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  • Architectural History Field School

    Lynchburg | Dates: 01 – 13 Jun, 2015
    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2015 Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from June 1-June 13. The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. People from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Application deadline: April 17. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation and documentation, and restoration techniques and materials. Behind-the-scenes visits to other museum properties are included. A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures report. More detailed information and a typical schedule can be found on the web site: or contact Travis McDonald (434) 534-8123, Scholarships are available.
  • The 2015 Architectural Science Association Conference - Call for Papers

    Melbourne | Dates: 11 Feb – 23 Mar, 2015
    The 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) will be hosted by the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Australia from 2-4 December 2015.
  • Stepping into the Yards: A Mega Project on the Hudson

    New York | Dates: 03 Mar, 3015

    A dramatic transformation of Manhattan’s West Side is underway at Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in American history and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. New Yorkers, this is your chance to learn all about this 28-acre, emergent neighborhood wrapped by the final section of the High Line, and soon to feature new housing, office space, parkland, cultural and public spaces. Join our distinguished speakers as they discuss the thinking behind the Hudson Yards development process, and the questions that the mega project raises for the city’s future.

    Jay Cross, President of Related Hudson Yards
    Sarah Goldhagen, Architecture Critic
    William Pedersen, FAIA, Founding Design Partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
    Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
    Suzanne Stephens (moderator), Deputy Editor of Architectural Record

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture and the ASLA-NY (New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects)

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

  • Brutal! Paul Rudolph’s Postwar New York Interiors: A Conversation with Timothy M. Rohan & Donald Albrecht

    New York | Dates: 26 Feb, 2015

    Though best known for brutalist structures like the Jewett Center and the University of Massachussets Dartmouth campus, architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) also designed some of New York’s most remarkable apartment interiors of the late twentieth century. Rudolph’s unconventional use of multiple levels, photomurals, and reflective surfaces elicited reactions of both delight and dismay. Drawing upon his new monograph The Architecture of Paul Rudolph, University of Massachusetts Professor Timothy M. Rohan will discuss the architect’s brutalist interiors, including Rudolph’s own Beekman Place residence, the townhouse of 1970s fashion designer Halston and numerous Fifth Avenue apartments. Donald Albrecht, our Curator of Architecture and Design, will join Dr. Rohan following his presentation for a conversation.

    Book signing and reception to follow. 

    Co-sponsored by DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture. 

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

  • Soundscape New York

    New York | Dates: 10 Mar – 07 Jun, 2015
    A collaboration between archictecture professor Karen Van Lengen of the University of Virginia and artist James Welty, this immersive audiovisual installation combines the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Seagram Building lobby, with visual animations projected on a panoramic screen. Grand Central Terminal’s soundscape, for example, features an oceanic-style animation with clangs, echoes, and quick crescendos of intensity, transporting the listener to the midst of the station’s daily bustle, and amplifying its status as a primary transportation portal to and from New York City. Visitors can also experience the soundscapes of Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library Reading Room, and the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 19 Jul, 2015

    A Visionary of Modern Branding—for IBM and other Icons—Rand’s Work Reshaped American Design.

    Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. His philosophy, as expressed in his work and writings, including the recently republished 1947 Thoughts on Design, argued that visual language should integrate form and function. Born in Brooklyn in humble circumstances, Rand (1914-1996) launched his career in the 1930s with magazine cover design and, starting in the early 1940s, he worked as an art director on Madison Avenue, where he helped revolutionize the advertising profession.

    He later served as design consultant to leading corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and Steve Jobs’s NeXT, for whom he conceived comprehensive visual communications systems, ranging from packaging to building signage, all grounded in recognizable logos, many of which are still in use today. Rand’s influence was extended by students he taught at Yale University. His visually stimulating, yet problem-solving, approach to graphic design attracted devoted admirers during his own lifetime and he remains influential today.

    Exhibition co-chairs: Dana Arnett, Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Curt Schreiber, Willy Wong, Keith Yamashita


    Dates: 11 Feb, 2015 – 03 Sep, 2017
    CALL FOR PAPERS: EXCHANGES ABOUT DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION Terrae Incognitae 47.2 (2015), 48.1/2 (2016), and 49.1/2 (2017) Columbus’s contemporary, Oviedo, credited the man for being the “first discoverer” of the Americas; Columbus had “found” “new” lands, cities, and peoples (Historia general de las Indias [Seville: Cromberger, 1535], fol. 1v). Las Casas later linked this attribution to his own criticism that Columbus “had made taxpayers of the Indians there” (Brevíssima relación [Seville: Trugillo, 1552], fol. 192r). The verbs associated with Columbus’s conduct evolved away from ones that either celebrated or affirmed Spanish possession of the New World to include ones like destroyed, devastated, exterminated, and ruined in the subsequent tomes authored by William Robertson, Abbé Raynal, and Washington Irving. By the twentieth century, important works by Tzvetan Todorov and José Rabasa—to name just two of deep field of scholars—prefer “invention” rather than “discovery,” “the other” rather than “the savage,” and so on. As this example demonstrates scholars writing in any period reconsider past historical events according to the paradigms of the age; the approach to and conclusions drawn from research into the history of discovery and exploration vary remarkably depending upon the timeframe and the socio-cultural perspective in which that scholarship is conducted. Is contemporary scholarship moving away from an establishment of the facts concerning the European exploration of the world—how they traveled, where, and when, and what they encountered—and toward an interest in the variety of narratives and perspectives afforded by an entire world that at one point or another discovered other parts of itself? How do we navigate the realities and dystopias, ethnocentricities and lack of understandings, inherent to the act of discovery conducted by men such as Columbus upon whose narratives and the history books they have engendered we rely for our own research? Do we answer these specific challenges by identifying and asserting new voices as well as counter-perspectives? What new consciousness might we possess today that requires us to revisit past scholarship so that we can reap new knowledge from these historical contexts? And, finally, what is the state of our discipline today; how and why does it remain relevant? Essays and position papers are invited for a special series devoted to reflecting upon the scholarship of discovery and exploration. Early- and late-career scholars, graduate students, collectors as well as members of our association are encouraged to prepare article-length contributions (4000-6000 words) that will be peer reviewed about the state of our discipline. Specific topics might also include examples of new directions, epistemological and theoretical approaches, and trends in scholarship. Proposals for innovative ways of answering this Call for Papers are also welcome.
  • Stenton’s Landscape, and the Quaker Roots of Philadelphia’s Rural Cemetery Movement

    Philadelphia | Dates: 05 Mar, 2015
    Please bring a bag lunch and join us for a special Lunch-and-Learn Lecture, in which we will relate Deborah Norris Logan’s Quaker-inflected views of death, family, and historical change to the wider Philadelphia Quaker community’s responses to urbanization and shifting norms surrounding burial and graveyard design in the early 19th Century. Local Quakers, including Deborah’s relatives, led the movement to establish “rural” cemeteries, such as Laurel Hill. Leery of innovation, Deborah disliked newly established Quaker burial grounds, and was ambivalent toward non-sectarian alternatives. Her family’s private burial ground at Stenton became a focus of her own attention and rumination. Presented by Aaron Wunsch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Program. Lecture is free, please RSVP by calling 215-329-7312 or email
  • Texas Medical Center Walking Tour

    Houston | Dates: 14 Mar, 2015

    The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. Equivalent to the 12th largest business district in the United States, TMC has over 33.8 million square feet of patient care, education, and research space. 160,000+ individuals visit the Texas Medical Center each day with more than 6 million patients treated annually. The 1000+ acres is approximately the size of Chicago inside the "Loop" with over 160 buildings on the main campus alone. Join our ArCH docents on this introductory architectural tour of Houston's own modern marvel of medicine. Sites on our tour will include Baylor College of Medicine, the new Texas Children's Hospital Maternity Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Methodist Research Center, and a short ride on Houston's Metro Rail.

    Meet in the ground floor lobby of the John P McGovern Commons Building, 6550 Bertner Ave, 77030. Texas Medical Center Entrance 4. $10 parking available in the TMC Commons parking garage.

  • Living Future unConference 2015

    Seattle | Dates: 01 – 03 Apr, 2015

    The time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of being; the beginning of a Living Future. Join us next April for Living Future 2015. We’ll explore a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design.

    We invite you to join us at Living Future 2015, the “must attend” event for today’s most innovative and influential leaders in the green building community.

  • The Second Wave of Modernism III: Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st-Century Landscape

    Toronto | Dates: 22 – 22 May, 2015
    The Second Wave of Modernism III: Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape, the centerpiece of four days of related events and activities, will examine the role of landscape architecture in the City’s current and ambitious phase of urban development along its waterfront, in its diverse neighborhoods, and the international implications of this planning and development strategy; and, it will also look at the City’s extant park system and how public/private partnerships could aid in effective, long-term stewardship. Speakers from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States. It follows in form and structure the enormously successful sold out conferences organized by TCLF with The Chicago Architecture Foundation (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011), each of which drew an international audience. Conference registration is now available and an “early bird” rate of $225 is in effect until April 1, 2015; from April 1 onward the standard rate of $275 will apply. In addition to the daylong conference, the What’s Out There Weekend Toronto, May 23-24, will feature two days of free, expert-led tours of the City’s diverse body of new and heritage-designed landscapes (in tandem with the City’s Doors Open architecture tours). On Thursday, May 21, a reception at the Gardiner Museum will launch the conference, What's Out There Weekend Toronto, and the free, online What's Out There Toronto Guide. The evening will also honor the tremendous efforts by students and faculty at Ryerson University, who conducted extensive research and produced entries for the What's Out There database on Toronto, the inaugural site outside of the US. Finally, the evening will culminate in the presentation of TCLF’s Stewardship Excellence Award to an individual, group and/or organization that embodies and promotes sound stewardship of the City’s landscape legacy. On Saturday, May 23, there will be a late afternoon tour and twilight reception - featuring creative, local cuisine paired with Ontario’s top wines and craft beers - in the BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works. The former Don Valley Pressed Brick Works Company, which produced the bricks that built many of Toronto’s landmark buildings, is now a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability - and it was named one of the world’s top ten geotourism sites by National Geographic. The events are being organized by TCLF in cooperation with a broad coalition of stakeholders including the City of Toronto’s Department of Planning and its Executive Director Jennifer Keesmaat, a featured conference participant, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and Presenting Sponsors, TD Bank, Great Gulf, the City of Toronto and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Designed for an audience that is local, national, and international, the conference will address: • What does it mean for a 21st-century city to be historic and modern at the same time? • Can the 21st-century city be both regional and global? • Can we use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism? • What new models for public/private financing and management are emerging? • How are existing parks and open spaces adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations? • How do innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa - what is the impact of imported ideas on local conditions? Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape will feature internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Toronto, municipal leaders, leading critics and thinkers, and academics; it is expected to draw 500 people, with approximately 25% of the seats set aside for reduced-priced tickets for students. Numerous globally significant, innovative, and influential practitioners are confirmed to participate including: • Adriaan Gueze, Principal, West 8, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; • Thomas Woltz, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, New York, New York and Charlottesville, Virginia; • Claude Cormier, Principal, Claude Cormier + Associates, Montreal (Quebec); • Marc Ryan, Principal, Public Work, Toronto; • Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto; • Elizabeth Silver, Senior Associate, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts; • Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor & Associate Director, School of Urban + Regional Planning, Ryerson University, Toronto; • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning Division, City of Toronto. The genesis of the conference stemmed from a May 2013 trip to Toronto by TCLF’s President and CEO, Charles A. Birnbaum, an internationally recognized expert on landscape architecture. The trip was organized by Toronto-based practitioners Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Inc., and Michael McClelland, Principal, ERA Architects, Inc. Birnbaum subsequently wrote a Huffington Post article about the new waterfront development and the legacy parks and open spaces he toured.
  • Producing Waste, Producing Space

    Princeton, NJ | Dates: 07 – 07 Mar, 2015
    The production of waste and the production of space go hand in hand. The design of urban space has historically produced a considerable amount of waste, ranging from wastelands to the material detritus of consumption and urban development. The transport and disposal of waste, in turn, has produced important ideas and practices about the design and construction of space. Yet despite waste’s centrality to the design and imagination of cities, it is today understood as a largely technical problem about the management of its disappearance. If waste was for much of the twentieth century a marginal topic for design discourse, recent scholarship and experimentation in architecture and the arts question the terms of its disappearance from the urban landscape and its segregation from critical debate. They acknowledge its immutable presence as something that we increasingly design and think with. The symposium will bring together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted. The symposium seeks to locate points of intersection between the study of waste and strategies for waste in space. Speakers include: Robin Nagle, Max Liboiron, Greig Crysler, Shiloh Krupar, Vittoria Di Palma, Lindsey Dillon, Catherine Fennell, Dennis Maher, Alison Isenberg, Biba Dow, Rania Ghosn, Vijayanthi Rao. For more information, see:
  • ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II - The Archaeology of Sound

    Istanbul | Dates: 07 Feb – 30 Apr, 2015
    Second International Multi-disciplinary Conference 29 OCT – 02 NOV 2015 Istanbul, Turkey Focus is the ancient use of sound in sacred and contemplative spaces, and a timeless continuity of human behavior that includes vocalization and acute aural sensitivity. CONFERENCE PROGRAM The conference program will include selected peer-reviewed individual papers and poster sessions as well as an anticipated satellite program of events. (Details to be advised.) Sessions will bring together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives. Presentations and subsequent publication will be in English. (Registration details will be posted to website when finalized.) CALL FOR PAPERS and PROPOSALS ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. 250-300 word abstracts of papers, presentations and posters should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats. The DEADLINE for submissions is April 30, 2015. Submitters will be informed by mid May 2015. Email to: International Academic Review Committee includes: Fernando COIMBRA, Ezra ZUBROW, Paolo DEBERTOLIS, Iegor REZNIKOFF Website:
  • Lecture: Inventing the New American House - Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect

    Chicago | Dates: 05 May, 2015

    Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Architect Stuart Cohen offers a new look at one of the best-known architects of the early 20th century, who built homes for the leading industrialists of his era.  A traditionalist who incorporated English and Italian precedents, Shaw also created Market Square - America's first shopping center (in Lake Forest), the interior of Second Presbyterian Church, and R. R. Donnelley's massive printing plant on nearby Calumet Avenue.  Copies of Cohen's new book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Fifth Annual Clarke House History Symposium: Fugitves & Freeman - The African American Experience in Early Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    9:00am - 5:00pm
    $30 per person / $25 for students, docents, and Illinois Dames
    (Price includes breakfast and lunch)
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480

    Fugitive slaves and freemen established Chicago's first black community in the 1840s, with the population nearing 1,000 by 1860.  Although hindered by discrimination through both state and federal laws, these men and women of color thrived in the growing city and sought to help others do the same.  Learn about their challenges and triumphs during turbulent times with presentations by four noted historians.  Optional tours of Clarke House Museum will be offered at the conclusion of the program.  Don't miss this fascinating glimpse into the African American experience in early Chicago.

  • Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites

    Amherst | Dates: 07 Feb – 30 Mar, 2015
    Applications are currently being accepted for "Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites," an NEH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities that will take place over two consecutive summers. In 2015, participants will gather at UMass Amherst from June 22 – 28 to discuss key issues and challenges facing scholars working with 3D content with an emphasis on the end user experience, and define research questions that they will explore in the subsequent academic year. In 2016, participants will present their findings at a three-day symposium to be held at UCLA from June 20-23.
  • Lecture: Arts and Crafts Architecture - History and Heritage in New England

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Apr, 2015

    Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Anyone who has visitied the New England states will recognize the century-old buildings that Maureen Meister will discuss in a slide lecture that draws upon her new book, Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England.  In the 1870s, the architect H. H. Richardson and craftsmen including John Evans began collaborating, laying the groundwork for an Arts and Crafts movement in Boston.  Two decades later, several alumni of Richardson's office helped establish Boston's Society of Arts and Crafts.  Prof. Meister will explain how these individuals were influenced by English Arts and Crafts theories and produced exquisite buildings, recognized today as landmarks.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Henry N. Cobb: Hypostyle

    Los Angeles | Dates: 02 Apr – 17 May, 2015

    Throughout recorded history, hypostyles have been constructed as halls wherein ordered arrays of massive columns take pride of place and interstitial spaces are experienced as residual. By contrast, in this installation the hypostyle is populated by planar elements joined to form vertical constructs that shape figural spaces both within and between them, creating a complex interplay that blurs the distinction between solid and void.

    The installation also departs from precedent by omitting or displacing some of the vertical constructs in such a way as to disrupt the grid and create a variety of spatial configurations, the effect of which is further enhanced by rotating the H-shaped verticals ninety degrees in alternating rows along the length of the Gallery. Above two of the spaces thus formed, roof panels are so positioned as to frame narrow openings through which projected light from overhead sources is admitted, spending itself on the vertical and horizontal surfaces below. Finally, the installation provides a spatial setting for eight color photographs mounted on the Gallery’s perimeter walls and four black-and-white images displayed in the hypostyle’s central space, all depicting built works representative of my practice.

    About Henry N. Cobb
    Henry N. Cobb is a founding principal of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, based in New York City. During the six decades since his firm was established in 1955, his practice has embraced a wide variety of building types in cities across North America and around the world. Throughout his career, he has coupled his professional activity with teaching, most intensively during a five-year term (1980-85) as Studio Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he continues to teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal for Architecture, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

  • Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2015

    Copenhagen | Dates: 19 – 22 Mar, 2015

    Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) was founded in 2014 and aims to rethink the presentation of architecture, highlighting its qualities and diversity, and create relevant discussion about how it affects – and is affected by – our way of being in this world.

    This year Copenhagen Architecture Festival offers an extraordinary two-days seminar at the Gloria cinema devoted to the relations between architecture, film and landscape. The seminar will bring state-of-the art research and practice together in inspiring lectures, film screenings and talks provided by prominent people working in between disciplines.

    Thursday March 19th is focused on exploring relationships between architecture, film and the design process, while Friday March 20th goes in depth on the subject of landscape, film and new conceptions of landscape architecture.

    The CAFxRelations seminar is held in collaboration with The Research Group of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, at the University of Copenhagen.

  • Reclaiming the Streets

    Palm Springs | Dates: 07 – 07 Mar, 2015
    Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic for the New Your Times will share his thoughts on issues related to public space in urban centers and how essential it is to a city's architecture.