Recent Opportunities

  • Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 21 Mar, 2017
    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth with free screenings in March of two award-winning films examining the life and work of the legendary architect.

    Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film is presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum in their state-of-the-art Robert R. McCormick Theater, featuring movie theater quality and 7.1 surround sound.

    Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick will be screened Tuesday, March 14; Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan on Tuesday, March 21. Both screenings will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Robert R. McCormick Theater, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago,

    Each program will be introduced by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

    From the origins of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career in the Chicago area through the creation of his magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Ken Burns’ masterful Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film beautifully captures the story of America’s greatest architect.

    The influence of Japanese aesthetics on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design vision was profound. Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan is the story of how he repaid that debt with his creation of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and forged relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes.
  • Frank Gehry’s MasterClass on Design & Architecture

    Dates: 21 Feb – 30 Jun, 2017
    The legendary architect is best known for his trailblazing, modern structures, and pioneering vision for what architecture can and should achieve. His designs - including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim in New York, the Dancing House in Prague, and 8 Spruce Street in New York - have reshaped our cities’ skylines, and the imaginations of artists and designers around the world. Gehry has been awarded with several honors for his work including the Pritzker Architecture Prize and most recently the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

    In his first-ever MasterClass, Frank Gehry will share his unconventional philosophy on design and architecture. Students will be invited into Gehry’s never-before-seen model archive for a peek into his creative process. In the class, Gehry will use case studies, progressive models, and storytelling to illuminate the universal lessons learned during his 50+ year career as an artist and architect.

    “I have tried to give the students insight into my process – how and why I did things.  I hope this gives them the wings to explore and the courage to create their own language,” said Frank Gehry, MasterClass instructor.

    MasterClass provides online classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at for $90 each.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts

    Buffalo | Dates: 22 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts At the turn of the century, the Buffalo region was an innovative hub of U.S. industry as well as the center of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Western New York boasted the lion’s share of the most influential figures in American Arts and Crafts such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Adelaide Robineau, Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter, Karl Kipp, among so many others—not to mention Buffalo Pottery, Heintz Metalwork, The Arts and Crafts Shop, etc. On the occasion of the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this international conference seeks to address the relation between Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts innovators, the industrial prowess and character of the region, and the forces that shaped the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts in this country and abroad. We invite scholars, professionals, collectors, graduate students and historians of all stripes to join us in considering the relationship between Western New York’s Arts and Crafts movement and its innovative industries, the social fabric of the community and the larger context of the progressive movement that sought to humanize life in the first quarter of the 20th century. We invite presentations on topics that may include: • The advent of Arts and Crafts as it coincided with the Buffalo region’s rapid industrialization • Wright’s designs as a reflection of his combination of the artisanal with technological innovation • The American iteration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in comparison with its British counterparts • The growth of the Buffalo School and its relationship to technology as either something to exploit or to react against • The period’s complicated understanding of the relationship among the Arts and Crafts movement, technological innovation and industry • How the Arts and Crafts movement included notions of social reform in favor of a more harmonious and healthy society • The diffusion of Arts and Crafts ideals in media and popular culture at the time • Whether Arts and Crafts worked to humanize the industrial environment or merely camouflage its many deficiencies We invite papers on any aspect of Western New York’s extensive roster of Arts and Crafts innovators. An honorarium, travel assistance, and accommodations will be offered to select contributors. This international conference will be held in conjunction with a Buffalo-wide celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s enormous local influence, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. The conference will take place October 20-22, 2017 at the University at Buffalo, and is sponsored by the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance and the University at Buffalo’s Departments of Art and School of Architecture and Planning. Please visit to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) along with a CV by April 15th, 2017. Each presentation should plan to fill a 20-25 minute conference slot, and illustrated presentations are strongly encouraged.
  • Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character

    New York | Dates: 28 – 28 Feb, 2017
    “Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character”
    Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York
    Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.
    Conceived by Department of City Planning in the 1980s, contextual zoning allows the City to regulate the height, bulk, setback, and street frontage of new buildings as a way to preserve neighborhood character. How effective has contextual zoning been in encouraging residential and commercial development that fits in with the scale and character of existing buildings? Are there ways this tool can be improved to adapt to the city’s current housing needs and inherent development pressures? Join us to discuss the impact of contextual zoning on some of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods. To view all of the programs in conjunction with Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016, click here. 
    • Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council 
    • Richard Barth, Executive Vice President for Land Use and Housing Strategies, Capalino+Company
    • Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President 
    • Marcie Kesner, Planning and Development Specialist, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    • Ron Shiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
    1.5 LU AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this event.  
    Register online at | Use code ZONE for $10 tickets (regularly $20)
  • 2017 Pocantico Preservation Fellowship

    Pocantico Hills | Dates: 16 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    Spend two weeks in July at the Marcel Breuer House in NY working on your preservation project through the 2017 Pocantico Fellowship. Applications are due March 31. Visit for complete details.
  • Skyscrapers: Boon or Blight?

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2017
    Jason M. Barr (Rutgers, Newark), author of Building the Skyline, provides a new myth-busting history of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, as well as some thoughts on how the buildings could help Gotham meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Kate Wood, president of the award-winning preservation group Landmark West!, discusses the current protests over the De Blasio administration's rezoning of midtown, and the new “supers” rising in the city. Alex Marshall, Senior Fellow with the Regional Plan Association and Governing columnist, joins and moderates the discussion.
  • San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

    San Gemini | Dates: 29 May – 04 Aug, 2017
    Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation.
    Session One (May 29 – June 23)
    Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
    Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
    (Program includes lectures and field projects*)
    Archaeological Ceramics Restoration 
    Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy 
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Book Bindings Restoration
    The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings 
    Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings 
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Session Two (July 10 - August 4)
    Paper Restoration
    Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Traditional Painting Techniques
    Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 
    Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues 
    (Program includes lectures and discussion)
    *Field Projects:
    Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th century)
    Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
    Short Intersession Programs (June 24 – July 7)
    Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 25 – July 4)
    A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
    Coexistence of Memory and Modernity – Athens (June 25 - July 6)
    A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.
    The History and Culture of Food in Italy (June 26 – July 7)
    A two-week course giving an overview of the history and cultural traditions of food in Italy. The course will include lec¬tures, field trips and an experimental cooking workshop.
    To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.
    Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.
  • In the Tower: Theaster Gates

    Washington | Dates: 05 Mar – 04 Sep, 2017
    Over the past decade, American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973) has explored the built environment and the power of art and culture to transform experience. For the second exhibition in the reopened East Building Tower 3 galleries, Gates will present a new body of work—The Minor Arts—featuring several pieces created for the Gallery. The installation will examine how discarded and ordinary objects, including the floor of a Chicago high school gym and the archives of Ebony magazine, acquire value through the stories we tell.
  • Conflict, Violence and Preservation

    Lexington | Dates: 31 – 31 Mar, 2017
    The Department of Historic Preservation in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky will address the subject in this year’s annual Historic Preservation Symposium – “Conflict, Violence and Preservation: Interpreting difficult history”– to be held March 31 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington, KY.
  • Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium

    Cambridge, MA and Hong Kong | Dates: 16 Feb – 01 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium Organized by M+ with the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; and the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong October 12-13 (Cambridge, MA) and December 15-16 (Hong Kong), 2017 I.M. Pei (1917 - ) remains one of the most celebrated yet under-theorized architects of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Though Pei’s six-decade career is mostly identified with his unwavering interest in cultural synthesis and the power of pure geometrical form, his work and methods of practice offer additional opportunities for investigating their dynamic intertwinement within multiple, consequential moments in the history of mid- to late twentieth century architecture, and their relationships with broader social, cultural, and geopolitical phenomena. Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium seeks to reexamine Pei in the context of the architect’s 100th birthday year as two linked conferences organized by M+, the new museum for visual culture being built in Hong Kong, with, respectively, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Together, the events aim to resituate the architect from the intersecting vantage points of the two regional poles with which he’s most closely linked—Hong Kong/China and Boston/the United States—by bringing together architectural historians and practitioners, among others, to discuss new strands of inquiry concerning Pei and his work. We are seeking papers that expand and deepen our understanding of relatively unexplored dimensions of Pei’s education, professional practice, and architectural production within the complex global, transnational architectural landscape that he helped shape, and was shaped by. A diversity of interdisciplinary perspectives, and scholars from fields outside of architecture, are highly encouraged. Areas of exploration might include, but are not limited to, Pei in the context of: - His contributions to the discipline of architecture, and its discourses and contemporary practices; - His early years in China, and education at MIT and the GSD; - Architecture’s participation in the Cold War; - The architect and/as developer; - The rise of the international corporate architecture firm; - The role of the “global architect” in developmental economics and the rise of global capitalism in the Asia-Pacific region, and post-reform China; - The migratory practices of post-1949 Chinese émigré architects from greater China, and Chinese diaspora architects from East and Southeast Asia; - Issues of identity and cultural representation in architectural design; - Postmodernism; - Engagements with notions of “Chinese spatiality,” especially the principles of Chinese garden design; and - The expansion of the museum as a global institution. Interested presenters are asked to submit a 250-word abstract, along with a maximum 2-page CV, to The deadline is April 1, 2016. Conference organizers will structure both events based on the papers received, and successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance, as well as their assigned venue (Cambridge, MA, or Hong Kong), by May 1. Draft papers, limited to 10 double-spaced pages, will be due August 1, 2017. Rethinking Pei is made possible with a grant from the C Foundation,
  • Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST)

    Thessaloniki | Dates: 04 – 06 Sep, 2017
    Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between Culture, and tourism, and how planners, architects, and main actors and help in conveying and spreading the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it.
  • Architects and Interior Decoration in France in the 18th Century

    Dates: 15 Feb – 28 Apr, 2017
    This video records a public talk given at the Frick Collection on the role of architects in interior design in France in the 18th Century.
  • The Design Institute: Building a Transnational History

    Hong Kong | Dates: 10 – 11 Mar, 2017
    This conference, to be held March 10-11, 2017 in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, will examine the key institutional mechanism for architectural production in the socialist world over the course of much of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Comprised of international scholars in fields such as anthropology, architectural design, architectural and urban history, and government, among others, this event will map, historicize, and theorize the transnational history of the socialist design institute, with a particular emphasis on China. This undertaking involves tracing the institute’s bureaucratic origins in the Soviet Union as well as Eastern Europe, its emergent role in the development of China’s international diplomacy after 1949 throughout the socialist world, and its participation in the economic and political reconfigurations that define post-socialism.
  • Design + Heritage

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 – 17 Mar, 2017
    Concepts of heritage have evolved dramatically in the past 50 years, from the stately mansions of founding fathers to neighborhoods and landscapes, from sites of conscience to the intangible and ephemeral. Throughout the world, leading designers have embraced the complex challenges of remaking historic places, creating sophisticated ensembles that range from seamless to provocative. Nonetheless, the basic principles of contemporary design in historic settings, as first codified in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards in 1966, have remained unchanged. The directives that additions and new construction in historic settings be “differentiated” yet “compatible” remains challenging, controversial–even mystifying—for designers, regulators, property owners and the general public. This symposium will engage designers, scholars, educators and stewards of heritage who are at the forefront of the field to explore innovative strategies for thoughtful, creative design in historic contexts.
  • Victorian Society in America Summer Schools - Applications due March 1st!

    Dates: 14 Feb – 01 Mar, 2017
    Explore the roots of American modernism during our six-day Chicago program; visit The Breakers and McKim, Mead & White’s Isaac Bell House, Victorian gardens, historic churches, and stunning Tiffany windows on our ten-day course in Newport, Rhode Island; or spend two weeks examining Victorian art, architecture and design in London, the Midlands and the West Country! Enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Full and partial scholarships available.
  • TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise (deadline 22 February)

    Zeist | Dates: 21 – 25 Aug, 2017
    Please download the full call here: DEADLINE 22 FEBRUARY The TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise will be held from Monday 21 August through Friday 25 August 2017 in the Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre near Utrecht, The Netherlands. This edition of the TransPositions Summer School focusses on material culture and the senses. How can we investigate sensory experiences of past material cultures or cultures that are not our own? And how can we reconstruct in our studies the experiential richness of ephemera and material practices “lost in transmission” or only preserved in textual sources? The summer school approaches these questions across different disciplines including art history, archaeology, anthropology, conservation, musicology, performance and media studies, cognitive science, and religion- and science studies. We invite doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the humanities, the social sciences, and related disciplines with a strong interest in material culture and sensory experiences to apply via e-mail to Keynote speakers (confirmed): Ulinka Rublack (Faculty of History, Cambridge University) Lambros Malafouris (Kebble College and Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University) Rachel Prentice (Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University) Shigehisa Kuriyama (Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University)
  • The Rise of the Skyscraper City

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    The second Friday afternoon session will continue to explore new narratives on nineteenth-century New York. Speakers will focus on lesser-studied typologies of commercial architecture, hotels and lofts, and on the extraordinary importance of Broadway as a high-value corridor, made visible by the Ten & Taller survey. For more information, visit March 10, 3:30-5:30 PM. Free, 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to with the subject ​​Session 4​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • New York’s First Skyscrapers: When, Where, & Why?

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    Why did some office buildings and apartment houses begin to get taller in the mid-1870s and the early-1880s, respectively? Where did developers build and why? How did corporations design buildings for their needs, as well as for profit? Speakers in the first Friday afternoon session will address these and other issues, from the introduction of elevators to telephone technology, as well as the cooperative movement in residential architecture. Visit for more information. March 10, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Free. 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to with the subject ​​Session 3​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • Re-framing the Debate over the “First Skyscrapers” ​ Tall Building Construction in New York vs. Chicago, 1883-1900 ​

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    Two professors of structural engineering and historic preservation who have researched and published extensively on the beginnings of metal-frame construction in New York and Chicago revisit the partisan debate over definitions of the “first skyscrapers.” New Yorker Donald Friedman, author of Historical Building Construction, and Thomas Leslie, author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, will discuss the introduction and adoption of steel skeletons in the practice of construction in the 19th century’s two leading skyscraper cities. ​ The session is framed as a mock “debate” only to emphasize the historiography of the bi-city competition. The real intent of the session is to develop a new and more nuanced narrative of the transition from masonry to metal-frame construction in the last decades of the 19th century. ​ Click here for more info: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Free for members, $10 for non-members 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to with the subject ​​Session 2​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • All vs. Tall: Manhattan, 1874-1900

    New York | Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2017
    After a brief talk by Carol Willis that illustrates some of the buildings and themes that have formed the standard histories of the high-rise and the different approach of the TEN & TALLER survey, a group of the symposium’s invited speakers will engage in a conversation about their research and new ways of viewing the architectural and urban history of New York in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Donald Friedman, Lee Gray, Kathryn Holliday, Andrew Alpern, and Thomas Mellins will consider some of the major changes in the design and construction of tall buildings, the impact of new technologies such as electricity and telephones, and the rise of multi-family dwellings and hotels. The discussion will identify issues to be explored in the Friday sessions. 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM. Free for members, $10 for non-members 1​.​5 LUs available​ Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to with the subject ​​Session 1​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.

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