AIA Europe Spring Conference Success: Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Treasures of the French Riviera

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.