Recent Opportunities

  • Lecture: Longwood Gardens: Behind the Gates of One of the Great Gardens of the World

    Newport | Dates: 27 Aug, 2015

    Jim Sutton, Display Designer, Longwood Gardens

    Get a sneak peek into Longwood's 1,007 acres, including 20 outdoor and 20 indoor gardens with exquisite flowers, majestic trees and opulent architecture. Learn about the extensive research that goes into the floral and exhibit design, including the plant trials and selection process that have made Longwood Gardens spectacular for more than a century.

    Admission: Preservation Society members $5, General admission $10, advance registration is required.  Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • An Evening with Maureen Chilton

    Newport | Dates: 19 Aug, 2015

    Maureen Chilton, Chairman of the Board, The New York Botanical Garden

    Join Maureen Chilton as she shares her experiences at the New York Botanical Garden and her ongoing preservation work at White Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Chilton has served on the Board of the New York Botanical Garden since February 2005, and became Chairman in 2009. in additional to leading important endeavors throughout the organization, she holds a special interest in the Garden's education programs, especially those that provide opportunities for underserved children. Mrs. Chilton is a member of the Preservation Society's International Council. Along with her husband she is involved with a number of charitable, cultural and educational institutions. 

    Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for non-members. Advance registration is required.

    Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Visions of Vizcaya, a Passion for the Past

    Newport | Dates: 15 Jul, 2015

    Ian Simpkins, Chief Horticulturist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    Vizcaya is a one of a kind estate – a pastiche of old and new, emerging from the steamy mangrove swamps. Created by a man with an open checkbook and another man with unlimited creative vision, it continues to beckon today as theater of a bygone era, transporting the visitor to another place and time. The gardens are a captivating blend of Italianate architecture and French inspired horticultural design with splashes of tropical exuberance and heightened decay. Take a journey through the gardens, be captivated by their beauty, learn about new research findings, and discover the background of the genius that created them.

    Admission $5 for Preservation Society members, non-members $10.  Advance registration required.  Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes

    Newport | Dates: 10 Jun, 2015

    Judith B. Tankard, Landscape historian

    Beatrix Farrand was one of the foremost landscape architects of the 20th century.  In a career spanning from the Gilded Age to the late 1950s, Farrand was renowned for her private estate gardens, such as Dumbarton Oakes in Washington, D.C. and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine.  She was also a campus consultant at prestigious universities, such as Yale and Princeton.  the restoration of a number of her important landscapes has brought her work to the forefront.

    Admission is free, advance registration is required. Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137

  • History In The Bag Series: History of La Crosse Parks

    La Crosse | Dates: 23 Jun, 2015

    History of La Crosse Parks is presented by Steve Carylon, Director of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

    "History In The Bag" is a brown bag lunch series of Riverside Museum summer lectures. All lectures are admission-free programs that focus on sharing stories of local history and personal history. Bring your own lunch!  Speakers are local historians with a passion for the stories of La Crosse and the Coulee Region. Presented by the La Crosse County Historical Society. 608-782-1980 /

    Location: All presentations are in the auditorium at Riverside Museum, located at the north end of Riverside Park, 410 E. Veterans Memorial Dr., La Crosse, WI 54601 

  • 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

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