Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.




Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

FORM Event Images

Industry Partners




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Building Your Business: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

When it comes to building your architecture or design business, there's so much to consider. Beyond creating and establishing a vision, you have to market it and find the right people to help you realize it. How do you protect that vision, though? That's the question that came up at a recent workshop on intellectural property sponsored by the IIDA NY and LMNOP, an organization dedicated to providing professional development to members of the architecture and design communities. We thought the topic was timely—especially in the digital age—and were delighted to have the organizations put us in touch with Cheryl Davis, of Menaker & Herrman LLP, to answer some questions on how you can safegaurd your own intellectural property. 

Cheryl Davis discusses the ins and outs of protecting your intellectural property. Photo courtesy Cheryl Davis.Why should designers care about design in the context of intellectual property?

A designer’s stock-in-trade is his/her designs, which are, by their very nature, “intellectual property.”  It just makes good business sense to protect the source of your income.  Even if you don’t intend to use the design again, retaining ownership of it may give you leverage.  For example, if the client refuses to pay you for your design services, you may be able to withdraw permission to use your design until the dispute has been resolved. If you choose to transfer your intellectual property rights, you should at least use them as a bargaining chip, rather than simply giving them away.

What are some mistakes designers make when it comes to protecting (or not protecting) their intellectual property?

One of the worst mistakes is failing to address ownership of the intellectual property at the start of the relationship.  If the agreement doesn’t clearly state who owns the designs, the client may presume that s/he owns the designs outright (a common misconception) and feel free to solicit and retain other designers to use your designs without your permission.  If ownership of the designs is clear from the outset, the parties know where they stand.

By using patents properly, what can designers get out of them?

It’s sometimes difficult to obtain a copyright for what are termed “useful articles”namely “an object that has an intrinsic utilitarian function”, such as a chair or a table.  While copyright can protect the ornamentation and stylistic curlicues that make an item unique, it can be difficult to get the Copyright Office to find such ornamentation protectable, especially where it is difficult to clearly distinguish it from the useful nature of the article. However, a design patent—which protects the “new original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture”—may enable you to protect your product designs even when the copyright law won’t.

How can designers protect their work?

By making sure their agreements expressly state that the designer owns the intellectual property in her/his designs. They should also put proper notice on the designs when circulating them to clients, as well as registering the copyright and/or design patents in their designs.

What's the impact of an increasingly digital world have on designers' intellectual property?

It provides more ways in which the intellectual property can be exploited—and in which it can be infringed. The more people who see your designs via websites, Twitter, Pinterest or other media, the more likely it is that people will be intrigued by them and want to buy your services or your products. Conversely, images may be taken from your website and used as part of a digital advertising campaign for a product you disapprove of without your permission.  Ease of access can cut both ways.  

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