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  • D.C. Builds: Bricks & Bytes

    Washington | Dates: 25 Feb, 2015

    The Washington, D.C. economy has historically revolved around the federal government. However, in this age of reduced government funding, the city is looking at ways to diversify the economy, with a renewed focus on fostering the city’s nascent technology sector. Uwe Brandes, executive director, Urban & Regional Planning Program, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, moderates a panel on what D.C.'s built environment needs to attract and hold tech businesses.
    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

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

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Portraits in Design: Julia Morgan, FAIA

    Washington | Dates: 22 Feb, 2015

    Portraits in Design is a lecture series that takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. The series delves into the life stories of important architects, landscape architects, and planners to better understand how their personal lives had an influence on their professional careers. Portraits in Design continues in 2015 with lectures on Le Corbusier on January 11; Julia Morgan, FAIA, on February 22; and Beatrix Farrand on March 15.

    Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957), who was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2014, had an unprecedented career as the first woman to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first to be licensed to practice architecture in the state of California. Morgan's body of work comprises over 700 buildings, including two National Historic Landmarks: the Hearst San Simeon Estate and the Asilomar Conference Grounds, both in California.Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq., the catalyst in nominating Morgan for AIA's highest honor, speaks about Morgan's life and work in the second lecture of this year's Portraits in Design series.

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member. 
    Special series pricing for all three: $30 Member | $30 Student | $50 Non-member.

    Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015 
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • "Troubled Assets" Third Friday Lecture

    Detroit | Dates: 16 Jan, 2015

    Join us on Friday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a lecture with photographer Geoff George, whose first-ever print exhibition of Instagram series Troubled Assets is on view at the Mackenzie House.

    Troubled Assets aims to categorize and document the abundance of historic neighborhood bank buildings in the City of Detroit and surrounding areas. Their ubiquitousness, and craftsmanship, is a reminder of Detroit’s large role in finance and the economy between 1920 and 1950. Many of these buildings have been creatively repurposed as churches, hair salons, nightclubs, pawn shops, and day cares; others are abandoned, for sale, for lease, or their status is unknown. While not formally designated as historic, Detroit’s bank buildings make up a substantial and recognizable part of the urban fabric of Detroit, and their future preservation is essential to maintaining our city’s culture, history, and legacy of architecture and design.

    Geoff will share his original research on the architecture and history of the bank buildings he has photographed and talk about his artistic intention in surveying these under-appreciated historic resources. Prints will be available for sale.

    About Geoff George

    Geoff George is a cinematographer, photographer, and camera professional from Detroit, Michigan. As a DP he is known for the contemporary and cutting-edge look he has brought to music videos and commercials, and as a 2nd Unit DP he has introduced captivating establishing shots of Detroit to several feature-length films. As a fine art photographer, he has explored historic industrial sites across North America and Europe, and exhibited in New York City and Turin. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in filmmaking and cinematography.

    About our Third Friday Lectures

    Third Friday Lectures are held on the third Friday of most months at Mackenzie House (4735 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201). Our Third Friday Lecture Series is made possible by the generous donations of our members. Its mission is to share the tales of Detroit’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and architects and build support for historic preservation’s importance in revitalizing our neighborhoods.

    Lectures are free for Preservation Detroit members. For non-members, suggested donation is $5 and can be made at the door. Contact Claire Nowak-Boyd to RSVP or with questions.

  • A+D 101 Lecture - Midcentury Italian Glass and American Studio Glass

    Palm Springs | Dates: 18 – 18 Apr, 2015
    Speakers: Joan and Gary Gand Patchwork….swirls….stripes…..bended and twisted into sculptural shapes. The art of glass-blowing was once confined and the process kept secret on the island of Murano. How did the art of glass-blowing evolve from the Italian masters to the American studio glass movement? How did blown glass change from goblets and vases to abstract sculpture? Midcentury Italian glass collectors Gary and Joan Gand will trace the fascinating history of this Midcentury collectible and how it inspired the glass artists of today. Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m. Joan and Gary Gand, also known as the Gand Band, are musicians by trade, but they are also collectors with an avid appreciation of all things Midcentury. Experts on vintage furniture, art, architecture, they created and maintain the only definitive information website for Italian Glass collectors. Their collection of over 250 pieces of Italian glass from 1927-1975 resides at their Illinois home.
  • A+D 101 Lecture and Site Visit - The Midlife Crisis of Midcentury Modern

    Palm Springs | Dates: 28 – 28 Mar, 2015
    Speaker: Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner Architects Uneven surfaces, poor circulation, leaks, lack of a sense of purpose. Despite increased recognition of Modern architecture’s cultural significance, our midcentury heritage seems to have reached that all too familiar midlife crisis. Leo Marmol, FAIA, will present the conservation strategies and particular challenges that arise when restoring these architectural icons. How do we determine what to preserve, while providing for current lifestyle needs and expectations? Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m. Leo Marmol, Managing Principal of Marmol Radziner, established the Los Angeles-based architectural firm with his business partner Ron Radziner in 1989. Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build practice that includes architecture, construction, landscape, interiors, furniture, and jewelry. The firm has completed restorations of important buildings in the Coachella Valley and beyond, including Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House (1946), Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson’s Ship of the Desert (1937), Albert Frey’s Loewy House (1946), and Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan Association (1961), now the site of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.
  • ADC Evening Lecture - Reclaiming the Streets

    Palm Springs | Dates: 07 – 07 Mar, 2015
    Speaker: Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, New York Times Kimmelman will share his thoughts on issues related to urban space. His lecture will focus on the need for public space in urban centers and how it is essential to a city’s architecture. Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Marcuse Sculpture Garden.
  • ADC Symposium - Urban Visions and Public Space

    Palm Springs | Dates: 21 – 21 Feb, 2015
    By 2050 more than two thirds of the world’s population will inhabit cities. As they become more crowded and congested, what happens to quality of life? How can urban design and smart planning provide solutions for traffic congestion, lack of public space, and the best use of our limited water, air, and natural resources? In cities from New York to Copenhagen to Bogota, public officials are re-examining what makes a city vibrant, yet people-friendly. The Architecture and Design Council welcomes you to participate in this year’s symposium, focusing on critical issues related to urbanism, public space, and urban sprawl in Palm Springs and worldwide. The symposium, on February 21, 2015, will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the first keynote speaker, Charles Montgomery. Author of Happy City: Transforming our Lives Through Urban Design (2013), Montgomery is an authority on analyzing the psychological satisfaction of urban design. A panel discussion of local experts will follow. The second keynote speaker, Mary Margaret Jones, is a renowned landscape architect with experience designing green space in many cities as well as aspects of two Olympics. Her discussion will conclude the symposium. At 12:30 p.m., attendees will be provided with a catered lunch and reception.
  • ADC Lecture - Mon Petit Americain: Albert Frey and Paris, 1928

    Palm Springs | Dates: 18 – 18 Feb, 2015
    Paris in 1928 was the apotheosis of all that was chic, elegant, radical, artistic, and social. Into that context stepped Albert Frey, a bit naïve but lured to Paris by the reputation of Le Corbusier. The self Frey would find in Paris was, at his core, an American. What did he find there, what might he have seen, what could he have heard, whose voices commanded his days? Bill Butler is an avid researcher, student of architecture, and former chair of the museum’s Architecture and Design Council. He has done extensive research on Albert Frey in the University of California, Santa Barbara, architecture archives and the Palm Springs Art Museum’s collection.

    Palm Springs | Dates: 17 – 17 Feb, 2015
    Frey’s architecture is an amalgam of themes established early in his life and career, nuanced by subtle shifts in his architecture vocabulary. Frey’s architectural language, an intertwining of stripped down modernist theory and expressionist forms, gave voice to a compelling built heritage. The influences set the path Frey would follow to his own defining moments in Palm Springs. Bill Butler is an avid researcher, student of architecture, and former chair of the museum’s Architecture and Design Council. He has done extensive research on Albert Frey in the University of California, Santa Barbara, architecture archives and the Palm Springs Art Museum’s collection.
  • A+D 101 Lecture and Site Visit - Palisades Drive: History and Mystery of a Hillside

    Palm Springs, CA 92262-5659 | Dates: 07 – 07 Feb, 2015
    The history of Palisades Drive, upon which the famous Frey House II sits, is a long and mysterious one. How and when was the mountain carved and the properties cleared? Why, instead of the twelve original plots, were only four dwellings completed? Why did Albert Frey choose this site for his second home? After months research with original documents, William Butler will clarify the storied past. Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m. Bill Butler is an avid researcher, student of architecture, and former chair of the museum’s Architecture and Design Council. He has done extensive research on Albert Frey in the University of California, Santa Barbara, Architecture Archives and the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Collection.
  • New York Botanical Garden Winter Lecture Series: Le Jardin Français

    Bronx | Dates: 29 Jan – 19 Mar, 2015
    Three Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m., January 29, February 19, and March 19, 2015

    Join The New York Botanical Garden as French garden designers and stewards Louis Benech, Alexandre de Vogüé, and Robert Mallet share how they are reinterpreting classic and contemporary landscapes across France and beyond with a sensibility and sense of style that is decidedly French. $32 NYBG Member, $35 Non-Member. Each lecture is approved for 1.5 LA CES, AIA, and APLD credit hours. Register at
  • The Future of Architecture: Restorative, Sustainable, Net Zero

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 Jan, 2015
    Ted Hyman shares his experiences from his 35-year career designing some of the firm’s most sustainable buildings, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters in Agoura Hills and the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla.

    Ted Hyman is Managing Partner of ZGF and has served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. For over two decades, he has led teams for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, taking responsibility for the programming, management, coordination, production and construction administration.
  • Urban Design: Quick Hits, Designing with Water

    Boston | Dates: 15 Jan, 2015

    Join Boston Living with Water at ​BSA Space for a “Pecha Kucha”-style event on “living with water” and resilient design ideas.

    T​his ​public ​event is another in a series associated with the ​Boston Living with Water design competition: an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.

    The evening will include a dozen four-minute slide presentations that will feature highlights from the ABX 2014 Living with Water Design Charrette, illustrate “living with water” design ​principles, ​show case best practices, ​and encourage energetic discussion.

    Learn more about ​Boston Living with Water: International Design Competition

  • Arts and Crafts Architecture, a talk with Maureen Meister

    Boston | Dates: 23 Jan, 2015

    Come hear Maureen Meister, PhD, lecture (with accompanying visuals) on her new book, Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England (UPNE, 2014), the first in-depth study of this topic to date.

    When the Society of Arts and Crafts was founded in Boston in 1897, the city’s architects became a driving force and turned into fierce advocates for their fellow craftsmen’s mission. Unlike popular architects of the time, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene and Greene, the Bostonian design community—whose most active members included Ralph Adams Cram; Lois Howe; A.W. Longfellow, Jr.; Charles Maginnis; and H. Langford Warren—was closely aligned with colleagues in England, where the Arts and Crafts movement originated. Today the century-old town halls, churches, and schools those like-minded Bostonian architects created are landmarks reflecting the Arts and Crafts movement in New England. 

    Attendees will gain an insight into how the English Arts and Crafts movement spread throughout New England at the turn of the 20th century.

    Maureen Meister, is the author of Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard’s H. Langford Warren (UPNE, 2003) and was volume editor of H. H. Richardson: The Architect, His Peers, and Their Era (The MIT Press, 1999).

    Books will be on sale at the event.

  • Call for Panels for 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture

    Dates: 13 Jan – 01 Mar, 2015
    The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this November 4-7, 2015 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.
  • Slave Labor in the Capital: Building Washington’s Iconic Federal Landmarks

    Washington | Dates: 21 Feb, 2015

    Based on meticulous research, author and NPR commentator Bob Arnebeck’s new book, Slave Labor in the Capital, chronicles the work of the slave laborers who were instrumental in building two iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C.—the White House and the Capitol. A book signing follows the talk.

    Free. Drop-in program.
    PC Suite.

    Questions? Contact the Museum Shop.

    Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 
    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Humans, and History in the Anthropocene

    London | Dates: 17 Feb, 2015

    Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor Lecture

    The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Humans, and History in the Anthropocene

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

    Speaker(s): Dr Daniel A Barber (Assistant Professor of Architectural Theory and History, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)

    Ticket/entry details: Open to all , free admission

    Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott 

    In his landmark 1966 essay, ‘The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth’, Kenneth Boulding wrote: “we are in the long process of a transition in the nature of the image which man has of himself and of his environment”. The way in which we imagine and represent the relationship between humans and natural systems, Boulding proposed, is central to changing aspects of that relationship. 

    Though not directed at architects, Boulding’s assertion resonates with the emergence of a new kind of architectural drawing: eco-diagrams focused on both representing and operating upon the changing relationship between “man” and “environment”. In many of these diagrams, the figure of the human is central – literally, drawn in the middle, and conceptually, expressive of the new kinds of living that these architectures were seen to allow. Part of the renewed interest in humanism that pervaded architectural discussions in the post-war period, the architectural eco-diagram became an important site for reconsidering the parameters for social transformation amidst rapidly increasing knowledge of the fragility of the global ecological system. Of especial interest in these drawings, in other words, even more than the methods they propose, are the futures that they imagine. 

    Daniel A. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he teaches courses in the history of modern architecture. His research explores the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and was recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He has recently published articles in Grey Room and Technology and Culture, as well as in the edited volumes A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment (MIT Press 2013), Architecture and Energy: Questions about Performance and Style (Routledge, 2013) – many of these can be downloaded at Professor Barber’s first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015; a second book, on the importance of climate and diagrammatic knowledge to the modern architecture of the 1950s, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2016.

    This Visiting Professorship has been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art 

  • Panel Discussion: Ethics in the Design World: When To Say No

    Washington | Dates: 03 Feb, 2015

    Should there be a kind of Hippocratic Oath for design professionals? Architects, landscape architects, planners, and engineers sometimes find themselves involved in projects that pose challenging ethical questions. From the construction of major infrastructure projects that result in the displacement of indigenous populations, to the design of execution chambers within prisons, to labor issues on construction sites, where do design professionals draw an ethical line? Raphael SperryAIALEED AP, president, Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR); Kathryn Prigmore, chief operations officer, STUDIOS architecture; and Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, discuss ethics in design and when it might be time to say “no” to a project. The program is moderated by architecture professor and Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

    FREE. Pre-registration required.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

  • Association of Architecture School Librarians Conference 2015

    Toronto | Dates: 17 – 19 Mar, 2015
    The AASL conference is aimed at those working in architectural libraries but also provides an excellent opportunity for faculty, students and independent scholars to learn more about altmetrics, physical materials collections in architecture schools and the challenges of researching women in architecture. Short lightning rounds will cover topics like digital archiving and new ideas for engaging patrons in library collections.
  • Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship

    Brookline | Dates: 09 Jan – 01 Apr, 2015
    Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship This fellowship supports research in the Olmsted archives at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. It provides a $1,500 stipend that may be used to defray living or travel expenses. Students, developing Olmsted scholars, and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2015; research must be completed within one year. For more information, including past recipients and the application form and guidelines, please visit