Recent Opportunities

  • Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968

    New York City | Dates: 24 Sep, 2015 – 31 Jan, 2016
    Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923 - 1968 is the culmination of three years of research by architectural historian and curator, Kerri Culhane. The exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will examine Poy Gum Lee's hybrid modernist influence in New York Chinatown through a retrospective of his life's work in China and the U.S., and a study of his architectural integration of eastern ideas and western technology. Lee's compelling body of work reflects a cultural transition period in both China and New York Chinatown. The exhibition features more than 80 artifacts, including photographs, architectural drawings and blueprints for both realized and unrealized projects, and other materials that document and explore Lee's 50-year long career in the east and west. Though Lee is revered for his work in China, the exhibition is the first major study of his work undertaken in the U.S. Lee was the architectural consultant for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s building on Mott Street (1959) and the On Leong Tong Merchant’s Association at Mott & Canal Street (1948-50) – the most prominent Chinese modern building in Chinatown. Among his highly visible commissions, Lee designed the Chinese-American WWII Monument in Kimlau Square (1962), a modernist take on a traditional Chinese pailou, or ceremonial gate; the Lee Family Association (ca. 1950); and the Pagoda Theatre (1963, demolished). About Museum of Chinese in America: MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities, and geography through our dynamic stories. For more information, please visit
  • 2015 Conference on Illinois HIstory

    Springfield | Dates: 24 – 25 Sep, 2015
    The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 24-25, 2015, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State.

    Dates: 25 Jul – 01 Sep, 2015
    ISSUE 04 INSTRUMENTS OF SERVICE “Instruments of Service” is a class of legally protected work products defined in the American Institute of Architects’ “A201-2007 General Conditions” as “representations, in any medium of expression now known or later developed, of the tangible and intangible creative work performed by the Architect.” In practice, instruments are any drawing, model, calculation or specification created for a client, copyrighted by the architect as a design “recommendation” and trafficked between intellectual, digital and real property. As research, everyday and experimental instruments are assemblages of tools and materials, allography and autography that move from Skype to ‘the street’ through theaters of peer review and publicity, gender and entertainment. Under or outside of contract, what is the value of the architect’s recommendation? Who provides material support for practice and research? Professional practice is politically adjacent to public service yet economically classified as a tertiary consumer service—between library and iPhone, hygiene and finance, hospitality and the police. Mediating across the table between architects and an ‘other,’ instruments of service also establish a fictional protagonist if not yet an accomplice or client, a prenuptial agreement if not yet a trademark or patent. How do new practices extend the idea of service? What lies between ‘the good’ and goods? As new design representations emerge from the interstices of language, calculation and visualization, instruments demonstrate architecture as both ontology and epistemology. What is the value of a common understanding of fact and form? of standardized notation or measure? As new fabrication methods and human-machine interfaces remake the physical world, instruments place the ‘model’ in an expanded field. Do biomimicry, new media and advanced manufacturing turn the molecule, database and robot into an instrument of service? What are the consequences of better living through chemistry, gizmo or portable document file, and through construction and building? Issue 04, “Instruments of Service,” questions the status of the instrument and of service. What does it mean to serve? What is left to instrumentalize? to monetize? to influence? We welcome scholarship and speculative projects that demonstrate spaces of encounter between “tangible and intangible creative work” through design practice, business models, new forms of representation and activism. Guest Editor: Jennifer W. Leung SUBMISSION GUIDELINES We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research on the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, examinations of pivotal moments in the history of applied research, investigations of the protocols of research practice and photo essays on research projects. Articles are not limited in length (600-2000 words, recommended) and can be published as text, photo essays, videos or other media. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise. To apply, submit an abstract in one pdf document (4MB max) to - Info: title and subtitle - Bio: author name and bio - Submission Type: critique or project - Abstract: 300 words max - Position: Design, website or writing samples Deadlines for Issue 04 are as follows: - Abstracts due September 1, 2015. - Contributions (once selected) due October 1, 2015.
  • 2016 Grants to Individuals (Graham Foundation)

    Dates: 23 Jul – 15 Sep, 2015
    Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has provided direct funding to individuals to produce publications, exhibitions, films, research, and other projects that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. To apply for an individual grant, applicants must submit an Inquiry Form—the first stage of a two-stage application process. The annual deadline for the Inquiry Form is September 15. The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to support projects by individuals: Production & Presentation Grants and Research & Development Grants. For more information about foundation grants and to learn if your project is eligible for funding, visit the website.
  • Call for Papers: Keeping History Above Water Conference (April 2016)

    Dates: 23 Jul – 15 Sep, 2015
    KEEPING HISTORY ABOVE WATER An international, multidisciplinary conference focused on saving historic structures and neighborhoods in the face of rising tides April 10-13, 2016 Newport, Rhode Island Organized by the Newport Restoration Foundation in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University Keeping History Above Water, slated for the spring of 2016 in Newport, Rhode Island, will tackle a broad range of issues—from theoretical to practical, local to global—related to protecting coastal communities and their historic built environments. Over four days, experts in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, oceanography, and many other disciplines, from across the United States and abroad, will convene to examine threats, explore solutions, and share ideas. The Program Committee invites proposals for short papers (15 to 25 minutes) and workshop/seminar sessions (1.5 to 3 hours) from practitioners, academics and policy makers that address (but are not limited to): • Fortification and retrofitting individual buildings for resiliency against inundation, including engineering solutions for threatened properties and communities • Policies and regulations that make more resilient historic districts in coastal regions • Communication strategies for raising awareness and educating a broad spectrum of stake holders in historic properties and communities • Holistic consideration of communities’ cultural resources, including living cultures and intangible cultural heritage • Case studies – from anywhere in the world – in any of the above areas Audience and Program: The conference will be marketed to academics and professionals in a variety of disciplines including preservationists, town and city planners, elected officials, government personnel/policy makers, architects, engineers, environmentalists, and builders. The conference program will include keynote speakers and plenary addresses from major scholars and practitioners in key fields, as well as panel presentations and roundtable discussions, workshops, ample opportunity for networking, and pre-conference excursions to historic sites in Newport and environs. Location: Conference sessions and accommodations (with favorable room rates already negotiated) will be located at the Newport Marriott Hotel (25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Located on the waterfront and immediately adjacent to Newport’s historic “Point” neighborhood (where a significant concentration of 18th and 19th century buildings are at risk), the Newport Marriott Hotel is also a convenient location from which to explore other historic sites of the city and surrounding areas of Aquidneck Island. PROPOSALS Short Papers: To have a paper considered for presentation (stand alone or as part of a panel), please send a proposal of no more than 500 words, including estimated time for the presentation, along with CV, to The deadline for submitting paper proposals is September 15, 2015. Workshop/Seminar Sessions: The program committee welcomes proposals for 1.5- to 3-hour workshop and seminar sessions with a focus on, but not limited to, practical approaches to addressing the threat of sea level rise and other water catastrophes in historic structures and neighborhoods. These are smaller breakout sessions scheduled for the final morning of the conference (Wednesday, April 13, 2016) that can accommodate up to 30 participants each, and can have more than one instructor. To have a session considered, please submit a written proposal of no more than 500 words (can include images) and a CV for each instructor to The deadline for submitting workshop and seminar proposals is September 15, 2015. Other Ideas: Anything that you think should be included but don’t see represented here? The program committee is happy to have suggestions -- for panels, table displays, and other means of communicating knowledge and experiences in any area that connects to the theme of the conference. Please note that presenters will likely have some travel and accommodation subsidy available to them.
  • Approaches to Architectural History

    Charlottesville | Dates: 10 – 10 Oct, 2015
    A day long symposium of distinguished lectures at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies special issue CFP: The City in the Long Eighteenth Century

    Farmington, CT | Dates: 21 Jul, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    Call for Submissions Eighteenth-Century Studies, a cross-disciplinary journal committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, is planning an upcoming special issue dedicated to the theme of the city in the long eighteenth century. Cities were outward-facing centers of connection, through networks of trade, communication, and political authority, but they were also inward-facing communities with distinctive cultures and social lives. With increased urbanization came increased theorization about the effects of city life and new methods of policing and control. We invite submissions which reflect on topics related to these themes or on other ways in which contemporaries interpreted and understood the experiences of city life. Broadly speaking, how did societies in the long eighteenth-century physically and intellectually construct their cities and what were the consequences, real or perceived, of “the city”? What characteristics defined the eighteenth-century city, and to what extent might the eighteenth century be described as an urban one? Submissions may originate in any of the disciplines and research methodologies encompassed by eighteenth-century studies, broadly construed (history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, and the arts); those which focus on the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, or Oceania are especially encouraged. Submissions should be 7,000–9,000 words, including notes, and may be sent to The deadline for consideration for this issue is January 15, 2016. Please contact the Managing Editor at with any questions.
  • East West Central 03: Re-framing Identities: Architecture's Turn to History, 1970-1990

    Zurich | Dates: 10 – 12 Sep, 2015
    The years between 1970 and 1990 were characterized by the rise of postmodernism in architecture in Western and Eastern Europe. During this period, the 1980s in particular, several socialist countries also witnessed processes of liberalization and economic reforms, and the overthrow of state leaderships in 1989/90, which would mark the end of Europe's political division. Architecture, in these processes, became a means through which to reframe identities, reconsider relationships to history, and thus call into question not only the modern project but also its wider political promises. The aim of this two-day international conference is to revisit this historic period, and to analyse and compare parallel developments in architecture and urban design on both sides of the Cold War divide against the backdrop of unfolding geopolitical transformations. While postmodernism’s impact could be felt across different disciplines, its origins can be traced most strongly in architecture and urban design. After all, the term and concept postmodernism first emerged in these disciplines. Since the mid-1960s, an increasingly critical attitude toward functionalist modernism developed within architecture that led to a spread of revisionist thinking and a growing concern for historicism, symbolism and meaning. This change was paralleled and sustained by a proliferation of architectural theory, influenced in particular by phenomenology and semiotics. During the 1970s and 1980s, the recognition of architecture’s capacity to reflect and ground identity reignited the search for ways to represent local, national and regional traditions through built form. The conference will address, among others, questions concerning: - the chronology of the turn to history in architecture and urban design in different European countries. - how terms and concepts such as modernism and postmodernism were discussed by architects and theorists in East and West. - the relationship between postmodern discourse and mainstream architectural culture during the 1970s and 1980s, asking how elements of critique and opposition manifested themselves. - role played by questions of heritage and identity in architectural practice, and the specific forms this took in various countries in Europe. - the impact of historicism and postmodernism on the development of cities in Eastern and Western Europe. - the mechanisms of international exchange and transfer that allowed postmodernism to become a global phenomenon. In recent years, postmodernism received growing attention though both scholarship and popular exhibitions such as "Postmodernism – Style and Subversion 1970—1990" at the V&A and the Landesmuseum Zürich (2012). However, the focus of academic research and public shows tended to be on Western Europe and North America, where postmodernism's conceptual basis was developed and where, arguably, its impact could be felt most strongly. Thus far, parallel developments and exchanges with Eastern Europe have played a marginal role. A complex comparative analysis of these developments that accounts for their heterogeneous nature is missing. The question whether and to what extent the term and concept postmodernism can be usefully applied to the Eastern European context remains insufficiently addressed. Our objective is to examine the historical turn in architecture in Eastern and Western Europe during the 1970s and 1980s as a common cultural legacy, situated in relation to fundamental and far-reaching socio-economic and political changes – the erosion of communist regimes, their eventual disintegration and the triumph of global neoliberal capitalism. We propose a framework that treats contemporaneous architectural phenomena in Western and Eastern Europe on equal terms and side by side, thus asking for mechanisms of interconnection, mutual exchange, transfer, and translation across the political divide. The conference will bring together an international group of established and younger academics and practitioners, including a number of former protagonists. Keynote lectures by Ákos Moravánszky, Stanislaus von Moos, Joan Ockman, and Karin Šerman. Attendance of the conference is free of charge. We kindly ask you to register your interest by sending an email to until 31 August 2015.
  • Barbara Kasten: Stages

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Oct, 2015 – 09 Jan, 2016

    The Graham Foundation, in partnership with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, is pleased to present Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten. Organized in conversation with the artist and with full access to her extensive archive, the exhibition will include works spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive photographic practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, architecture, and installation. Well known within photographic discourse, more recently she has begun to be reconsidered within the broader contexts of architectural theory and contemporary art.

    Barbara Kasten: Stages is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and is curated by ICA Curator Alex Klein.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Institute of Contemporary Art and JRP|Ringier that includes a biography of the artist a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes, and new scholarly essays by the curator Alex Klein, art historian Jenni Sorkin, and architectural historian and Graham grantee Alex Kitnick. Copies of the exhibition catalogue are available for purchase in the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

    Additionally, the Graham Foundation and Distributed Art Publishers will co-publishBarbara Kasten: The Diazotypes, a special small-run artist book of Kasten’s early diazotypes which will be released at the exhibition opening on October 1, 2015, and will be available for purchase at the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

    Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. During the 1980s she embarked on her Constructs series, which incorporates life-size elements such as metal, wire, mesh, and mirrors into installations produced specifically for the camera. Kasten was one of the first artists to be invited by Polaroid to use its new large format cameras, and it was with these that she made many of her best known works, her palette becoming bolder in response to the lush, saturated quality of the medium.

    In the mid-1980s Kasten stepped out of the studio and began working with large architectural spaces. Institutions such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta designed by Richard Meier and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles designed by Arata Isozaki, as well as the World Financial Center in New York designed by César Pelli, were eager to showcase their new postmodern buildings via the cinematic lighting, mirrors, and fabrications that were part of her monumental productions. Following her architectural projects she continued working on a large scale, creating dramatic displays in the midst of ancient ruins. In the intervening years she shifted her focus to talismanic objects and artifacts, returning to the cyanotype process she had embraced at the beginning of her career. Her most recent work has taken Kasten back to the studio, exploring a more minimal palette with many of the same materials that shaped her early constructed photographs. Over the years her vocabulary and interests, including her ongoing experimentation with constructions, sets, and installations at the human scale, have provided a through-line and given a unity to her artwork, even as she has experimented with multiple processes, from cyanotypes and Polaroids to Cibachromes and video installations.

    Kasten’s photographs of studio constructions and cinematic stagings are included in major museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Alex Klein is the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Selected exhibitions and initiatives at ICA include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist's work; Consider the Belvedere: Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer (2015); AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); Excursus I-IV featuring Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011­–2013); and First Among Equals (2012, co-curated with Kate Kraczon). Most recently she has served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art's Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated with Tina Kukielski the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015) in association with the New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience. Her writing has been published in collections including How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012) and The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press / CCS Bard, 2013), and she is the editor of the critical volume on photography, Words Without Pictures(LACMA/Aperture, 2010). Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the co-founder of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions.

    Major support for Barbara Kasten: Stages has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Nancy E. and Leonard M. Amoroso Exhibition Fund, Pamela Toub Berkman & David J. Berkman, Bortolami, the Carol T. & John G. Finley Fund, Kadel Willborn Gallery, the Marjorie E. and Michael J. Levine Fund, Toby Devan Lewis, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Stephanie B. & David E. Simon, Babette L. & Harvey A. Snyder, and Meredith L. & Bryan S.Verona.

  • Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit, Sept 27- 29, 2015

    Charleston | Dates: 27 – 29 Sep, 2015
    The Institute for Patient-Centered Design has opened registration for its inaugural Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit. The Summit will take place from Sunday, September 27 until Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Charleston, SC. Its events will be held at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a leading medical research institution. A multidisciplinary group of leaders in the health facility design profession will converge on the Summit, along with researchers, clinicians and patients. "This event has been designed with limited seats to allow our participants to collaborate in small groups, form business relationships and for each person to contribute to patient-centered design solutions," says Tammy Thompson, the Institute's president. "Using the state of the art Simulation Center at MUSC, we will be able to conduct multiple simulation labs during the program." The Institute will also build a pediatric oncology model as its newest Patient Experience Simulation Lab. Inspired by ERDMAN's winning design submission selected for the 2014 Family-Centered Cancer Care Design Competition, this model will be unveiled at MUSC's Hollings Cancer Center, the largest academic cancer center and only National Cancer Institute in South Carolina. It will be on exhibit there for three days during the Summit. "This will create an educational opportunity that is not available at most institutions and hopefully have a lasting effect on those involved," says Dr. Rozanne Wille, the mother of little "Hendo" whose battle with childhood cancer inspired the design competition. As a juror of the competition, Dr. Wille continues to advise the project, and she serves on the Summit's faculty to share her experience as a parent and a physician with attendees. About the Institute for Patient-Centered Design The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that educates health facility designers and stakeholders on the needs of patients, families and clinicians in the health care environment. It is the first design related organization to bring patients into live simulation activities at educational events to inspire better accommodations for patients and families. The Institute demonstrates its commitment to improve the patient experience by capturing actual stories from patients and families, reminding designers of the impact their creations have on real life experiences. In an effort to improve patient outcomes, the Institute has designated part of the proceeds from the Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit to be contributed to the pediatric oncology programs at MUSC.
  • The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley - Baton Rouge, LA

    Baton Rouge | Dates: 09 Oct – 16 Dec, 2015

    In conjunction with the 2013 Landslide® the Louisiana State University's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery will host the Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition celebrating the life and career of Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The exhibition features 45 vibrant photographs documenting the current state of some of Kiley's most significant designs.

    Generous support has been provided by Presenting Sponsors, The Davey Tree Expert Company and Victor Stanley, Inc., with additional support from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape Architecture magazine and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.

    Learn more about The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley and future exhibition venues.

  • Garden Dialogues: Vancouver

    Vancouver | Dates: 22 Aug, 2015
    In August, get exclusive access to private gardens in Vancouver 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 August 22, 9:30am to 5:30pm | Vancouver
  • Garden Dialogues: Denver and Aspen

    Denver and Aspen | Dates: 08 – 22 Aug, 2015
    In August, get exclusive access to private gardens in Denver and Aspen 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 August 8, 9:00 to 10:30am | Denver
    Saturday August 8, 9:00 to 10:30am | Aspen
    Saturday August 8, 11:00am to 12:30pm | Englewood
    Saturday August 22, 9:00 to 10:30am | Aspen
    Saturday August 22, 10:00 to 11:30am | Boulder
  • 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.
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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