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MICHIGAN MODERN: Design That Shaped America
June 13–16, 2013
The state's historic preservation office brings together a range of professionals for an in-depth look at Michigan's role in developing American Modernism.
Sugar Rush Los Angeles
June 14, 2013
An event benefitting Spark, a non-profit providing mentorship opportunities for students. The AIA|LA, a partner, will be honored.
AIA Convention 2013
June 20–22, 2013
Head to Denver for The American Institute of Architects annual convention. Speakers include Gen. Colin R. Powell.
Dwell on Design
June 21–23, 2013
America's largest Modern design event comes to the LA Convention Center for a weekend of exhibits, panels and more.
Monterey Design Conference
September 27–29, 2013
Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA, of Japan, Marcio Kogan, Hon. FAIA, of Brazil, and Odile Decq, of France, join an outstanding group of North American designers for one of the premier retreats for architects.
October 3–6, 2013
The inaugural design event, to be held at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar, will feature over 200 exhibitors along with expert panels and speakers.
AIAS Forum 2012
December 29, 2013
The annual meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students and the global gathering of the architecture and design students.
Deadline: May 24
IIDA NY with designNYC
Deadline: May 29
2013 AIA|LA Design Awards Program
Deadline: June 1
California Preservation Design Awards
California Preservation Foundation
Deadline: June 28, 2013
Think/Work: Wing Global Student Design Competition
Deadline: July 29
World Design Impact Prize 2013–2014
Restaurateurs serve as contemporary patrons facilitating award-winning design
By Michael Webb
Judging a restaurant can be challenging because success depends on intangible factors—from the warmth of the welcome to the attentiveness of the servers and the consistency of the cooking. The experience draws people in and keeps them coming back; however, design plays an essential supporting role. It takes skill to calibrate the flow of traffic, the quality of the lighting, and the acoustics, in order to achieve intimacy and comfort. Too many new restaurants are overcrowded and noisy with conversation amplified by hard surfaces; a few are as still as the grave. Eating out should be an event, and restaurants are struggling to play on that sense of occasion as a strategy for survival. Architects can help their patrons by developing frugal solutions that impart character and strengthen the identity of a talented chef. The 2009 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards jury considered nearly a hundred national
projects in three categories—restaurants, cafes and bars, lounges and clubs—and chose six winners based on criteria of function, ambiance, and visual impact. The public selected three by popular vote. The five winners serve as elegant examples. Review them in Workbook under Folios.
2010 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards
Call for Entries
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 16
Masterful in front of an audience, this prodigious talent’s legacy will continue
to draw crowds
By Christopher James Alexander
-Curator of Architecture and Design
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Visitors to Julius Shulman Photography exhibitions tend to be a bit boisterous. They exclaim, sigh, and holler at their friends across the room. They point and excitedly lean into the framed images, inadvertently leaving smeared fingerprints and nose smudges on the protective glass. It’s not their fault. They can’t help themselves. Exploring Shulman’s captivating photos is an interactive experience.
For a curator like me, this lively gallery atmosphere is exhilarating. When the two Shulman exhibitions that Wim de Wit and I curated and organized with our Getty colleagues were on view, I enjoyed some of the most entertaining and enlightening anecdotes, while unabashedly eavesdropping on visitors in the gallery. People would linger in front of Shulman’s historic photographs and marvel at the inventive architecture, elegant fashions, sleek automobiles and bygone neighborhood vistas framed by his lens. Parents asked their young children how they thought it would feel to live in a transparent, steel and glass home or sleep perched atop the city in John Lautner’s futuristic Chemosphere. Groups of women reflected on blissful afternoons spent shopping at the Bullock’s Wilshire department store, in order to find the perfect dress for a special occasion. Couples happily reminisced about seeing Lawrence of Arabia at S. Charles Lee’s spectacular Academy Theater. Through his precise combination of intuitive timing, distinctive camera angles, and alluring, staged narratives, Shulman not only created some of the most famous photographs in architectural history; he developed compelling images that continue to viscerally connect with people on complex levels.