Recent Opportunities

  • 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.

  • Tactical Urbanism + The Lawn on D

    Boston | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015

    Tactical Urbanism has emerged as a creative approach to low-cost, short-term placemaking and neighborhood building. DIY crosswalks, temporary parks, pop-up beer gardens, mobile retail, and food truck plazas are budding examples. Cities and developers are recognizing the value in these efficient, scalable projects, and they are leveraging creative capital to test ideas for public space before investing in costly, long-term projects.

    In Boston, the Lawn on D has become an exciting local example of a tactical urbanism approach to development. The Lawn on D opened last summer as a temporary, flexible park built to test programming ideas for the future expansion of the Boston Convention and Expo Center.

    On Thursday, June 11, at 6:00 pm, join the landscape architect, urban designer, and event programmer responsible for the Lawn on D in a discussion of how the temporary park became an overnight success. The panel discussion will be held at David Buckley Borden's pop-up installation at the Innovation and Design Building (1 Design Center Place, Suite 142, Boston) and will be followed by tours of the Lawn on D and happy hour.

    Featured panelists
    Sara Cohen, senior associate, landscape architect, Sasaki Associates
    Elizabeth Christoforetti, urban designer, Utile
    Beth Torrey, director of strategic programming, Lawn on D

    This event is co-hosted by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee and the BSA Emerging Professionals Network. To learn more about the Emerging Professionals Network, visit

    RSVP on the events facebook page

  • Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jun – 04 Oct, 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.

    From the earliest forays of Italian Futurists to the more recent provocations of Gordon Matta-Clark and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, installation has been a powerful tool to push the boundaries of architectural practice.

    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

  • YAF Tour & Social: Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Jun, 2015

    Join us for a tour of the 2200 square foot Interactive Science Forum at The Latin School of Chicago. The tour will be led by design architect Peter Exley, FAIA, of Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

    Architecture Is Fun, Inc. develops award-winning architecture, interiors, exhibits, and interpretive experiences. Specializing in educative design for visionary clients, Architecture Is Fun collaborates with restaurants, performance facilities, museums, science centers, libraries, parks, and entertainment-based attractions to create meaningful play and learning environments that are relevant, here in the United States and internationally.

    Click here to learn more about the Interactive Science Forum.

    After the tour, the group will head over to Corcoran’s Grill & Pub located at 1615 N. Wells Street.

    Space is limited.

  • The 606 Opening Day Walking Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

    AIA Chicago, ILASLA, SEAOI, and Ross Barney Architects invite you for a walking tour on the opening day of Chicago’s next great urban park and trail. With over 2.7 miles of recreational space, the 606 (Bloomingdale Trail) connects four neighborhoods by passing over heavily trafficked streets. At 17 feet above the street, the trail provides a different perspective on the city, to which it is also connected with ramps and additional parks, part of the larger 606. Join fellow architects, landscape architects, and engineers to discuss the success and impact of the trail all while taking in the sights and sounds as one of its first visitors. Opening day has been organized by Friends of the 606 as a series of processions, of which this tour will be a part.

    Ross Barney Architects was the architectural designer on the team that developed the Bloomingdale Trail (now 606) Framework Plan, which was led by Arup and included Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, AAA Engineering, Burns & McDonnell, Chicago Public Art Group, Dynasty Group, O-H Community Partners, O’Brien Engineering. and Neal & Leroy.

    Meeting Location: Western Trailhead Garden on North Ridgeway Avenue (Ridgeway & Cortland) @ 11:00 AM (walking tour will end @ Walsh Playground Park on North Marshfield Avenue).

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday Celebration

    Silverton | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015

    The public is invited to celebrate and commemorate what would have been the month of Wright’s 148th birthday.  You’re invited to tour and enjoy his only building in Oregon fifty-one years after it was built as Wright’s example of the only truly American architectural style.

    The Gordon House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Conrad and Evelyn Gordon and built on their Wilsonville farm in 1964.  The house is an “affordable” Usonian style home designed as part of Wright’s vision of the Usonian Community that was an original idea of suburbia in America for families of moderate means.

    Self-guided tours of the house are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the special birthday celebration price of $5 per person, and members are free.  Knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand to answer questions and tell interesting stories about this unique house design for families.  Gordon and Wright exhibits will be on display in the house for this event.  There will be activity games to try designing using shapes, angles, and even the computer for young future architects.  Birthday refreshments will be served.

  • LA Design Festival West Side Home Tour

    Los Angeles | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015
    Los Angeles Design Festival 2015 West Side Home Tour presents a unique opportunity to experience some of the most distinguished residential architecture in Venice and Santa Monica. Four remarkable homes will be open for this self-drive tour on Sunday 14th June. Tickets will sell fast, so be sure to book early. Once the tour is sold out no more tickets will be issued.

  • IN THE PARK: Play Pasts

    New York | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    What can we learn from play spaces of the past? How can old play spaces be updated to preserve original design ideas while keeping pace with ever evolving design standards and notions of childhood?

    Join us for a fun, intimate journey through Central Park’s play spaces and landscapes to learn more about the work of the Central Park Conservancy and play of the past. Marie Warsh, historian and director of preservation planning at the Conservancy, will guide us on a tour of playgrounds in Central Park, reflecting on the cultural histories embedded in the landscape. Exploring changing notions of childhood and play, we’ll visit the Children’s District, designed by Olmsted and Vaux; Heckscher Playground, the park’s first modern playground; and other play spaces that have undergone a number of transformations, including the newly-rehabilitated Adventure Playground at West 67th Street.

    Meet at the Dairy Visitor Center in Central Park.

  • A BROOKLYN BARRIO: Living Los Sures

    New York | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

    What makes a neighborhood? How do you gain a deeper understanding of a place?

    You hang out! That’s what documentary filmmaker Diego Echeverria did when he made Los Sures in 1984. Echeverria chronicled the streets of Williamsburg’s Southside meeting people, being seen, building trust, and hanging out in a neighborhood that was then called one of the worst ghettos in the U.S..UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art has also been hanging out on the Southside for many years. By obsessively exploring every aspect of Los Sures and documenting the longstanding Latino community as they fight displacement, UnionDocs has produced a multi-faceted project of their own,Living Los Sures.

    Using the 1984 film and this impressive body of new work as points of departure, we have organized a roaming celebration of local experiences across the barrio of Los Sures. Come immerse yourself in street life then and now.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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