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Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

Gearing Up for Better, Healthier, and More Efficient Homes
September 19, 2014
The USGBC will present, Gearing Up for Better, Healthier, and More Efficient Homes, at the upcoming AltCar Expo on Friday, September 19th at 9:30am.   Designed for building & design professionals, the lecture addresses the need to erect higher performing buildings and the push towards zero net energy buildings. Panelists include:  Tim Kohut, AIA Architect, Green Dinosaur; Lena Ashby Senior Sustainability Coordinator, Green Dinosaur; and Joel Cesare, Sustainable Building Advisor, City of Santa Monica.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

Westedge Design Fair
October 16–19, 2014
The curated fair features over 150 leading and emerging, domestic and international furnishings brands. Catering to both trade and consumers, the event offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, culinary activities, custom installations, and a series of special events.

4th Annual Found L.A.
October 19, 2014
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: October 31
Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Firm Profile: Grant Kirkpatrick and Erik Evens on Their Evolving Partnership

Recently, KAA Design Group evolved into two studios. Evens Architects, led by Erik Evens, will focus on more traditional styles. Image Courtesy Evens Architects.

Imagine you have a thriving firm that offers you aesthetic and intellectual challenges on a regular basis. Your undertakings have ranged from institutional and retail work to residential projects—well received and highly regarded. Say you’re just about to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Now imagine that you want to shake things up. How do you do it? How does it all shake out? How do your clients, stakeholders and employees respond?

For Grant Kirkpatrick and Erik Evens, those hypotheticals recently became a reality. The Los Angeles–based pair have rethought their firm, KAA Design Group, and launched two separate studios—Kirkpatrick Architects and Evens Architects. The evolution occurred over the course of nearly two years, the outgrowth of a serious evaluation of how best to serve both their own interests and the goals and desires of their clients.

As Kirkpatrick puts it, “We both have become more interested in coming from our true core competencies.” In Evens case, it means projects with a classical look still adapted to the realities of modern living, while Kirkpatrick’s own focus is on “the warm contemporary arena,” he notes.

Grant Kirkpatrick's Kirkpatrick Architects will focus on warm, contemporary designs. Image courtesy Kirkpatrick Architects.

At the same time, and through years of experience, the architects had discovered that their clients tended to come to them with a set of design expectations already in place. “Our clients want someone who is a fire breather for what they want to do,” says Kirkpatrick. “The more we can immerse ourselves in a certain window of this business, the better our clients are being served.

After a bit of shock, the decision has been roundly supported on all sides. (Although a bit of convincing was needed initially for some. “I did get asked if we were breaking up,” says Kirkpatrick.) Within the firm, the ramifications of the transition are still being worked out. “A few key people ran up the flag one way or the other,” reports Evens. “Others are taking their time making their decision. We want them to land in a place that they feel strongly about. It will evolve in the next year or so.”

Despite the separation into two studios, says Kirkpatrick, “Fundamentally, we both believe in the same approach to good architecture—they follow the same script. We just travel different roads to get there.” The transition has also given both Evens and Kirkpatrick a new lease on their architectural lives. “We’ve never been more energized professionally,” Evens notes.

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