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  • Design Dialogues: Elizabeth Diller with Reed Kroloff

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. DS+R has received numerous accolades including the first MacArthur Genius grant awarded to an architecture firm, a retrospective of their work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, inclusion in Time magazine's 100 most influential people and selection as Fast Company'smost innovative design firm. Diller will discuss her work and the firm’s creative processes in architecture and art with Reed Kroloff, Immediate Past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum, and a nationally known commentator in the world of architecture and urban design.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Women in Architecture, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation is pleased to partner with Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) for its 40th anniversary by hosting a special exhibition, Women Building Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture. The exhibition runs from June 12, 2014 – December 2014 at CAF.

    TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
    COST: $10/ $8 MCA/CAF/CWA members
    LOCATION: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611

  • Drinks and Design in the Studio: Chicago Model City

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014
    Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering. Volunteers from the Chicago Women in Architecture will lead a creative exercise, check back for more details.

    PRICE: Adults- $20, Members- $15
    TIME/DATE: July 16, 6-8pm 
    MEET: ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

  • Book Presentation | Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 7

    Where: At The Center   

    Please join us for a book presentation on Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects by Rotor, a Brussels-based collective of architects, designers, and researchers.

    Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm in architecture and urban planning. Drawing on a year-long investigation for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Rotor presents and contextualizes the 600 objects gathered for its main exhibition (building models, samples, specialized construction tools, campaign posters, footage of lobbyist gatherings, etc.).

    The book also contains 300 short comments by prominent architects, critics, and scholars from around the world. The publication is presented in an accessible, visually compelling, and thought-provoking manner, and will interest engaged citizens, experts, practitioners, activists, and politicians alike.

    Co-author Maarten Gielen, a co-founder of Rotor, will present the book. Rotor is a group of people who share a common interest in material flows in industry and construction. Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops critical positions on design, material resources, and waste through research, exhibitions, writings, and conferences. The group recently curated OMA/Progress, a large exhibition on the work of OMA, at the Barbican in London. Together with Rotor's Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen curated Behind the Green Door – architecture and the desire for sustainability at the 2013 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

    This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Sponsor: The reception is provided by the Government of Flanders, through Flanders House New York

  • Public Space: Community and Privacy

    New York | Dates: 02 Jul, 2104

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

    Where: At The Center   

    With the Mayor’s affordable housing plan in mind, this panel will bring together architects, government officials, and housing advocates to address the intersection of civic space and housing in New York City. Speakers will touch on the future of large NYCHA housing sites and their potential modifications, community centers in NYCHA housing developments, open spaces between apartment buildings that could become social spaces, the relationship between housing, housing precincts, and the sidewalks and spaces beyond and between neighboring communities as well as other examples of public places that form within and alongside integrated housing developments.

    This panel will be presented in conjunction with the Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from June 12 - September 6, 2014 and is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    David Resnick, AIA, 
    Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

    Sara Caples, AIA, Principal, Caples Jefferson Architects
    Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects 
    Richard Plunz, Director, Urban Design Program, GSAPP, Columbia University and Director, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members

    Co-Sponsored by: AIANY Housing Committee

  • Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

    New York | Dates: 01 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 1

    Where: At The Center   

    Michael BellDr. William Carroll, Jr.Billie Faircloth,Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton will present Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

    Almost every industry in the world has benefited from the invention of plastics, but it is only in the recent past that they have begun to be appreciated as architectural materials in their own right. Plastics are quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous materials in construction and have the potential to reshape the roles of architects and engineers, as well as the construction industry at large. As a building material, plastic allows for easily molded and formed shapes, leading to increasingly malleable design processes. Despite being the most deeply engineered building materials today, plastics are still in the nascent stages of understanding in terms of their potential applications and uses. In Permanent Change an interdisciplinary group of architects, historians, theorists, and engineers collectively explore the past, present, and future possibilities of this innovative building material.

    Michael Bell is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. Bell chairs the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials and is also Director of the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios. Bell’s design work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Venice Biennale; The Yale School of Architecture; The University Art Museum, Berkeley; and at Arci-Lab, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards, and his is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Books by Michael Bell include Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private HouseMichael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City; and Slow Space. Bell has taught at Berkeley, Rice University, MIT and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Michigan as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture. His recently completed Binocular House is featured in MetropolisCasabella, and in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterwork Houses.

    Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He received an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana. Carroll is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, and also a Past President (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the advisory board for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. On behalf of OxyChem, he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, and has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states - most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.

    Billie Faircloth is the Research Director at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. As director, Faircloth fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies and industries in order to define a relevant problem solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research Billie pursues an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?” In addition to her practice, she teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and lectures on design research worldwide. Her forthcoming book, Architecture and Plastics, will be published by Routledge in 2015. Billie received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.

    Sylvia Lavin, who was chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA from 1996-2006, is a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory, and criticism. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award, as well as previous awards from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. In addition to her most recent book,Kissing Architecture, (Princeton University Press 2011) Lavin is the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT, 1992), Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT, 2005), and the forthcoming The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity. She initiated a series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, has been a guest curator for the CCA and Ace Galleries, and is currently working on a large-scale exhibition,Fin-de-Sixties LA: From Pop to Postmodernism. Lavin is the Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, the Havard Graduate School of Design and other international schools of architecture, and is the Director of Hi-C, a design/research group that supports architecture in the public realm.

    George Middleton, AIA, CSI, is President of George Middleton & Associates, Inc., construction industry consulting firm based in Chicago. His work is focused primarily on the technical, marketing and training needs of the firm’s building product manufacturer, industry trade association and publisher clients. His firm has Fortune 500 product and materials experience. He serves as the chair of CSI's GreenFormat™ Task Team. Before founding his firm, he was responsible for publishing electronic content for the AEC markets for Autodesk. Prior to that he was Director of Technical Marketing at USG Corporation and has been involved in development, testing and marketing of construction products and systems for projects in North America, Europe and Asia. He also previously served as a Research Architect with the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. George is a licensed architect, a member of AIA and CSI. He is a USGBC LEED® Accredited Professional and a Green Globes® Assessor through The Green Building Initiative.

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right 
    $10 for non-members - PURCHASE A TICKET

    Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee

  • A Celebration of the Life and Work of Fred Schwartz, FAIA

    New York | Dates: 30 Jun, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 30

    Where: At The Center   

    Join the AIA New York Chapter in celebrating the life and achievements of Fred Schwartz, FAIA.

    The Staten Island Ferry Terminal and September 11th memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County endure as powerful public works, but Fred's legacy will continue to be reflected in his advocacy and activism on behalf of the profession and the NY Chapter. He played an essential and pivotal role in post-9/11 planning starting with New York New Visions and most recently, helped change the guidelines for the AIA Gold Medal, allowing it to recognize collaborative teams as well as individuals.

  • Schroeder Area Historical Society Lundie Tour

    Dates: 12 Jul, 2014
    Once again, the Schroeder Area Historical Society is sponsoring its fundraiser and tour of historical and architecturally significant cabins along the North Shore on July 12, 2014. Dale Mulfinger, Scott Berry and Ron Ankeny will all be part of the tour with Dale giving a talk on his new book, “Back to the Cabin” in the morning. This year’s 10th anniversary tour will feature All-Lundies with stops at 6 sites and including 13 structures, all timber frames designed by Edwin Lundie. The main feature will be the historic Slade Mansion which is featured in Dale’s book on Lundie, a most rare opportunity.

    For more information, contact Steven Lukas, or 612-886-3095.

  • Exploring the Covert Capital

    Washington | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014
    Wednesday, July 16 - 6:30 pm

    $8.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, $10.00 for non-members.

    Washington, DC, may be the United States’ official capital, but the northern Virginia area is the covert capital of a secret empire. Anchored at one end on the Pentagon and at the other on CIA headquarters, the area has been profoundly affected in its architecture, culture, and politics by the covert business done there, business which touches every part of the globe.

    Join Professor Andrew Friedman of Haverford College for a fascinating discussion of an aspect of the secret world of espionage that you probably never considered: architecture. Afterwards, Professor Friedman will sign his book Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia, and you can examine photographs from the secret files of the International Spy Museum showing long-gone classified CIA facilities around the Washington area.

    Co-sponsored by Historical Society of Fairfax County and Latrobe Chapter, SAH.

  • Garden Dialogues: Chicago/Lake Forest

    Lake Forest | Dates: 02 – 03 Aug, 2014
    On August 2nd and 3rd, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Lake Forest, IL and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    Saturday, August 2nd, 5:00 to 6:30pm | Lake Forest

    Lake Forest Garden
    Peter Schaudt, Steve Gierke, and Jayson De Geeter, Hoerr Schaudt, withThomas Norman Rajkovich, Architect and Jeanne Nolan and Jacqueline Kotz, The Organic Gardener Ltd.

    This charming, English country style home was designed in the early 20th century and is nestled quietly into enchanting woodland. The garden’s focal point is a placid lap pool, where a classical fountain and masonry walls establish a serene sense of enclosure. Adjoining the pool court, a foursquare cutting garden and organic vegetable garden are bordered by a tool house at the ravine’s edge. The garden’s structure dissolves into a natural wood that blends with the surrounding neighborhood.

    Sunday, August 3rd, 10:00 to 11:30am | Lake Forest

    The Walled Garden at Little Orchard
    Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.

    On a 5.4-acre bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, landscape architect Craig Bergmann has skillfully and respectfully brought new life to Little Orchard, a garden designed by one of the profession’s great practitioners, Ellen Biddle Shipman. The site is part of the historic Howard VanDoren Shaw estate built in 1896. The estate’s owners engaged Bergmann in 1999, and the resultant garden, finished in 2000, is a nod to Shipman's elegant spatial approach. An extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plantings is featured in symmetrically configured planting beds centered on the view to Lake Michigan. The owner's passion for plants and gardens is reflected in the numerous intimate vignettes set within this expansive space.

  • Exhibition: What Models Can Do

    Siegen | Dates: 29 Jun – 12 Oct, 2014
    A new  in Germany looks at the history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with a legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and ends up in the present day with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.

    In the field of architecture and urban planning, the three-dimensional architectural model – on a reduced scale -- continues to function as a tool when communicating planned or realised architecture. The model can efficiently provide information about larger spatial contexts, which are either experienced very differently in their original dimensions or may even be impossible to experience at all. Through its reduction in size, the model also facilitates a reduction in spatial complexity. Suddenly, it is possible to grasp things at a glance that can only be understood in their original size through the time-consuming process of a physical inspection.

    It is noticeable that contemporary art frequently adopts the architectural and urban model, removing it from its tightly framed functional context, adapting its phenomenological qualities and giving it a fresh function in the context of artistic questions. In the conceptually dominated art of the last 40 years, the architectural model is opened up poetically and employed in a metaphorical and theatrical fashion. Another important aspect in this context is the mysterious aura of the miniature (Gaston Bachelard), which the eye can penetrate – without the body, so to speak, but without forgetting the physical experience.

    On the one hand, reference to the architectural model helps to develop issues concerning the sculpture; on the other hand, the architectural model can serve – precisely because of its interim state between concept and realisation – as an instrument of criticism and utopia. It is this not-only-but-also, this simultaneity of direct sensory presence and yet suggestive distance to the viewer’s sphere of experience, which constitutes the fascination of the model.

    The exhibition writes a brief history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with the legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and weaves the thread further, up to the present day, with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.

    Participating artists: Absalon, Michael Ashkin, Thomas Bayrle, Peter Downsbrough, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Alicia Framis, Carlos Garaicoa, Ludger Gerdes, Christian Haake, Gabu Heindl & Drehli Robnik, Matthew Day Jackson, Friederike Klotz, Langlands & Bell, Rita McBride, Isa Melsheimer, Stephan Mörsch, Sirous Namazi, Hermann Pitz, Hinrich Sachs, Michel Sauer, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, Charles Simonds, Stephen Willats, Elizabeth Wright und Yin Xiuzhen.

  • Call for Applications: Editorial Board, Architectural Histories

    Dates: 27 Jun – 31 Aug, 2014
    Architectural Histories, the open access journal of the European Architectural History Network, is issuing a call for applications for its editorial board. Application deadline is 31 August 2014.
  • Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

    Dates: 04 Jun – 10 Sep, 2014
    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a visionary design for a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. To enter this open, two-stage competition, register and submit your Stage One design by September 10, 2014.

    The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is the first open, international architectural competition to be organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. This initiative reflects the Guggenheim’s long history of engagement with architecture and design and its belief that outstanding original design can speak across cultures, refreshing and enlivening the urban environment.

    Following a detailed Concept and Development Study by the Guggenheim Foundation, the City of Helsinki has reserved a prominent waterfront site for the architectural competition of the proposed museum. The site is located in the Eteläsatama, or South Harbor area, an urban space of great national and cultural significance, close to the historic city center and immediately visible to visitors arriving by sea.

    It is envisaged that the Guggenheim Helsinki would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. Within the Guggenheim Foundation’s international constellation of museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Helsinki would be distinctive in its active inclusion of design and architecture in its programming.

    From a global perspective, Helsinki is emerging as a city to watch. Standing at the intersection of East and West, Helsinki has one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Europe. The city recently has embarked on an ambitious yet highly sensitive program of renewal and development, initiating the greatest urban change in its history since Helsinki became the capital of Finland two hundred years ago.

    An increasingly popular visitor destination, Helsinki serves as a standard bearer for Finland and a model for cities around the world, benefiting from an exceptional education system, entrepreneurial spirit, appetite for innovation, and success in international happiness indices.

  • Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture

    New York | Dates: 04 Jul – 19 Oct, 2014

    Focusing on recent acquisitions in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, Conceptions of Space addresses how contemporary architects continue to embrace spatial creation as a fundamental focus of their work. The exhibition reveals how, beyond formal traits and functional needs, the conception and articulation of architectural space still defines architecture as an artistic endeavor, and a response to wider cultural issues.

    In the early and mid-20th century, the concept of space was critical in defining the modern movement in architecture. Notions of architectural space related to the coherence between the interior and exterior of buildings emerged as a new feature. Counteracting previous understandings of architecture as a progression of styles, space became a privileged quest of architectural practice. In time, however, space was actively reclaimed by artists, geographers, sociologists, and others as their domain of intervention and reflection. As proposed by French philosopher Michel Foucault, ours is the epoch of space, an expanded field imbued with complex meanings.

    Twenty international projects by architects and artists, in large-scale models, drawings, photographs, videos, and even a room-sized installation, survey how architecture addresses this expanded field. Spatial conceptions in the exhibition range from “assemblage” and “envelope” space, to “fictional” and “performative” space. Participants offer a global panorama of architectural practice today, from acclaimed architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Álvaro Siza, and Kengo Kuma, to young, emergent practices such as Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Chile; Ryue Nishizawa, Japan; Ensamble Studio, Spain; and the New York-based SO-IL and MOS Architects.

  • Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814–2014

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jul – 19 Oct, 2014

    Using historical maps, broadsheets, books, objects, and textiles, Crossings and Dwellings tells the story of 19th-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both indigenous and immigrant populations. This exhibition includes liturgical and educational treasures, such as globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (Dutch, 1571–1638), drawings by Nicolas Point, S.J. (French, 1799–1868), maps by Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J. (Belgian, 1801–1873), the chalice of Sébastien-Louis Meurin, S.J. (French, 1707–1777), a cope made by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ (French, 1769–1852), and vestments created by indigenous people and presented to De Smet. The exhibition will also examine the pioneering role of the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in building Chicago educational institutions, including several schools in Holy Family Parish, Immaculata High School, and Mundelein College.

    Crossings and Dwellings commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814–2014) and a century of women’s education at Loyola-Mundelein (1914–2014). For more information, visit

    The exhibition is curated by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, and Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian and author. Sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and supported by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University Chicago.

  • Pirates, Rebels, and Religion! - 17th C. Domestic Material Culture Symposium

    Surry | Dates: 12 Jul, 2014

    Saturday July 12th 2014 10:30AM - 2:30 PM

    Preservation Virginia’s Bacon’s Castle is honored to have a stellar line up of archaeologist from the east coasts coolest 17th century sites speaking at our second annual 17th Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium.

    Underwater Archaeology on Black Beard’s Sunken Galley
    'Queen Anne's Revenge' Recovered Galley Goods & Personal Gear from Blackbeard's crew, 1718"
    Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, RPA
    Program Archaeologist/Curator
    Fort Bragg CRMP

    Artifacts from Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 at Bacon’s Castle.
    "Archaeology at Bacon's Castle, 1978 - 2013"
    Nick Luccketti, MA, RPA
    Principal Archaeologist & Partner
    James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc.

    Archaoelogy at St. Mary’s City, considered to be the birthplace of religious freedom in America
    "Landscape, Material Culture, and the Struggle for Political Authority in Maryland: A New Look at the "Maryland Designe”
    Dr. Julie King
    Archaeologist/ Anthropology Professor
    St. Mary's College of Maryland

    Space is limited to the first 35 patrons. Early registration is only $40 per person and includes Symposium attendance and a gourmet bagged lunch. Late registration is between June 29th and July 9th, 2014 and is $50 per person. Click here for tickets!

  • Northampton Historic Preservation Society Lecture on the Lawn at Vaucluse

    Machipongo | Dates: 29 Jun, 2014

    If you have an interest in historical plantations in Northampton County, you may wish to join the Northampton Historical Preservation Society on Sunday, June 29th at 2:00 for an afternoon at the lovely Vaucluse in Machipongo. Vaulcuse is a Tidewater plantation home originally built in 1784 on the banks of the Hungar River in Machipongo.  It is one of the oldest plantations in the county.

    At this event, the home owners Linda and David Rogers will share the historic property's history and provide interesting anecdotes.  Vaucluse is both a National Historic Site and a Historic Virginia Landmark. 

    The Vaucluse Lecture is presented as the first of a three-part Lecture on the Lawn series which will focus on homes on Westerhouse Creek.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 27th at The Glebe, the home of Jack Wescoat and Sunday, September 14th at Winona, the home of Mary and Herman Walker.

    The Northampton Historic Preservation Society is requesting a $10 per person donation at the event. They encourage everyone to dress casually and ask guest to bring their own lawn chair and beverage of choice.  The event will be held only if weather permits.

  • The Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company

    Chicago | Dates: 18 Sep, 2014

    Thursday, September 18
    6 p.m.
    Museum Members $5; Public $15   Buy tickets

    Note: To receive the member discount, members must log in after clicking through to the ticket purchase screen. Please place the tickets you would like to purchase in your cart and the discount will be applied when you check out. For information about Driehaus Museum memberships, please see the Join section on the website or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

    John Gardener Low was a talented tile artist, who was also a savvy businessman. His tiles graced fireplace surrounds, soda fountains, cast iron stoves and a multitude of other products.  The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain.  For all of the 1880’s and the early years of the 1890’s the popular Low art tiles sold in large numbers.

    John Gardner Low was a painter before he started his tile business, having studied in Paris from 1858 to 1861 with Constant Troyon and Thomas Couture.  He was well acquainted with many of the great artists of his time, including Elihu Vedder, Francis Davis Millet, William Rimmer and Childe Hassam. 

    The story of the Low Company is often told with images which display the wide range of products made by the company.

    The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America.
    This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2014 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

    Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended.

    Richard Pennington, a former Boston Globe reference librarian, received his Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College. He and his wife lived in Chelsea from 1992 to 2005, in an 1886 Victorian house with two Low tile fireplace surrounds. He has been intrigued by the subject since 1997, and his research in ongoing. He is the author of the 244 page, full-color book, Low Art Tile – John Gardner Low and the artists of Boston’s Gilded Age.

  • Ruthmere: An Eclectic Beaux Arts Mansion

    Elkart | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014

    8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (return time approximate)
    Museum Members $65; Public $75   Buy tickets

    Note: To receive the member discount, members must log in after clicking through to the ticket purchase screen. Please place the tickets you would like to purchase in your cart and the discount will be applied when you check out. For information about Driehaus Museum memberships, please see the Join section on the website or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

    Join us this fall for our second travel tour which takes us to Elkart, Indiana to experience the Ruthmere Museum’s exceptional fine and decorative arts collection housed in an elegantly restored 1910 historic home steeped in local history. Your visit includes a tour of the Ruthmere Mansion and the 1831 Beardsley House. After lunch, en route back to Chicago, an additional stop will be made in South Bend at the Joseph D. Oliver House, also known as Copshaholm. Built in 1895, this 38-room Romanesque Queen Anne house features all original furnishings.

    Fees include guided tours, lunch, and round-trip transportation by motor coach from the Driehaus Museum. For questions about accessibility during the tours, please call 312.482.8933, ext. 31.

  • World Architecture Festival 2014

    Singapore | Dates: 01 – 03 Oct, 2014

    World Architecture Festival is a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers and clients. Now in its seventh year WAF has been bringing the architectural community together to celebrate, learn and connect since 2008 and is your passport to the international architecture scene

    Growing each year, it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and from all corners of the industry. Seize the unique opportunity that WAF provides to meet your peers with, clients, press and suppliers from around the world. Strengthen your understanding, your work, your contacts and your future prospects.

    Find out more about why you should attend WAF here.

  • 100% Design

    London | Dates: 17 – 20 Sep, 2014

    100% Design is officially the UK’s largest design trade event with over 27,000 visitors including architects, interior designers, retailers and designers. The event is held between the 17-20 September and is the biggest event during the London Design Festival. 100% Design is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors in 2014.

    100% Design occupies a special place in the UK design industry’s heart. First staged in 1995 within a tent off the Kings Road, the show has gone on to be the benchmark event for the promotion of design product and activity in London. Through different editions 100% Design has continued to excel, easily outsizing any other design event in the UK. Now, for the 20th edition the mood is both celebratory and resolutely fixed on the future; 100% Design will continue its traditional role to support design, both in the UK and beyond as it continues to define London’s design agenda.

    Learn more and register now at