Recent Opportunities

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  • Spotlight on Design: Ehrlich Architects: The Evolution of Multicultural Modernism

    Washington | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

    The work of Ehrlich Architects is guided by "multicultural modernism" - a humanistic approach that masterfully melds classic California Modernist styles with multicultural and vernacular design elements. Founding partner Steven EhrlichFAIA, will discuss the firm’s architectural evolution in light of their recent honor of the 2015 American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Architecture Firm Award. Following the talk, he will sign copies of the firm’s latest book, Ehrlich Architects: Learning, Working, Living, published in July 2013.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) 

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

  • Working with an Architect & Ask an Architect

    Chicago | Dates: 18 May, 2015

    Have you thought about exploring a “green” renovation or remodeling project on your bungalow, but don’t know where to begin? Hear from residential architectural specialists about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, and budgets and realistic payback periods for green items. Additional seminar topics include: defining the environmental goals for your vintage home, finding out what resources are available, and understanding the steps involved in design and construction. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect.

    In partnership with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.  Please register here.

  • Garden Dialogues: Southern California

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 – 31 May, 2015
    On May 30-31, get exclusive access to private gardens in Los Angeles and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.


  • Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape

    Toronto | Dates: 21 – 24 May, 2015

    Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, the early bird rate will be extended up to the conference.

    Leading with Landscape will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity – what does it mean for a 21st-century city to be historic and modern at the same time? – and stewardship – what new models for public/private financing and management are emerging? This is the third installment in TCLF's Second Wave of Modernism conference series. 

    The international implications of this planning and development strategy will be to address whether a 21st-century city can be both regional and global, and whether we can we use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism.

    Participating speakers, including internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Toronto, municipal leaders, leading critics and thinkers, and academics from Canada, the US and the Netherlands, will also examine how existing parks and open spaces are adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations, and how innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa – and the impact of imported ideas on local conditions.
    6.5 LA CES™ professional development hours available to attendees.

  • The New American Garden

    Washington | Dates: 17 Oct, 2015 – 03 Apr, 2016

    Wolfgang Oehme (1930-2011) and James van Sweden (1935-2013) revolutionized modern American landscape architecture. Rejecting the well-manicured but perpetually thirsty lawns that had become icons of 20th-century suburban neighborhoods and corporate campuses, Oehme and van Sweden instead used ornamental grasses and perennials to create living tapestries requiring relatively little maintenance. These self-sustaining, meadow-like landscapes exemplified what came to be known as the New American Garden.

    Founded in 1977 and based in Washington, D.C., the firm of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates went on to design projects for clients across the United States. Residential commissions ranged from urban townhouse gardens in D.C. and New York to expansive waterfront landscapes along the East Coast. The firm also completed high-profile designs for prominent corporate, institutional, and governmental clients including the Federal Reserve Bank in D.C., the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the New York Botanical Garden. Although Oehme and van Sweden are now deceased, the firm continues to operate under the next generation of leadership.

    This exhibition will include both contemporary and new photographs of key projects designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates over the past several decades, along with related drawings and artifacts from the firm’s practice. A highlight of the exhibition will be the presentation of original paintings and sculptures by prominent artists—such as Henry Moore—that strongly influenced Oehme and van Sweden’s design work. The result will be an unprecedented exploration of the broad arc of landscape design, from early inspirations to project execution to the continuous changes that all landscapes undergo over time.

  • Suffragette City: Gender, Politics, and the Built Environment (Charleston, 25-27 Feb 16)

    Charleston | Dates: 11 May – 01 Jul, 2015
    February 25-27, 2016
    College of Charleston, South Carolina
    A Symposium in Art & Architectural History
    Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marta Gutman, The City College of New York / CUNY

    The aim of this symposium is to consider new research on the intersections of gender and politics in past and ongoing efforts to shape and reshape the physical form, social fabric, and conceptualization of cities worldwide, including design, development, preservation, representation, and other methods of creation and reform.

    In many different societies and historical moments, women—among other gendered
    groups—have worked individually and collectively to transcend social, political, cultural, and economic restrictions to effect change in their communities. From the building campaigns of the Regent-Pharaoh Hatshepsut to the urban politics of patronage in the European Renaissance, from charitable reform campaigns in Victorian tenement districts to militant resistance against neighborhood demolition in the Automobile Age, women’s efforts to exert their wills in the built environment have not only had powerful effects in the districts, city centers, parks, streets, and public squares they call home, but have also inevitably called into question the gendered social boundaries they transgressed in the process.

    Please submit an abstract of your paper proposal, not to exceed 300 words, by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 to both Nathaniel R. Walker at and Gayle L. Goudy at
  • Lasting Legacies: The Grandes Dames of McCormickville

    Chicago | Dates: 02 May – 21 Nov, 2015

    First and third Saturdays, May 2 through November 21
    10:30 a.m.
    $20 Adults, $30 with Museum Admission

    Historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach presents a new and unique walking tour illustrating seven civically minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhood of McCormickville. Ms. Kalmbach will highlight the achievements of these remarkable society women which left a lasting imprint on the city of Chicago.

    Tour is 90 minutes and requires standing and walking. Rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please arrive at the Museum 15 minutes before the tour begins.

  • Terrific Tuesdays: Historically-Inspired Crafts for Kids, Ages 3-13

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jun – 04 Aug, 2015

    Tuesdays June 16 - August 4, 2015
    10:00 - 11:00am
    $5 per child / $3 for Junior Members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Come for a new adventure every week!  Learn about life in early Chicago and on Prairie Avenue while making craft projects inspired by area history.  Recommended for children ages 3 through 13; children must be accompanied by an adult.  Enter museum on 18th Street.

    June 16: Quilt Blocks

    Early Chicago families made beautiful quilts to keep them warm.  Learn about historic block patterns and recreate one.  Or design your own!

    June 23: Japanese Leather

    The Glessner dining room is decorated with dimensional wallpaper that looks like hand-tooled leather.  Use it as inspiration to design your own colorful embossed papers.

    June 30: Basket Weaving

    Native American families and early settlers wove baskets to carry and store food or other supplies.  Learn how to weave a real reed basket.

    July 7: Hooked Rugs

    Thrifty Chicago families used scraps of wool to create pretty rugs for their homes.  Make a mini version of a primitive hooked rug.

    July 14: Picture Frames

    Isaac Scott designed most of the picture frames in the Glessner house.  Design your own frame for a photograph or artwork.

    July 21: Stained Glass Windows

    Second Presbyterian Church is brightened by beautiful stained glass windows.  Create your own colorful design to hang in a window at home.

    July 28: Decorative Tiles

    Designer William De Morgan crafted many of the fireplace tiles used at Glessner House.  Decorate a fancy tile for your home.

    August 4: Band Boxes

    The Clarke family stored their belongings in paper-covered boxes.  Construct a band box from wallpaper scraps to keep your own treasures safe.

  • Lecture: Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry

    Chicago | Dates: 21 May, 2015

    Thursday May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    The Arts & Crafts movement, a fascinating period in American decorative history, led to the unprecedented commercialization of fine crafts and the empowerment of thousands of women and immigrants, who began to pursue new careers in design and handicraft.  In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition heralded the egalitarian art movement in America that led to the establishment of a plethora of metalwork and jewelry companies and studios by the turn of the century.  Author Darcy Evon documents how these new trends spread throughout the Midwest and eventually the country, led by innovative pioneers who inspired an entire nation.  They designed exquisite, original pieces of metalwork and jewelry by hand, starting with basic raw materials.  Frances Glessner's work will be featured.  Feel free to bring some of your jewelry or metalwork for show and tell at the end of the program.  Copies of Evon's book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum's book on Chicago neighborhoods, built environments

    Chicago | Dates: 11 May – 07 Jun, 2015
    Out of the Loop (Agate Midway, May 2015) is a collection of essays published by the Vernacular Architecture Forum to accompany its June 2015 conference in Chicago. Instead of focusing on the the familiar skyscrapers of Chicago's downtown core, this book explores the city's architectural landscape through the unique built environments of its neighborhoods. For more information on the book, please email Shelby Kling at
  • Proposals Invited for Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies

    Dates: 11 – 24 May, 2015
    To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12–15, 2016. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies. Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is May 24, 2015. Proposals should include: -Title -Session abstract (300 words) -Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words) -List of session participants (proposed list of presenters and session presider) -CV Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2015 if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal. If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and presider) up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement. The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center. Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at
  • Chicago Architectural Bridge Tour

    Wendella Dock at Trump Tower | Dates: 05 – 05 Jun, 2015
    With Wendella Boats cruise the Chicago River to learn all about the architecture, engineering, and human dramas that surround Chicago's fantastic bridges. This 2-hour tour with docent Patrick McBriarty, author of the award-winning book Chicago River Bridges, passes under or through 20+ bridges to explore the history and stories of these amazing structures past and present. For tickets and more detail go to Wendella's website: These tours are offered once per month June - October and the first tour on June 5 will host participants from the 5th International Congress of Construction Historians and is also open to the public.
  • Evanston Preservation Symposium

    Evanston | Dates: 23 May, 2015

    In honor of National Preservation Month, the Evanston Preservation Commission invites community members to attend a Preservation Symposium on Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Evanston History Center, located at 225 Greenwood St. in Evanston.

    The free symposium, “On Adding on to Historic Structures: A Dialogue between Preservationists and Architects,” will provide strategies to better understand how building additions are viewed by architects and local preservation commissions. Examples of successful additions to homes and properties in Evanston and the North Shore will also be discussed.

    Space for this event is limited. Community members are encouraged to register online by noon, Friday, May 22, or by contacting City of Evanston Senior Planner/Preservation Coordinator Carlos Ruiz at 847-448-8687, or

    Presented by both preservation experts and architects, the symposium will focus on the ways that local and national standards affect homeowners, the Realtor community, and institutions. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

    The event will be moderated by Evanston Preservation Commissioner and Architect Julie Hacker, of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC. Presenters and panelists include:

    Carol Dyson, Chief Architect
    Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer IHPA

    Stuart Cohen, Architect
    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    Professor Emeritus University of Illinois at Chicago

    Guy Bergh, Architect
    Melichar Architects
    Former Lake Forest Preservation Commissioner

    Tom Shafer, Architect
    Thomas Shafer Architects LLC
    Former Highland Park Preservation Commissioner

    Dan Weese, Architect
    Weese Langley Weese Architects

    Susan Benjamin, Architectural Historian
    Benjamin Historic Certifications
    Former Highland Park Preservation Commissioner

    Brad White, Associate Director for Alphawood Foundation
    Authored Evanston’s Preservation Ordinance

  • The Glass House Summer Party

    New Canaan | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015
    On June 13th from 12 noon to 4:00 PM, celebrate the start of the season by joining The Glass House as we host our Annual Summer Party. Supported by Swarovski, the event features a festive picnic by Campagna, the restaurant of The Bedford Post Inn. Enjoy a performance by Lucky Dragons and listen to DJs Timo + Alan play the perfect blend of summer hits while trying your hand at classic lawn games like croquet and ping-pong. Stop by the Design Within Reach photo booth to capture the moment or lounge on one of their chaise lounges. If you’re more leisure-minded, enjoy a glass of Taittinger champagne and experience the ongoing permanent Contemporary art collections on view along with a never been seen Robert Morris sculpture, Untitled (Nine Fiberglass Sleeves) (1967), part of Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery on view in DaMonsta, or enjoy the chance to roam freely across the pastoral 49-acre grounds.
  • In Conversation with Coleman Coker (1.5 LU)

    San Francisco | Dates: 27 May, 2015

    Coleman Coker is the Ruth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and director of the Poetics of Building, a designbuild program for advanced design students there. He is a registered architect and principal of buildingstudio. Coker has taught at numerous schools of architecture and is past director of the Memphis Center of Architecture, an urban design studio sponsored by the University of Arkansas and University of Tennessee, which focused on a deeper appreciation of the art of building.

    Coker holds a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and is a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from there. The Architectural League of New York in 1991 recognized him in their "Emerging Voices" series. Coker has lectured extensively at universities and professional forums and has participated in numerous design juries across the country.

    With forty years of experience in design offices - over thirty years as principal of his own firms - Coker founded buildingstudio in 1999 after a thirteen-year partnership with Samuel Mockbee as Mockbee/Coker Architects. With the formation of buildingstudio, Coker sought to blur the boundaries between architecture, art, craft and thinking - rather than separate disciplines, each being essential to the larger realm of building. His work has received numerous honors including National AIA Honor awards, Architectural Record, "Record House" awards and P/A Design Awards. Coker's work has been published widely both at home and internationally.

    AIA Member - $10 
    General Admission - $15
  • The Thinking Collaboratively: Manipulating Technology to Direct the Design Process

    New York | Dates: 08 May, 2015

    Pascale Sablan, AIA, LEED AP, will explain the FXFOWLE design process and the integration of architectural SOFTWARE – Ecotect, 3DMaxx, Rhino, Revit, and AutoCAD – that was used to design the Museum of the Built Environment, one of eleven projects designed by FXFOWLE architects in the King Abdullah Financial District, a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban development currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She will focus on the rational use of technology by the project’s diverse design team to advance architectural and environmental goals, as well as lessons learned during the designs development.

    The program will illustrate that thinking collaboratively is a mantra that works for team members and architectural SOFTWARE both.

    Speaker: Pascale Sablan AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate, FXFOWLE, and President, NYCOBA

    Pascale Sablan, an accomplished architect and President of NYCOBA, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and completed a MASTER OF Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. Sablan’s professional career began and was nurtured at AARRIS Architects. She devoted four years to working on The African Burial Ground National Monument, the first black slavery monument of New York City. Pascale is now an Associate at FXFOWLE Architects, where she is a designer in the Urban Studio. She creates sustainable and dynamic architectural design in countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan and Japan.

    Sablan is actively engaged in many of FXFOWLE’s committees and ACTIVITIES, inlcuding Team Green, mentoring, Revit Technology, and the firm’s blog. Outside the office, she volunteers for multiple organizations to help improve her community and share her knowledge and expertise. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Mary Louis Academy, is a member of the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the United States Green Building Council, and has been a counselor in the ACE Mentoring organization. In 2013, Pascale was selected as an AIA Emerging Professional and her work was exhibited during the annual AIA National Convention. In 2014, she won the AIANY ENYA Merit Award. Pascale was also awarded the NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design in the Unbuilt category for her redesign of AMHE Haiti School Campus, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. She developed this project with her ACE Students.

    Organized by: AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    PRICE: Free for AIA members and students with VALID ID; $10 for non-members

  • Beachside Lonelyhearts, presented by Jimenez Lai

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 May – 10 Jul, 2015

    Jai & Jai Gallery is proud to present ‘Beachside Lonelyhearts’ presented by Jimenez Lai.
    Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 9, 2015; 8pm-11pm.

    A story about an incorrectly remembered sunny afternoon
    Fragment of thoughts glitched together along a beach plan

    is a story about one sunny afternoon incorrectly remembered, with fragments of thoughts scattered all over the walls, floor and ceiling in a desperate attempt to piece back together the fondest and most idyllic sense of warmth.

    “everywhere I look I see your face”

    A beach house

    The hatch is down but did the car run out of gas? Is the trunk open, is the luggage unlocked? Is the rent paid? Is the stove off?

    But, this sunny afternoon is idyllic – extremely happy, and peaceful.

    The incorrect memories repeated, told, retold, corrected, and reconstructed, with degrees of familiarity and differences – but, each time plausible and believable. Notes, sketches and thoughts scribbled onto the wall. Images, snapshots and visuals pasted as postcards.

    Objects on the beach

    Blankets, sand castle, shovel, umbrella (in plan),

    Picnic, lifeguard tower, shadows of clouds, diving boards, swimming trunks,

    This sunny afternoon is in a safe place, a treasure box, where no amount of reassembly and reconstruction could disturb the fact that this afternoon existed, and none of the choices in this reality would result in any consequences.

    This sunny afternoon is a West Coast joy ride, or a terrifically beautiful nightmare

    But there’s no one, nothing, as convertible roams on, with a collection of scattered thoughts flapping in the wind.

  • SCUP Symposium: The Sustainable Campus 2.0

    Piscataway | Dates: 18 May, 2015

    Learn how to develop a campus-wide sustainability plan. Higher education leaders from Rutgers University-Livingston Campus and local firms will share their experience in developing a campus-wide sustainability plan that seeks real world results and also supports their institutional mission.Continuing Education Units: For this symposium you will earn: 4.75 AIA LU/HSW units. Learning Outcomes- Define the critical relationships between a campus' buildings, its site and its available natural resources in developing a program for sustainable campus development.- Evaluate infrastructure options, building systems, and design strategies that support a university's planning goals for energy conservation and sustainability.- Illustrate effective building renovation design strategies that improve the functional, economic, and energy-use performance of existing campus buildings in support of an overall program for the responsible management of campus assets.- Identify the key concerns to designing campus buildings that are considered net zero or ultra-low energy users. A tour of the campus will be included.

    Organized by: Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
    Ted Brown 
    Water Resources Engineer 
    Biohabitats, Inc

    Seth T. Richter 
    Assistant Facilities Planner 
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Antonio Calcado 
    Vice President, Facilities & Capital Planning 
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Frank Wong 
    Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Development 
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Rob Diemer 
    Founding Partner 
    In Posse

    Michael Kornitas 
    Director of Sustainability and Energy 
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Andrew Zumwalt-Hathaway 
    Director, Sustainability Consulting Services 
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc

    Continuing Education Credits:
    LU: 4.75
    HSW: 4.75

  • New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference

    Mt. Laurel | Dates: 03 – 04 Jun, 2015

    When: 12:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 - 12:00 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 4
    Where: ML Hotel, 915 Route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

    Register now for New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 New Jersey History & Historic Preservation Conference, scheduled for June 3-4, 2015 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The annual conference offers more than 20 educational sessions and field workshops over two days (the June 3rd activities are optional and require an additional fee).

    Featured speakers include Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team, Ruth Abram, founder of the Tenement Museum, and Elizabeth Silkes from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. New this year: a hands-on historic window workshop, a tour of women's heritage sites, and a cultural resource management workshop. Select sessions will be eligible for AIA, AICP, and ASLA continuing education credits. Networking opportunities will center around the Marketplace exhibit area and during the closing reception at the ML Hotel's Coco Key Water Resort.

    For more information and to register visit the conference website:

    Sponsored by: NJ Historic Trust, NJ Historical Commission, NJ Historic Preservation Office, Common Wealth of NJ

    Organized by: Conference Planning Committee

    Featured Speakers: 
    Robert K. Wittman
    Ruth Abram
    Elizabeth Silkes

  • Family Day @ the Center: Functionalist Furniture

    New York | Dates: 09 May, 2015

    When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM SATURDAY, MAY 9
    Where: At The Center   
    Two Sessions: 11AM - 1PM or 2PM - 4PM

    Come explore the modernist furnishings and architecture featured in the Center's 
    Prague Functionalism, then design your own functionalist furniture inspired by pieces in the exhibit. 

    Organized by: 
    Center for Architecture
    Price: $20/family of 4; $10 for Center for Architecture Dual/Family Members; additional guests accompanying a Family Admission are $5 each.