Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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.

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. 



Deadline: August 18

Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition

Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition

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

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The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to Mallory McDonagh

Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877, approaches her design work holistically. Image courtesy Studio 3877. As part of our on-going series of conversations with designers and architects, delving into what makes them tick, we chatted with Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877 in Washington, DC, a firm with an expansive hospitality portfolio. Mallory, as we quickly discovered, is an old soul at heart but with an approach to design that is forward-looking and innovative. She filled us in on where she finds inspiration (hint: she's analog and digital) and how she gets her ideas out (it often starts with words).

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I see designers really focusing on the complete design package. In hospitality, this can be an extraordinarily powerful strategy in branding and concept development. When designers are able to be involved in each aspect of a project, for example, menus, branding, interior, exterior, signage, way finding, etc., not only do lines between architect/designer/graphics/marketing, and other disciplines start to fade, but the final product is something richer and more developed.

What buildings inspire you?

Historic spaces, whether they have been refurbished and re-conceptualized, or are in disrepair. I feel like the intent of older buildings, regardless of function, is something stronger, yet somehow more subtle, than simply constructing something harder, better, faster, and cheaper, which is how many new buildings are conceptualized today. There is a certain romance in older buildings that gets lost in the immediacy of our industry. I love the Ottoman Bank Museum in Istanbul—it perfectly blends a historic building with contemporary interiors through white washed giant coffers and pilasters, super graphics and bright yellow accents. It’s fun and beautiful, but still maintains the integrity of the original space.

Where else do you find inspiration?

Website likes and Interior Design magazine have phenomenal photography and relevant topics to the hospitality design industry so those can be really helpful when researching a project, and pulling some precedents. More tangibly though, brainstorming and working with a partner or team on a new project and having ideas feed off of one another—there’s nothing better.

Courtesy Studio 3877.What are your three favorite objects?

A perfect pair of sunglasses, a huge purse, and my Danish chair poster.

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.) ?

Without meaning to, I've become a collector of my friends clothes, and not the cool stuff that I secretly covet, but items like old college t-shirts and hoodies from places I’ve never been. A good, worn-in t-shirt from somebody I love means more to me than any random trinket. 

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

Kristina Ninivaggi, the recent recipient of the Contract Magazine Designer of the Year award, is super influential, not only in the breadth and variety of her portfolio, but in her drive and passion in developing the interior design discipline at SHoP Architects. She has some incredible experience and has been a part of a number of fantastic high concept spaces.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

Location wise, I would love to live in Copenhagen. I spent a semester there and completely fell in love with the city. That being said, it was horrendously freezing, so I might be happy in a sunnier place like San Diego.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Crop tops. But also, I think the midcentury look has been, and is, very much on its way out. There's retro, and then there's copying the Mad Men set.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

The Scandinavian aesthetic is a really classic look. In any "trend" I feel that the use of natural materials can make the style feel less ephemeral and less anchored in an isolated moment in design history. What's great about Scandinavian design is that there are iconic elements, natural elements and new trends that fit seamlessly together. It also doesn't hurt that simply craft beautiful birch table reminds me of being young and free, roaming the streets of Copenhagen, and desperately pooling my kroner to buy an Elderflower cider.

What are you reading?

Emails. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is always by my bedside.

What are you wearing?

Jeans, a giant sweater and heels (that I really want to change into flip-flops as soon as possible).

What are you eating?

A juicy, medium rare hamburger and sea salt truffle fries with an enormous glass of wine.

Do you listen to music while you're working?


Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

I have to start with sketching, or writing, before doing anything in the computer. I tend to do a lot of word diagramming and free associations in the beginning of a project, and from there I move onto developing an imagery collection. Throughout the entire design process, I always go back to sketching or writing. Everything is very fluid—I think it's impossible to finish a project linearly.

Social media—yes or no?

I'm mixed on this one, because while I have Facebook, I truthfully only use it to look at pictures of people I kind-of-sort-of know. It's greatest for that. Beyond the casual, innocuous stalking, I'm a little bit of a social media Luddite and don't completely know how to use Instagram/Twitter.  Obviously for marketing, those platforms can be great tools, but it's hard me for me to view social media as anything more than a great base for a Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake skit.


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