National Architecture Week has come again. This is an annual celebration supported by the American Institute of Architects. This year it landed on 4/8-4/14 but locally we decided to celebrate the following week. National Architecture Week, or ArchWeek, as I like to call it is a time to showcase the positive role architects play in our communities and highlight the power of design.
From recent history, in 2009, we went on a blogging marathon. In 2010, AIA San Joaquin hosted a full slate of engaging events related to architecture. In 2011 we did another action packed series of events.
This year we are partnering with a few groups (AIA San Joaquin, Creative Fresno, Central California CAL Bears Alumni Association, and the Downtown and Community Revitalization Division, City of Fresno) to bring you more design, architecture, and history. Please check out the schedule below.
Monday 4/16 – PechaKucha Night Fresno Volume 15
Kick off National Architecture Week 20×20 with PechaKucha Night Fresno. PechaKucha is a longstanding Creative Fresno event that started in Tokyo. It highlights design professionals in a creative format. Presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each. The result is a dynamic presentation under 7 minutes long. Theme for the evening is Structure.
Tuesday 4/17 – Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: the Cal Connection
From Julia Morgan (1894) and Ernest Kump Jr. (1932) to more recent grads such as Paul Halajian (1984, 1988), U.C. Berkeley has profoundly shaped Fresno’s architectural landscape. The forum: “Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: the Cal Connection” will explore how Berkeley pedagogy and philosophy have been adapted to the climate and demographics of the San Joaquin Valley.
The free program will include a slide overview by Karana Hattersley-Drayton (1978, 1996) of the Fresno work of 15 or so Berkeley grads. Following Ms. Drayton’s presentation, Paul Halajian will chair a panel of Cal Bears including James Oakes (1951), Martin Temple (1958) and Robin Goldbeck (1980). Kiel Famellos-Schmidt (2005) will conclude the evening with a Pecha-Kucha style presentation on the work of Berkeley architects in this area.
Wednesday 4/18 – Chapter Social
Meet architect and fans of architecture alike at an informal gathering at a local firm. Mingling with your colleagues and meet others passionate about architecture. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by AIA San Joaquin. The location will be the Central California offices of HMC Architects.
Many thanks to our partners and a s/o to Anti Laboratories for the sharp design work.