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  • CFP: SPACES OF FAITH - Special Issue of Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Bloomsbury Journals)

    Dates: 17 Feb – 10 Apr, 2015
    Call for articles – Special Issue (Volume 6 Issue 3 – 2015)

    Alice T Friedman (Wellesley College) and Anne Massey (Middlesex University) invite contributions to the journal’s 2015 special issue, Spaces of Faith.
    What are the special challenges presented by designing spaces for the purposes of shared religious worship or private reflection? What impact does ritual and rhythm have on these interior spaces? How have private places for spiritual regeneration been incorporated into domestic spaces? How have potential users been incorporated into the design process? Papers could explore the theme of Spaces of Faith from the perspective of one particular faith, or from that of multi-faith interiors. From airports to universities, ocean liners to hospitals, the unique challenges of designing for a variety of faiths, of meeting disparate requirements in one interior have characterised this subject over recent years. What has been provided for shared worship? How have the designers met these challenges? How successful have they been? Alternatively, the theme of changed usage may be explored, with church interiors being converted into cafes and monasteries into hotels.
    Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4–8 illustrations are invited. Alternatively, submissions which include more images with accompanying critical commentary of 2,000–3,000 words are also encouraged.
    Submissions should be sent as an attachment to by 10th April, 2015. Please insert “SPECIAL ISSUE 6:3” into the subject line.
    Further details of the Journal, including Notes for Contributors, are available at
    For further information or for advice as to the suitability of your proposed subject and approach, authors are invited to contact the editors on with a 300-word précis of your work.
  • Papanek Symposium 2015, Émigré Design Culture: Histories of the Social in Design, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

    Vienna | Dates: 27 – 28 May, 2015
    This international symposium examines the significance of Austrian and Central European émigré and exile architects/designers in promoting a progressive culture of debate in the USA, around the needs of society and strategies for social inclusion. The culture of the social in design that emerged in the US from the 1920s to the 1960s was defined by collaboration. The symposium is the first to address the pivotal role played by émigré and exile networks, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Aspen, and L.A., in shaping a new social agenda within design. Cutting-edge research will bring to the fore the ways in which architects and designers utilized their Viennese and European schooling to confront political realities of World War II and beyond. The lessons adapted by prominent figures such as Josef Frank, Richard Neutra, Frederick Kiesler, Eva Zeisel, Bernard Rudofsky and Victor Papanek prompt the revisiting of discussions that originated on Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse; illuminating design’s role in the creation of progressive social communities. Leading scholars in the fields of architectural and design history, cultural history and anthropology consider the critical contribution of émigrés and exiles in forming new humanistic directions in design. This historical appraisal opens a new forum in which to debate the role of the social in design and its relevance for today's global perspective. Speakers include: Eve Blau (Harvard University, USA); Todd Cronan (Emory University, USA); Ruth Hanisch (TU Dortmund, Germany); Barnaby Haran (University of Hull, UK); Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center, USA); Oliver Kühschelm (University of Vienna, Austria); Christopher Long (University of Texas at Austin, USA); Monica Penick (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld Institute of Art, UK); Felicity D. Scott (Columbia University, USA); Anna Vallye (Washington University in St. Louis, USA). Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink Organised as part of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project award ‘Émigré Cultural Networks and the Founding of Social Design’, Department of Design History & Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Venue: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010, Vienna Austria Public event, free of charge, registration required.
  • Architectural Research Field School

    Williamsburg | Dates: 01 Jun – 03 Jul, 2015
    The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy offers a five-week course this summer that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as those with a special interest in early American architecture and historic preservation. The field school is intended to introduce students to the methods used in the investigation and recording of historic buildings. They will learn how to read construction technology and stylistic details to determine the age of various features, use period terminology to describe buildings, take field notes and measurements, and produce CAD drawings, which are the fundamental skills necessary to produce Historic Structure Reports. Following several introductory lectures on building technology and architectural features, students will study structures in the Historic Area of Williamsburg and visit buildings in the surrounding Tidewater region. During the fourth week, students will document farmsteads, churches, and other sites in Piedmont North Carolina in preparation for the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s Annual Conference to be held in Durham, N.C. in June 2016. Students will measure, record, and describe a variety of buildings that will be seen on the conference tours. During this time, they will be in residence in the region. Back in Williamsburg for the final week, they will convert their fieldwork into measured CAD drawings write reports on their sites. Except for the fourth week, the class will meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 4:30 at Bruton Heights School, the Colonial Williamsburg research campus. Students must be enrolled for the course through the College of William and Mary. For more information about the nature of the course, please email Carl Lounsbury at or call (757) 220-7654. Registration information is available at the William and Mary website:
  • CFA: Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond, NEH Summer Institute

    Dates: 02 – 02 Mar, 2015
    "Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond"
 NEH Summer Institute 
July 6-July 31, 2015
 Deadline for applications March 2, 2015 
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond" is an exciting four-week NEH Summer Institute that will prepare twenty-five college faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to meet the increasing demand for, as well as interest in, courses on modern design history.  In-depth seminars will focus upon three interdependent thematic units: 1 taste and popular culture, 2 women as consumers and producers of design, and 3 political and global interpretations of design after World War II. The director's and visiting scholars' complementary approaches to "The Canon and Beyond" will build upon and reinforce participants' familiarity with standard material, while simultaneously introducing new material and critical perspectives.  Field trips to regional museums and collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum in Delaware will provide participants direct experience with objects, and suggest ways to use local collections in their own teaching.  Group presentations by our participants will take place during the final week of the institute.    Application deadline: March 2, 2015 / notification date March 30, 2015
 Stipend: $3,300

 Visiting Scholars: Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds, England); Maria Elena Buszek (University of Colorado Denver); Catharine Rossi (Kingston University, England); Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art, London); Vladimir Kulic (Florida Atlantic University)
Project Faculty: Carma R. Gorman (University of Texas at Austin)
Institute Director: David Raizman, Drexel University Look for additional information at: Mandi Magnuson-Hung Administrative Assistant NEH Summer Institute, "Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond"
  • Summer Jobs for Graduate Student Architectural Historians

    Washington | Dates: 13 Feb – 09 Mar, 2015
    The Heritage Documentation Programs seeks applications from qualified students for 2015 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings or written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June. Project teams will be based in our Washington, DC office.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright in Glencoe

    Oak Park | Dates: 07 May, 2015

    A century ago a remarkable Glencoe couple hired two giants of design, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen, to envision homes and a landscape for their rolling, ravine-cut property near the bluffs of Lake Michigan. The resulting enclave of “Ravine Bluffs” contains six Wright-designed houses. These are the majority of structures that make Glencoe the third highest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the world. Join Gwen Sommers Yant, preservation consultant with Benjamin Historic Certifications, to learn about the riveting story behind this development. Architecture, ambition, nature, idealism, high society, love, politics, and even murder, intertwine and culminate in resurgent, early 20th century Glencoe.

    The Glencoe Historical Society will supplement with a brief overview of additional learning opportunities afforded through its year-long Ravine Bluffs Centennial Celebration.

    About the speaker

    Gwen Sommers Yant is an historic preservation planner with a broad spectrum of preservation experience and has been affiliated with Benjamin Historic Certifications, a historic preservation consulting firm, and its predecessor Historic Certification Consultants, since 1998. She holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her experience includes serving as an appointed member of the Oak Park Preservation Commission, directing the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission and on the staff of the Chicago Landmarks Commission.

  • Once upon a Time: Manfredo Tafuri and the Crisis of Architectural History

    Zürihc | Dates: 06 – 07 Mar, 2015
    International conference, 6-7 March, 2015, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich, in cooperation with the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich and the Center History of Knowledge. Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Concept and Organization: Dr. Andri Gerber, Institute for the History and Theory 
of Architecture, ETH Zurich Prof. Dr. Martino Stierli, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich

    Against the background of a general revision and critical reflection of the history of architecture in its relation to theory and criticism, this conference aims at opening up a space of discussion on the contemporary nature and condition of architectural history. We propose to do so by referring to the legacy of Italian historian and theoretician Manfredo Tafuri (1935–1994), who may be seen as one of the most influential thinkers of the relationship between the history and theory of architecture of the contemporary period.

    Architecture is a shifting and elusive object whose nature remains difficult to define. It relates not only to buildings and projects, but also to written and oral sources, and is deeply embedded in social, economical and political contexts. For this reason, architectural history seems to be predestinated to be interdisciplinary and calls for a multitude of historical narratives. Furthermore, the relatively weak disciplinary condition of architectural history leans on a long tradition of partial and subjective histories that have often been written by architects themselves, a situation criticized by Tafuri as "operative". This leads to the question whether an "objective" history of architecture is possible, and to what extent architectural history is fundamentally linked to changing architectural trends. But while both “general” history and the history of art have performed a critical reframing of their claim for objectivity and have underscored the implicit theory and ideology beyond every form of historical narrative, architectural history, by contrast, , has widely escaped such a critical reframing. And while in particular art history has reflected upon the history of theories that framed its discourse – the history of style, iconology, phenomenology, to name but a few – which in turn also influenced the history of architecture, this kind of reflection seems to be yet missing for the history of architecture.

    The work of Manfredo Tafuri is an interesting starting point for such a reflection on the nature of the history of architecture. Celebrated not only by architects, but also by architecture historians, the myth surrounding Tafuri is worth questioning. His position was mainly based on a questioning of what he called “operational critique”, which was put in the service of a particular architectural tendency. By contrast, he defined his own critical take as progetto storico, as a performative and self-reflexive questioning of the history of architecture. His work was strongly influenced by historical materialism – yet without being a militant marxist –, thus highlighting the socio-economic and political conditions in which architecture is embedded.

    We propose to understand Tafuri as a critical agent, for questioning both his own theory of history and the nature of architectural history today, in particular in reference to cultural models underlying our current position, in particular the resurgence of Marxism and historical materialism in contemporary architecture and urbanism. By undertaking a critical reevaluation of Tafuri's legacy from a contemporary perspective, we not only aim to point at the inherent aporias in the Italian historian's thinking, but also want to contribute toward a theoretical framing of the discipline of architectural history.
  • Brutal! Paul Rudolph’s Postwar New York Interiors: A Conversation with Timothy M. Rohan & Donald Albrecht

    New York | Dates: 26 Feb, 2015


    Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm
    Museum of the City of New York
    Free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public
    SAH member discount code: BRUTAL19

    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, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture.

    1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.
  • Architecture of Independence: African Modernism

    Weil am Rhein | Dates: 10 Feb – 31 May, 2015
    Vitra Design Museum Gallery

    When many countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. The exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery is one of the first presentations of this remarkable period of our more recent architectural history. This exhibition was researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, with a substantial contribution by photographer Iwan Baan. The exhibition documents more than 50 buildings in countries such as Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal, which mirror the forward-looking spirit that was dominant in these countries at the time. Mehr
  • Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan

    New York | Dates: 27 Jan – 28 Feb, 2015

    Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries. Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstanexhibits the photographs she took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.

    A Kyrgyz cemetery seen from a distance is astonishing. The ornate domes and minarets, tightly clustered behind stone walls, seem at odds with this desolate mountain region. Architecturally unique, Kyrgyzstan’s dramatically sited cemeteries reveal the complex nature of the Kyrgyz people’s religious and cultural identities. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. After the territory was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876, enamel portraits for the deceased were attached to the Muslim monuments. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds, for it is not Kyrgyz tradition for the living to frequent the graves of the dead. 

    Margaret Morton is professor of art at The Cooper Union. She is the author of four previous photography books exploring alternative built environments: Fragile Dwelling; The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (with Diana Balmori)and Glass House. The publication Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan is being released by the University of Washington Press in November, 2014.

    January 27 – February 28, 2015: Wednesday – Friday 2-7pm; Saturday – Sunday 12-7pm

    Save the Date: Friday, February 20, 6:30pm – A lecture and conversation with Margaret Morton and Nasser Rabbat

    Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union 

    Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Urbanism From Within

    San Francisco | Dates: 20 Feb – 01 May, 2015

    In recent years, San Francisco has become emblematic of the difficulties of managing rapid urban growth in a culture entrenched in NIMBYism. The influx of jobs, primarily in the tech sector, and associated wealth from these industries, has caused rents and housing prices to soar to the highest in the country, widespread gentrification, and socio-economic homogenization as the lower and middle class continue to flee the city. One of the challenges in providing new density to the city is that the image of the city, which is associated with its civic identity and tourism industry, is closely linked to a romantic vision of Victorian housing. One of the inadvertent outcomes of the housing crisis is the widespread creation of secondary (in-law) units — smaller units embedded within or located upon one’s property. Currently, the city estimates that over 50,000 illegal secondary units exist within the interior; hidden in garages, attics, or the rear of homes. Because of their illegal status, these units are not regulated to comply with building, health, or fire codes. Recently, in March 2014, The Planning Commission of San Francisco gave unanimous support to legislation that would allow property owners in the Castro District to legally build secondary units. Viewed as a pilot program, the legalization of secondary units is a large part of the puzzle to address the current housing shortage in the city in a diffused manner. Operating in an anonymous and subversive manner, the secondary unit has the potential to create a new paradigm for density and affordability in cities.

    The legitimization of secondary units within the interior of the domestic fabric will require micro-transformations to the architecture of the city— small artifacts that mediate from the interior to the urban environment. As the domestic fabric continues to re-organize and parse its interior, its aim is to increase the number of housing units, thereby decreasing the cost of housing and ultimately allow for larger amounts of socio-economic diversity. This design-research exhibition explores the typology of the secondary unit and its interaction with the larger systems of a city to test how a diffused form of individual interiors creates new connections, power structures, cross-pollinization of public and private realms, and formal architectural mutations, in an attempt to understand the feedback systems between the individual unit of the interior and the collective framework of the city — in essence, how the interior can reformat urbanism from within.

    Co-presented by California College of the Arts, The Urban Works Agency, the San Francisco Planning Department and OpenScope Studio

    Opening Party: February 20th, 2015
    Diffuse Density: Making Housing Affordable Symposium: March 12th, 2015
    Exhibition: February 20th – May 1st, 2015

  • SAH Latrobe Chapter Biennial Symposium: Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art (Washington DC, March 21-22, 2015)

    Washington | Dates: 21 – 22 Mar, 2015
    The 11th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter focuses on the relationship between art and architecture as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington DC. How does architecture interact with other artistic media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, posters, film, and performance? The presented research attends to close observation and analysis of images, objects, structures, and buildings within specific social, economic, political, and technological contexts. Through individual case studies drawn from the city of Washington DC, the symposium aims to provide a better theoretical understanding of the complex interactions between art and architecture. On Saturday, March 21, twelve scholars present their research proposing diverse approaches to framing the relationship between art and architecture. The papers are grouped in three thematic sessions, focusing respectively on artworks created for specific architectural settings, on architectural structures as objects of art, and on the representation and imagination of architecture through artistic means. On Sunday, March 22, participants will take a bus tour to visit murals and other local sites related to the symposium theme. Organized in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning Registration deadline: March 8, 2015 For additional information and registration visit
  • PALATIUM: Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Modern Europe, 1400-1700

    Munich | Dates: 04 – 07 Mar, 2015
    Over the past five years PALATIUM has studied European court residences in the period 1400-1700. The world of courts constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, and various aspects of its architecture have been studied in their connectivity during several conferences and workshops. This final symposium aims at bringing together the results of these past meetings and will draw some conclusions about the project’s central themes. The symposium will compare the solutions created in different European court circles concerning three main areas of courtly life and symbolism: the layout of the rooms, the role of sacred spaces, and the visual iconography of the buildings. The aim is to see which common patterns in architectural design existed within the international court network of the early modern period, and to what extent we can identify more regional or local solutions in residential architecture. Speakers: Barbara Arciszewska, Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, Monique Chatenet, Paolo Cornaglia, Krista De Jonge, Alexandre Gady, Sara Galletti, Renate Holzschuh-Hofer, Stephan Hoppe, José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Herbert Karner, Heiko Laß, Ivan Prokop Muchka, Matthias Müller, Konrad Ottenheym, Fabian Persson, Nuno Senos, Christina Strunck, Simon Thurley. The full programme is available here: Participation is free, but registration is required.
  • Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

    Washington | Dates: 08 Mar, 2014 – 25 May, 2015

    What do a designer doll house and a sheet metal bending brake have in common? These and many other extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum's collection illustrate the varied ways we can learn from architecture and design. These physical pieces of the world we design and build—from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it—inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.

    Cool & Collected features a wide range of recent additions to the Museum's extensive collection. In addition to the dollhouse and bending brake, we're displaying a complete salesman's kit from the Underground Homes company. In the 1960s and 70s, Jay Swayze tried to convince Americans to invest in their luxury dugouts, arguing that the Cold War and other security threats warranted the move. The kit includes photographs of the few underground homes that were indeed built, as well as suggested floor plans.

    The exhibition also includes pieces of decorative terra cotta—a lightweight, fireproof building material—from several important buildings in Chicago and New York City, including the Audubon Ballroom where Malcom X was killed in 1965 and the Helen Hayes, an old-time Broadway theater that was demolished in 1982 to make room for a luxury hotel.

    An in-depth look at the work of local sculptor Raymond Kaskey rounds out the show. Kaskey is most famous for his work  in Washington, D.C. at the World War II Memorial, where he sculpted, among other pieces, 24 panels illustrating the history of the conflict both abroad and on the home front. His work across the country also includes the Portlandia statue in Oregon, a pediment for the Nashville Symphony hall, and the figure of Queen Charlotte who welcomes visitors to an airport in North Carolina. Maquettes, or scale models, of all of these projects, along with pieces that explain the sculptor’s artistic process such as drawings and molds, are also displayed.

    The National Building Museum collects all sorts of things you might not expect. Materials in storage include approximately 75,000 photographic images, 68,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents and 4,500 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments, and building toys. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects. Learn more about the National Building Museum's collections.

  • The Victorian Society in America Summer Schools Program Expands to Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Feb – 01 Mar, 2015
    Four decades after launching educational programs in London, England, and Newport, Rhode Island, The Victorian Society in America is heading west.

    Starting in 2015, the nonprofit preservation and teaching organization will add a third location for its summertime studies: Chicago, Illinois.

    The society has set June 11 to 17, 2015, as the dates for its first annual Chicago School. The new program will supplement Victorian Society in America schools in London, England (June 27 to July 12, 2015, with a separate tour of the Midlands from July 3 to 7, 2015), and Newport, Rhode Island (May 29 to June 7, 2015). Directors say it will be the start of an annual study program in Chicago.
    “We’re moving west,” said John Simonelli, President of The Victorian Society in America. “We’re doubling down on the American aspect of our program. We have a very active membership in the Midwest, and we want to build on that.”

    Founded in 1966, the organization is the only national nonprofit committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of America’s nineteenth-century heritage.

    Its schools provide an opportunity for in depth study of the architecture and culture of the nineteenth century and feature lectures by leading experts, site visits, and guided tours. The London program started in 1974, followed by the Newport program in 1976. More than 1,200 people have participated in its courses.

    The Chicago Summer School is the latest of several recent initiatives launched to strengthen Chicago as a destination for architecture related tourism and education. Last year, the city and the Graham Foundation disclosed plans to hold an international forum called the Chicago Architectural Biennial starting in October, 2015, and moviemaker George Lucas announced plans to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront.

    The Victorian Society in America was founded in 1966, as a sister organization to the Victorian Society in the United Kingdom, by preservationists including Brendan Gill, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Margot Gayle. Based in Philadelphia, it has had a Greater Chicago chapter since 2003.

    The Victorian Society in America is planning its Chicago Summer School in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Historic Preservation program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Organizers say the program will be limited to 36 participants. Lecturers will include: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor’s Chair, Architectural History, at the University of Virginia and Director of the Victorian Society’s Newport Summer School; Anne Sullivan, restoration architect and head of the Masters program in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; architect Warren Ashworth, an instructor at the New York School of Interior Design; and historian John H. Waters, A.I.A., who along with Tina Strauss is a co-director of the program.

    “It’s designed to be a mid career program” for professionals, said Warren Ashworth, an instructor at the New York School of Interior Design, “We believe six to seven days is a manageable amount of time for people to be away from their jobs and yet a good amount of time to learn about Chicago’s Victorian heritage.”

    Tuition for the Chicago School will be $1750. Participants will stay in the University Center, a dormitory and conference center at 525 South State Street.

    Those who complete the course will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects.

    Applications are due March 1, 2015.

    For more information about the Victorian Society in America and its summer schools, contact: James Russiello, VSA Summer Schools Administrator Email Or visit the website
  • Lecture: Jeanne Gang

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 13 Mar, 2015

    Visionary architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose projects confront pressing contemporary issues. Driven by curiosity, intelligence, and radical creativity, Jeanne has produced some of today’s most innovative and award-winning architecture. The transformative potential of her work is exemplified by such recent projects as the Aqua Tower (named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year), Northerly Island framework plan, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center.

    Jeanne seeks to answer questions that lie locally (site, culture, people) and resound globally (density, climate, sustainability) through her architecture. Her designs are rooted in both architectural form and idea-driven content to make a compelling whole, and she often arrives at design solutions through investigations and collaborations across disciplines.

    Jeanne’s work has been honored and exhibited widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. A distinguished graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and IIT, where her studios have focused on cities, ecologies, materials, and technologies. Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and working process, was released in 2011 from Princeton Architectural Press.

    Jeanne Gang’s lecture will serve as the kick off for the 2nd Annual Urban Development Now Symposium, which will focus on the changing economic and development landscape of cities, and the distinct role of the capital markets in realizing large-scale urban projects.

    5pm reception at the UMMA Forum
    The symposium will continue on Saturday, March 14 with panel conversations and a networking lunch.

  • 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.