Recent Opportunities

  • Garden Dialogues: Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 26 – 27 Sep, 2015
    In September, get exclusive access to private gardens in the Chicago area 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.

    Saturday, September 26, 10:00 to 11:30am | Winnetka
    Saturday, September 26, 1:00 to 2:30pm | Highland Park
    Sunday, September 27, 11:00am to 12:30pm | Chicago
    Sunday, September 27, 2:00 to 3:30pm | Lake Forest
  • Garden Dialogues: Boston Metro Area

    Boston | Dates: 18 Jul, 2015

    The BSA Foundation is sponsoring an opportunity to get exclusive access to private gardens in the Boston Metro Area and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process through The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Garden Dialogues.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to tour Lowder Brook, The Macallen Building and Court Square Press Courtyard, and an empty lot turned pocket garden in Beacon Hill. Read more about the tour locations and times here.

  • Dining With Design: The Sinclair

    Boston | Dates: 17 Aug, 2015

    A restaurant/rock-club hybrid in the heart of Cambridge designed around and inspired by music

    Dine with designer Stephen Martyak Assoc. AIA, owner of studioTYAK, and Josh Bhatti, general manager of The Bowery Presents: Boston, as they talk about the music-infused design process that led to Harvard Square’s groundbreaking restaurant/rock-club hybrid, The Sinclair. Tour the space, sip a cocktail, sample the menu, and learn how a photograph of folksinger Justin Townes Earle, a playlist created by Bhatti, and an existing concrete ceiling became the inspiration for a design concept that transformed an office building into a 140-seat restaurant and a 525-person rock club.

  • Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Fall Exhibitions

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 12 Sep – 06 Dec, 2015
    Walter S. White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture On view: September 12–December 6, 2015 Opening reception: September 25, 2015; 5:30–7:30pm 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.
  • Fall Book Club: Remembering Marshall Field's

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015

    Historian and author, Dr. Leslie Goddard, takes us back in time over 150 years ago when Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s premiere department store.  Learn how a small dry goods business turned into a world-class retail destination with the latest fashions and memorable courteous service, and then the next time you shop at the flagship location you can see how far the store has come over the years. 

    The Driehaus Museum presents our annual Fall Book Club.  Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians.  The books are available at the Museum Store.  Light refreshments will be provided.  A welcome email will introduce the book, the discussion leaders, and discussion topics.  Participants should arrive to each book club having read the book.  Tickets include Museum admission.

  • Nickerson Lecture: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Oct, 2015

    The second in our 2015 Nickerson Lecture Series we will look at the ways in which the Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s famed decorative interior, has intersected with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West. Since 1923, this room has been on display as one of the great treasures of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From being a static icon of Victorian aestheticism the Peacock Room has a dynamic history and can tell many stories about how Asian ceramics shifting between East and West.

    This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2015 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. 

  • Journal of Interior Design Special Issue on Healthcare

    Dates: 01 Oct, 2015 – 01 Mar, 2016
    The first deadline is Registration of Interest on October 1, 2015. Please see link for full call.

    Healthcare delivery and the environments that support it are changing. Driven by multiple social, technological and health service reforms, design opportunities for improving healthcare no longer reside exclusively in the hospital setting, but begin at the bedside and extend to outpatient care and to the community. Meaningful healthcare reform will require deep transformation of the healthcare delivery system to ensure a value-based delivery system that improves the patient and family experience, eliminates medical errors, protects and enhances caregiver well-being, and facilitates a value-added approach to the design of healthcare processes and places.

    Input from health design research continues to be a critical factor in informing the design of appropriate healing environments. However, we have only begun to develop a knowledge base. We invite healthcare professionals from every perspective in the system – health administrators, designers, facilities managers, ergonomists, engineers – to explore the myriad of forces shaping reforms and to examine what these changes will mean for facilities and delivery systems in the future including:

    How might interior design foster new levels of integrative communication and service including cross-functional care teams to reduce errors and enhance quality of care?
    What new evidence-based design strategies and methods can be used to reveal critical links between human-centered design and quality of care—such as designing to reduce infections, reduce patient falls, and shorten length of stay?
    How can designers support staff and caregiver health through ergonomic design, space planning, and the behavioral and psychological considerations that impact high stress, clinical professionals?
    What are the new and evolving roles for design as patient care moves away from episodic care within hospitals to a broader spectrum of delivery systems and places within the community?
    How can design help reduce costs and add value to current systems and approaches of delivery?
    What is the role of interior design in health specialties, such as behavioral health and global health design?
    Various paper types are welcome including structured literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative studies, and rigorous theory and methods papers. Studies that demonstrate the link to practice are of particular interest and collaborations between academics and practitioners are encouraged.
  • Preservation in Global Cities: New York/ Mexico City/ Paris/ Shanghai

    New York | Dates: 10 Sep, 2015

    Every global city today faces the challenge of protecting their unique urban architectural heritage  (often a core component of their tourist brand) while encouraging continuing economic development and growth.  But the theory and practice of preservation can differ greatly on different continents and according to different cultures.  While in older world cities like Paris and New York preservation laws have tended to guard historic districts for decades, Asian and Latin American global cities of more recent vintage face a different set of issues.  Join an international panel of architects, planners, and academics to explore the contrasting approaches and strategies faced by global cities in Europe, Asia, and America. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.

    Reception to follow!

    Calvin Tsao, FAIA, Partner, Tsao & McKown
    Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University, & Founder and Editor, Future Anterior Journal
    Budd Mishkin (moderator), NY1 News Correspondent, "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin"

    The event is co-sponsored by NY1.

  • Tales of the City: New York’s Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 20 Oct, 2015

    We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings. They will share stories of the political wrangling, financial skullduggery, design competitions, preservation challenges, and restoration problems that designers and builders dealt with to provide insight into why these venues are so special and how even being a landmark doesn’t guarantee that a great space will remain safe from damage, or change. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through September 13.

    Judith Gura, Design Historian and Exhibitions and Public Programs Consultant at the New York School of Interior Design
    Kate Wood, President at LANDMARK WEST! 
    Larry Lederman, Photographer

    Free for MCNY members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.
  • On the Shoulders of Giants: Lessons for Tomorrow from Our Preservation Pioneers

    New York | Dates: 08 Oct, 2015

    Historic preservation activism in New York City did not begin in the 1960s with the fight to save Penn Station and the effort to pass the Landmarks Law—it began in the late 19th century. Little-remembered preservation pioneers like Andrew H. Green and Albert Bard, as well as various women's garden clubs, and patriotic and civic organizations laid the groundwork for the generations of preservationists that would follow. Join us to recount the triumphs, failures, and tactics of these early preservationists, and discuss what they might teach us moving forward.

    Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian
    Anthony Wood, Founder and Chair, New York Preservation Archive Project
    Amy Freitag, Executive Director at JM Kaplan Fund 
    Seri Worden, Field Services at National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Free for MCNY members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.
  • The Politics of Preservation

    New York | Dates: 06 Aug, 2015

    The New York City Landmarks Law establishes a system for the designation, protection, and preservation of the city's most important architectural and historic properties. The law is implemented by the Landmarks Commission, which is mandated to work with the City Council in carrying out its mission of designating new landmarks. Its work is also impacted by various individuals and groups that have a direct stake in the process: property owners and developers, advocacy groups representing a wide spectrum of beliefs and positions, architects, media outlets, and government agencies. Out of necessity, the political process plays a part in all these interactions. This panel will explore the broad issues that bring the political process to bear on the operations and execution of the Landmarks Law. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarkson view through September 13th. 

    Reception to follow!

    Morris Adjmi, FAIA, Founder and Principal of Morris Adjmi Architects
    Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Kenneth K. Fisher, Member, Cozen O'Connor
    Robert Tierney (moderator), Former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

    Free for Museum members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.

    1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.

  • Gruen Day 2015

    San Leandro | Dates: 18 Jul, 2015

    Victor Gruen (July 18, 1903 - Feb 14, 1980) was an Austrian-born visionary architect most remembered for his pioneering work popularizing the enclosed, climate-controlled shopping center in the United States. 

    On July 18, the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory (BAIO) invites you to celebrate the lofty aspirations and historical legacy of the suburban shopping center at Gruen Day 2015. 

    Festivities will include an afternoon of talks, tours, and hanging out in the food court at Bay Fair Center, which opened in 1957 as one of the first Gruen designed shopping centers in the country. Speakers to include:

    • Pam White: Pam is Vice President of Development for Madison Marquette, which purchased the Bayfair Center in 2003 and coordinated a massive overhaul of its facilities. Pam has over 25 years of design, retail, leasing and real estate experience across a range of different properties throughout California. She will be discussing the history and design of the Bay Fair Mall, and the thinking that guided its renovation in the 2000s. 
    • Mathias Crawford: Mathias is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Fellow in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where he studies the intersection of architecture and ICT design. During his graduate studies he has worked for Herman Miller on the future of office design, taught game design at Stanford, and led design thinking workshops around the world. Mathias will be talking about the role that shopping centers played in re-shaping contemporary conceptions of the public sphere. Specifically, he will explore the way in which these centers were conceived with respect to another mid-century architectural phenomena: the community center.

    All attendees will also receive a beautiful set of limited edition Victor Gruen lapel pins and a commemorative poster, designed by our friends Helen Tseng and Justin Carder (depicted below). 

    While it's easy nowadays to dismiss enclosed shopping centers as boring eyesores, Gruen Day celebrates the important role they were originally intended to play in civic life. As Gruen wrote in 1960:

    By affording opportunities for social life and recreation in a protected pedestrian environment, by incorporating civic and educational facilities, shopping centers can fill an existing void. They can provide the needed place and opportunity for participation in modern community life that the ancient Greek Agora, the Medieval Market Place and our own Town Squares provided in the past.

    We hope you'll join us for a day to enjoy San Leandro's very own modern Agora. 

    Gruen Day 2015 is a production of Tim Hwang and Avery Trufelman, and is co-sponsored by SPUR.

    Give us a shout if you have any questions - and

  • Oculus Book Talk: Thirty Years of Emerging Voices

    New York | Dates: 09 Jul, 2015

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, JULY 9

    Where: At The Center   

    The prestigious Emerging Voices award was created in 1982 by The Architectural League of New York to showcase the work of early- to mid-career North American architects. Each year, through an invited competition, a jury selects practitioners or firms with a significant body of realized work that represents the best of its kind and has the potential to shape the future of architecture and landscape design.Thirty Years of Emerging Voices documents and critically assesses the first three decades of the League's Emerging Voices program. Essays by Reed Kroloff, Ashley Schafer, and Karen Stein and concise observations by leading critics, architects, and historians complement the presentation of work from the nearly 250 individuals and firms that have been selected for the program. Thirty Years of Emerging Voices is an ideal lens through which to interpret the last several decades of dynamic change in North American architectural design and practice.

    Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, The Architectural League of New York
    Reed Kroloff, Principal, jones|kroloff
    Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
    Ashley Schafer, Associate Professor of Architecture, Knowlton School, Ohio State University

    Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee and The Architectural League of New York

    Price: Free for AIA and The Architectural League of New York members, and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members

    Oculus Book Seller: McNally Jackson Books | 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 | 212.274.1160


    OpenStudios: Emerging Voices
    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    Open House New York and the Architectural League of New York invite you to OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the studios of more than forty of the most inventive and exciting design practices working in the city today. OpenStudios: Emerging Voices is a self-guided walking tour. Each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at registration and may visit sites in any order during the hours that they are open; Midtown Manhattan and Queens studios will open from 10am-1pm, and Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn studios from 1-5pm. More detailed information about location and opening hours will be available at registration. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm’s work.

  • Point & Shoot Brutalist Architecture And Urban Play

    London | Dates: 01 Aug, 2015

    Inspired by The Brutalist Playground this practical workshop will investigate how photography can be used to both document and encourage new forms of play in, on and around Brutalist Architecture and urban structures. The workshop will include an on-site photo shoot at the Barbican Estate.

    With Marianne Holm Hansen

    Suitable for photographers at all levels, including beginners. Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended.

    Workshops run 11am to 4pm and start at 66 Portland Place. Part of a season of talks and events inspired by The Brutalist Playground.

  • The Brutalist Playground

    London | Dates: 10 Jun – 16 Aug, 2015
    Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play. The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill exploring post-war design for play.

    Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play. The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill exploring post-war design for play.

    Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery at RIBA, encourages visitors to look at the materiality and visual language of now lost Brutalist landscapes in new ways through an immersive and conceptual landscape. Although the value of brutalist residential buildings today is much debated, this exhibition shifts the focus to the equally important playgrounds found at the feet of these structures, offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions.

    Accompanied by a season of talks and events from June to August 2015.

  • Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination

    London | Dates: 09 Jul – 25 Aug, 2015

    Playfully walking between urban facts and fictions, this exhibition by artist/photographer Max Colson presents a series of investigations on controlled urban areas.

    The focus is privatised public space – urban environments which are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. The images on display explore how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas, and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour. Other parts of the exhibition look at how these spaces are marketed and present an idealized version of urban environments.

    Whether documenting the networks of sensors designed to ‘track’ suspect individuals or exploring how plants are used to disguise security architecture, this exhibition suggests how paranoia intrudes upon the urban imagination.

    Max Colson is an emerging British photographer with a keen interest in using fictional stories and characters to explore issues relating to the control of urban space. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the UCL Urban Laboratory and has been generously supported by an artist in residence grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

  • City of Water Day - The Urban Backstage

    New York | Dates: 18 Jul, 2015

    A performance program led by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance (iLAND) will explore the connection we all have as individuals and a city to our waterways and water infrastructure.The program is one of several public engagements held by the The Urban Backstage residency, supported by the Manhattan-based iLAND and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).

    The City of Water Day Festival is a free, day-long celebration of the world-class potential of the water that surrounds us and brings us together. The festival’s events draws thousands of people from throughout New York and New Jersey to participate in hundreds of unique, fun, and educational waterfront activities organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) and its more than 800 Alliance Partners. The events run between 10:00am and 6:00pm on Saturday July 18, 2015.

  • VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development in Manhattan

    New York | Dates: 09 Jul, 2015

    oin the CTBUH New York City Chapter for a discussion on the VIA 57 West Building. Guest speakers Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Aine Brazil (Thornton Tomasetti), and Jeff Crompton (Hunter Roberts) will discuss the architecture, engineering, and construction process behind this unique structure. 

    VIA stands tall at 467 (142 meters) feet and is one of the most architecturally distinctive buildings constructed in New York City. The building provides a dramatic visual gateway to Manhattan’s skyline along the Hudson River. VIA is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise development. The building’s unique shape combines the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of intimacy, and expansive views. The form of the building shifts depending on the viewer’s vantage point. While appearing like a pyramid from the West Side Highway, it turns into a dramatic glass spire when seen from West 58th Street.

    6:30 - 7:30PM:  Reception/Networking
    7:30 - 7:35PM:  Welcome by Dennis Poon (CTBUH Trustee & Vice-Chairman of Thornton Tomasetti)
    7:35 - 7:50PM:  Introduction by Alexander Durst (Chief Development Officer, The Durst Organization)

    Presentations by:
    7:50 - 8:10PM:  Bjarke Ingels (Founder, BIG), 
    8:10 - 8:30PM:  Aine Brazil (Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti)
    8:30 - 8:50PM:  Jeff Crompton (Vice President, Hunter Roberts)


  • SAH Awards Gala

    Chicago | Dates: 06 Nov, 2015
    The Society of Architectural Historians will present its annual Awards for Architectural Excellence at the SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 6, 2015. The awards represent a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, honoring the contributions of individual projects to our built environment. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Society's educational mission. 

    For details and to see the honorees, visit
  • Type Nite

    New York and online | Dates: 16 Jul, 2015

    Type Nite, an evening of typographic entertainment that began eleven years ago in Baltimore, comes to New York City for the very first time!

    What could possibly go wrong? In a discussion of “Mess-Ups and Do-Overs,” Tobias-Frere Jones, Peter Mendelsund, and Abbott Miller will take you inside the creative process for a look at projects that went south or turned sour. Why learn from your own mistakes when you can learn from theirs?

    Tobias Frere-Jones is one of the world’s leading typeface designers. Book designer Peter Mendelsund is the author of What We See When We Read and Cover, a monograph about his design process. Abbott Miller is a partner at Pentagram and author of Abbott Miller: Design and Content, published by Princeton Architectural Press. The conversation will be moderated by Ellen Lupton, Cooper Hewitt’s senior curator of contemporary design and author of two new books, Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd Edition and How Posters Work, both released this summer. A perfect evening for design professionals and students alike!

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Copyright - (c) 2012