Recent Opportunities

Here you'll find the latest opportunities posted to the SAH website. Click the title for more information on an opportunity. You can submit your own opportunity or search opportunities.

  • Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

    Chicago | Dates: 05 Feb – 23 Mar, 2015
    The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organized in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago.
  • Jens Jensen The Living Green: A Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Bronx | Dates: 22 Apr, 2015
    This Earth Day, get inspired to take action with this award-winning film celebrating Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860-1951), who rose from street sweeper to "dean of landscape architects" and pioneering conservationist. When he arrived penniless in Chicago in 1885, it was a fast-growing city teeming with urban squalor. Rejecting the neo- classical vision of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Jensen joined Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan in taking the prairie as inspiration for a new city design. In his parks, workers' children enjoyed playgrounds and grew food in community gardens, and Jensen became known as "The Vexing Thorn" for his passionate battles with Chicago's political bosses over the city's future.

    As designer of landscapes for scions of industry such as Henry Ford, J.O. Armour, and Julius Rosenwald, Jensen leveraged powerful relationships to block the steel industry from developing the entire Lake Michigan shoreline; Indiana Dunes is now a National Lakeshore. His legacy also includes Chicago's Humboldt, Douglas, and Columbus Parks, and the stunning Garfield Park Conservatory. 

    Half a century after his death, Jensen is now hailed as a pioneer of sustainable design, an early champion of native species, and an unsung American hero. Immediately after the screening, a panel will explore Jensen's work and its relevance to today's urban environmental issues. 
  • Paul R. Williams: A Gracious Legacy

    Pasadena | Dates: 18 Apr, 2015

    Lecture by Karen Hudson
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 • Lecture: 11:00 a.m.
    Scottish Rite Temple
    150 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

    FoGH Members: $25  |  Non-Members: $30

    Karen Hudson will discuss the groundbreaking career of Paul R. Williams, spanning 50 years and some 3,000 projects. Williams became know for his elegantly stylized designs and had a list of such celebrity clients as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tyrone Power, Lon Chaney, Bert Lahr and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The Los Angeles Times observed, “If you have a picture in your mind of Southern California in the 1950s and early 1960s, you are quite likely picturing a building created by Paul Williams.” Williams designed such iconic public buildings as the futuristic Theme Building at LAX, LA County Courthouse, Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills, and the 1940s redesign of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    As the granddaughter of the legendary architect, Hudson will give us a historical and uniquely personal view of the man who was the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects, in 1923, and in 1957 was inducted as the AIA’s first black fellow.

    About the Lecturer: Karen Hudson is director of the Paul R. Williams Architectural Collection. A third-generation Angeleno, Hudson chronicles the history of blacks in Los Angeles through photography and writing. Hudson is the author of Paul R. Williams — Architect: A Legacy of Style; The Will and the Way: Paul R. Williams Architect; Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times; and Paul R. Williams, Classic Hollywood Style. Hudson is currently writing a book on her two grandfathers, Paul R. Williams and Dr. H. Claude Hudson, which will look at early black Los Angeles through the eyes of these two remarkable men.

    About the Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, California was built in 1925, by Joseph J. Blick and W. C. Crowell, in a Moderne and/or Zig-Zag Moderne style.

    Architecturally significant in greater Los Angeles as a pre-PWA Classical Moderne building with distinctive decorative guardian sphinxes. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is associated strongly with the social history of Pasadena, in particular with the Scottish Rite, an appendant body associated with Freemasonry.


    Valencia | Dates: 05 Feb – 03 Mar, 2015
    CALL FOR PAPERS TOPICS OF INTEREST The program committee encourages the submission of articles that communicate and explore some of the aspect of Le Corbusier’s work or of his life. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas: Le Corbusier's formation Le Corbusier and the Visual Arts Savoir habiter. The question of dwelling. Le Corbusier, global architect Le Corbusier: texts, books and writings. Interiors by Le Corbusier. Urban views: Le Corbusier and human habitat Le Corbusier: personal moments Creative work at 35 rue de Sèvres. Le Corbusier and partners. Le Corbusier, 1965. Last year, last work. Le Corbusier's legacy PUBLICATIONS Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, published by UPV Press, and will be provided with a DOI number and indexed in major international bibliographic databases. Authors of selected papers could be awarded and invited to submit an extended version to be published as a chapter in a book edited by the organization of the Congress. CALENDAR Call for papers: January 12th - March 3rd, 2015 Abstract acceptance: April 7th 2015 Submission of papers, posters, presentations of publications: June 9th 2015 Results of the review process: July 14th 2015 Final paper submission: July 28th 2015 Final decision about presentation format (oral, written or poster): September 8th 2015 Printed poster submission: November 3rd 2015 Deadline for early registration: April 17th 2015 Deadline for registration: November 11th 2015 CONFERENCE: November 18th - 20th 2015 Website Blog
  • As It Is In Heaven: The Legacy of Shaker Design and Faith

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Feb – 26 Apr, 2015
    Included in this exhibition are rare examples of gift drawings. These moving and sincere images were drawn in the mid-1800s. Shaker brothers and sisters created them to motivate one another to greater faith and love for their community at a time when Shaker membership numbers were falling. These drawings are on loan from the collections of Eric Maffei, and David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles.

    Also included are examples of gift songs. The Shakers produced thousands of songs using their own musical notation system. Shaker music is perhaps best known by the song “Simple Gifts,” popularized by American composer Aaron Copland in his orchestral suite, “Appalachian Spring.” The songs are on loan from the Hamilton College Archives in Clinton, New York, and several private collections.

    In addition to the gift drawings and gift songs, this exhibition has several outstanding pieces of furniture and objects from collectors in the Midwest, including: Robert and Janice Campbell; James and Lori Gelbort; Ray and Judy McCaskey; and Thomas and Jan Pavlovic.
  • 5th International Congress on Construction History 5ICCH

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 07 Jun, 2015
    Hosted by the Construction Society of America (CHSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment. This is the first time the Congress has been held outside Europe, with up to 400 delegates expected to attend from all over the world. Architects, engineers, contractors, preservationists, academics and a wide variety of trades, professions and interests associated with the Construction Industry would find interest in session topics.
  • Draw Like an Architect with Lorcan O’Herlihy

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 30 Mar, 2015

    Discover how drawing by hand underpins any creative practice from Los Angeles-based architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, as he discusses his award-winning buildings, his views on architecture as a catalyst for change, and his passion for drawing.

    O’Herlihy will then lead participants in inventive drawing exercises held throughout the museum designed to stimulate the imagination. This workshop is designed for all skill levels; beginning and advanced participants are welcome. Drawing materials are provided. 

    This event is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Sketch to Structure

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 31 Jan – 17 Aug, 2015

    Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.

    Beautiful hand-drawn sketches by Lorcan O’Herlihy show an architect quickly capturing ideas about shapes and color. Pencil drawings of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records by Richard Neutra show a master draftsman at work. And watercolors by Steven Holl of a client’s home render in beautiful detail, on a single sheet of paper, the planned building’s exterior, floor plan, and elevation. Through these and other objects from every stage of the design process, Sketch to Structure presents the ingenious ways that architects and firms accumulate ideas and whittle them down, ultimately solving design challenges for their clients.

    Visitor Note:
     Sketch to Structure will close temporarily on May 25, 2015. The exhibition reopens on June 6, 2015, to serve as an inspiration for Carnegie Museum of Art's summer art and architecture camps. Visit us again to explore seven case studies of design thinking from the collection and see the campers at work.

    Sketch to Structure 
    is organized by Alyssum Skjeie, curatorial assistant at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art. 

  • Eric Owen Moss + Frank Gehry: You Can’t Rehearse Something You Haven’t Invented Yet

    Los Angeles | Dates: 04 Mar, 2015

    Raimund Abraham Lecture: Eric Owen Moss + Frank Gehry: You Can’t Rehearse Something You Haven’t Invented Yet
    Wed, March 4, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    SCI-Arc will host a conversation with Frank Gehry and Director Eric Owen Moss to mark the school’s 5th Annual Raimund Abraham Lecture.

    Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry built an architectural career that has spanned five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned him several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

    Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973 and throughout the years has garnered over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004 Conjunctive Points was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan. In 2007, he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Samitaur Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014, he was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” in Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.

  • Historic House Painting Considerations

    Seattle | Dates: 10 Mar, 2015

    John Shearer of Shearer Painting centers his discussion on the frequently asked questions regarding restoring old buildings and best practices. He will highlight the pitfalls and mistakes he is often called in to repair. He has a paint color blog,, that he will touch on briefly.

    The well-illustrated presentation is drawn from a number of local projects and John will provide an accompanying document with relevant links for future reference.

    Photo: Norvell House, Seattle / Source: Shearer Painting

    Cost: $15 general public / $10 members / $5 students

  • America’s Hometown: Terra Cotta

    Seattle | Dates: 27 Feb, 2015

    Film screening and panel discussion will take place in the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium.

    What could be more appropriate than a discussion of terra cotta within the walls of the terra cotta clad building that the renowned Post- Modernist firm of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed for the Seattle Art Museum downtown?

    Carol Gregory has produced a short documentary, America’s Hometown: Terra Cotta directed by Brian Moratti and edited by Chris Martin. The film was presented at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. It explores the use of terra cotta in architecture and art from 1890 to 1940. Through interviews, archival images, and film, the documentary looks at the work life of the mostly unknown men who covered and decorated America’s high rises in terra cotta. It questions what you do with the art attached to 100-year-old buildings. America’s Hometown: Terra Cottaencourages understanding of the artistic gifts left to us by earlier generations and urgency in preserving it for the enrichment of future generations. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with an expert in terra cotta restoration, an architect involved in saving and reconstructing a terra cotta showroom façade, the editor of an important work on Seattle’s iconic terra cotta buildings with an introduction by Robert Venturi, and museum and university staff who are preserving valuable terra cotta business records. Photographs, drawings, and samples will be on display.


    Mark Morden, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.: Creating new Arctic Club walruses

    Rhoda A.R. Lawrence, Principal, BOLA Architecture + Planning: Saving and reconstructing the Lincoln-Mercury showroom facade

    Lydia Aldredge, Archetype: The making of Impressions of Imagination: Terra Cotta Seattle

    Hilary Pittenger, Curator of Collections, White River Museum: The Northern Clay Company archives, photographs, and fragments

    Nicolette Bromberg, Special Collections, Univ. of Washington Libraries: John W. Elliot, Gladding McBean, and campus building ornamentation

    Co-sponsored by the Seattle Art Museum.

    Photo: Seattle Art Museum / Credit: Benjamin Benschneider

    $35 general public / $25 members / $10 students

  • TEX-FAB 2015 Houston

    Houston | Dates: 26 – 29 Mar, 2015
    The University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture will host the TEX-FAB 2015 event. We will expand upon the theme Plasticity initiated in the recent competition with a new series of Workshops, Lectures and an Exhibition featuring the winning project Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles. A symposium will kickoff with the Keynote Lecture by Ronald Rael, a leading voice in the expanding use of 3D printing in construction using a broad range of materials. Bill Kreysler will lead a series of talks on the topic of Plasticity as our industry partner in composite fabrication and the generous supporter of the Plasticity pavilion to be unveiled at the event.  Andrew Payne, Mode Lab and other innovators in the field of interactivity, robotics, parametric design and digital fabrication will lead technology Workshops through the weekend.  Join us in Houston this spring!  For more information and registration:
  • SSAC Annual Conference (Annapolis Royal, 27-30 May 15)

    Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia | Dates: 27 – 30 May, 2015
    From Architecture to Conservation: Nestled between theory and practice, the study of architecture in Canada has been nurtured over the years by professionals and enthusiasts, scholars and practitioners, and was expanded through the developments of traditional fields such as history, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban planning, but also through the organization of recent fields of study such as heritage conservation. As the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada has roots in the heritage awakening of the 1970s and was put together as a call for understanding our built environment, we invite sessions that explore the evolution of related spheres of study that poured into it. As the venue for the 2015 conference, Annapolis Royal hosts a rich architectural and conservation history. If we had a longitudinal section of it, we would probably see a series of historical events, starting with the first European settlement and its relations with the First Nations, to its fascinating history of transport in the 19th century, the establishment of Fort Anne--Canada’s first National Historic Site--and the reconstruction of Champlain’s Port Royal, and the extensive conservation and development projects of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age

    Portland | Dates: 06 Feb – 01 Sep, 2015
    The exhibit documents and interprets the use of a variety of metals found in and on late 19th and early 20th century buildings in Portland, Oregon. While Portland is well-known for its collection of standing cast-iron front buildings, other metals commonly used for various purposes were bronze, lead, tin, cooper, bras, and zinc. The Architectural Heritage Center is open 10 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
  • Portraits in Design: Beatrix Farrand as Mentor

    Washington | Dates: 15 Mar, 2015

    Portraits in Design is a lecture series that takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. The series delves into the life stories of important architects, landscape architects, and planners to better understand how their personal lives had an influence on their professional careers. Portraits in Design continues in 2015 with lectures on Le Corbusier on January 11Julia Morgan, FAIA, on February 22; and Beatrix Farrand on March 15.

    Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) was an American landscape architect whose career included commissions to design nearly 110 gardens for private residences, estates and country homes, public parks, botanic gardens, and college campuses. Few of these projects survive, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, on Mount Desert, Maine; and elements of the campuses of Princeton, Yale, and Occidental. Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, will speak about the life and work of Farrand, who was the only woman among the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Miller is the author of Parks, Plants, & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009) and will sign books after the talk.

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member. 

    Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015 
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Inventing Kindergarten

    Oak Park | Dates: 09 Apr, 2015

    Frank Lloyd Wright is deservedly prominent in American architectural education. Consequently, Froebel blocks, a type of building block toy fundamental to Wright's youthful development, are widely known to architectural graduates. Little recognized though is that these geometric toys that Friedrich Froebel designed in Germany in the 1830s, were merely a small part of the educational system he invented and called kindergarten. And that in direct, and unprecedented fashion, they were the vehicle that first exposed not only Wright, but the likes of Le Corbusier, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and everyone at the Bauhaus to the viability of geometric abstraction. Cubism may have been a common thread through modern art and modern architecture, but kindergarten began casting its crystalline spell over Western art years before the Cubists were born.

    About the speaker

    Architect and collector Norman Brosterman first became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling the world's finest collection of antique building block and construction toys. In 1989, Brosterman's collection was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Discovering that the famed "Froebel Blocks," which are well-known to all students of Frank Lloyd Wright, were merely part of a much larger system of elegant, nature-based design toys, Brosterman embarked on years of research into the history of this lost world, culminating in the publication in 1997 of his award-winning book,Inventing Kindergarten. Brosterman recently co-founded Kaleidograph Design LLC, makers of the Kaleidograph paper kaleidoscope, pattern design toys, to create and manufacture nature-based toys in the spirit of Friedrich Froebel.

  • Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York's Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 06 Mar – 24 Apr, 2015

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmark legislation, this exhibition will feature more than a dozen public spaces, known and little-known, that have been designated as interior landmarks. In archival and new photography, it will highlight the importance of public interiors as the spaces in which we conduct our daily lives. Clarifying the different approaches to preserving and restoring interiors, it will point out the challenges and controversies in maintaining the integrity of these spaces in the face of changing needs and popular taste, and the achievements in keeping them accessible to the public. All new photography is by Larry Lederman © All rights reserved.

    This exhibition is in conjuction with NYC Landmarks 50, a city-wide celebration of the the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, with many events, exhibitions and programs staged by public and private organizations around the city. Most of these will focus on architecture and exteriors — which, though the most visible, are not where people conduct their day-to-day activities. That function is served by interiors, which are not only integral to any structure, but are often more distinctive and historically significant. 

    Read the full press release here.

    This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:

    The Achelis Foundation
    The Felicia Fund
    Alexa Hampton
    Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation
    Calvin Tsao

  • Changing Use: The Dilemma of Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 25 Mar, 2015

    The challenges of preserving New York’s landmark interiors doesn’t end with their designation. Changing circumstances that mandate their conversion to different functions may bring about alterations that change the appearance and may compromise the integrity of the site. Hugh HardyH3 Hardy Collaboration ArchitectureKitty Hawks, interior designer; and Justin Davidson, architectural critic, will join New Yorkmagazine design editor Wendy Goodman in a provocative discussion, introduced by Judith Gura, about the problems faced in preserving landmark interiors in an era of changing needs and a city committed to the pursuit of the new.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students

    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • Clarke House Lecture: Unearthing Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 31 Mar, 2015

    Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 7:00pm
    Free admission
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Have you ever wondered what remnants of Chicago history lie buried right beneath your feet?  Join Eric Nordstrom, owner of Urban Remains, for this exciting, fast-paced review of recent digs at several locations throughout the city including the former site of the John Kent Russell house (c. 1855), a near west side parking lot, and Wolf's Point.  Erick will share discoveries he has made in long-abandoned privy pits and explain what layers of prior generations' trash reveal about the developement of the city we know and love today.

  • The Apartment Building in Portland, 1900–1930: an Introductory Survey

    Portland | Dates: 07 Mar, 2015

    In 1904, the category “apartment houses” first appeared in the Portland City Directory. While only four buildings were listed, the new term signified the emergence of a new building type, one that differed from the boarding houses, hotels, and other multi-dwelling units of the time.

    Within a few years, Portland’s explosive growth pushed this new form of housing to be an integral part of the city’s urban landscape. By 1910, 90 apartment houses were advertised in the directory, and by 1930 there were 750! Even so, the rise of the apartment building remains a less studied part of Portland’s architectural history.

    This presentation by Ed Teague is an introduction to the history of Portland’s apartment buildings from the early 20th century to the Depression Era. Ed will explore the factors that influenced the evolution of this building type, such as improvements in materials, advances in construction and transportation systems, and the growth of the real estate industry. Moreover, the presentation will illustrate the skill and versatility of Portland’s leading architects as they expanded their design portfolios to include a new kind of housing.

    Ed Teague is the head of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon.