Recent Opportunities

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  • Family Design Day: Art in Public Places

    Boston | Dates: 20 Jun, 2015

    This month we will visit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to tour the newest piece of public art that graces this public space. Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial installation stretches between three buildings, creating a billowing knotted-fiber sculpture suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Greenway. We’ll learn how the sculpture was envisioned and engineered from the engineer himself, Pat McCafferty, and then return to BSA Space to design our own piece of public art.

    Stay afterward for snacks in Waterfront Square provided by Atlantic Wharf. This family program is designed for parents and children aged five to 13. A maximum ratio of one adult per three children is required. BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through the BSA Space entrance, and go up the green staircase. The program begins promptly at 10:30 am.

    Family Design Day programs encourage children and adults to observe, explore, and design together. In these two-hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours, or slideshows and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and design educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world.

  • Opening Reception: Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jun, 2015

    Don't miss the opening reception for Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building. This special event is the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    In Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, BSA Space will explore the medium of installation as a way for architects to explore and prototype exciting new technologies and building techniques. Curated by design team Khora, Inc., the exhibition will include a historical analysis of art installation and will feature experimental and visually arresting works by local and national architects and designers.

    The works in Bigger than a Breadox, Smaller than a Building are the result of a design competition, updates can be found here

    Go to exhibition page.

  • Tactical Urbanism + The Lawn on D

    Boston | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015

    Tactical Urbanism has emerged as a creative approach to low-cost, short-term placemaking and neighborhood building. DIY crosswalks, temporary parks, pop-up beer gardens, mobile retail, and food truck plazas are budding examples. Cities and developers are recognizing the value in these efficient, scalable projects, and they are leveraging creative capital to test ideas for public space before investing in costly, long-term projects.

    In Boston, the Lawn on D has become an exciting local example of a tactical urbanism approach to development. The Lawn on D opened last summer as a temporary, flexible park built to test programming ideas for the future expansion of the Boston Convention and Expo Center.

    On Thursday, June 11, at 6:00 pm, join the landscape architect, urban designer, and event programmer responsible for the Lawn on D in a discussion of how the temporary park became an overnight success. The panel discussion will be held at David Buckley Borden's pop-up installation at the Innovation and Design Building (1 Design Center Place, Suite 142, Boston) and will be followed by tours of the Lawn on D and happy hour.

    Featured panelists
    Sara Cohen, senior associate, landscape architect, Sasaki Associates
    Elizabeth Christoforetti, urban designer, Utile
    Beth Torrey, director of strategic programming, Lawn on D

    This event is co-hosted by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee and the BSA Emerging Professionals Network. To learn more about the Emerging Professionals Network, visit

    RSVP on the events facebook page

  • Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jun – 04 Oct, 2015

    Don't miss the opening reception for Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building. This special event is the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    From the earliest forays of Italian Futurists to the more recent provocations of Gordon Matta-Clark and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, installation has been a powerful tool to push the boundaries of architectural practice.

    In Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, BSA Space will explore the medium of installation as a way for architects to explore and prototype exciting new technologies and building techniques. Curated by design team Khora, Inc., the exhibition will include a historical analysis of art installation and will feature experimental and visually arresting works by local and national architects and designers.

    The works in Bigger than a Breadox, Smaller than a Building are the result of a design competition, updates can be found here

  • YAF Tour & Social: Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Jun, 2015

    Join us for a tour of the 2200 square foot Interactive Science Forum at The Latin School of Chicago. The tour will be led by design architect Peter Exley, FAIA, of Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

    Architecture Is Fun, Inc. develops award-winning architecture, interiors, exhibits, and interpretive experiences. Specializing in educative design for visionary clients, Architecture Is Fun collaborates with restaurants, performance facilities, museums, science centers, libraries, parks, and entertainment-based attractions to create meaningful play and learning environments that are relevant, here in the United States and internationally.

    Click here to learn more about the Interactive Science Forum.

    After the tour, the group will head over to Corcoran’s Grill & Pub located at 1615 N. Wells Street.

    Space is limited.

  • The 606 Opening Day Walking Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

    AIA Chicago, ILASLA, SEAOI, and Ross Barney Architects invite you for a walking tour on the opening day of Chicago’s next great urban park and trail. With over 2.7 miles of recreational space, the 606 (Bloomingdale Trail) connects four neighborhoods by passing over heavily trafficked streets. At 17 feet above the street, the trail provides a different perspective on the city, to which it is also connected with ramps and additional parks, part of the larger 606. Join fellow architects, landscape architects, and engineers to discuss the success and impact of the trail all while taking in the sights and sounds as one of its first visitors. Opening day has been organized by Friends of the 606 as a series of processions, of which this tour will be a part.

    Ross Barney Architects was the architectural designer on the team that developed the Bloomingdale Trail (now 606) Framework Plan, which was led by Arup and included Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, AAA Engineering, Burns & McDonnell, Chicago Public Art Group, Dynasty Group, O-H Community Partners, O’Brien Engineering. and Neal & Leroy.

    Meeting Location: Western Trailhead Garden on North Ridgeway Avenue (Ridgeway & Cortland) @ 11:00 AM (walking tour will end @ Walsh Playground Park on North Marshfield Avenue).

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday Celebration

    Silverton | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015

    The public is invited to celebrate and commemorate what would have been the month of Wright’s 148th birthday.  You’re invited to tour and enjoy his only building in Oregon fifty-one years after it was built as Wright’s example of the only truly American architectural style.

    The Gordon House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Conrad and Evelyn Gordon and built on their Wilsonville farm in 1964.  The house is an “affordable” Usonian style home designed as part of Wright’s vision of the Usonian Community that was an original idea of suburbia in America for families of moderate means.

    Self-guided tours of the house are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the special birthday celebration price of $5 per person, and members are free.  Knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand to answer questions and tell interesting stories about this unique house design for families.  Gordon and Wright exhibits will be on display in the house for this event.  There will be activity games to try designing using shapes, angles, and even the computer for young future architects.  Birthday refreshments will be served.


    Brighton | Dates: 02 Jun – 20 Jul, 2015
    This one-day symposium on November 27 considers design, in its broadest definition, as a tool of government diplomacy from the early Cold War to the present day. We wish to combine a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to consider how design has been, or is, used as an object of diplomacy, with a particular intention to extend the discussion beyond the geographies and administrations which are often the focus of historical accounts of this period (i.e. Europe-USSR-America). ‘Design’ is defined very broadly to include exhibitions; monuments; buildings; interiors; transport; dress; design products; design interaction; design systems; craft and graphic design.

    Papers might focus around one of the following issues (and we also welcome other suggested topics):
    • How governments or administrations have forged relationships through design
    • How regional, national or transnational identities have been conveyed through design
    • The role design organisations play as carriers of ‘soft power’
    • Designers’ involvement with inter-governmental exchanges or as regional, national or transnational ambassadors
    • How objects have been used as catalysts, or participants, in the development of political relationships
    • How digital and online cultures have impacted on diplomacy through design
    • How globalisation has affected diplomacy through design

    Objects have been used within diplomatic exchange for centuries. But from the early Cold War era design became a much more conspicuous locus for diplomatic exchange, crystallising official ideas of cultural, economic and political value.  Cockcroft (1974), Staniszewski (1998) and Castillo (2010) have written about how museums like the Museum of Modern Art New York and international exhibitions like the 1959 US Exhibition in Moscow acted as significant carriers of soft diplomatic power during the early Cold War. Meanwhile Loeffler (1998) has described how an expanded embassy-building programme was the US response to the drawing of the Iron Curtain after 1946, while Fraser and Kerr (2007) describe how the US-UK ‘special relationship’ was materialised through planning schemes and architecture, Sandler (2004) how German reunification was reflected in Berlin’s architecture, Gurdalli and Koldas (2015) how the territorial division of contemporary Nicosia is reflected in city buildings and Immerwahr (2007) on postcolonial politics refracted through architecture and urbanism in postcolonial Lagos.  More recently, designers have been invited to engage with policy-makers in order to offer design solutions within international conflict. 

    Papers should be given in English. Please send a 300 word abstract and a short biography to Dr Harriet Atkinson ( and Dr Verity Clarkson ( ). The deadline for applications is 20th July 2015.  We have a limited budget to contribute to speakers’ accommodation costs but cannot help with travel costs. Please do contact us if you have any questions. This symposium is supported by the University of Brighton’s Internationalising Design History research group.
  • LA Design Festival West Side Home Tour

    Los Angeles | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015
    Los Angeles Design Festival 2015 West Side Home Tour presents a unique opportunity to experience some of the most distinguished residential architecture in Venice and Santa Monica. Four remarkable homes will be open for this self-drive tour on Sunday 14th June. Tickets will sell fast, so be sure to book early. Once the tour is sold out no more tickets will be issued.

  • CECI e-book - Call for papers

    Dates: 01 Jun – 10 Aug, 2015
    The Center for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation (CECI) -in association with the Master of Urban Development (MDU) of the Federal University of Pernambuco, the School of Education of the Murdoch University (Perth, Australia), and the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin- is pleased to invite researchers, practitioners, and experts in cultural heritage conservation to submit short papers and essays for discussion, intended toward composing the e-book 40 YEARS AFTER THE MANIFEST OF AMSTERDAM. The deadline for submission is 10 August 2015.
  • IDEC South Regional Conference: Sustainability for People: History + Culture

    Charleston | Dates: 01 Jun – 01 Jul, 2015
    2015 South Regional Conference solicits submissions in a broad range of categories, addressing all aspects of Interior Design education and research. The conference theme, “Sustainability for People: History + Culture” reflects the ongoing discourse, broadly interpreted, as it relates to design education, design practice, design process, and design outcome.
  • IN THE PARK: Play Pasts

    New York | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    What can we learn from play spaces of the past? How can old play spaces be updated to preserve original design ideas while keeping pace with ever evolving design standards and notions of childhood?

    Join us for a fun, intimate journey through Central Park’s play spaces and landscapes to learn more about the work of the Central Park Conservancy and play of the past. Marie Warsh, historian and director of preservation planning at the Conservancy, will guide us on a tour of playgrounds in Central Park, reflecting on the cultural histories embedded in the landscape. Exploring changing notions of childhood and play, we’ll visit the Children’s District, designed by Olmsted and Vaux; Heckscher Playground, the park’s first modern playground; and other play spaces that have undergone a number of transformations, including the newly-rehabilitated Adventure Playground at West 67th Street.

    Meet at the Dairy Visitor Center in Central Park.

  • A BROOKLYN BARRIO: Living Los Sures

    New York | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

    What makes a neighborhood? How do you gain a deeper understanding of a place?

    You hang out! That’s what documentary filmmaker Diego Echeverria did when he made Los Sures in 1984. Echeverria chronicled the streets of Williamsburg’s Southside meeting people, being seen, building trust, and hanging out in a neighborhood that was then called one of the worst ghettos in the U.S..UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art has also been hanging out on the Southside for many years. By obsessively exploring every aspect of Los Sures and documenting the longstanding Latino community as they fight displacement, UnionDocs has produced a multi-faceted project of their own,Living Los Sures.

    Using the 1984 film and this impressive body of new work as points of departure, we have organized a roaming celebration of local experiences across the barrio of Los Sures. Come immerse yourself in street life then and now.

  • Lecture: Longwood Gardens: Behind the Gates of One of the Great Gardens of the World

    Newport | Dates: 27 Aug, 2015

    Jim Sutton, Display Designer, Longwood Gardens

    Get a sneak peek into Longwood's 1,007 acres, including 20 outdoor and 20 indoor gardens with exquisite flowers, majestic trees and opulent architecture. Learn about the extensive research that goes into the floral and exhibit design, including the plant trials and selection process that have made Longwood Gardens spectacular for more than a century.

    Admission: Preservation Society members $5, General admission $10, advance registration is required.  Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • An Evening with Maureen Chilton

    Newport | Dates: 19 Aug, 2015

    Maureen Chilton, Chairman of the Board, The New York Botanical Garden

    Join Maureen Chilton as she shares her experiences at the New York Botanical Garden and her ongoing preservation work at White Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Chilton has served on the Board of the New York Botanical Garden since February 2005, and became Chairman in 2009. in additional to leading important endeavors throughout the organization, she holds a special interest in the Garden's education programs, especially those that provide opportunities for underserved children. Mrs. Chilton is a member of the Preservation Society's International Council. Along with her husband she is involved with a number of charitable, cultural and educational institutions. 

    Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for non-members. Advance registration is required.

    Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Visions of Vizcaya, a Passion for the Past

    Newport | Dates: 15 Jul, 2015

    Ian Simpkins, Chief Horticulturist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    Vizcaya is a one of a kind estate – a pastiche of old and new, emerging from the steamy mangrove swamps. Created by a man with an open checkbook and another man with unlimited creative vision, it continues to beckon today as theater of a bygone era, transporting the visitor to another place and time. The gardens are a captivating blend of Italianate architecture and French inspired horticultural design with splashes of tropical exuberance and heightened decay. Take a journey through the gardens, be captivated by their beauty, learn about new research findings, and discover the background of the genius that created them.

    Admission $5 for Preservation Society members, non-members $10.  Advance registration required.  Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137.

  • Lecture: Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes

    Newport | Dates: 10 Jun, 2015

    Judith B. Tankard, Landscape historian

    Beatrix Farrand was one of the foremost landscape architects of the 20th century.  In a career spanning from the Gilded Age to the late 1950s, Farrand was renowned for her private estate gardens, such as Dumbarton Oakes in Washington, D.C. and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine.  She was also a campus consultant at prestigious universities, such as Yale and Princeton.  the restoration of a number of her important landscapes has brought her work to the forefront.

    Admission is free, advance registration is required. Register online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 137

  • History In The Bag Series: History of La Crosse Parks

    La Crosse | Dates: 23 Jun, 2015

    History of La Crosse Parks is presented by Steve Carylon, Director of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

    "History In The Bag" is a brown bag lunch series of Riverside Museum summer lectures. All lectures are admission-free programs that focus on sharing stories of local history and personal history. Bring your own lunch!  Speakers are local historians with a passion for the stories of La Crosse and the Coulee Region. Presented by the La Crosse County Historical Society. 608-782-1980 /

    Location: All presentations are in the auditorium at Riverside Museum, located at the north end of Riverside Park, 410 E. Veterans Memorial Dr., La Crosse, WI 54601 

  • 30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk: Lord Norman Foster

    Philadelphia | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    Join the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for our 30thLouis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk honoring Lord Norman Foster, architect of Philadelphia's forthcoming Comcast Innovation + Technology Center. A portion of proceeds from this annual event support the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, a legacy project of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

    In 1967 Norman Foster established Foster Associates, now known as Foster + Partners. Over the past four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urbanmasterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions. In 1999 Foster was honoured with a life peerage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

    Learn more about Norman Foster at his website:

    Registration required.

  • The New Tall: Re-thinking Our Vertical Habitat

    Philadelphia | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

    Join CTBUH Philadelphia for a networking reception and presentation about Re-thinking the Vertical Habitat featuring guest speaker David Malott, CTBUH Chairman &KPFPrincipal. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

    5:30 - 6:30 PM Reception / Networking

    6:30 - 7:00 PM Welcome & introduction by Kirk Harman, President, The Harman Group
    Presentation by David Malott, CTBUH Chairman & KPF Principal

    7:00 - 8:00 PM Continued Networking

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 27 by email to Janine La Marca at