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You’re never too old or too wise to learn. For the time-pressed architectural professional, attending lectures and panels discussions are excellent ways to explore current and classic topics of interest. Here’s our picks for some of the best design-oriented presentations at schools and cultural institutions for the next few weeks.



District Architecture Center

421 7 St NW

Washington, DC 20004


Join AIA|DC’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) for networking, light refreshments, and Pecha Kucha-style presentations at the “Back to School” Fall Social. This event will showcase current work related to the design of learning environments by firms in the DC metropolitan region. Presentations will highlight emerging trends and new design work, including designs still on the boards, completed within the last year, or under construction. Presenting firms include: cox graae & spack, Little, Marshall Moya, Perkins Eastman DC, Quinn, Evans Architects, Shinberg Levinas, Stantec, Studio 27.




960 E 3 Street

Los Angeles


“Architecture in the Age of Digital Media” aims to address the speculative directions for architecture in relation to contemporary digital culture. As information becomes increasingly mobile, instantaneous, and pervasive, we take look at the current impact of digital media and the roles online publications and social media will play in the future of architecture and design. Among the panelists joining moderator Bruno Juricic: Birgit Lohmann, CEO/Editor in Chief, designboom; Devin Gharakhanian, Creative Director, SuperArchitects; Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Managing Editor and Podcast Co-Producer, Archinect; Lucy Redoglia, digital marketing and social media, LACMA; Benjamin Bratton, SCI-Arc Visiting Faculty/Cultural Studies and author of The Stack.



Merchandise Mart

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 100



Chicago Design Summit

“The Iconic House” returns as a session at the Chicago Design Summit. Julie Hacker, FAIA, moderates a panel of four residential architects who will discuss a house from the past that has most influenced their architectural thinking as they present images of their own built work. Representatives from Robbins Architecture, Booth Hansen, Wheeler Kearns Architects, and Melichar Architects will participate.



Cornell School of Architecture

943 University Avenue

Ithaca, New York


Gisue Hariri: Architecture, Nature, and Cultural Identity

For Hariri+Hariri Architects, design is a holistic, boundary-less enterprise ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry.



Bard Graduate Center Gallery

18 West 86 Street

New York City


Docomomo: Gallery Tour of Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World

Join DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State for a special gallery tour of Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World, led by its co-curator, Bard Graduate Center Gallery Director Nina Stritzler-Levine. Artek, whose name is a combination of “art” and “technology,” is a pioneering Modern design firm established in Finland in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils Gustav Hahl—a group that shared a progressive vision of the arts and a commitment to enhancing the cultural and social ideals of Modernism throughout the world. Now in its 80th year, the company is being featured in its first US exhibition. Running through September 25, the show considers the Aaltos’ shared practice through the lens of this groundbreaking company, whose under-recognized and multifaceted mission far exceeded its manufacturing of bentwood furniture designed by Alvar Aalto, for which the firm is best known. This exhibition offers for the first time a specific analysis of Artek’s distinct international role as a disseminator of modernism in art, architecture, interiors, furniture, and other products.



Rice School of Architecture

6100 Main Street



Françoise Fromonot, professor at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and Editor of Criticat Journal of Architecture asks—and, we assume, answers—the question “What place is this time?”



MIT School of Architecture

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA


Morphogensis of Flux Structure

Mutsuro Sasaki, Prof. Dr. Eng., is an emeritus professor at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a founder of Sasaki Structural Consultants since 1980 as well as SAPS / Sasaki and Partners since 2002. Sasaki is an expert of shell structures and a pioneer in the field of computational morphogenesis in structural engineering. His researches focus on the development of design techniques using structural optimizations and form findings based on the mathematical principle of structural mechanics. He has developed the sensitivity analysis method for free-curved shell structures that defines optimum structural solutions within complex design criteria. Recently completed works applying this method includes Meiso-no-Mori Crematorium (2006), Rolex Learning Center (2008), and Teshima Art Museum (2010). His research-based practice extends the analytical works of Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, and Frei Otto into the field of computational designs that has helped shape the contemporary architectural scene in Japan and abroad. Sasaki is a long-term collaborator of Toyo Ito, Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA, and Arata Isozaki. He has received numerous awards for both theories and practices, including AIJ Prize in 2003 for Sendai Mediateque (2000) and IASS Tuboi Prize for Extended ESO Method in 2004.



VERGE 16 Summit Series: Circular Economy

Santa Clara Convention Center

5001 Great American Parkway

Santa Clara, CA

Chris Luebkeman, the Director of Global Foresight, Research + Innovation at Arup facilitates a discussion exploring the requirements of cities and regions in fostering closed-loop systems of commerce, where products and materials can be continually in use.



USC School of Architecture

Harris Hall, Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center

Los Angeles


New Work: Ma Yansong

Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. As founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. Many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through architecture.



The Cooper Union

7 East 7 Street, The Great Hall

New York City


Alejandro Aravena, Elemental: Current Work

Alejandro Aravena founded ELEMENTAL in 2001 in Santiago, Chile with Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó, and Diego Torres. Aravena is a partner and executive director. He is the 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate and served as the Director of the XV Venice Architecture Biennale. ELEMENTAL focuses on projects of social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation.



AIA NY Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

New York City


Cocktails and Conversations Series

Architect Shohei Shigematsu, Partner/Director of OMA New York Architects and Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief, DWELL magazine, discuss current architecture and design issues in an informal setting.



Carnegie Mellon University

School of Architecture

5000 Forbes Avenue, Miller Gallery



Architecture With and Without Le Corbusier: A Talk with José Oubrerie

An internationally renowned French architect and protege of Le Corbusier, Oubrerie was the project architect for the Saint-Pierre de Firminy Church, seeing the final design through to completion in 2006. Other projects include the French Cultural Center in Syria, the Miller House in Kentucky, and the Chapel of the Mosquitoes in New York.



Cinépolis Chelsea

260 West 23 St


New York City

Architecture & Design Film Festival

In his new film, “The Architects: A Story of Loss, Memory, and Real Estate,” director Tom Jennings follows the international competition to rebuild the site of the World Trade Center after 9/11. Focused on the unrealized design proposal from United Architects, the film sheds light on the importance of this public competition, which delicately considered the site’s history, symbolism, and future. United Architects was a collaboration between Greg Lynn of Greg Lynn FORM, Kevin Kennon of Kevin Kennon Architects, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Peter Frankfurt of Imaginary Forces, Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto of Reiser + Umemoto Architects, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects.



UC Berkeley

Wurster Hall

Bancroft Way/College Avenue

Berkeley, CA


Jessica Rosenkrantz & Jesse Louis Rosenberg: Nervous System

Founded in 2007, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Nervous System releases online design applications that enable customers to co-create products in an effort to make design more accessible. These tools allow for endless design variation and customization. Nervous System’s designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, The New York Times, The Guardian, Metropolis, and Forbes.



Harvard Graduate School of Design

Gund Hall

42-48 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA



New forms of urban order through solar orientation are suggested by recent projects by leading architects and urbanists, correlating the shape of the city to a complex and contradictory economy of solar performance. At this talk, Thom Mayne (Morphosis) and Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang) will present work from their respective practices and discuss their relationship to the ideas of architect Ralph Knowles, the pioneering theorist of the “solar envelope.”

Welcome Back

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Back to school, back to work—September is the time we begin to reconnect with the various responsibilities of our lives, after (hopefully) enjoying the less-demanding pace of the mid-year. Before we completely surrender summer, here’s a selective list of coverage Hausman clients received in August. Next week, we’ll delve into educational opportunities offered by architecture and design schools.

Architectural Digest reports on Torre Reforma, Arup‘s new project in Mexico City

A rule-breaking home by Dillon Kyle Architects is toured by Houzz

YIMBY New York checks on the progress of Francis Cauffman‘s healthcare center in Brooklyn

Museo Picasso Málaga by Gluckman Tang is cited by Metropolis as one of the best interiors of the 21st century

Visual Merchandising and Store Design visits the Panama City branch of luxury retailer Felix by Kevin Kennon Architects

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture‘s dynamic St. Patrick’s Island is profiled by Parks and Rec Business

See-Worthy Design

The last full month of summer, August presents a final opportunity to enjoy recreational pursuits—as a spectator or participant—before the autumnal commitments of school and work return. In weeks to come, we’ll take a look at the architecture of the Olympics, as well as the graphic branding of the Games over the years. Today, we’re indulging in a survey of a rarefied design sector: yachts designed by architects and artists.



Frers 74, Foggy built by Brooklin Boat Yard, Brooklin ME

Frers 74, Foggy built by Brooklin Boat Yard, Brooklin ME

Frers 74, Foggy built by Brooklin Boat Yard, Brooklin ME

Frank Gehry sets sail in Foggy, which he designed in collaboration with German Frers. Titanium details and wavy, lattice-like ports give the 74-foot daysailer a most unusual presence. Foggy was built at the venerable Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine.


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Dazzle camouflage certainly influenced Jeff Koons’ design for this 115-foot craft (christened Guilty) and we detect a bit of Roy Lichtenstein in the comic-book colors and Ben-Day dots, too.




Koons’ Guilty accomplishes optically what Zaha Hadid’a Z-Boat does in three dimensions. Its squared-off bow defies conventional thinking about what constitutes a streamlined vessel; nonetheless, it conveys an impression of speed and power. The 24-foot powerboat was produced in a limited edition of 12 by Shoreteam.


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Not a slack halyard or an untidy coil in sight—John Pawson’s B60 is shipshape, indeed. Pawson teamed with naval architect Luca Brenta to create a sloop in his signature minimalist style. The hull, a graceful arc of polished carbon fiber, seems to float above as much as in the water.

For a more accessible seafaring experience, we recommend any of the excellent Around Manhattan tours, produced by the NY AIA in partnership with Classic Harbor Line. Expertly led by professors and practitioners of architecture, the tours offer a waterfront perspective on landmarks new and old from the vantage of teak- and mahogany-detailed, 1920s-style yachts.

Away From It All

July is the month when vacation season starts in earnest. Temperatures climb, work weeks shorten (if you’re lucky), and the beach beckons. We’ve rounded up some architecturally auspicious summer homes by the shore (perhaps you’ll recognize a few of them) where we’d be very happy to while away a few days.


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Designed by John Lautner in 1970, the Arango House still has an avant-garde appeal. Overlooking Acapulco Bay, its solid, swooping forms handily defy easy categorization.


2 Brighton Beach

A vivid bit of vernacular design, the photogenic “beach boxes” of Australia’s Brighton Beach are an architectural inheritance of sorts, passed from one generation to the next. When one of these colorful cabanas does come on the market, the asking price—around $200,000 AUD—belies its size.


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Photograph by Bill Maris

An instant icon when it was built on Cape Cod in 1968, the Cooper House by Gwathmey-Siegel featured a peace-keeping program: the childrens’ bedrooms were separated from the parents’ master suite.


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Photograph by Matt Lord

Clever photography and superlative engineering imbue this home, the Pole House Fairhaven by f2 Architecture, with the illusion of floating over the Australian coast.


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Post-modernism is having something of a moment, now, so we’re including this Malibu beach house by Michael Graves on our list of seaside retreats.


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North of LA in Oxnard, the Vault House overlooks the Pacific. Architects Johnston Marklee designed the geometric exploration in 2013.


8 Norton Gehry Architecture Hausman

Frank Gehry‘s Norton House has been a landmark on the Venice, California boardwalk since 1984. The “lifeguard tower” structure, inspired by the homeowner’s erstwhile summer job, is used as a writer’s studio.


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Moorish meets Moderne in this spirited stylistic hybrid. In Alys Beach, not far from the epicenter of New Urbanism, Seaside, Florida, it’s designed by Jeffrey Dungan Architects.


10 mackay lyons two hulls architecture hausman

Reaching out over the waters of Canada, the Two Hulls House illustrates MacKay-Lyons-Sweetapple Architects’ continuing interest in pared-down forms set in a primordial landscape.


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At this Malibu residence, Richard Meier forgoes his traditional white facade in favor of a slatted screen of wood. How very Cali.


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The harbinger of a Bay Area regional style, Condominium 1 at The Sea Ranch was not initially well received by its developers, who sent a terse telegram—”Stop work. It looks like a prison.”—to architects Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, Bill Turnbull, and Richard Whitaker in 1965.

Volume Metrics

Throughout the month of June, we’re going to take a look at books. With any luck, you’ll find some time this season to devote to reading—and possibly writing—some well-crafted words. We’ve compiled a short list of (mostly) new titles to get the literary ball rolling.

Once summer is over, there are two noteworthy events to replenish your reading list. The NY Art Book Fair comes to PS 1 September 16-18. Organized by Printed Matter, the fair features artist-produced books that range from affordable to investment-quality. The 2016 Designers & Books Fair will be held on November 11-13; check for details.



Dance the Bauhaus

Torsten Blume

Seemann Henschel

While the Bauhaus is known worldwide as an avant-garde workshop for architecture, art, and design, some might be surprised to learn that the school also nurtured the study of dance as a means of investigating questions of form and space. Bearing names like Form Dance, Glass Dance, Metal Dance, Stick Dance, and Space Dance, the experimental choreography was performed during Bauhaus festivals, often accompanied by a band playing a mix of jazz and traditional German folk tunes—haus music, one might say.



The Architecture of Happiness

Alain de Botton


On Paul Goldberger’s list of must-reads for architects, this generously-illustrated book journeys through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the powerful connection between identity and location. One of the root causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of the designed environment—and yet a concern for architecture is often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. De Botton takes the thought that where we are heavily influences who we can be as his starting point, and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.


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Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith

Princeton Architectural Press

A variant on the 40 Under 40-genre of talent-prognosticating, this book is a collection of intimate and often irreverent interviews with twenty architecture and design luminaries over the age of eighty. Revealing conversations with architects Denise Scott Brown, Stanley Tigerman, Ricardo Scofidio, Beverly Willis, and the late Michael Graves; urbanist Jane Thompson; product designers Ingo Maurer, Richard Sapper, and Jens Risom; graphic designers Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, and Deborah Sussman; critic Ralph Caplan, and others shed light on how and why these pioneers continue to shape their disciplines well into their ninth decade.



Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things

Rebecca Roke


Consider this a portfolio of the possible. Three hundred thought-provoking architectural works of diminutive size—including demountable, portable, transportable, and inflatable structures, as well as pavilions, installations, sheds, pods, and capsules—use new materials and methods to demonstrate that small-scale constructs can prove inspiring in their own right.


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A Burglar’s Guide to the City

Geoff Manaugh

FSG Originals

From the author of BLDGBLOG, this book offers an atypical perspective: How any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Chronicling nearly 2,000 years of heists and break-ins, the book draws on the expertise of reformed bank robbers, FBI agents, private security consultants, the LAPD Air Support Division, and architects past and present to analyze the strengths and vulnerabilities of a range of building types.



Picturing America’s National Parks

Jamie M. Allen

Aperture; co-published with the George Eastman Museum

To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, this book assembles some of the finest landscape photography in the history of the medium. Featuring the work of masters such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, William Henry Jackson, Edward Weston, and Minor White, as well as contemporary artists such as Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, this volume explores the role of photography in promoting national heritage, land conservation, and wildlife preservation.


And one to pre-order…


Never Built New York

Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell

Metropolis Books

Due in October, this follow-up to Never Built Los Angeles features nearly 200 proposals for bridges, skyscrapers, master plans, parks, transit schemes, amusements, airports, plans to fill in rivers and extend the island of Manhattan, culled from the past 200 years. Included are Frank Lloyd Wright’s last project, the Key Plan for Ellis Island; Buckminster Fuller’s design for Brooklyn’s Dodger Stadium, complete with giant geodesic dome; developer William Zeckendorf’s Rooftop Airport, perched on steel columns 200 feet above street level, spanning 24th to 71st streets and Ninth Avenue to the Hudson River; and Stephen Holl’s Bridge of Houses, which offered housing options from SROs to modest studios to luxury apartments along a segment of what is now the High Line.

Sneak Peaks

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We wrap up our month-long look at nature and architecture with a look at one of the newest public parks in New York City. Designed by West 8 landscape architects, the Hills on Governors Island are scheduled to open on July 19—but we’ve got a secret to share with you. Over the course of Memorial Day weekend, free hardhat tours of the Hills will be offered. Hour-long tours will depart from Liggett Arch at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, will lead the 11am and 1pm tours both days. Hardhats and vests will be provided, and closed-toe shoes are required.



The ten-acre site features four hills, built of recycled construction materials and fill. Grassy Hill is a 25-foot-high slope overlooking the island’s new and historic landscapes, as well as the Manhattan skyline. Slide Hill, rising up 40 feet, is home of four twisting slides, including the longest one in New York City. Rachel Whitehead’s Cabin has been installed on Discovery Hill, another 40-foot mound. Overlook Hill provides both fully-accessible paths and a granite-block scramble to its 70-foot summit, where panoramic views of harbor and city can be enjoyed.

Taking Stock

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With tax filings now in the rear-view mirror, it’s possible to have some perspective on the current state of AEC industries. Kermit Baker, the inestimable chief economist for the AIA, offers a positive look forward and back for the architecture business:

2015 was a great year for nonresidential construction activity and generally a good year for revenue at architecture firms. Overall, almost two thirds of firms reported that they met or exceeded their expectations for profitability for the year, with over 40% exceeding expectations. Firms that met their profitability expectations listed “ability to negotiate fees” as the most important factor in achieving these results, followed by their ability to attract new clients and new business, ability to manage existing projects, ability to attract qualified staff and experienced firm leadership, and ability to manage firm overhead costs like rent and health care contributions.

The economy is looking reasonably healthy, and for the first time in many years the construction sector is one of the bright lights in the economic outlook. New single-family housing construction, in particular, is poised for healthy growth. Though single-family housing starts have seen solid gains in recent years, they still are less than half of levels seen prior to the downturn. The importance of the construction sector to the economy can be seen in the employment figures. On net, construction has added 220,000 payroll positions over the past two quarters, accounting for almost 15% of total job growth in our economy over this period even though construction accounts for only about 5% of payroll positions nationally.

In 2016, after a slight decline in January and a weak recovery in February, architecture firms were reporting healthier business conditions in March. The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was 51.9, reflecting the strongest month-to-month growth since last October. New project inquiries, at 58.1 for the month showed somewhat slower growth than the February reading, while the new design contracts index of 51.8 showed a very modest acceleration from the 51.7 reading in February.

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Show Me the Money


As the time to pay the piper (aka Uncle Sam) approaches, just about everybody could benefit from a bit of psychological pick-me-up. To that end, we’ve rounded up a curious selection of architecturally-oriented currencies from around the globe. Hopefully, their finely-wrought renderings will help buoy your spirits—if not your savings account. Which raises the question: What buildings—or architects—would you like to see immortalized on a bank note?



Alvar Aalto appears on the old, pre-Euro Finnish markka.



The Swiss honor Le Corbusier on their 10 franc note.



Snøhetta won a competition to design the verso of the Swedish kroner; its pixelated compositions are expected to go into circulation next year.



Kazhakstan’s tenge bills feature a rather fantastic communications tower.



An uninspiring example of Soviet-era design graced the former Yugoslavia’s dinar. Note the denomination: 500,000,000,000. (Yes, inflation was an issue.)



For its leva, Bulgaria opts for a deconstructivist overlay approach.


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What may be the ultimate statement of fiduciary pride comes from an unlikely source: Lithuania. Located in the city of Kaunas, this ten-story office building is wrapped in more than 4,500 pieces of frit glass that depict an ornate 1926 banknote. Architect Rimas Adomaitis worked with the Dutch company Glass Printing International on the design, fabrication, and installation of the facade.

Meaningful Contributions



It’s April, and thoughts turn to taxes—and charitable giving. While it’s too late to reap the benefits of a deduction to eligible organizations in the current filing season, supporting worthy causes throughout 2016 will pay off in both fiscal and feel-good ways. Here, we share a few design-oriented non-profit entities that are deserving of recognition. FLW would approve.


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, and consumer product design.

With fundraising efforts bolstered by strategic partnerships and unique events showcasing innovation and creativity, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities and granted over $41 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Founded in 1984, DIFFA grants funds to organizations which fight AIDS by providing preventive education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, treatment and direct-care services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector efforts.


The International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO) promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement. It promotes the exchange of knowledge about this important legacy which extends from the planned city and the iconic monument to the house next door.

Docomomo is an international organization, with chapters in 69 countries. It is an important presence in conservation and in architectural culture, worldwide, working in partnership with other international organizations, national governments, and regional and national associations.

The United States branch is organized in regional chapters and friend organizations throughout the country, from east coast to west coast and from the Gulf of Mexico to Minnesota. Chapters sponsor educational programs and tours, provide technical assistance on the preservation of Modern Movement buildings, conduct research and surveys that support a nationwide register, publish newsletters, and advocate for threatened sites.


The Urban Design Forum comprises leading developers, architects, planners, builders, public officials, scholars, lawyers, and journalists that have demonstrated a commitment to building great cities. Founded in 1979, and headquartered in New York, Fellows of the Forum hail from over fifty cities across the United States and around the world.

The Board of Directors invites a select group of distinguished leaders of urban design, planning and development to participate each year. Candidates are nominated for their significant contributions to the fields of urban design, planning and development; standing among his or her peers; and ability to participate actively in Forum programs.

Marching Forward, Part 2

Continuing our March focus on women in the AEC industries, we’re featuring Esther Sperber, a New York City-based architect who has written about the relationship between architecture and psychoanalysis.

I knew little about the work of an architect when I applied to architecture school, but I clearly remember my excitement when I discovered the design process in my first studio projects. Now, after twenty years of practice, I can better articulate what is unique and fascinating to me about the field of architecture.

As architects, we are tasked to create physical solutions to complex problems; buildings that respond to the urban context, social structures, functional needs, environmental conditions, financial limits, and more. Architecture synthesizes these challenges and creates spaces that expand the range of human and social experiences.

We inherited the Romantic image of the “architect” as a lone autonomous genius. This view of creativity ignores other models of inventions which thrive through collaboration, leadership, and negotiation, design methods that often exclude women and the ways in which firms and partnerships practice.

I am interested in a deeper understanding of the design process, one which acknowledges the centrality of interpersonal processes, which I call “relational creativity.” At my firm, we strive to foster a collaborative creative process in which the wishes and needs of the client, users, engineers, city officials, and architects shape a successful, innovative solution.

Esther Sperber

Esther Sperber founded Studio ST Architects in 2003. Previously, she was with Pei Partnership Architects, where she worked closely with I.M. Pei. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she studied architecture at the Technion in Haifa and at Columbia University in New York City.