Recent Opportunities

  • Walter Burley Griffin Society of America Sixteenth Annual Conference

    Madison | Dates: 20 Jun, 2015

    Here are important details for the sixteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, 20 June:

    MEETING: The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning in the main auditorium of Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting House, located at 900 University Bay Drive in Shorewood Hills. The building will be open at 8:00 and we urge everyone to arrive by 8:30. You can park in the adjacent church lot. Morning lectures will take place in this space, which we have reserved from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Lecture topics will include Wright/Griffin’s Lamp house in Madison; John Nolen’s 1911 plan of Madison and its relationship with the design of Canberra; and the architecture of the local Prairie School firm of Claude & Starck. Prof. James Weirick, our fabulous keynote speaker at last year’s meeting in Mason City, is returning as one of the session presenters.

    LUNCH & TOURS: Box lunches will be delivered to the church at noon. From 1:00 to 5:00 we will be visiting a selection of houses in and around Madison. As of this newsletter, we have secured Louis Sullivan’s Bradley house, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1st Jacobs house, a wonderful shingle-style house near the Sullivan building, and a selection of houses by Claude & Starck. Be assured that, with the expert help of our local chair, architectural historian Gary Tipler, there will be more to come by 20 June.

    ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street, Madison, 53703, for the nights of Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 June. To get the Society’s group rate, you must stay both nights. The cutoff date for this rate is 20 May. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at 877-510-7465. 
    Use the booking code: WALTER
    Or book online at:

    This hotel is centrally located, two blocks from the State Capitol building and two blocks from the “Monona Terrace” center, a complex loosely based on Wright’s original conceptions from the 1930s-1950s. The hotel is a tenminute drive from Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting House, where the Griffin meeting will begin on Saturday morning. There are many other hotels in the downtown area, as well as several outstanding B&Bs along Lake Mendota.

    The REGISTRATION FORM can be found here. Please fill it out, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to the Griffin Society’s headquarters. The cost will be for $15 for the Saturday meeting and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society.

  • E1027: Design for Living

    New York | Dates: 26 Jun, 2015

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU
    When: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 26
    Where: At The Center

    How do we put modernist design and architecture into words? That is what architect-designer Eileen Gray and architect-critic Jean Badovici attempted to do in the 1920s with their conversations, published as
    From Eclecticism to Doubt, in L’Architecture Vivante, 1929. Together, as partners in work and love, they built a house by the sea-code name E1027–that illustrated the questions explored in their dialogues. Paramount was Gray's position that design is “not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all dwellings for people.”

    Join us for a performance on Friday, June 26, as these groundbreaking discussions between Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici are brought to life by two actors, Anne Priol and Mica Smadja, through a multi-media staged reading adapted and directed by artist Elizabeth Lennard. Together, Gray and Badovici, Priol and Smadja, chart out early modern design priciples as they discuss the relation of house to landscape and climate, how to harmonize the interior with the exterior; and the cold calculations of architectural theory versus human emotions. Gray and Badovici express opposite points of view until they find a new way to design and build together and reconcile their differences.

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Price: $10 for AIA members and students with a valid ID; $15 for non-members

    Please RSVP here.

  • Mario Bellini: A Passion Called Project

    New York | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JUNE 9
    Where:151 Wooster Street

    The Italian architect Mario Bellini will tour multiple U.S. cities to speak about his longstanding relationship with Cassina and the international projects which have made him one of the most influential architects of our time. On Tuesday, June 9th, Mr. Bellini will speak at the Cassina studio in Soho, and introduce two new additions to his "Cab" collection, the Cab Night bed and the Cab Lounge armchair, both of which adhere to the sinuous and tailored lines that characterize the Cab collection.

    151 Wooster Street
    New York, NY

    Mario Bellini

    Organized by
    (212) 255-8588

    Sponsored by

    Free for members and non-members.

    Event website:

  • Architect Talk: A Line Around an Idea—Drawing in a Computer Age

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 26 Jun, 2015
    In this illustrated talk, James Wines, founder and president of SITE, a New York City-based architecture and environmental arts organization, discusses the history of calligraphic content in art and architecture as a means of clarifying the inseparable connections between mind and hand for the development of conceptual ideas.

    From inverting expectations of what a “big-box” store should look like via BEST Products Company, to envisioning the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar, as a landscape of rolling sand, Wines has over four decades of successful practice, and stresses that in this age of computer rendering, drawing by hand remains vitally important.
  • Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 21 Nov, 2015 – 14 Mar, 2016

    Silver to Steel situates Peter Muller-Munk (1904–1967), a German émigré to the U.S., among the most influential designers of his generation. With more than 120 works of hand-wrought silver and popular mid-century products, supported by drawings, multimedia interviews, and period advertising, this exhibition presents the untold story of a man who rose from anonymity as a young silversmith at Tiffany & Co. to become a crucial postwar designer, promoting the practice of industrial design across the globe through one of the top design consultancies in America: Peter Muller-Munk Associates (PMMA).

    Beginning with Muller-Munk’s remarkable Art Deco silver, the exhibition also features his best-known designs: the streamlined Normandie pitcher and Waring waterfall blender. But the revelation comes in his previously undocumented work: cameras, radios, cocktail shakers, power tools, and refrigerators; and total environments for gas stations, international expositions, and mass-transit vehicles. PMMA’s contributions to public projects like the famous Unisphere for the 1964 World’s Fair, have been overlooked for decades. The firm counted Alcoa, Bayer, Bell & Howell, Bissell, Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh-Corning, Silex, SOHIO, Texaco, U.S. Steel, Waring, and Westinghouse among its scores of national clients. For these and other firms Muller-Munk produced thousands of designs.

    Silver to Steel, will reestablish Muller-Munk’s position as one of the preeminent industrial designers of the mid-20th century and provide visitors the opportunity to explore the impact of good design on everyday life.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue produced by Carnegie Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel.

    Silver to Steel is co-organized by Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and Jewel Stern, independent scholar and curator.

  • Workshop: Line Around an Idea with James Wines

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015
    Get an architect’s perspective on the development of conceptual ideas as James Wines leads participants through a series of drawing exercises designed to challenge and enrich any artistic practice.

    James Wines is the founder and president of SITE, a New York City-based architecture and environmental arts organization. From inverting expectations of what a “big-box” store should look like via BEST Products Company, to envisioning the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar, as a landscape of rolling sand, Wines has over four decades of successful practice, and stresses that in this age of computer rendering, drawing by hand remains vitally important.
  • Broadway Modern Tour

    Winnipeg | Dates: 29 Jul, 2015
    This 90 minute tour focuses on the post-1945 development of the area as a premier business district and the collection of modernist architecture designed by some of Winnipeg’s most notable firms.

    Broadway between Main Street and Osborne Street has long been an address of prestige, book-ended by two dominant, significant works of architecture – Union Station to the east and the Manitoba Legislative Building to the west. The early history of the avenue was as a desirable residential neighborhood, with little commercial activity. A building boom in the late 1950s to early 1970s, however, was responsible for the development of the Broadway as we know it.

    All surfaces will be wheelchair and stroller accessible. The tour is free and no registration is required.
  • Terra Cotta Architecture Tour

    Winnipeg | Dates: 08 Jul, 2015
    Did you know that many of Winnipeg's "stone" buildings are made of clay?

    Winnipeg’s terra cotta collection is large and essentially complete. It is an unparalleled sampling in North America of the variety, versatility and beauty of this material. Join us for a tour through Winnipeg's downtown to learn more about the history of terra cotta, of Winnipeg's history and to view this wonderful collection of terra cotta architecture.

    The tour, led by Gail Perry, will take about ninety minutes. All surfaces will be wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Building a Sustainable Civic Commons

    New York | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015
    Last year, MAS conducted a series of workshops in multiple cities to re-imagine the civic commons: our collection of shared assets (parks, libraries, public markets, etc.) that enable connections and foster a greater sense of community.

    Building a Sustainable Civic Commons brings together innovators from MontrealTorontoChicago,Boston and Philadelphia for a dynamic conversation on the importance of the civic commons to livability and economic competitiveness.

    Following the public release of our “Re-Imaging the Civic Commons” report, which takes a vital look at the status of the commons and their possibilities, we will evaluate our present and look to the future. Join us! 
  • design: ROLLS

    Columbus | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    See your city like you’ve never seen it before – from above! Join architecture and design lovers and cyclists for a four-hour bike tour of some of Downtown Columbus’ distinctive landmarks, including the Lazarus Building, The Joseph, Z Pizza, the Thompson Library and the Big Bar & Grill. Tours begin and end at The Center. Bring your own bike or ride a CoGo bike – and be ready to roll rain or shine.
  • Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

    New York | Dates: 01 Jun, 2015 – 31 Jan, 2016
    Exploring the contribution — and showcasing the work — of a remarkable group of Jewish émigré and American-born designers and architects, this exhibition examines a bold new direction in design and thought that helped create a modern domestic landscape.

    See vintage furnishings, housewares, and graphic designs by Anni Albers, George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Ernest Sohn, and more than 25 other individuals who helped forge this important movement.

    Walk-up tours will be offered on Sundays in May at 12 P.M., except on May 24 when the Museum is closed for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The tours are co-led by Museum Gallery Educators and students from the Master’s Program in Design History and Curatorial Studies, Parsons The New School for Design and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design. These walk-up tours are included with the price of admission.

    Tours for groups of 10 or more, led by the Museum's Gallery Educators, can be scheduled during the run of the exhibition through January 2016 and require advance reservations by contacting or 646.437.4304.

  • IN THE PARK: Play Futures, Conversation

    New York | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    “If we see the playground as a potentially vibrant public space, then we have to rethink what it looks like and who goes there.” ― Susan Solomon

    As the culture of childhood and ideas about recreation continue to evolve, so do designs for our parks and playgrounds. Join us for a conversation about the future of urban play. We’ll discuss how everything from conceptions of childhood, trends in parenting, and evolving safety standards impact the design of our play spaces. Surveying the latest currents, from adventure and imagination playgrounds, to nature-based and intergenerational play, we’ll explore questions like: Is play just for children? Does it need a designated space? What should be the role of play spaces in exposing users to and protecting them from risk? What are our playgrounds getting right? What lessons can be learned from other places?

    Participants: Amy Fusselman, writer and editor; Marta Gutman, architect and historian; Chris Nolan, vice president for planning, design and construction,Central Park Conservancy; Susan G. Solomon, architectural historian; Nancy Prince, deputy chief for design, NYC Parks

    This event is designated for AIA CES (1.5 LU).

    LA CES PDH/HSW pending.

  • AIA|LA Iconic LA Tours: Launter’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence

    Los Angeles | Dates: 07 Jun, 2015
    When: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 10:00 AM
    Where: Beverly Crest, LA
    AIA-Members - $85
    Non-Members - $115

    AIA|LA is proud to announce our tour of the famed, "dangerous", and fantastically-triangular Sheats-Goldstein Residence, designed by renowned architect John Lautner. From movie fame in "The Big Lebowski", photo shoots with Daft Punk and Jennifer Lawrence, to an installation by James Turrell, this house is a true LA icon!

    The Sheats-Goldstein Residence is one of the best known examples of John Lautner's work; he designed not only the house, but the interiors, windows, lighting, rugs, furniture, and operable features. The house is extensively detailed, and the range of the architect's work is visible through the different stages of the re-mastering. All of the furnishings enhance the house and are completely related so that the aesthetic of the forms is a function of the whole.

    The building was conceived from the inside out and built into the sandstone ledge of the hillside; a cave-like dwelling that opens to embrace nature and view. The house is an example of American Organic Architecture that derives its form as an extension of the natural environment and of the individual to whom it was built. Typical of Lautner's work, the project was approached from an idea and a unique structure was derived that solved the challenges of the site.

    The tour will feature the house as well as the additions of the James Turrell sky space and the adjacent tennis court/night club/office complex!
  • AIA|LA Tours: The Hotel Shangri-La at The Ocean in Santa Monica

    Santa Monica | Dates: 09 Jul, 2015
    When: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 5:00 PM
    Where: Hotel Shangri-La, 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Evoking the form of a grand ocean liner and the very essence of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Hotel Shangri-la is a striking beacon of Art Deco elegance in the Streamline Moderne style. Hidden away on a high Santa Monica bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and historic Santa Monica Pier, this timeless luxury boutique hotel promises guests their own personal Shangrila. 

    With a rich history dating back three-quarters of a century, Hotel Shangri-la has been a timeless destination with a modern twist. Its dazzling renovation completed in 2008 was the vision of art patron and hotelier Tamie Adaya, with architect George Kelly, of Kelly Architects. Tamie's passion for style and detail ensured that the intricate and magnificent period architecture and furnishings complimented the contemporary art and design.  

    This is an exclusive tour of the hotel and will be personally escorted by the hotel's owner and creative director, Tamie Adaya. In addition to a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel's architectural elements, Tamie will share never before told secrets of the hotel's storied past. 

    Following the tour, enjoy the magnificent view from the Penthouse during a hosted wine and cheese reception! 

    About Hotel Shangri-la
    The original and urbane Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica is anything but ordinary and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel offers brilliant views of the Pacific Ocean, a celebrated history and a cultural connection during their stay.

    In the 1940s, it lured actors such as Mae West and Jane Wyman, the future wife of President Ronald Reagan, to its beauty and solitude. It was also where a close confident of President 
    Franklin D. Roosevelt's helped conceive the idea of today's modern Navy Seal program just prior to U.S. involvement in World War II.  During the war, the Hotel Shangri-la also provided battle-weary U.S. combat veterans a safe haven where they could rest and relax for 15-day periods before entering civilian life.

    Since its opening, this iconic hotel entertained VIP guests from John F. Kennedy Jr. to the Dalai Lama. It has continued its celebrity appeal throughout the ages with A-listers such as Madonna, Tom Cruise, and Diane Keaton frequenting luxurious suites that overlook the Pacific and the Santa Monica pier.
  • ON THE STREET: Conversation

    New York | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015

    How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

    The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

    Presented with the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. The Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School aims to strengthen our understanding of all modes of transportation through research, public forums, and educational programs.

    Participants: Neil Giacobbi, executive director, Public Affairs at AT&T; Sarah Kaufman (moderator), digital manager and assistant adjunct professor of planning, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation; Anthony Townsend, futurist and senior research scientist at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation; Rodney Stiles, director of research and evaluation at New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission; Stacey Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility, NYCDOT; Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project; Jeff Risom, partner and managing director, Gehl Studio; Dani Simons, director of corporate communications and external affairs at Motivate

    This event is designated for AIA CES (2 LU).

  • Spotlight on Design: Snarkitecture

    Washington | Dates: 23 Jul, 2015

    The Brooklyn-based collaborative practiceSnarkitecture manipulates and reinterprets existing materials, structures, and programs to reveal new ideas about architecture. Founding principal Alex Mustonen and senior associateBenjamin Porto discuss the firm's work, which includes the BEACH, the 10,000 square foot, interactive architectural installation at the National Building Museum that includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.

    1.5 LU (AIA) 

    $12 Members; $7 Students; $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. 

  • Blue Urbanism: Rethinking Rain

    Washington | Dates: 03 Jun, 2015

    Whether marking the end of a river, the opening to the sea, or the edge of a sustaining lake, cities around the world have begun at the water’s edge. Waterways provided our first inter-city transportation, and waterfronts developed as the locus of industry, commerce, and culture. Now the impact of a changing climate—rising sea levels, changing salinity, acidification, drought—demand that we re-evaluate our relationship with water. With renewed awareness of the critical importance of fresh water to our health and the health of the planet, and the limits of large-scale engineering solutions, many cities are changing long-standing practices for water management. We are redefining rain: it’s not waste; it’s a resource.

    Conference speakers include:

    Tommy Wells, Director of D.C. Department of the Environment
    Jørgen Abildgaard, Climate Project Director City of Copenhagen
    Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Architect and Partner, BIG
    Susannah C. Drake, Principal of dlandstudio
    Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Curator, National Building Museum (Moderator)
    Scott Davis, Visiting Fellow, RAND Corporation

    Participate in workshop and join us for a discussion of the challenges and best practices of rethinking water. Join the conversation on Twitter and you can also send in questions for our speakers using hashtag #RethinkRain.

    RSVP to Jett Renneberg Elkjaer at Walk-in registration available. 

    Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 
    Time: 2 pm-4 pm

  • Dining with Design: TRADE

    Boston | Dates: 08 Jul, 2015

    Don’t miss the opportunity to rub shoulders with both the architect and chef/co-owner of Fort Point’s innovative TRADE restaurant as they share the unique design challenges and solutions for the space. James Beard Award–winner Jody Adams and designer Maryann Thompson FAIA, principal of Maryann Thompson Architects, explain how the design evolved throughout planning and construction, and showcase how the architecture helps support the restaurant’s mission. Included in your ticket is a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen and restaurant, and Q&A with the chef and architect over appetizers and a drink. 

    Dining with Design Series

    This summer, BSA Space is offering an exclusive glimpse into some of Boston’s most innovative dining spots through the BSA’s Dining With Design Series. Through conversations and tours hosted by the architect and chef of each restaurant, these intimate Dining With Design sessions will explore the unique design challenges and solutions for various dinning spaces in the city, and how the architecture helps support each restaurant’s mission.

  • Family Design Day: Art in Public Places

    Boston | Dates: 20 Jun, 2015

    This month we will visit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to tour the newest piece of public art that graces this public space. Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial installation stretches between three buildings, creating a billowing knotted-fiber sculpture suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Greenway. We’ll learn how the sculpture was envisioned and engineered from the engineer himself, Pat McCafferty, and then return to BSA Space to design our own piece of public art.

    Stay afterward for snacks in Waterfront Square provided by Atlantic Wharf. This family program is designed for parents and children aged five to 13. A maximum ratio of one adult per three children is required. BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through the BSA Space entrance, and go up the green staircase. The program begins promptly at 10:30 am.

    Family Design Day programs encourage children and adults to observe, explore, and design together. In these two-hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours, or slideshows and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and design educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world.

  • Opening Reception: Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jun, 2015

    Don't miss the opening reception for Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building. This special event is the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    In Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, BSA Space will explore the medium of installation as a way for architects to explore and prototype exciting new technologies and building techniques. Curated by design team Khora, Inc., the exhibition will include a historical analysis of art installation and will feature experimental and visually arresting works by local and national architects and designers.

    The works in Bigger than a Breadox, Smaller than a Building are the result of a design competition, updates can be found here

    Go to exhibition page.

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