This year’s ACSA annual meeting was held in San Francisco. In addition to a number of keynotes (Greg Pasquarelli of SHoP being the most memorable) there were many stimulating sessions worth attending. I travelled to San Francisco specifically to participate in the Journal of Architectural Education editorial board meetings. The editorial board is full of [...]
A symposium on the Mediterranean – Region Making by Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (organized by Professor Hashim Sarkis and PhD student Nikos Katsikis) brought me to Cambridge for a couple of intense days of exchange. The first part of the symposium was dedicated to the history of the Mediterranean during the [...]
A reunion of the European Architectural History Network and an editorial board meeting for the open-access journal Architectural Histories brought me to Bratislava and this part of Eastern Europe for the first time.
An invitation to serve as external examiner for a dissertation brought me to London and to UCL (The Bartlett) for a brief but intense visit with colleagues who share similar research interests.
A road trip to some of the border towns along the Rio Grande Valley was an opportunity to discover (and research) a charged and fascinating reality in which Texan and Mexican identities co-exist and co-mingle. On our way to Laredo we stopped in San Antonio to visit the Lucile Halsell Conservatory. Emilio Ambasz skillfully burrows [...]
The ritual of final reviews offers students and teachers opportunities to receive and exchange feedback from educators at different institutions across the country and globe. Successful reviews provide engaging debate and opportunities for discovery. My recent trip to Ithaca for studio and final thesis reviews offered this and more. Most of the reviews took place [...]
A symposium entitled EAST-WEST Dialogues: Modernism in Florida brought a number of architects and historians to Miami this past weekend to discuss how the migration and exchange of ideas between different modern architects and cities shaped Florida’s post-war architecture. Organized by the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, highlights of the symposium included a keynote [...]
A meeting for the Journal of Architectural Education brought me to Chicago. After a productive and cordial meeting with my editorial board colleagues, I proceeded to do what architects want to do most: experience architecture and cities. As luck would have it, my visit coincided with an inaugural lecture delivered by the new Dean of [...]
A two-week lecturing engagement brought me to Brazil for the first time with stops (in the following order) in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Brasilia and São Paulo. With such a big country and so little time I faced difficult decisions about what to visit and what to leave for my next [...]