February 23, 2018
Here's What's Coming Up:
Jan2016 Architect of the Year Jeanne Gang to Speak in Louisville
February Program - Jeanne Gang Lecture
Location:  Louisville Central Community Center, 13th and Muhammed Ali Blvd.
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Doors open at 5 with cash bar. Lecture is at 5:30 to 6:30 questions to follow until 7.

On Feb. 28, 2018, internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang will present a public talk as part of the University of Kentucky College of Design's spring lecture series.

The founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, Gang is recognized for a design approach that foregrounds relationships between people and their environment. A MacArthur Fellow, she was named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review, honored with the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award in 2017, and recently appointed Professor in Practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The recipient of this year's UK College of Design Brown-Forman Visiting Chair Endowment, Gang and members of Studio Gang are leading Studio Louisville, a College of Design satellite studio that is engaging members of the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville to explore how architecture and urban design reflect and foster community identity, health and resiliency.

Gang's lecture will highlight Studio Gang's interdisciplinary process and award-winning work such as the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago. Located at the  Louisville Central Community Center, it will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

AIA/Central Kentucky Chapter is a Co-sponsor of this event.
Register by Today for a chance to win a prize!

Location:  Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. (Parking lot: 1568 Lytle St.)
Date:  March 6, 2018
Time:  Noon to 6:00 pm

Do you believe that well-designed cities, towns, neighborhoods, and public places help create community: healthy places for people and businesses to thrive and prosper?  Then you are a New Urbanist as defined by the Congress for New Urbanism.  Come out to AIA CSI REVITALIZE on March 6th to learn more about this movement and why its coming to Louisville in 2019!  Register by end of today and be entered to win a prize.  It's free.  It's fun.  It's relevant.  Take this time to join your peers, network, earn up to 2 hours of AIA learning units and enjoy a free lunch and snacks all day. 

Announced today! New details on the Napkin Sketch Contest are revealed. 
This day is not "the same old trade fair". It's in a new venue, The Faulkner Gallery in Portland neighborhood, Louisville. The speakers,
Jeff O'Brien, Gill Holland, Bill Weyland and David Tomes are putting their finishing touches on their presentations that will give you new ideas on revitalizing efforts that are and will be changing Louisville as we know it.

Thanks to our 32 sponsors, there is no charge for this event. Let us know you are coming, as seating is limited! Registration is now open for lunch and all sessions! Register by this Friday 2/23 for a chance to win a prize. Register and learn more about the topics of presentations, speakers and sponsors.

UK CoD Historic Preservation:  SPRING 2018 LECTURE SERIES
UK CoD Historic Preservation:  SPRING 2018 LECTURE SERIES
Location:  Community Room, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street
Time:  Noon to 1:00pm

March 5
Preservation and Climate Change in the Ohio Valley

The Ohio Valley is growing hotter and wetter. How will climate change affect the region, and what can retrofitting existing buildings do to limit the effects? Preservation has a vital role to play in creating greener, more resilient built environments. This talk surveys the challenges that Ohio Valley communities will soon face and outlines preservation-based strategies for addressing them.

March 26
What Everyone Who Cares About Preservation Should Know About Marx

Karl Marx, the 19th-century German philosopher and revolutionary, is rarely mentioned in the same breath as historic preservation. This is unfortunate, for Marx's analysis of capitalism has a great deal to offer students of the built world. Understanding how Marx saw the relationship between capital and the built environment offers opportunities to better understand preservation, its relationship to "new" development, and its untapped potential.

April 9
Why Difficult Histories Matter

Difficult histories are suddenly everywhere - in controversies over Confederate memorials, sites associated with slavery, and the locations of historical atrocities. Americans have traditionally shied away from such sites, preferring instead to celebrate those associated with well-known figures and their causes. Although recent efforts have begun to craft a different paradigm, many people remain reluctant to face up to contentious, trauma-laden pasts. This talk argues for the importance of "difficult histories" and explains why sites associated with them hold the potential to give historic preservation new energy, direction and relevance.
Two Talks in March by Steve Wiser, FAIA
Two Talks by Steve Wiser, FAIA

Legendary Architects of Louisville; 
Wednesday, March 7th, 6 pm, 
St Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue

Louisville has many beautiful distinctive buildings such as Conrad Caldwell House, Louisville Trust Building, St. Boniface Church, Ferguson Mansion, Actors Theater (old Bank of Louisville) and Kaufman Straus Building, among many, many others. Steve Wiser will talk about the architects who created these distinguished designs.  Numerous photos and historical backgrounds of these buildings, architects, clients, and development of the city will be discussed. 

The Architecture of William J Dodd, 
Thursday, March 22nd, 6 pm, 
Filson Historical Society; 1310 S. Third Street; 
Filson members FREE; Non-Filson members $10

William J. Dodd was not a native Louisvillian and he only lived here for about 25 years, but he created some of the city's most notable architectural landmarks. Working independently or in partnership with several other well-known designers such as Mason Maury and Kenneth McDonald, he was responsible for projects like the Ferguson Mansion (now the Filson Historical Society), First Christian Church at Fourth at Breckinridge (now Immanuel Baptist Church), and the Louisville Trust Building at Fifth and Market. When he departed Louisville for Los Angeles, he continued his prolific career, working there with many notable designers including the acclaimed architect Julia Morgan and Lloyd Wright, Jr. Find out more about the fascinating career of William J. Dodd in this presentation by Christopher T. White and Steve Wiser, FAIA.
Green Convene Event:  Hopebox Community Centeres Re-imagined
Green Convene Logistics:
Building construction and operations can have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment, on society, and the economy. Empirical studies have demonstrated that HOPE is one of the top predictors of wellbeing for both children and adults.This GREEN CONVENE will feature a design charette which will use the concept of HOPE as the inspiration for co-creating a state of the art community center in Smoketown by converting a former liquor store into an environmental justice hub and so much more! Full description of HOPEBOX is below.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to develop a vision for a sustainable design that reduces, or completely avoids, depletion of critical resources like energy, water, land, and raw materials; prevents environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure throughout their life cycle; and supports community development that is comfortable, safe and productive.
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 6p-8p
Location: Bates Memorial Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) | 620 Lampton Street (Smoketown)
Convening Organization: Louisville Sustainability Council
Convening Event Sponsor: K. Norman Berry & Associates Architects
  • IDEAS xLab
  • Bates Memorial Community Development Corporation
  • YouthBuild Louisville
  • Smoketown Neighborhood Association
  • Metro Louisville Government
  • University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
Green Convene Key Participants: Residents. Green Builders. Sustainability Experts. Health Professionals. Scientists. Government Leaders. Community Developers. Artists. Philanthropists.

Fair Housing Accessibility First Policy Training
AIA Member Articles/Announcements Wanted!
The AIA/Central Kentucky offers members and member firms the opportunity to make announcements to chapter members via this email blast in the future, including job postings.

Any member may submit and article or press release to  Steve Goldstein at: The article will be included in the next regularly scheduled email blast to the membership.
UpcomingUpcoming Events
February 28, 2018
Joint Program with UK CoD and the city of Louisville - Jeanne Gang

March 6, 2018
AIA/CSI Trade Fair

June 1 & 2
AIA/CKC Annual Retreat (formerly Procrastinator's Weekend)
Talbott Tavern, Bardstown, KY
More information forthcoming

Programs for 2018 will be posted as they are scheduled.  Programs will be announced in more detail in subsequent email announcements as details are established.
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