Recent Opportunities

  • Cliff May and the California Home

    Riverside | Dates: 01 Jul – 06 Aug, 2015
    Throughout his career, Cliff May’s ideas about “home” and “western living” continuously evolved. In his search for a house best suited for California, May looked to local, indigenous dwellings scattered throughout Southern California for inspiration. The thick, adobe walls and red tile roofs of the California Missions suggested materials best suited for the desert climate, while the enclosed courtyard and inward focus of early haciendas and rancherias provided a model for outdoor living. Cliff May and the California Home traces the development of the twentieth century ranch house as a building type through the work of designer and builder, Cliff May. From May’s first family residence, “Cliff May House 1,” to “Cliff May House 5,” May incorporated ideas about modern living into designs that were inspired by and distinctly tied to the history of the Southern California landscape. Each of his homes responded to the needs of modern life and established the idea of the California lifestyle as relaxed, easy living with a connection to the outdoors. The objects chosen for this show highlight this relationship. From the framed courtyards and patios of his early designs to the glass skylights and sprawling plans of his later work, May relied on the form of the ranch house to establish the idea of the California lifestyle; relaxed and informal outdoor living. The CBU Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12noon - 8:00pm. Join us on Friday, July 10 for a 6:00pm screening of LUTAH followed by Q&A with archivist Melinda Gandara.
  • Architecture on Film: The Iron Ministry + Songhua

    London | Dates: 14 Jul, 2015

    An exploration of China through the lens of filmmaker and anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki. 

    A researcher from Harvard’s revered Sensory Ethnography Lab (from which has come films such as Leviathan (2012) and Manakamana (2013)) Sniadecki’s singular, experimental and engaging work continually breaks its own fourth wall, blurring the line between documentary and art in its search to reveal the construction of places, people and film itself. This screening presents two of Sniadecki’s works in London for the first time, using a pair of infrastructural arteries – one ecological, one industrial – to reveal keen insights into the labour, life and economy of a nation on the move.

    The Iron Ministry

    The Iron Ministry
     offers a vital armpits-and-all social portrait of China via the mobile microcosm of a journey on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network.

    A montage of multiple rail journeys into one, the film offers audiences a trip in a cinematic carriage, in which ongoing changes in China’s society and economy, technology and development, hopes and fears, all ride. Both painting sensorial pictures and engaging passengers in intimate dialogue, the camera becomes a fellow passenger of the train – both a participant and an observer – in the film’s non-narrative investigation into the realities of contemporary China, the passage of modernity, and the possibilities of documentary form.

    “[The film’s accomplishment is found in the encounters between the many elements that went into the making of the film...] The classic, iconic, and clichéd encounter between the railways and cinema; the encounter between human beings and the physical/architectural space of each train car (and how that encounter shapes bodies, postures, gestures, interactions, etc); the encounters between passengers – and between passengers and the filmmaker – within the fleeting social space that each train car creates; the encounters between ideologies, motivations, aspirations, and values within those encounters; and the encounter between a filmmaker and a small hand-held consumer camera and the cinematography that it produced.”
    – J.P. Sniadecki

    China/USA, 2014, J.P. Sniadecki, 82 mins. Mandarin with English subtitles.

  • Junior Architects: Designing and Building My New Home

    Chicago | Dates: 30 Jul, 2015

    In 1908, Frederick Robie, a young Chicago businessman, hired Frank Lloyd Wright to build a modern home for his family. Robie wanted a house with wide open rooms filled with light, and great views of the surrounding neighborhood. Robie described his new home as “the most ideal place in the world.”

    What would your ideal home look like? Would it have a pool, a green roof, lots of windows, or how about an indoor slide instead of stairs? Let your imagination run wild and try your hand at constructing your perfect home from cardboard and found objects. Supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own objects to add to their constructions. 

  • October After Hours at Robie House

    Chicago | Dates: 02 – 30 Oct, 2015

    Wright’s architectural masterpiece is the venue and you are on the guest list. Gather with friends as the Robie House comes to life after hours. Wander the celebrated spaces of this icon of modernism while enjoying live music, drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and a festive, casual atmosphere.

    Every Friday in October
  • Free Summer Open House at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

    Oak Park | Dates: 17 Jul, 2015
    July 17 is the anniversary of the first public tour given in 1974 at the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Join us for a free Open House from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy free tours and refreshments, work on an art project in the courtyard, and pose for pictures with Frank.
  • Saturday Studio: Surface

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Jul, 2015
    Work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area! Our hands-on, studio-based workshops offer design challenges and real-life problem-solving. Come explore the exciting worlds of architecture, engineering and construction with the CAF team. These events are free and open to all teens.
  • Design Dialogues: Downtown Hotel Boom

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Jul, 2015

    Many long-vacant historic office buildings are benefiting from Chicago’s ambitious tourism goals, as hotel conversions are popping up all over the loop. Will we continue to see more hotels like the Virgin, LondonHouse at the London Guarantee, and the Chicago Athletic Association step in and bring new life to historic buildings?


    • John Rutledge, Founder, President & CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC; developer converting the London Guarantee Building into LondonHouse
    • Cindy Chan Roubik, ALA, LEED AP, Preservation Architect, City of Chicago Historic Preservation Division
    • Paul Alessandro, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Principal, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture; architect of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and the Hampton Inn at the Chicago Motor Club Building
    • Moderator: Chris Bentley, Midwest Editor of Architect’s Newspaper and WBEZ contributor
  • Session Proposals Invited for Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2016

    Leeds | Dates: 01 Jul – 31 Aug, 2015
    To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. The thematic strand for the 2016 IMC is “Food, Feast & Famine.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion. Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015. Proposals should include: -Title -100-word session abstract -Session moderator and academic affiliation -Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract CV Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal. If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session. Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
  • What is New is Old: A History of The New School

    New York | Dates: 08 Jul, 2015

    A lecture and slideshow with Julia Foulkes, Associate Professor of History, The New School.

    In 1919, the New School for Social Research opened with courses in the social sciences, social work, and public affairs in New York “because it is the greatest social science laboratory in the world.” The school was not quite a university: it did not offer formal degrees. The founders thought that people would come to the school for “no other purpose than to learn.” It sought to make education relevant to the issues of the day, to remain ever new.

    Nearly 100 years later, the school is now a multi-faceted university and a hub in the political, intellectual, and cultural life of New York City and Greenwich Village. This event will be dedicated to commemorating the dynamic history of The New School and the Greenwich Village neighborhood where it resides.

    Admission: Free, reservations required at 212.475.9585 x35 or

    This event is sponsored by the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students (BPATS) at The New School and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

  • The Architectural Impulse: Artists on Architecture

    New York | Dates: 09 Jul – 14 Aug, 2015

    Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present The Architectural Impulse, a group exhibition of artists whose works draw from the materials, processes and theoretical concerns of the architectural discipline. Curated by architect Warren James, The Architectural Impulse features artists Aziz + Cucher, Filip Dujardin, Elise Ferguson, Richard Galpin, Carmen Herrera, Barbara Kasten, Alois Kronschlaeger, Jennifer Marman + Daniel Borins, Jean Shin, Jorge Tacla and Francisco Ugarte. The exhibition opens on July 9th with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and Alois Kronschlaeger, Jorge Tacla, Jennifer Marman + Daniel Borins, Elise Ferguson and Aziz + Cucher will be present. 

    A panel discussion on this theme will be held at the Center for Architecture on July 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Moderated by Jing Liu and with Alois Kronschlaeger, Jean Shin and Elise Ferguson as guests, the discussion will take place at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY and will be followed by a reception.

  • High Rise, Low Impact

    New York | Dates: 08 Jul, 2015

    The construction of a single tower will typically require thousands of tons of steel, concrete, and glass, and the carbon impacts associated with the extraction and transportation of these materials can be substantial. Join us in exploring the design and material choices that can be made to reduce the impact of these dynamic structures, shaping our modern skylines.

    First, Bob Fox of COOKFOX Architects will speak to the design challenges and opportunities of tall and super-tall structures with a specific focus on carbon impact. Then, Andreas Tselebidis of BASF will discuss these same contributing elements from the material selection perspective, focusing on the concrete industry, one of the largest producers of carbon dioxide.

  • The Edge of Water: Trends and Best Practices in Building Water Use

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2015

    It's time to talk about water. Please join us for a lively presentation and discussion on the current water paradigm, and what we can do in building design and operation to reduce the use of potable water.

    YR&G’s Lauren Yarmuth will speak to clever and eye-opening opportunities for effective water management, including best practices and new technologies in the industry. Taking place in the GROHE showroom, the event will also highlight some of the current products on the market, and the intersection of high design, quality experience, and resource efficiency.


    6:00 - 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
    6:30 - 7:30 PM  Presentation and Discussion

    7:30 PM Join us for Happy Hour! Continue the discussion over drinks at Black Door, located at 127 West 26th Street.


    Take advantage of our special promotion––bring a friend to this event and he or she will receive free admission. Enter your guest's name during registration.

    Special thanks to GROHE for hosting this event.

  • SESAH Publication Awards

    Dates: 28 Jun – 15 Aug, 2015
    SESAH’s annual Publication Awards honor outstanding scholarship about the architecture of the South or by authors who reside in the South (defined as SESAH member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia). Three categories of publication are recognized: books, journal articles, and essays published in book format. Criteria for consideration include the publication’s contribution to scholarship, as measured by the potential impact on the field through the author(s) methodological approach and analysis; breadth of research and resources; and quality of production, particularly in the illustrations and photographs selected. All entries should be well-written, and each should be an original and thorough piece of scholarship. Articles in ARRIS are automatically considered eligible, or nominated for consideration by the committee, if the subject and author criteria are met. Publication dates for nominations must fall within two years of the award, i.e., current and previous years, to ensure entries reflect contemporary scholarship. Actual copies of books can be sent to Daves Rossell, Chair Savannah College of Art and Design 2428 Tennessee Ave. Savannah, GA 301404 912-272-7115 Clifton Ellis, Vice-Chair Associate Dean of Academics Elizabeth Sasser Professor of Architectural History Texas Tech University College of Architecture 42091 18th Street and Flint Avenue Lubbock, TX 79409 Tel: 806-742-3136 Michael Kleeman, Committee Member Program Coordinator – Design Art Institute of Atlanta 2977 Layton Ave. Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Appleton's Jackson House

    Portsmouth | Dates: 12 Aug, 2015
    Wednesday, August 12, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Jackson House, 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth, N.H. 

    This special tour of Jackson House (c. 1664) focuses on William Sumner Appleton's 1924 restoration, using letters and other communication to delve into the thought process and early preservation theories of Historic New England's founder. Enjoy light refreshments in the orchard.

    Free to Historic New England members
    $10 nonmembers

    Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.
  • Capturing Hamilton House

    South Berwick | Dates: 15 Aug, 2015
    Saturday, August 15, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan's Lane, South Berwick, Maine

    Twenty-six-year-old Elise Tyson Vaughan began taking photographs of life at Hamilton House when she moved there in 1898. From the wallpaper hanger to tea in the garden with friends, she documented her time there and left behind a collection as useful to historians as it is beautiful. Now you can follow in her footsteps. 

    Bring your camera on this ninety-minute exclusive tour and snap away. Flash, extra lighting, and tripods are not permitted and all photos are for personal use only. 

    $15 Historic New England members
    $30 nonmembers

    Registration is required. Please call 207-384-2454 or buy online.
  • Rediscovering the Colors of History: The Story of the Historic Color Paint Palette

    Wiscasset | Dates: 09 Aug, 2015
    Sunday, August 9, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

    Have you used historic paint colors in your home? Join us for this illustrated talk in which Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England, reveals the twentieth-century origins of historic paint color research. 

    Hear the stories of four women who pioneered the use of historic colors in house museums and private homes. Learn how historic paint color palettes can enhance the appearance of any interior.

    Program takes place in the barn (entrance on Federal Street).

    $5 Historic New England members
    $10 nonmembers

    Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 or buy online.
  • Ogden Codman Design Group Day in the Berkshires

    Stockbridge | Dates: 17 Jul, 2015
    Friday, July 17, 10:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. 
    Meet at Merwin House, 14 Main Street, Stockbridge, Mass.

    $50. Exclusive to Ogden Codman Design Group and Appleton Circle members. Join Ogden Codman Design Group or Appleton Circle today.

    Enjoy a day of contrasting design in the scenic Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Begin the day at Merwin House in Stockbridge, and see the results of Historic New England's partnership to exhibit collections of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. Then visit the 1941 Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio, a study in mid-twentieth-century Modernism, followed by a picnic lunch on the grounds. Finally, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, which employs many of the principles described in her first book, The Decoration of Houses (co-authored by Ogden Codman Jr.). Following the tours, stay for an optional cash-bar reception on the estate's terrace. After the program, guests may wish to stay for The Mount's Music After Hours concert featuring Benny Sharoni.

    Travel to and between Merwin House, the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio, and the Mount will be independent, though staff will coordinate carpooling amongst registered guests, as available.

    Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 617-994-5934 or e-mail for more information or to register.
  • Historic New England Wallpaper

    Wiscasset | Dates: 12 Jul, 2015
    Sunday, July 12, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

    Enjoy a colorful tour of historic wallpaper with Peggy Wishart, Americana Foundation assistant registrar. Learn how to tell the difference between block-printed paper and later machine prints, or a twentieth-century reproduction wallpaper and its nineteenth-century original. 

    Historic New England's extensive wallpaper collection contains more than 6,000 individual samples of wallpaper, historic photographs of wallpaper in situ, and ephemera related to the wallpaper industry. Explore the collection

    Program takes place in the barn (entrance on Federal Street).

    $5 Historic New England members
    $10 nonmembers

    Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 or buy online.
  • Building Blocks Workshop for Young People

    Lincoln | Dates: 12 Jul, 2015
    Sunday, July 12, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

    Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.

    Building Blocks is a series of workshops for young people created by Gropius House staff. Using a combination of VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) and studio activities, young people ages nine to twelve engage in group observation, dynamic discussion, and studio time. Each monthly session focuses on a different activity (manufactured or natural design photo prints, Bauhaus-style collage, movement and mobile making), so children can participate each month without repetition. 

    $5 Historic New England members and Lincoln residents
    $10 nonmembers

    Space is limited. Registration is required. Lincoln residents must call to register. Please call 781-259-8098 or buy online.
  • Historic Curb Appeal in Quincy: Style and Color for Your Old House

    Quincy | Dates: 11 Jul, 2015
    Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. - noon

    Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.

    On this walking tour, learn about the history and architecture of Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood and get tips on adding curb appeal to your old house through historic paint color combinations and enhanced architectural features. The Wollaston neighborhood surrounding Historic New England's Quincy House was developed between 1895 and 1930 and includes many examples of Victorian and Colonial Revival-style homes. Historic preservation expert Sally Zimmerman shares information on how to help an old home look its very best by recapturing its historic character. 

    $5 Historic New England members and Quincy residents
    $10 nonmembers

    Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 or buy online.
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