Recent Opportunities

  • 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.
  • Building a Sustainable Civic Commons

    New York | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015
    Last year, MAS conducted a series of workshops in multiple cities to re-imagine the civic commons: our collection of shared assets (parks, libraries, public markets, etc.) that enable connections and foster a greater sense of community.

    Building a Sustainable Civic Commons brings together innovators from MontrealTorontoChicago,Boston and Philadelphia for a dynamic conversation on the importance of the civic commons to livability and economic competitiveness.

    Following the public release of our “Re-Imaging the Civic Commons” report, which takes a vital look at the status of the commons and their possibilities, we will evaluate our present and look to the future. Join us! 
  • design: ROLLS

    Columbus | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    See your city like you’ve never seen it before – from above! Join architecture and design lovers and cyclists for a four-hour bike tour of some of Downtown Columbus’ distinctive landmarks, including the Lazarus Building, The Joseph, Z Pizza, the Thompson Library and the Big Bar & Grill. Tours begin and end at The Center. Bring your own bike or ride a CoGo bike – and be ready to roll rain or shine.
  • ON THE STREET: Conversation

    New York | Dates: 11 Jun, 2015

    How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

    The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

    Presented with the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. The Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School aims to strengthen our understanding of all modes of transportation through research, public forums, and educational programs.

    Participants: Neil Giacobbi, executive director, Public Affairs at AT&T; Sarah Kaufman (moderator), digital manager and assistant adjunct professor of planning, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation; Anthony Townsend, futurist and senior research scientist at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation; Rodney Stiles, director of research and evaluation at New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission; Stacey Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility, NYCDOT; Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project; Jeff Risom, partner and managing director, Gehl Studio; Dani Simons, director of corporate communications and external affairs at Motivate

    This event is designated for AIA CES (2 LU).

  • Spotlight on Design: Snarkitecture

    Washington | Dates: 23 Jul, 2015

    The Brooklyn-based collaborative practiceSnarkitecture manipulates and reinterprets existing materials, structures, and programs to reveal new ideas about architecture. Founding principal Alex Mustonen and senior associateBenjamin Porto discuss the firm's work, which includes the BEACH, the 10,000 square foot, interactive architectural installation at the National Building Museum that includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.

    1.5 LU (AIA) 

    $12 Members; $7 Students; $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. 

  • Family Design Day: Art in Public Places

    Boston | Dates: 20 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

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

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

    Go to exhibition page.

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

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Jun, 2015

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

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

    Click here to learn more about the Interactive Science Forum.

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

    Space is limited.

  • LA Design Festival West Side Home Tour

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

  • IN THE PARK: Play Pasts

    New York | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

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

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

    Meet at the Dairy Visitor Center in Central Park.

  • A BROOKLYN BARRIO: Living Los Sures

    New York | Dates: 06 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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