanism: Recent and Ongoing Projects

    Chicago | Dates: 18 Mar, 2015

    Architect Andrew Moddrell, director of PORT Urbanism, will present the recent work of his urban design and public realm and practice which range in scale from a two-acre plaza in Indianapolis and a fourteen-acre park in Denver to a 51-mile greenway in Los Angeles and a 10,000-acre strategic vision for Cleveland.

    Speaker: Andrew is a founding director of PORT. He is currently leading a diverse range of PORT’s public realm design projects including a multi-disciplinary visioning project to determine an ideal role for the historic Cook County Hospital and surrounding grounds within the broader context of the Illinois Medical District; the design and construction of a civic venue in Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park; and an OpenLands study for the Calumet River region in Southeast Chicago. Andrew recently represented PORT in Washington D.C. as part of the advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural "Our Town" initiative that awarded millions of dollars to communities that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy.

    Andrew is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC, and he recently taught at the Architectural Association in London as part of the AA/UIC Visiting School.

    Before founding PORT, Andrew was a project architect and project manager at Garofalo Architects and UrbanLab as well as a Research Associate at IIT. He holds a B.Arch with distinction from The University of Kansas, where he was awarded the Thayer Medal for Architectural Design, and an M.Arch from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence.

  • David Benjamin: The Living, New York

    Chicago | Dates: 05 Mar, 2015

    David Benjamin, Principal of the award-winning design studio The Living, will present the work of his practice and his research at Columbia University’s Living Architecture Lab, which he directs. Benjamin’s projects include Living Light, a permanent, illuminated pavilion in Seoul that visually reports changes in air quality, and Amphibious Architecture, a floating installation in New York’s East River that enabled participants to communicate with fish and learn about water pollution. Along with his partner Soo-In Yang, he has recently released the book series Life Size, which explores the possibilities of creating open source design processes.

    Sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects at SAIC.

  • Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism

    Irvington | Dates: 08 May, 2015

    Van Evera Bailey was one of the architects who developed the Northwest Regional Style of architecture popularized in the Pacific Northwest, along with Pietro BelluschiJohn Yeon and Saul Zaik. Born in Portland in 1903, Bailey apprenticed locally and then traveled the world working in New Zealand and Southern California before returning to Portland in 1936. in 1940, California architect Richard Neutra hired him as the local supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Dunthorpe, a Portland suburb. The house, which included some of Bailey’s ideas, received national exposure and gave him his first big break.

    Bailey’s modern homes include large windows and deep overhanges. He designed a new and beautiful type of stilt system to deal with the challenges of hillside construction.

    Our program will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, along with disucussions on interior design & preservation of Modern architecture and it all takes place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church. Featured speakers will include:

    • Anthony Belluschi, FAIA, – Central Lutheran Church and its design and restoration;
    • Becca Cavell, FAIA – Bailey’s Life and Work;
    • Jack Bookwalter, freelance writer and architectural historian onBailey’s work in Pasadena and Palm Springs;
    •  21st Century Interpretations of Modern Interiors
    • Peggy Moretti, Executive Director of Restore Oregon on the Preservation of Mid-Century Buildings;

    Those interested in personally experiencing Van Evera Bailey’s residential designs may want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring several Portland area homes by Van Evera Bailey, many of which have never been open to the public before. This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing.

  • Public Art 101: Commissioning Works of Art for Community Settings

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 07 Mar, 2015

    Are you an artist, an art connoisseur, a neighborhood and community activist, or just an individual that is interested in the addition of public art in your area?

    If so, join us at Public Art 101: Commissioning Works of Art for Community Settings, a symposium partnership of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art.

    This session will provide a discussion platform looking at the basic framework of how neighborhood groups, organizations, or even entrepreneurial individuals, think about and approach commissioning and completing public art projects.

    The session will feature presentations by the staff of the Office of Public Art, along with artists and organizations that commissioned and completed art projects in public places.

    Attendees and participants will learn how to structure a public art project, work with an artist, and develop a public art plan.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    RSVPs are appreciated. Click here to register.

  • Lecture: The History of Masonry

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 03 Mar, 3015

    We take a comprehensive and retrospective look at the application of masonry in building and architecture and illustrate how a fundamental understanding of masonry helps us restore the fabric of our built environment.

    This workshop will also discuss and look at masonry in various forms and applications, from stone to brick and concrete and also explore how masonry has developed over time from the construction of landmarks like the Great Sphinx of Egypt to its modern day application and restoration.

    About the presenter: Stephen Shelton has 40 years of experience working in the building trades.  For 12 of those years, he was the president of one of the city’s premier masonry companies; known for its high level of craftsmanship and the mark it left on many of the beautiful and historic homes in Pittsburgh.  He is the founder and executive director of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, which is a non-profit training facility.  The Institute’s goal is to give individuals, who have been incarcerated or had troubled pasts, an opportunity to learn a trade and secure a living-wage employment.

    This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Safe Streets, Great Streets

    New York | Dates: 02 Mar, 2015

    AIA CES 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM MONDAY, MARCH 2

    Where: At The Center   

    Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, is a signature effort of the de Blasio administration. In Polly Trottenberg’s first year as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), the agency has undertaken a number of well-publicized initiatives to pursue this goal.

    Other NYCDOT programs are also making the City more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists and New Yorkers with disabilities. A panel of six professionals from NYCDOT will talk about ongoing and new efforts including Vision Zero, the Plaza Program, Under the Elevated, accessibility, and improved project delivery, that are transforming the streets of New York.

    Joshua Benson, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Street Improvement Projects, NYCDOT
    Ann Marie Doherty, Senior Director, Research, Implementation & Safety, NYCDOT
    Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner, Urban Design+ Art + Wayfinding, NYCDOT
    Neil Gagliardi, Director Urban Design, NYCDOT
    Juan Martinez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NYCDOT
    Rosa Rijos, Assistant Commissioner, Roadway Capital Management, NYCDOT
     Organized by: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

    Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members


  • BxW NYC

    New York | Dates: 02 Mar – 11 Apr, 2015

    Built by Women (BxW) is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment. In addition to recognizing and supporting the diverse women working in these professions, BxW provides both current professionals and students strong role models and mentors.

    Last fall, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) launched a public competition for submissions of women-built sites. 98 diverse sites, designed, engineered, or constructed by women, reflecting strong design, have historical or cultural significance, or demonstrate substantial social or community impact, were selected by a jury representing the architectural, engineering, and construction professions.

    By profiling and visually mapping women’s work across the US, starting with NYC, BxW raises awareness about the spaces where we live, work, and play. BxW produces educational materials, pop-up exhibitions and panel discussions, walking tours, activity books, merchandise, and more.

    March 2, 2015 will kickstart a month-long BxW NYC exhibition at the Center for Architecture during Women’s History Month, with the support of the Women in Architecture committee of the AIA New York Chapter.

     BxW NYC Jurors:

    Deborah Berke, FAIA, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners
    Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Principal & Global Interior Design Director, Perkins + Will
    Aine Brazil, PE, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
    Fiona Cousins, PE, Principal, Arup
    Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
    Andrea Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Principal, Audrey Matlock Architects
    Laura Starr, ASLA, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners

    BxW NYC Advisor
    Andrew Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University

    BxW NYC Winners

    Funding for BxW NYC came from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities.

    Exhibition Sponsors:


    Exhibition Opening 
    BxW NYC
    Monday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Chatter: Architecture Talks Back

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr – 12 Jul, 2015

    Architecture is a perpetual conversation between the present and the past, knowing full well that the future is listening. So what happens when this dialogue is influenced by contemporary modes of communication such as texting, Twitter, and Instagram? Chatter happens: ideas are developed, produced, and presented as open-ended or fragmented conversations and cohere through the aggregation of materials. Chatter: Architecture Talks Back looks at the diverse contemporary methods and approaches wielded by five emerging architects: Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio.

    Using a range of representational methods and formats—from drawings done by hand to those enabled by robots, from graphic novels to digital simulations—these practitioners embrace both age-old and cutting-edge technologies to engage with the architectonic timeline. Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular references architectural history to develop a “mash-up” of ideas through which he opens up and re-theorizes architecture. The process and mission of Formlessfinder depend on the same fetishizing of form undertaken by previous generations of architects, while Fake Industries relies on copies to re-present work through a critical lens. Erin Besler questions the immediate acceptance of new technologies and explores issues of drawing and translation in architecture, and John Szot Studio produces digital videos that simulate possibilities for architecture to draw on overlooked social contexts.

    Today’s society has had a profound influence on the discipline of architecture, yet despite the utilization of current technologies, these contemporary works are not divorced from history. Chatter: Architecture Talks Back is about just that—having a dialogue, talking back to architecture of the past. Works from the Art Institute’s vast collection of architecture and design are presented alongside these five ultra-current practitioners to highlight this conversation. As these architects apply new technology to a confluence of historical influences and theories in order to conceive new designs and ideas, they are constantly expanding the dialogues within the legacy of their field. This dynamic installation makes readily apparent how each studio recognizes that the architectural past, though a shared language, is sometimes best understood with modern punctuation.

    Support for this exhibition is provided by Celia and David Hilliard, the Butler-VanderLinden Family Fund for Architecture and Design, and the Architecture & Design Society.