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A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle

by Dora Dmitriev

In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa... Read More

03/01/17

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

Sheila Hicks: dedicated to experimentation

by Patricia Cassidy

If you attended The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory this past November, it was hard to miss the works of Sheila Hicks brought to you by Demisch Danant Gallery. The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory, Sheila Hicks.Textile Fresco, c. 1969Five panels formed from twisted skeins of linen, silk, cotton118.11 H x 133.86 i... Read More

02/16/17

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 Tribute to Paul Revere Williams

by Samantha Herzog

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect Paul Revere Williams.  Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library.  Best... Read More

02/02/17

East End Family Compound

by John Ike

The medical injunction “first do no harm” can be as useful to architects as it is to doctors. In the case of this renovation and extension of a 1980s shingled Dutch gambrel residence on eastern Long Island, I believe it helped get us the job, as we were the first architects who didn’t recommend tearing the place down.... Read More

01/26/17

The Chapel at Sea Ranch

by Samantha Herzog

Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects.  For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca... Read More

01/19/17

American Academy in Rome

by Thomas A. Kligerman

So I am heading to Rome. Looking up at the Pantheon to the 27 ft diameter oculus. The American Academy will be my home for the next six weeks where I will be a Visiting Scholar. The sabbatical will afford me the time to pursue a number of things besides time to reflect.  Coffers in the dome of the Pantheon. T... Read More

01/12/17

Taliesin Nights

by Kendall Herman

If you know someone currently trying to make art in New York City, you’ve likely heard of Marfa, Texas. Marfa is a small town in the Chihuahua desert that has been gradually claimed by artist imports—New Yorkers flocking to the community for inspiration and a chance to be part of a modern art movement.On a recent tr... Read More

01/05/17

New York Botanical Holiday Train Show

by Sara Frantz

As a child, I spent many hours crafting fairy homes in the forest behind my house out of your basic fairy house building materials: moss, rocks, sticks, flowers, Elmer’s glue… Sara Frantz, 1999, age 10. Fairy home construction in Lee, MA. Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination have envisioned and brought to... Read More

12/22/16

Tribeca Loft

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

When our clients, a couple with a young daughter, purchased this loft in a former warehouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca district, it was a 50-by-80-foot box, evincing traditional details—steel beams, cast-iron columns, an exposed-joist ceiling—and a subsequently added foot-deep concrete floor. The brief was simple... Read More

12/15/16

I like painting with watercolors.

by Joel Barkley

My first summer in college I studied landscape architecture in Italy.  I learned how to watercolor by spending an entire day sitting in one spot in a garden: Villa Gamberaia, Villa Petraia, Bomarzo…—no food, no wine, just painting with a block of smelly Fabriano cotton paper,  three little tubes of paint, and ... Read More

12/08/16