Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets. A small hill town set high on a long narrow ridge with spectacular views of the countryside and dotted with architectural gems designed by some of the superstars of the Italian renaissance.
AIA Europe's Spring Conference in the region of Menton, France brought together 90 architects from across Europe and the United States to explore the relationship between architecture, nature, and the modern movement at the Cap Moderne, an important cultural site containing a set of mythical architectural icons in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. The architects and historians responsible for the restoration and protection of Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Holiday Cottages, and the bar-restaurant Etoile de Mer overlooking the Mediterranean sea, lectured and gave guided visits of the buildings. Conference participants also learned about the region’s exceptional gardens with visits to Val Rahmeh, Hanbury and Serre de la Madone. The final day of the program focused on two cultural treasures of the region: Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the Matisse Chapel in Vence. Many sincere thanks to Ray Spano AIA, David Devaux, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Claudia Devaux and Isabel Meinecke, Int'l Assoc. AIA for their excellent organization and hospitality over the 3-1/2 day program.
At the recent AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida, AIA Europe member and 2016 Chapter President, Nóra Demeter, was in the spotlight as part of the Day 3 keynote panel about Anticipating Change: What's Next in Architecture. Before an audience of several thousand, she shared the stage with Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; Cheryl MacAfee, FAIA; and moderator Frances Anderton, right before Amy Cuddy’s presentation on the power of change. Thank you AIA for bringing so many diverse views and voices to A'17!
Scientific consensus shows that increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide contribute significantly to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and degradation of natural resources. These trends threaten national security, human health, food supply, natural ecosystems and global economies. Climate change clearly is one of the biggest global crises of the 21st century. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) asserts that architects play a vital role in combating climate change. Read More.
AIA Europe Northern Section Director, Stig Bengtsson, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming BIMworld Conference in Paris, La Defense, 29th - 30th of March. How do we build and operate urban digital models for the new needs of communities? Stig will address this question with the Mall of Scandinavia project, a 300k sqm development, from a BIM perspective: Session AM3 Thursday 14.00-15.00. https://www.bim-w.com/
For American architecture students wanting to pursue education in Europe, AIA Europe is an invaluable resource; the 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Call For Applications is now open. The AIA Europe Scholarship is a 5,000 Euro cash stipend awarded competitively to an architecture student from the United States, for study at an accredited Master's Program in Continental Europe. Application deadline is Friday, April 14th, 2017. http://www.aiaeurope.org/aia-europe-scholarship-call-for-applications/
AIA Europe 2016 President, Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, will be part of a keynote panel at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture taking place in Orlando, Florida from April 27th - 29th. How can architecture acclimate to new ways of working and living—and a changing global environment? Nóra Demeter has spent her career addressing this question with elegant and dynamic design solutions around the world. http://conferenceonarchitecture.com/speakers/
Mark Allison, AIA, United States
Meagen McElderry, AIA, Denmark
Michelle Lee Jones Montgomery, AIA, United States
Carlos P. Patricio, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Portugal
Stephanie Rogowski, AIA, Denmark
Dominique Segura, Assoc. AIA, France
Mykhailo Shaidenko, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Ukraine
Lena Weckström, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Finland
And also the following Unassigned and Professional Affiliate members:
José Escobar, Prof. Aff., France
Violanda Franzese, AIA, United States
David Maniet, AIA, United States
Lilly Maniet, AIA United States
Carl Myatt, AIA, United States
Ausburg University in Germany is offering a new *AIA Approved Continuing Education* Course for Architects and Engineers titled "CURTAIN WALL ENGINEERING" from May 22 - June 30, 2017. The course is for English-speaking professionals with two weeks on-site seminars and four weeks at-home study. Field trips, guided tours and expert lecturers will teach participants about the latest in innovative façade systems. Visit their website to learn more.
The AIA Europe Board of Directors recently learned that long-time AIA Europe member and third Chapter president, Lewis Gilbert Koerner, AIA, regrettably passed away last August. Lewis was a resident of Rome, Italy and one of the founders and principals in the OK Design Group.
AIA Europe founder and 2017 AIA National President, Thomas Vonier, FAIA, remembers him fondly; "He was generous, funny, and a good supporter of the Chapter, finding sponsors for us and attending many of the meetings throughout the the nineties. He organized an excellent meeting in Rome."
In addition to his family, friends and office, we know that Lewis' memory will live on in the Chapter.
The evening before the AIA Europe Board of Director's Meeting on January 28th in Paris, chapter member James Cowey, AIA, Managing Principal at Studios Architecture Paris, welcomed the Board and France Section Members to a New Year's gathering at his office on the Champs-Elysées. James gave a presentation of Studios current work and AIA Europe's France Section Director, Ray Spano, AIA, organized the Apéro Riche – thank you to Jim and Ray for the great evening. Click here to learn about Studios Architecture acclaimed European projects.
AIA Europe congratulates chapter member Rada Doytcheva, FAIA for her recent election into the AIA College Of Fellows. The Jury of Fellows selected her for elevation to Fellowship in the Institute because of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Rada is Principal of RADA Architects in Chicago, Illinois and will receive her Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando. AIA Europe welcomes her into this most distinguished group of AIA members and looks forward to honoring her in Orlando.
Few people that one has the opportunity to meet over the course of a lifetime personify the qualities of dignity, integrity and honesty as much as Ruth Schwartzman. Her elegance radiated throughout the room the moment she entered. Her regard always sharp, connecting with the person in front of her as if no one else was present. She was warm and intelligent, strong and sensitive.
Ruth’s passing last week leaves an undeniable gap where a remarkable and unique woman once stood. She was not only a faithful friend to many of us, but an inspiration in her values and the serenity with which she conveyed them.
Ruth was, in her own subtle way, one of our Chapter’s gatekeepers...in fact our Matron. She was present not only as Alan’s spouse and partner in life, but as a symbol of our collective force as colleagues and friends. Our sincere condolences go to Alan Schwartzman, her husband for over 60 years, and their sons Eric and Paul.
Her family and friends in the Chapter will feel the void left by her passing, but our memory of this wonderful woman, whose dignity has been a cornerstone of our community, will remain in our hearts for years to come.
Nóra Demeter, Int'l Assoc. AIA
2016 President, AIA Europe
Last month, the architecture and design journal of the Young Architects Forum – YAF Connection – featured an article about AIA Europe's International Conference Series. Read "Lifelong Learning With AIA Europe" on Page 12: https://issuu.com/youngarchitectsforum/docs/20161221_1406_edification_final/12
AIA Europe is proud that active chapter member, founder and past president Tom Vonier, FAIA has been inaugurated as the 2017 American Institute of Architects National President. The inauguration ceremony was held on December 10th at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.; click here to read his inauguration remarks. AIA Europe recognizes the value that Tom's international experience and perspective will bring to AIA National and we wish him all the best for the year ahead.
At the recent World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany, AIA Europe was proud to contribute to one of the more important discussions for architects in Europe today. As part of the WAF's Seminar Program: Housing For Everyone, AIA Europe Eastern Section Director, Bard Rama, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, presented an informative lecture about temporary housing and the refugee response across Europe.
Bard brought to the WAF his experience from the Working Conference on Reception & Housing of Migrants and Refugees held in Amsterdam a week prior, allowing him to present real-time information and data from the field together with several examples of currently unfolding projects. He presented a wide range of solutions from the “Home Away From Home” Design Competition for innovative temporary housing, and showed real cases in Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam, the best of which are placing temporary units within residential areas or preparing occupants to self-manage their settlements.
He shared insights from the Housing Europe Scoping Paper, which identifies several challenges at present regarding the lack of housing, difficulty of maintaining building standards, information gaps and lack of administrative capacity, and concluded with the official list of recommendations to help improve practices by better use of EU policies, EU funding, and knowledge sharing.
To learn more about temporary housing solutions and the refugee response in Europe, visit these links:
A key site visit at the latest AIA Europe Conference Girne/ Kyrenia: Communicating Across Cultures was recently named Best Tall Building of Europe by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). White Walls, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, was awarded the prize at the CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner on November 3, 2016 in Chicago. Day three of the AIA Europe International Conference took attendees to the Cyprus capital of Nicosia, where Nice Day Developments LTD (building owner and developer), Takis Sophocleous Architects (Architect of Record), and E&Y (primary tenant) presented a private tour of White Walls' offices and apartments. Architect Demetris Sophocleous gave an informative lecture about the building's construction and performance. Click here for building photos and feature in Architect Magazine.
2017 AIA National President and AIA Europe member Thomas Vonier FAIA attended Habitat III – the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustain-able Development held in Quito, Equador from the 17th through 20th of October, 2016. This important UN Conference occurs in the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016 so far). The AIA President Elect shared his experience of the Habitat III Conference, as well as his thoughts about the architect's role in achieving the UN's "New Urban Agenda" in a recently published article. Click here to read the article.