A Litany of Firsts

by Crosbie Roper

In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor... Read More

02/23/17

Le Corbusier Pilgrimage

by Doug Crisp

During the late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popular ... Read More

02/09/17

A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Humans invent things--it's just the way we are.  We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge... Read More

11/30/16

Stopover in Helsinki

by John Ike

I bookended my trip to Japan with stopovers in Helsinki. Helsinki feels like everybody is on Ecstasy - between the midnight sun and the idyllic weather the entire city is transformed - you can't help but bask in it. Here are some of the architectural highlights from masters such as Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto, ... Read More

06/09/16

Villa Savoye

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Une maison est une machine-à-habiter.  Le Corbusier famously said that houses were machines made for living. He wondered, why should houses look so traditional when we live in the Machine Age? His Villa Savoye is a stunning example of this philosophy.The villa was built in 1929, during an age ripe with innovation. Loc... Read More

05/19/16

Walls Will Talk

by Joe Carline

Architectural concrete, specifically board-formed, has solidified as a central tenet of Pacific Northwest modernism. A niche industry has sprouted around it and endless products and techniques are now available to make the walls say precisely what we want.Embarking on our first major concrete project in the home of the ... Read More

03/31/16

Living in a Lautner

by John Ike

It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of architecture by one of the masters.  Such was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism show.  Darren Bradley, a friend and architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommended ... Read More

03/03/16

Modern Paradise: Honolulu's Mid-century Architecture

by John Ike

While in San Diego earlier this month, I dropped by Tiki Oasis, a weekend-long celebration of Tiki culture - which was kind of like a Comic Con for the over fifty set. My friend, the talented architectural photographer Darren Bradley, was speaking on Honolulu’s modern architecture.His talk was one of an oddball assortm... Read More

08/26/15

Sign here, Michael Graves

by Joel Barkley

I blossomed early, and was told at age six that I should become an architect.  I moonlighted in high school designing house additions, then got an undergraduate degree in architecture.The portfolio that eventually got me into Princeton in 1991, where Michael Graves had taught the introductory graduate design studio sin... Read More

03/16/15

Documenting Architecture for People: Julius Shulman

by John Ike

I recently had my house in San Diego photographed – I’m hoping to rent it out on VRBO (or Behomm, which I just heard about recently) and needed some groovy pictures to show for it. I found a local photographer named Darren Bradley to document it. He’s an architectural photography buff, but does his photo work as a... Read More

02/27/15

Mies' Last Building

by Joel Barkley

Mies. The last building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe stands in vibrant downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  The American Life Insurance Building's story echoes that of Mies' Seagram Building a decade earlier in that it also came about by way of a daughter's suggestion.  It is an oft-told story, Phyllis Lam... Read More

11/19/14

Ike Kligerman Barkley's Favorite NYC Buildings - Part II

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

There are nearly as many favorite buildings in New York as there are people who love them. Here are Ike Kligerman Barkley's favorite structures in Gotham, Part II. (Check out Part I!)The Metropolitan Museum of Art always seems to evolve and grow.  Since its first days as a Ruskin Gothic structure to its now internation... Read More

10/10/14