Recent Opportunities

  • Color and Light: The World Through My Window

    Chicago | Dates: 09 Jul, 2015

    At the Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright created incredible window designs inspired by the natural world around him. Wright’s windows feature geometric patterns made from clear and colored glass framed by bold metal lines.  Grouped together in horizontal bands the windows flood the interiors with sunlight and open the building to the world of nature outside.

    Explore geometry, color and pattern as you make your own unique window designs inspired by Wright’s magnificent Robie House windows.


    Thursday, July 9, 2015


    10 – 11:30 am


    Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL


    $5 per child/accompanying adults free

  • Tour: Peterson Residence

    Seattle | Dates: 19 Jul, 2015

    Directions will be sent to registered participants by email the week prior to the tour.

    This whimsical Storybook-style, late Craftsman house, with its dramatic full-pitch roofline and massive stone chimney has had only two owners. In 1936, Norwegian immigrant Emil Peterson built the house for himself and his wife Vollea. Peterson was a sign maker who pioneered neon signage in Seattle and was involved with constructing the P-I globe. Emil and Vollea collected the stones for the outside of the house and transported them to the site. A friend, who worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a stonemason and helped to build Mt Rainier’s Paradise Inn, did the stonework for them. Emil painted the rosemaling floral decorations in the traditional Norwegian folk style around the inside of the turret entrance to the house and on the wooden slats on the staircase. More of Emil’s fine rosemaling is in the kitchen. Current owners have preserved the house and also created stunning woodland gardens.

    $45 general public / $35 members / $20 students

  • Lecture: Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918

    Seattle | Dates: 24 Oct, 2015

    Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918 was a groundbreaking exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada last year, looking at the interaction among artists, architects, and artisans, as well as critics and collectors from 1890-1918. Deriving their goals from both the Beaux-Arts and Arts & Crafts movements, practitioners of the various arts encouraged an aesthetic that saw art manifest in all aspects of daily life. It was an aesthetic stimulated and enhanced by international art currents.

    Painters produced murals and architects designed furniture; clubs formed to bring writers, musicians, artists and architects together; and collectors and governments commissioned paintings, furnishings, and sculpture for public and private buildings. Photography rivaled painting and crafts became applied design. Curator of Canadian Art Emeritus Charles Hill explores how architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts, and photography came together in Canada during these prosperous decades.

    Charles Hill began work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972 and was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1980. His exhibitions include Canadian Painting in the Thirties (1975), John Vanderpant Photographs (1977), To Found a National Gallery: The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1880- 1913 (1980), Morrice A Gift to the Nation, The G. Blair Laing Collection (1992), William Kurelek (1992), The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation (1995), Tom Thomson (2002), Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon (2006), and Artists, Architects, & Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (2013). He has had a consistent interest in the relationships between art and society and in the integration of art in the public and private sphere. Hill was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007.

  • Tour: The Architecture of Agriculture

    Seattle | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015

    Join Julie Koler, retiring King County Preservation Officer, on a day tour of significant heritage sites in the Snoqualmie Valley to focus attention on the importance of preserving remnants of the county’s agricultural roots and conserving open space as the area adapts to the demise of large scale dairying. Highlights include stops at Cooper Barn, undergoing adaptive reuse for a distillery and wedding event venue; Jubilee Farm, a dairy barn now the centerpiece of a thriving biodynamic Farm; Eagles Hall, Tolt Park, Hjertoos Farm, and Vincent Schoolhouse in Carnation; Carnation Farms for lunch and a presentation and tour of the farm (now a camp for chronically-ill children) with the grandson of the original owner; the Dougherty Homestead in Duvall; the Hopshed, Masonic Hall, and other Fall City landmarks; and the Mill Owner’s House and WPA Fieldhouse in Preston. You will come away with a new appreciation for the changing dynamics of farming, promising new programs to support preservation of historic resources, and the Snoqualmie Tribe’s work in the Valley, as well as discussion of archaeology and the work that King County is doing to prepare for climate change.

    $175 general public / $150 members / $75 students
    Includes coach transportation, snacks, lunch, and guided tours (some interiors)

  • Emerging Talent Models of International Practice: Flourishing Spanish Architecture

    New York | Dates: 25 Jun, 2015

    Emerging talents from Spain have made headlines, winning numerous competitions including MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, Guggenheim Helsinki, ENYA City of Dreams, and the Quang Ninh Museum in Vietnam. A new model of practice is emerging in a country still feeling the effects of the 2006 property bubble. Recently, economic momentum has enabled a new emerging class of Spanish architectural talent to find commissions outside of Spain in a new model of networked international practice: a talent migration out of necessity.

    What is the value of talent migration in architecture today? How do local architecture communities benefit from the arrival of foreign talent? Will talent migration and diversity synergies be the bases for a new model of international practice? Do new generations count on the support of public programs and holistic platforms to promote this architectural cross-exchange? How can we establish global dialogues in architecture?

    Concurrent with the exhibition of seven Spanish practices whose work flourishes outside the nation’s borders, Architect-US Professional Career Program, a new training platform for highly qualified and talented international architects, will draw together participants from the exhibition and top architectural firm leaders to discuss the basis of a new model of international practice and the need for platforms that encourage cross-pollination and global dialogues in architecture.

    Organic Growth, City of Dreams Pavilion 2015, New York - Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
    Cosmo, 2015 MoMa PS1 Young Architects Program, New York - Andrés Jaque Architects / Office for Political Innovation
    Guggenheim Museum, Helsinki - Fake Industries Architectural Agonism
    Joanneumsviertel, Austria - Nieto Sobejano Architects
    Guggenheim Museum, Helsinki - SMAR Architecture Studio
    Quang Ninh Provincial Library and Museum, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam - Sdesign Architects

    Gustavo Rodriguez, CODIA, LEED, Principal, FXFowle
    Claire Weisz, FAIA, Principal, WXY
    Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Principal, HOK
    Carol Shapiro, Director, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
    Jorge Mastropietro, Principal, JMAPC

    Sir Peter Cook, Founder, CRAB Studio and Professor Emeritus, University College London

    Organised by the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee 
    Sponsored by Architect-US Professional Career Program

  • MNSAH Pop-Up Tour: Pillsbury A-Mill

    Minneapolis | Dates: 29 Jun, 2015

    MNSAH is pleased to announce the introduction of a new addition to our programs – the Pop-Up Tour!! Pop-Up Tours take advantage of a limited opportunity to tour an important property. 

    Our first Pop-Up Tour features the Pillsbury A-Mill located along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The rehabilitation of the building is nearly complete and we will have an opportunity to tour the building before residents begin to move in. The Leroy Buffington-designed mill is unique because it contains original milling equipment and still retains an active mill race. Access is now available to the building’s rooftop where we will have a never-before-seen view of the historic mill district. Our tour guide will be John Stark of the BKV Group.  

    When:   Monday, June 29, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

    Where:  Meet at 301 Main Street Southeast in front of the A-Mill

    Cost:  Free to MNSAH members

    Registration:  Because space is limited, register by email with Karen Duncan at by Friday, June 26. She will confirm your registration. (If it is not possible to arrive by 4:15 p.m., check with Karen as there may be an opportunity to tour the building later in the afternoon.)  

    Parking:  Parking is available at meters on the street or in a ramp at the intersection of 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue Southeast. (At one time, the meters on 2nd Street were only enforced until late afternoon.)

  • Nickerson Lecture: The 'Japan Craze' on Paper - Japonisme in American Graphic Art

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Sep, 2015

    Join us for the first in our annual Nickerson Lecture Series.  When Commodore Matthew Perry took a voyage in 1853-54 to Japan, he opened the floodgates for cultural exchanges that would profoundly affect Western art.  In the following years, Japanese artifacts flooded into Europe and America, appearing in exhibitions, stores, art collections, as well as in articles and books.  Western artists began incorporating Japanese motifs, aesthetic principles, and techniques into their work which became known as “Japonisme”.  Japanese art’s emphasis on beautiful design and hand-craftsmanship resonated with the “art for art’s sake” philosophy advocated by the Aesthetic Movement as a remedy for the ills of modern industrial life.  Styles such as Impressionism also gained inspiration from Japanese prototypes in revitalizing Western pictorial traditions. 

    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.

  • Panel Discussion: Sheltering Lives

    Washington | Dates: 20 Jul, 2015

    Over the past ten years, many approaches to designing and building post-disaster shelters have been deployed internationally with mixed success. Panelists explore how architects, humanitarians, and disaster communities are working together to design better-performing and more site-appropriate shelter solutions. This program complements the exhibition Designing for Disaster, which is open to attendees before the discussion.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    $12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

  • Miles Through History

    Dates: 21 Jun, 2015

    See the southern end of the Rogue Valley as it was in 1872 through the lens of Jeff LaLande’s research and experience. Jeff LaLande, archaeologist and historian, dusts off the layers of modern times with his words and reveals historic landscapes at 10 historic sites including Tunnel 13, the Siskiyou Toll Road Gatehouse, the Dollarhide House, Steinman’s Loop and others.

    Caravan is limited to eight vehicles because some of the stops are on narrow byways and historic roads. Participants will meet up at the start of the road trip and drive their own vehicles in a caravan. Preregistration and prepayment is required, $40/vehicle for members and $50/vehicle for nonmembers. For more information and to register, call 541-773-6536 x202.

  • After Hours at Robie House - Nights at the Museums

    Chicago | Dates: 20 Aug, 2015

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece will open its doors this summer for a special After Hours event. Gather with friends for a festive and casual evening of music, drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy this icon of modernism and wander its celebrated spaces. Guides will be available to give tours and answer questions.

    Frederick C. Robie House is one of six Chicago South Side cultural institutions opening their doors after regular hours this summer for Museum Campus South’sNights at the Museums series, which marks the inauguration of the Museum Campus South Passport: a project designed to encourage visitors to explore all that Museum Campus South has to offer. Visitors who receive passport stamps from Robie House, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and Smart Museum of Art by December 31, 2015 will receive an exclusive Museum Campus South mug. Passports will be available at all Nights at the Museums series events and downloadable here.

  • LADF River Series: Riverly Reflections with Carol Armstrong, Mia Lehrer, Deborah Weintraub

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    Planners, designers, real estate developers, engineers, and anyone with a vested interest in Los Angeles are buzzing with ideas on how to restore the LA River to it former glory, turning it into an urban greenway and opening it up to new recreational opportunities, leading to potentially billions of dollars of investment and eventually transforming it into a regional amenity for Los Angeles. 

    The LA Design Festival is curating a three-part series of conversations with some of the leading designers who are re-imagining what the LA River could be, hosted at locations along the LA River that showcase its diversity and variation.

    Industrial designer Brendan Ravenhill will host LARiverWorks Director Carol Armstrong, ML+A’s Mia Lehrer, and City of LA Chief Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub at his riverside studio for a conversation about their perspective on urban ecology and the future of our river, moderated by editor of Planetizen and contributor at The Architect’s Newspaper, James Brasuell.

  • Is Preservation Elitist?

    New York | Dates: 20 Jul, 2015

    While many of New York’s designated historic districts are known for their grand architecture (such as Brooklyn Heights and the Upper East Side), an increasing number of others – including Tin Pan Alley, Flushing, Weeksville, and Chinatown– are famed for their distinctive cultural character.  But how exactly do you preserve a “culturally distinctive” place? In some cases is formal preservation actually a hindrance to saving what a community loves best about its neighborhood? What are the other protective strategies to ensure such places retain tradition, culture and even its population? Join a panel of community activists, preservationists and architects as they discuss the challenges of preserving these unique neighborhoods, whose greatest asset lies in the histories they contain, rather than the quality of their buildings. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.

    Reception to follow!

    Tia Powell Harris, Weeksville President & Executive Director
    Nikolai Fedak, YIMBY Founder
    Claudette Brady, Bedforf-Stuvesant and one of the essayists for Saving Place book
    Kerri Culhane, Two Bridges’ Associate Director
    Laurie Beckelman (moderator), Founding Partner of Beckelman+Capalino

    Co-sponsored by Weeksville.

  • Tour NW Portland’s Historic Goldsmith Addition Homes

    Portland | Dates: 21 Jun, 2015

    NW Children’s Theater & School (NWCT) and NW Neighborhood Cultural Center (NNCC) present, the 4th Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes — Restored City Homes of the Historic Goldsmith Addition. 

    The tour begins at NNCC (originally known as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1909), located at: 1819 NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon.

    Tickets for this walking tour are $25 and are available at NWCT’s website: or at NNCC/NWCT the day of the event. The tour includes six historic homes in NW Portland. All proceeds will be utilized for improvements to accessibility for the disabled, in the Historic NW Neighborhood Cultural Center, home of NW Children’s Theater & School and other organizations which draw thousands of children and families to the building and neighborhood annually.

    Inspiration for this year’s tour is the now famously saved and soon to be restored Goldsmith Home. 2015 has been the year of the demolition of “good old houses”, a recurrent wave of hasty destruction that comes with a renewed economy.

    With half dozen demolitions, proposed, or near misses this year just North of Lovejoy alone, this tour shows the public that North of Lovejoy is rich with historic resources and possesses criteria to merit special designation just like the Alphabet District South of Lovejoy.

    The Goldsmith Home, the family home built by Portland’s first Jewish mayor, Bernard Goldsmith was designed by one of Portland’s most gifted architects, Edgar Lazarus (U.S. Customs  House, Vista House at Crown Point and Pioneer Courthouse). Losing the Goldsmith Home would have been an unspeakable tragedy, but thanks to 10 neighbors that pooled funds in chunks of $100-$800,000, this home was saved.

    This tour includes these homes:

    1. The Kyer Home (1909, Architect: Emil Schacht)
    2. The Wilson Home (1904, Architect: David Williams)
    3. The Barlow Home (1896, Architect unknown)
    4. The Bernard Goldsmith Home (1892)
    5. The Ladd Home (1898, Architect: Whidden & Lewis)
    6. The George T. Willett Home (1911, Architect: Josef Jacobberger)

    This year’s tour is dedicated in honor and in memory of Mike Ryerson (1940-2015), former committee member, founder of Mike’s History Tours, local NW historian and preservation advocate.

    NWCT and NNCC thanks fellow event presenters, The Dan Volkmer Team and Windermere Stellar and event sponsors: Antoinette Antiques & Estate Jewelry, Arciform, Caffe Mingo, Fidelity National Title, Mark Benham Mortgage Express, NNCC Board, Pearl Med Spa, Slabtown Tours, Uptown Hardware and World Cup Roasters.

    For more information call NWCT at 503-222-4480.

  • Walter Burley Griffin Society of America Sixteenth Annual Conference

    Madison | Dates: 20 Jun, 2015

    Here are important details for the sixteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, 20 June:

    MEETING: The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning in the main auditorium of Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting House, located at 900 University Bay Drive in Shorewood Hills. The building will be open at 8:00 and we urge everyone to arrive by 8:30. You can park in the adjacent church lot. Morning lectures will take place in this space, which we have reserved from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Lecture topics will include Wright/Griffin’s Lamp house in Madison; John Nolen’s 1911 plan of Madison and its relationship with the design of Canberra; and the architecture of the local Prairie School firm of Claude & Starck. Prof. James Weirick, our fabulous keynote speaker at last year’s meeting in Mason City, is returning as one of the session presenters.

    LUNCH & TOURS: Box lunches will be delivered to the church at noon. From 1:00 to 5:00 we will be visiting a selection of houses in and around Madison. As of this newsletter, we have secured Louis Sullivan’s Bradley house, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1st Jacobs house, a wonderful shingle-style house near the Sullivan building, and a selection of houses by Claude & Starck. Be assured that, with the expert help of our local chair, architectural historian Gary Tipler, there will be more to come by 20 June.

    ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street, Madison, 53703, for the nights of Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 June. To get the Society’s group rate, you must stay both nights. The cutoff date for this rate is 20 May. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at 877-510-7465. 
    Use the booking code: WALTER
    Or book online at:

    This hotel is centrally located, two blocks from the State Capitol building and two blocks from the “Monona Terrace” center, a complex loosely based on Wright’s original conceptions from the 1930s-1950s. The hotel is a tenminute drive from Wright’s First Unitarian Meeting House, where the Griffin meeting will begin on Saturday morning. There are many other hotels in the downtown area, as well as several outstanding B&Bs along Lake Mendota.

    The REGISTRATION FORM can be found here. Please fill it out, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to the Griffin Society’s headquarters. The cost will be for $15 for the Saturday meeting and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society.

  • E1027: Design for Living

    New York | Dates: 26 Jun, 2015

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU
    When: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 26
    Where: At The Center

    How do we put modernist design and architecture into words? That is what architect-designer Eileen Gray and architect-critic Jean Badovici attempted to do in the 1920s with their conversations, published as
    From Eclecticism to Doubt, in L’Architecture Vivante, 1929. Together, as partners in work and love, they built a house by the sea-code name E1027–that illustrated the questions explored in their dialogues. Paramount was Gray's position that design is “not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all dwellings for people.”

    Join us for a performance on Friday, June 26, as these groundbreaking discussions between Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici are brought to life by two actors, Anne Priol and Mica Smadja, through a multi-media staged reading adapted and directed by artist Elizabeth Lennard. Together, Gray and Badovici, Priol and Smadja, chart out early modern design priciples as they discuss the relation of house to landscape and climate, how to harmonize the interior with the exterior; and the cold calculations of architectural theory versus human emotions. Gray and Badovici express opposite points of view until they find a new way to design and build together and reconcile their differences.

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Price: $10 for AIA members and students with a valid ID; $15 for non-members

    Please RSVP here.

  • Mario Bellini: A Passion Called Project

    New York | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JUNE 9
    Where:151 Wooster Street

    The Italian architect Mario Bellini will tour multiple U.S. cities to speak about his longstanding relationship with Cassina and the international projects which have made him one of the most influential architects of our time. On Tuesday, June 9th, Mr. Bellini will speak at the Cassina studio in Soho, and introduce two new additions to his "Cab" collection, the Cab Night bed and the Cab Lounge armchair, both of which adhere to the sinuous and tailored lines that characterize the Cab collection.

    151 Wooster Street
    New York, NY

    Mario Bellini

    Organized by
    (212) 255-8588

    Sponsored by

    Free for members and non-members.

    Event website:

  • Architect Talk: A Line Around an Idea—Drawing in a Computer Age

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 26 Jun, 2015
    In this illustrated talk, James Wines, founder and president of SITE, a New York City-based architecture and environmental arts organization, discusses the history of calligraphic content in art and architecture as a means of clarifying the inseparable connections between mind and hand for the development of conceptual ideas.

    From inverting expectations of what a “big-box” store should look like via BEST Products Company, to envisioning the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar, as a landscape of rolling sand, Wines has over four decades of successful practice, and stresses that in this age of computer rendering, drawing by hand remains vitally important.
  • Workshop: Line Around an Idea with James Wines

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015
    Get an architect’s perspective on the development of conceptual ideas as James Wines leads participants through a series of drawing exercises designed to challenge and enrich any artistic practice.

    James Wines is the founder and president of SITE, a New York City-based architecture and environmental arts organization. From inverting expectations of what a “big-box” store should look like via BEST Products Company, to envisioning the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar, as a landscape of rolling sand, Wines has over four decades of successful practice, and stresses that in this age of computer rendering, drawing by hand remains vitally important.
  • Broadway Modern Tour

    Winnipeg | Dates: 29 Jul, 2015
    This 90 minute tour focuses on the post-1945 development of the area as a premier business district and the collection of modernist architecture designed by some of Winnipeg’s most notable firms.

    Broadway between Main Street and Osborne Street has long been an address of prestige, book-ended by two dominant, significant works of architecture – Union Station to the east and the Manitoba Legislative Building to the west. The early history of the avenue was as a desirable residential neighborhood, with little commercial activity. A building boom in the late 1950s to early 1970s, however, was responsible for the development of the Broadway as we know it.

    All surfaces will be wheelchair and stroller accessible. The tour is free and no registration is required.
  • Terra Cotta Architecture Tour

    Winnipeg | Dates: 08 Jul, 2015
    Did you know that many of Winnipeg's "stone" buildings are made of clay?

    Winnipeg’s terra cotta collection is large and essentially complete. It is an unparalleled sampling in North America of the variety, versatility and beauty of this material. Join us for a tour through Winnipeg's downtown to learn more about the history of terra cotta, of Winnipeg's history and to view this wonderful collection of terra cotta architecture.

    The tour, led by Gail Perry, will take about ninety minutes. All surfaces will be wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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