Recent Opportunities

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

    Philadelphia | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

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

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

    Learn more about Norman Foster at his website:

    Registration required.

  • The New Tall: Re-thinking Our Vertical Habitat

    Philadelphia | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

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

    5:30 - 6:30 PM Reception / Networking

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

    7:00 - 8:00 PM Continued Networking

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

  • First Friday: ABRUZZO BODZIAK, INABA, MESH, and Young Projects

    New York | Dates: 05 Jun, 2015

    First Friday
    MESH Architectures
    Young Projects

    Join ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, INABA, MESH Architectures, and Young Projects at their offices at 68 Jay Street for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices’ organization and design processes. These informal social gatherings feature happy hour drinks arranged by the host office.

    ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS was established by Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak in 2009. The firm’s portfolio includes spaces for art, homes, urban pavilions, and working environments — as well as books, exhibitions, and speculations. In New York, projects include Grow A Lot urban greenhouse classroom and West Village Pied-a-Terre; their FITNATION project is a traveling exhibit on active design efforts across the United States, which originated at the Center for Architecture / AIA NY.

    INABA, led by Jeffrey Inaba, works at a variety of scales, ranging from branding and concept work to public art, buildings, and urban spaces. INABA has recently completed commissions for Red Bull North America, Red Bull Music Academy; Van Alen Institute and Flatiron Partnership’s first Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition; an installation for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Whitney Biennial; and an installation for KORO Public Art Norway.

    Eric Liftin founded MESH Architectures in 1997 as a hybrid architectural practice spanning the physical and virtual. MESH has designed a wide range of projects, large and small, from commercial to residential to website design. Past projects include the Mirae Venture Building in Seoul, Korea; Made In New York Media Center in Brooklyn; and Grind, a shared workspace and coworking community in New York. Currently underway is a residence at 84 Congress Street in Brooklyn.

    Led by Bryan Young and founded in 2010, Young Projects is a multidisciplinary design study involved in projects ranging from buildings, interiors, and furniture to textiles, art installations, and film. Recent projects include Carraig Ridge Camp Fire in Alberta, Canada; Match-Maker, winner of the 2014 Times Square Heart Valentine Design Competition; as well as a Hudson Street residence, a Broome Street loft, and the Union Square Park North End expansion all in New York. Current projects include residences in New York, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Canada, and in Playa Grande, Dominican Republic.

  • 2015 SDC Iron Designer Challenge

    New York | Dates: 04 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

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

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  • Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy - Photographs by Gordon Watkinson

    Palm Springs | Dates: 21 Jan – 01 May, 2016

    Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy features Gordon Watkinson's photographs of twelve of the most iconic achievements of Bauhaus architecture. These are placed in dialogue with twelve contemporary building projects by emerging as well as internationally renowned contemporary architects. The exhibition, which bridges the fields of architecture, design and photography, places the heritage of Bauhaus architecture in the context of current architectural thinking and visualizes its ongoing influence on twenty-first century architecture.

    In his highly aesthetic images, Watkinson focuses on the superlative quality of buildings erected prior to 1933 by Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hannes Meyer, Georg Muche, and Richard Paulick. Stripping away all unnecessary elements in order to concentrate on the essence of his subjects, Watkinson captures the timelessness of modern architecture and juxtaposes some of its most emblematic examples to contemporary, similar buildings. Among the present-day architects whose works can be seen in the exhibition are Allmann Sattler Wappner, Rolf Disch, Hanno Vogl-Fernheim, Fink+Jocher, Galli & Rudolf, Ingvartsen, Graham Phillips, Petzinka Pink, RCR Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton, Werner Sobek and Wingårdhs. Watkinson’s distinctive visual approach underlines the powerful legacy of Bauhaus ideas and formal language.

    Complementing the numerous photographs, which highlight the aesthetics of New Objectivity and Functionalism, the exhibition includes re-editions of Bauhaus furniture designed before 1933 and still manufactured today. Visitors are invited to interact and experience the timeless character of these early 20th century designs in a contemporary context.

    The exhibition also incorporates texts and architectural drawings that offer a new perspective on the design philosophy of the State Bauhaus School established in Weimar in 1919, and its influence on subsequent generations of architecture. Today, this abstract aesthetic as championed by Mies van der Rohe is being nurtured to a greater extent than ever before, and refined through advanced building technologies. 

    Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy − Photographs by Gordon Watkinson is organized by Foto+Synthesis.

    The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by Eisenhower Medical Center, and the Architecture and Design Council.

  • 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:

  • CFP: EAHN Fourth International Meeting (Dublin, 2-4 Jun 16)

    Dublin | Dates: 01 Jun – 30 Sep, 2015
    The EAHN will hold its fourth international meeting in Dublin Castle 2-4 June 2016.  The call for papers is available on and the deadline for submissions is 30 September 2015.
  • Walter S. White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 12 Sep – 06 Dec, 2015

    The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara is pleased to present the first exhibition to examine the work of an ingenious inventor, builder, and architect, Walter S. White (1919-2002).

    White’s designs for the Coachella Valley desert cities of Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs in the 1940s and 1950s addressed the extreme climate with thrilling, expressionistic forms that took inspiration from the natural landscape, while proposing new, ecologically sensitive, and inexpensive construction methods. White’s inventive roof designs—he received a patent for his All Steel Hypar roof and wood roof construction methods—make his desert projects especially distinctive. His roofs swoop and curve to match the forms of the mountains in the distance, while providing protection for their inhabitants.

  • AIA Sandcastle

    Galveston | Dates: 30 May, 2015

    The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.

    The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional, That's Entertainment, Most Complex, Stars & Stripes, Best Architectural, Most Hilarious, Most Lifelike/Realistic as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, and public favorite. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand, and sun.

    The event is underwritten by Thomas Printworks.

    Event Day

    • 6:30am Beach opens for teams and sponsors
    • 9:00am Public is encouraged to begin to arrive to watch the competition.
    • 10:00am - 3:00pm Teams compete and build.
    • 1:00pm - 3:30pm Public favorite voting
    • 3:00 - 4:30pm Judging
    • 4:30pm Awards Ceremony


    Parking at East Beach Galveston is $10 cash only collected by the Galveston Parks Board.There is no ATM. 

    There is no Metro bus service, train line, or rapid transit to Galveston or the event. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Allow time for traffic and parking.


    Feel free to bring your own picnic: be sure to mind the City of Galveston's rules and regulations governing East Beach.  Visit or call 1.409.762.EAST for more information.  Private team and sponsor tents are not open to the public.


    Please contact East Beach 1.409.762.EAST or visit with questions about beach rules regarding pets.


    Please respect the hard work of our participants by not touching any of the sand sculptures even after the event. Many spectators visit the beach the next day, on Sunday, to view and enjoy the sculptures.

    If you are interested in particpating in Sandcastle as a team or sponsor please contact Mat Wolff at or 713-520-0155.

  • Drawings by Thomas Colbert

    Houston | Dates: 21 May – 14 Aug, 2015

    Thomas Colbert is a member of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves as Chair of the Houston Chapter’s Urban Design Committee. He is also on the faculty at the Gerald  D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston where he teaches design and theory.

    The drawings in this exhibition were made using various kinds of ballpoint pens. They are built up in layers of overlapping lines like strands of fiber or thread. Each drawing begins with an initial intention that evolves as work progresses, becoming unique to the individual piece. But, a few areas of enduring infatuation clearly inform all of these drawings. Among these the tension between the urge to draw without representing recognizable form and the desire to represent form, the visual, tactile, and imaginative qualities of accumulating lines, and the act of drawing as an object of contemplation all come to mind as drivers of the work. Chief among the infatuations that drives these works is a fascination with exploring the potentials of the line, the most fundamental intentional mark that can be made on a surface. Each line is a tracing of a personal history, a dance that creates a point of connection between author and viewer.

  • Mattress Factory: Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 10 Oct, 2015

    Join us for a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Mattress Factory, located in an industrial building of 1900 that became a former Stearns & Foster mattress warehouse. Curator Michael Olijnyk and Education Director Shannon Berkheiser will discuss how the Mattress Factory chooses and houses artists, mounts exhibits, educates school children, and interacts with the Mexican War Streets neighborhood.

    Since its founding in 1977, the Mattress Factory has been a catalyst for community revitalization on Pittsburgh’s North Side, renovating nine properties in the Mexican War Streets area. The contemporary art museum and experimental lab features site-specific installations created by artists-in-residence from around the world. PHLF has worked closely with the Mattress Factory since its inception, and has aided its restoration and expansion efforts through its Preservation Loan Fund.

    Participants are welcome to come early or stay after the tour to explore the museum.

    2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Meeting Location: Lobby of the Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    Advance paid reservations required.
    This tour is limited to 40 people.
    $10 PHLF members
    $35 Non-members includes one-year complimentary membership in PHLF.

    For reservations or further information contact:; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

  • Chatham Village Walking Tour

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 12 Sep, 2015

    David Vater, an architect and resident of Chatham Village, will lead this walking tour of the celebrated National Historic Landmark on Mt. Washington. Since 1932, Chatham Village has provided a gracious lifestyle for its residents, combining the charm of an English country village with the convenience of modern urban living. Participants will tour several houses, stroll through the beautifully maintained landscaped grounds, and enjoy light refreshments in Chatham Hall, the c. 1844 Greek Revival home of abolitionist Thomas J. Bigham.

    2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Meeting Location: Chatham Hall (Bigham House), 655 Pennridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
    On-street parking: please respect the posted parking regulations
    Advance paid reservations required.
    This tour is limited to 40 people.
    $10 PHLF members
    $35 Non-members includes one-year complimentary membership in PHLF.

    For reservations or further information contact:; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

  • Oakland Walking Tour: Mellon Institute, Central Catholic, and More

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 25 Jul, 2015

    Based on the request of several PHLF members, we are leading a walking tour of the Oakland Civic Center that will include tours of Mellon Institute, Central Catholic, and several other notable landmarks. Conceived as part of the City Beautiful movement and a center for education and culture for more than a century, the Oakland Civic Center is a place of big gifts and big dreams. Mary Schenley, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Phipps, and the Mellon and Heinz families were among the donors who helped make the dreams of City Public Works Director Edward Manning Bigelow, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor John Bowman, and Developer Franklin Nicola come to life.

    2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Meeting Location: Steps of Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Advance paid reservations required.
    This tour is limited to 30 people.
    $10 PHLF members
    $35 Non-members includes one-year complimentary membership in PHLF.

    For reservations or further information contact:; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

  • World Architecture Festival 2015

    Singapore | Dates: 04 – 06 Nov, 2015

    The gateway to global recognition, WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.

    World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries.

    WAF 2015 will take place in Suntec in central Singapore. Following a $180 million modernisation programme, the redesigned space will host WAF’s soundproofed crit rooms, auditorium and Festival Hall Stage. WAF’s layercake of content includes three thematic conference streams, a gallery of WAF Award entries and an exhibition of products and services. And of course there’s a social programme with parties, PechaKucha, visits and Gala Awards Dinner.

    Entries for WAF 2015 are now open.

    What’s waiting for you at WAF?

    Hundreds of live Award Crits

    Every shortlisted architect will present their designs to a WAF international judging panel, and you can see as many as you can fit into three days! Hear the inside story on hundreds of projects, from schools to cinemas, museums to mosques. Plus find out what the WAF judges think about finalist schemes, including yours.

    Seminar and Keynote Programme

    Be inspired by some of the world’s most influential architects and commentators. The Festival’s industry-shaping lectures, discussions and debates give fresh insights into key issues affecting today’s built environment. Sign up for updates and keep updated on the latest WAF speakers and programme developments.

    Festival Gallery

    Experience the breadth of international architectural excellence in the WAF Festival Gallery. Enter the WAF awards and your work is guaranteed to be available on WAF’s free to view website (21,000 visits per month).

    Architect-led city tours

    Experience Singapore through the eyes of local architects in exclusive architect-led city tour and site visits. Get away from the guidebook routes and see the hidden gems that make the city what it is. Make new connections with a truly unique experience only at WAF.

    Gala Dinner

    The Festival culminates with a our celebratory Gala Dinner revealing the best of show winners.

    Media Partners

    WAF’s global partners, including The Architectural Review and Dezeen, will all be at the festival. Meet leading critics and taste-makers on the international scene. See and be seen by the people that could inspire new opportunities for you.

    Festival Hall

    The Festival Hall is the hub location of WAF where you can network and engage face-to-face with leading suppliers and manufacturers from around the world. Exclusive installations and product showcases enable you to experience the latest in product design. Festival Hall Stage talks are where you can receive updates on working globally, cutting-edge technology and innovative materials.

    Live Student Charrettes in the WAF Student Competition

    Witness the next generation of design talent flex their creative muscles in WAF’s live student charrette. See how the architects of tomorrow are tackling the challenges of today.

    The WAF Bars

    Especially commissioned for WAF, the Festival’s two bars are a meeting point and aesthetic highlight .


    WAF has a host of parties, receptions and dinners in some of Singapore’s hottest design destinations so you can celebrate and socialise in style! Network with the WAF community - architects, clients, judges, sponsors and the world’s design media.

    Networking on a global scale

    WAF is the annual meeting point for international architects, clients and suppliers. Be inspired by architecture’s leading lights and the community as a whole. By seeing architecture from around the globe, and hearing from the architects themselves, you will find new inspiration to tackle today’s design challenges. Meet, share, collaborate and stay in touch using our online portals on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • Contemporary Homes Benefit Architecture Tour

    St. Louis | Dates: 31 May, 2015

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

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

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

  • Authors on Architecture: Arenson on Sheets

    Santa Monica | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bubeshko Apartments Reborn

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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