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  • Save the Date: Small Projects Awards & Exhibit

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 01 May, 2015
    Celebrate small projects in a big way at AIA Chicago’s annual SMALL PROJECTS AWARDS & EXHIBIT at Architectural Artifacts. This lively event aims to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence.
  • Gender Studies: Feminist Technologies Signature Event: Wangechi Mutu

    New York | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015
    The Gender Studies program at The New School presents the signature event for its yearlong theme of Feminist Technologies.
  • Docomomo US 2015 National Symposium

    Minneapolis | Dates: 04 – 07 Jun, 2015

    Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement

    June 4-7, 2015
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 

    Full Member Registration: $180.00 (through 4/4)
    Full Non-member Registration: $230.00 (through 4/4)
    Full Student Registration: $55.00 (limited to first 25 students)
    Single day passes and tour/event registration also available.

    AIA CEU credits will be offered.

    Registration is now open for the third annual Docomomo US National Symposium taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 4-7, 2015. The 2015 Symposium entitled Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement will feature four days of programming and draw speakers and attendees from across Minnesota, the United States, and internationally. This Symposium will explore Minnesota’s rural and urban Modern history, threats and opportunities for the preservation and reuse of these Modern works, and current challenges facing the conservation of Modern building materials.

    Unique to the 2015 symposium is a two-day technology seminar focusing on concrete restoration with panelists from the United States, the Netherlands, Brazil and France; a special 20 year anniversary roundtable entitled Changing Landscape of Modern Preservation and 20 Years of Docomomo US; and presentation of the second annual Modernism in America Awards during a special cocktail reception on the 50th floor of the IDS Building designed by Philip Johnson in downtown Minneapolis.

    The multi-day symposium serves to bring together a diverse group of people, ranging from the general public to preservation specialists, and offers attendees a variety of educational sessions supplemented with regional tours, receptions, and networking activities. Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota will serve as the primary event site and tour base with one full-day being held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, home to seven Marcel Breuer buildings. In addition to the full-day tour and lectures at St. John's University, seven exclusive tours will highlight Minnesota's Modern masterpieces.

    Additional details including an updated schedule, tour descriptions and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website:

    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for those interested in the preservation of modern architecture to gather, discuss, share, and explore the preservation of the structures and sites during the mid-20th century, its legacy, and its importance today. Resources developed for, and presented at the Symposium will be permanently archived in Minnesota for the benefit of future students, design professionals, preservationists, and other Modernism enthusiasts. For questions about the Symposium including sponsorship opportunities please email

  • SMALL BUILDINGS: built, unbuilt, unbuildable

    St. Louis | Dates: 13 Mar – 10 May, 2015

    Opening Reception: 
    Friday, March 13, 6-8pm

    Jurors’ Talk in the gallery
    Tuesday, March 31, 6pm 
    Free and open to the public
    Reception starts at 6pm, talk begins at 6:30pm
    6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

    Architects today don’t build buildings, they make drawings and models. Similarly, a number of contemporary artists make works resembling architectural models, both in terms of scale and concept, while other artists working with site-specific installation make literal models of projects subsequently built. This exhibition will explore the craft of the architectural model through three themes: built, unbuilt, unbuildable, from the book of the same title by Robert Harbison.

    Bruce Lindsey and Buzz Spector have selected the best works in all craft media from emerging and established artists and architects. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design invited architects and artists nationwide with interest in showing their models, Marquette, sculptures, and drawings in the context of craft.

    About the Jurors
    Buzz Spector’s art makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, exploring relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has exhibited his artwork internationally and has also published numerous essays about art, design, and visual culture. He is professor of art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association.

    Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration, is dean of the College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindsey has made significant contributions to beginning design, sustainable design, and community design education. Design Intelligence named him one of the Most Admired Educators in 2009 and 2010 and in 2014 he was awarded the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Award.

  • Judith Paine McBrien and John DeSalvo on the Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    Join us at the Robie House for a conversation with Judith Paine McBrien and John DeSalvo, author and illustrator of the acclaimed Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture. The popular, beautifully illustrated handbook was recently updated to reflect Chicago’s changing urban landscape, as well as to incorporate a section on the city’s rich campus architecture. Original drawings by Mr. DeSalvo will be on display. 

    A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion. Books will be available for purchase.

    About the authors

    Architectural historian Judith Paine McBrien directs the Archimedia Workshop, which produces films and media about architecture, development and urban design. She is the recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Award for Excellence in Architectural Media for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her PBS film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.
    John DeSalvo received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is a full time professor at Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches both design and free and rendering techniques. He founded his firm John DeSalvo Design in 2008.

  • PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 20

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 09 Apr, 2015

    7:00 p.m.: Cash Bar opens
    7:20 p.m.: Presentations begin

    Three times per year, AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh partner to bring you PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh. PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. The evening is focused on artistic and creative celebration, and the promotion of local talent.

    PechaKucha Night, devised in Tokyo as an event for young people to meet, network, and show their work, has turned into a worldwide celebration, with events taking place all over the world, including right here in Pittsburgh! Drawing from its name, which is derived from the Japanese word for “chit-chat,” PechaKucha features a dynamic presentation style where presenters have a total of six minutes and forty seconds to pair words and images. 

    To submit a presentation for consideration, please email the following information by March 19: 

    •3-4 images that best represent the content of your proposed presentation. 
     It can be on absolutely anything!
    •Your name, the title of your presentation, and a brief outline.
    •A brief artist statement, or bio, to be used for promotional purposes. 

    This event is presented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh, in partnership with The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art. 

  • Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, + Politics

    Philadelphia | Dates: 10 Mar – 19 May, 2015

    Ever wonder how Philadelphia became the city it is today? This engaging 10-part series investigates the social, political, economic, and design trends that contributed to Philadelphia’s development. Taught by renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians, lecture topics include: major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, our impressive palette of architectural styles, and Philadelphia’s immigrant history.

    Tickets to individual lectures available. Discounted tickets available for those who purchase the full series.

    Train To Be A Tour Guide!
    Individuals who attend eight or more lectures in this 10-part series are invited to attend three additional training sessions (on three Tuesday evenings after the series ends) to become certified as a volunteer tour guide for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Leading tours is not only fun, but gives you greater insight into and appreciation for the city we and our ancestors have built. Information about this opportunity will be shared at the lectures.

  • 2015 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Summer Field School

    Milwaukee | Dates: 08 Jun – 10 Jul, 2015
    Class Dates: June 8 - July 10, 2015; Final exhibit: July 24, 2015 Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 1, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Room 191, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM You will need to apply in order to be admitted. We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students. You may take a maximum of 6 credits. Choose from the list below. ARCH 190 Special Topics: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School. –3 cr. ARCH 534 Field Study. –3 cr. ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. –3 cr. ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. –3 cr. Arch 391/791: Independent studies for undergraduate/graduate students. –3 cr. This summer we will study a variety of homes in Milwaukee's Washington Park—everyday residences, boarded up homes, refabricated and reused homes, homes transformed into stores and workplaces, homes as works of art, homes remembered in family histories and homes as domestic worlds. As cultural resources, saturated with diverse values, memories, stories and imaginations, our homes matter, because they represent how we feel about our community and how we value our environment. This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge in order to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride. The five-week course calendar covers a broad array of academic skills. Workshops during Week 1 will focus on photography, measured drawings, documentation and technical drawings; no prior experience is necessary. Week 2 will include workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 3 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 4 and 5 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media documentaries. Students will learn how to “read” buildings within their urban material, social, ecological and cultural contexts, create reports on historic buildings and cultural landscapes and produce multimedia documentaries. Nationally recognized faculty directing portions of this school include Jeffrey E. Klee, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Anna Andrzejewski, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael H. Frisch, Professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo, Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Steve Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Film, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Matthew Jarosz, Associate Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information or for a copy of an application form, please contact Prof. Arijit Sen at or go to​​
  • CFP: bfo-Journal Edition 2015

    Dates: 27 Feb – 01 Jun, 2015
    New online bfo-Journal Call for Publications for 2015 issue Copy – Paste. The Reuse of Material and Visual Culture in Architecture
  • Architecture on Stage Bus Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 09 May, 2015

    Saturday, May 9th at 9:00 a.m.

    Join art historian and author Rolf Achilles on a bus tour of theatrical sites throughout the city. Find out more about Chicago’s cultural heritage, including lavish art and architecture designed to enrich onstage experiences. Stops include a backstage tour of the Civic Opera House, home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera.

    Logistics: Tour runs 3.5 to 4 hours and makes three to four stops along the way.
    Meeting Location: Chicago History Museum
    Cost: $55, $45 members

  • Creating Beauport's Historic Landscape

    Gloucester | Dates: 21 May, 2015
    Thursday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass. 

    $15 Garden and Landscape and Ogden Codman Design Group members, $20 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers 

    The gardens at Beauport are extensions of Henry Sleeper's decorative interior rooms. Join Ben Haavik, team leader for property care at Historic New England, for a tour of Beauport's historic landscape. Learn how the landscape evolved over time, the philosophy behind the 2011 landscape restoration, and how the exterior of the house and the landscape play together. Dave Wagner of Jeffreys Creek Land Contractors is available to answer questions about plants. Light refreshments are provided, followed by an optional tour of the house. Sunhats are recommended. Rain or shine. 

    Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information. Purchase tickets now.
  • Introduction to New England Architecture

    Waltham | Dates: 26 Apr, 2015

    Sunday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
    $45 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

    Want to know how to tell a real Colonial-era house from a Colonial Revival? Learn about New England architecture from Historic New England's experts with this in-depth workshop on architectural style and structure from the 170ss to the beginning of the twentieth century. Preservation staff lecture on regional architectural tradisions and styles, influential New England architects, and changing building technologies. Historic New England properties and other iconic regional buildings are highlighted.

    The program concludes with a tour of the Lyman Estate mansion and nearby Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, a nineteenth-century masterpiece designed by H.H. Richardson and located on land that was once owned by the Lyman family.


    Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. Purchase tickets now

  • Understanding the Architecture of Paul Rudolph

    Lincoln | Dates: 24 Apr, 2015
    Friday, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
    Codman Estate
    , 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

     $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members 

    Once acclaimed and then reviled, American architect Paul Rudolph (1918-97) had one of the most extraordinary careers in postwar Modern architecture. A student of Walter Gropius at Harvard, Rudolph was famous internationally in the 1950s and '60s for his innovative Florida beach houses, sensitive contextual buildings like the Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College, and large-scale, concrete buildings, such as his Government Service Center in downtown Boston. Author of the first monograph about Rudolph, Timothy M. Rohan of UMass Amherst explains the ideas that informed Rudolph's architecture by looking at his key works in light of the concerns of the postwar era and today. An optional tour of the nearby Gropius House follows the lecture. 

    Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for information. Purchase tickets now
  • Clarke House Workshop: Blacksmithing

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    Basic Blacksmithing:  10:00am-12:30pm

    Intermediate Blacksmithing:  1:00-2:30pm

    $30 per person, each session limited to 10 people
    Glessner House Museum courtyard
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480


    Joseph Coleman will teach you the tricks of the trade at his forge in the Glessner courtyard.  Learn about blacksmithing and work your own piece of wrought iron to take home.  Recommended for beginniners.  Workshop will be held rain or shine, please dress accordingly.


    Hone your existing blacksmithing skills by taking on a slightly more challenging project at the anvil.  Joseph Coleman will share additional techniques for traditional wrought ironwork.  Recommended for past Blacksmithing Basics' participants or those with previous forget experience at another historic site.  We will hammer away, rain or shine.

  • Sensing and Sensibility: Politics and Technology in the Contemporary City

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015

    Thursday, April 23, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
    Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 203

    Douglas Pancoast is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design (BArch 1991) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA Arch 1995). He has worked for firms including Richard Meier and Partners, 1100 Architect, BlackBox Studio at SOM, and His work has been shown in the Chicago-based exhibitions Art in the Urban GardenMystique: Space, Technology, and Craft and Speculative Chicago; and in Scale at the Architectural League of New York and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. His projects have been featured in Architectural RecordArchitectureA.P.+, and The Architectural Review, and in the book Young Architects: Scale.

    Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about power, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She is currently a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute and a member of Deep Lab. Her writing has previously appeared inCreative Time ReportsTechPresident, and San Francisco Art Quarterly. She lives on a small island off the coast of America.

    Iker Gil is an architect and director of MAS Studio, an architecture and urban design office in Chicago. He is also the editor in chief of the quarterly design journal MAS Context and the editor of the book Shanghai Transforming (ACTAR, 2008). He has taught at UIC and IIT and co-directs the Chicago Expander program. He is a PhD candidate from Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), and holds a Master of Architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

    Javier Arbona is a geographer researching the spatial legacies of militarization and violence. He is currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. Arbona is working on a book manuscript titled "The City of Radical Memory: Spaces of World War II Home Front Repression and Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area." In addition, Arbona is a founding member of the DEMILIT landscape arts collective. DEMILIT has produced works for the Headlands Center for the Arts, Deutschlandradio, the 2012 New City Reader at the Istanbul Design Biennial, and the Art Gallery at UC San Diego. Arbona holds architecture and urbanism degrees from Cornell University and MIT, and a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley.

    Laura Forlano is an Assistant Professor of Design at the Institute of Design at IIT where she is Co-director of the Critical Futures Lab. From 2012–13, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Comparative Media Studies program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the intersection between emerging technologies, material practices and the future of cities. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement, which was published by MIT Press in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.

    This lecture is presented with MAS Context and made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

    All lectures and events are free and open to the public.

  • 2014 Chicago Prize: The Barack Obama Presidential Library Design Competition

    Chicago | Dates: 03 Feb – 30 Apr, 2015

    In 2015 President Obama will announce the location of his Presidential Library. Two sites in Chicago, one in New York and one in Honolulu were proposed as locations. In the next several months choices made by Obama and his advisors about the library’s location, design, and function will help shape his post-presidential legacy.

    In order to foster debate about the use and purpose of this unique building type, the Chicago Architectural Club challenged local architects to rethink and redefine the Obama Presidential Library on a hypothetical site in downtown Chicago. This exhibition features winners and honorable mentions of Chicago Architectural Club’s 2014 Chicago Prize design competition.

    Winners of the competition were announced at the opening reception of the exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation on February 3, 2015. A live stream video of the program is available here.

  • Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism

    Irvington | Dates: 08 May, 2015

    Van Evera Bailey was one of the architects who developed the Northwest Regional Style of architecture popularized in the Pacific Northwest, along with Pietro BelluschiJohn Yeon and Saul Zaik. Born in Portland in 1903, Bailey apprenticed locally and then traveled the world working in New Zealand and Southern California before returning to Portland in 1936. in 1940, California architect Richard Neutra hired him as the local supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Dunthorpe, a Portland suburb. The house, which included some of Bailey’s ideas, received national exposure and gave him his first big break.

    Bailey’s modern homes include large windows and deep overhanges. He designed a new and beautiful type of stilt system to deal with the challenges of hillside construction.

    Our program will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, along with disucussions on interior design & preservation of Modern architecture and it all takes place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church. Featured speakers will include:

    • Anthony Belluschi, FAIA, – Central Lutheran Church and its design and restoration;
    • Becca Cavell, FAIA – Bailey’s Life and Work;
    • Jack Bookwalter, freelance writer and architectural historian onBailey’s work in Pasadena and Palm Springs;
    •  21st Century Interpretations of Modern Interiors
    • Peggy Moretti, Executive Director of Restore Oregon on the Preservation of Mid-Century Buildings;

    Those interested in personally experiencing Van Evera Bailey’s residential designs may want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring several Portland area homes by Van Evera Bailey, many of which have never been open to the public before. This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing.

  • BxW NYC

    New York | Dates: 02 Mar – 11 Apr, 2015

    Built by Women (BxW) is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment. In addition to recognizing and supporting the diverse women working in these professions, BxW provides both current professionals and students strong role models and mentors.

    Last fall, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) launched a public competition for submissions of women-built sites. 98 diverse sites, designed, engineered, or constructed by women, reflecting strong design, have historical or cultural significance, or demonstrate substantial social or community impact, were selected by a jury representing the architectural, engineering, and construction professions.

    By profiling and visually mapping women’s work across the US, starting with NYC, BxW raises awareness about the spaces where we live, work, and play. BxW produces educational materials, pop-up exhibitions and panel discussions, walking tours, activity books, merchandise, and more.

    March 2, 2015 will kickstart a month-long BxW NYC exhibition at the Center for Architecture during Women’s History Month, with the support of the Women in Architecture committee of the AIA New York Chapter.

     BxW NYC Jurors:

    Deborah Berke, FAIA, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners
    Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Principal & Global Interior Design Director, Perkins + Will
    Aine Brazil, PE, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
    Fiona Cousins, PE, Principal, Arup
    Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
    Andrea Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Principal, Audrey Matlock Architects
    Laura Starr, ASLA, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners

    BxW NYC Advisor
    Andrew Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University

    BxW NYC Winners

    Funding for BxW NYC came from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities.

    Exhibition Sponsors:


    Exhibition Opening 
    BxW NYC
    Monday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Chatter: Architecture Talks Back

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr – 12 Jul, 2015

    Architecture is a perpetual conversation between the present and the past, knowing full well that the future is listening. So what happens when this dialogue is influenced by contemporary modes of communication such as texting, Twitter, and Instagram? Chatter happens: ideas are developed, produced, and presented as open-ended or fragmented conversations and cohere through the aggregation of materials. Chatter: Architecture Talks Back looks at the diverse contemporary methods and approaches wielded by five emerging architects: Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio.

    Using a range of representational methods and formats—from drawings done by hand to those enabled by robots, from graphic novels to digital simulations—these practitioners embrace both age-old and cutting-edge technologies to engage with the architectonic timeline. Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular references architectural history to develop a “mash-up” of ideas through which he opens up and re-theorizes architecture. The process and mission of Formlessfinder depend on the same fetishizing of form undertaken by previous generations of architects, while Fake Industries relies on copies to re-present work through a critical lens. Erin Besler questions the immediate acceptance of new technologies and explores issues of drawing and translation in architecture, and John Szot Studio produces digital videos that simulate possibilities for architecture to draw on overlooked social contexts.

    Today’s society has had a profound influence on the discipline of architecture, yet despite the utilization of current technologies, these contemporary works are not divorced from history. Chatter: Architecture Talks Back is about just that—having a dialogue, talking back to architecture of the past. Works from the Art Institute’s vast collection of architecture and design are presented alongside these five ultra-current practitioners to highlight this conversation. As these architects apply new technology to a confluence of historical influences and theories in order to conceive new designs and ideas, they are constantly expanding the dialogues within the legacy of their field. This dynamic installation makes readily apparent how each studio recognizes that the architectural past, though a shared language, is sometimes best understood with modern punctuation.

    Support for this exhibition is provided by Celia and David Hilliard, the Butler-VanderLinden Family Fund for Architecture and Design, and the Architecture & Design Society.

  • The Midcentury Mood: Milton Schwartz in America, 1953–1965

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Mar – 11 Jul, 2015

    Despite his significant contributions to the Chicago skyline and groundbreaking early hotel design for the Las Vegas Strip, Milton Schwartz remains an under-recognized figure from an important period in American architecture. The son of an engineer, Schwartz studied at the University of Illinois, where he was inspired to become an architect by the lectures of Frank Lloyd Wright. After a few years in the construction industry during World War II, Schwartz founded his own Chicago architectural practice and soon completed his first project—a visionary co-op building, 320 Oakdale, combining passive solar technology with a dynamic aesthetic of glass, aluminum, and modern brise-soleil. Schwartz went on to specialize in high-rise apartment buildings and designs for leisure and hospitality, most notably his iconic tower and restaurants for the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. 

    With their modern forms, advanced engineering, and innovative materials, Schwartz’s award-winning hotels and motels reflect the attitude of the automobile and jet ages. For his work in Las Vegas, he paired this vocabulary of concrete, metal, and glass with fantastic new environments integrating water, color, lighting, and scenography. Among the first large resorts of the modern Las Vegas, the Dunes Hotel became a symbol of midcentury American decadence in both popular culture and the iconoclastic architectural theory of the postmodern era. Together, Schwartz’s beautifully rendered drawings of towers, hotels, signage, and interiors present images not only of heroic midcentury construction, but of the expanded languages of modern architecture in America.