ICAA Chapter News

Southern California

For its Ten Year Anniversary the Chapter is holding an exhibition; "Idea and Manifestation: Classical Southern California in the 21st Century." Showcasing conceptual as well as completed projects in Southern California, the exhibition will feature an array of practitioners, including architects, interior designers, landscape designers, fine artists and artisans, and builders. A full special edition catalogue of the exhibited works will be published. Special events will run throughout the exhibition (October 1-18) including an Opening Reception on October 1, an illustrated presentation with noted architect Kevin A. Clark on October 8, a dinner honoring Chapter co-founder Marc Appleton (October 15), with the exhibition culminating with a moderated panel discussion, "The Architect’s Panel, Buildings of a Place" with Marc Appleton, William Hefner, and Andrew Skurman. The exhibition and all events will be held at Therien, 917 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90069.

The Chapter enjoyed a busy spring season of classes and lectures including "Linear Perspective" with Jeff DiCicco, "India Ink Wash" and "Watercolor Technique" both taught by Domiane Forte, "Traditional Drafting By Hand" with Erik Evens, and "An Architect’s Geometry" with Domiane Forte. Richard Manion capped off the final installment of the 2014 Lecture Series with an illustrated lecture on "The English Country House in California." The 2014 Lecture Series was jointly sponsored by the Chapter and the Beverly Hills Women’s Club and took place in the Club’s historic building. Celebrated designer Timothy Corrigan gave a presentation and book signing for his recent work, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luc (Rizzoli, 2013) hosted by McKinnon and Harris. Andrea Keller gave a fascinating lecture, "Polyglot: American Architectural Language from 1890-1914." Her lecture connected the political and economic history of this era with its diverse architectural languages. Renaissance Design Studio hosted our April Chapter meeting with architect William Harrison who gave a lively and engaging presentation, "Coloring Outside the Line." Adriana and Franck Nataf of Exquisite Surfaces hosted the Chapter’s Annual Summer Party in their beautifully rendered drought-tolerant garden designed by Scott Shrader, abundantly filled with exquisite antique stonework and shade and native plants. 

Upcoming classes this fall will include "Proportion and Theory," "Classical Design Esquisse," and "Architectural Field Sketching" at the Griffith Observatory. On October 25, the Chapter will have a private tour of the curated exhibit, "Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art" led by curators Donald Albrecht, curator of design for the Museum of the City of New York and Thomas Mellins, architectural historian.


The Chapter enthusiastically thanks our 2014 Sponsors:

Tenth Year Anniversary Opening Event Sponsor
IMAX Home
Gold
All Coast Construction
I-Grace Company Commissioned Private Residences
MG Partners
Shawn Nelson Builders
Zeluck Architectural Wood Windows & Doors
Silver
Appleton & Associates
Charles Gemeiner Cabinets
D.C. Williamson General Contracting
Harrison Design
MG Partners
Millworks by Design
Remains Lighting
Richard Holz, Inc., Builders
Richard Manion Architecture
Shawn Nelson Builders
Snyder Diamond
Studio William Hefner
Taconic Builders
Tyler Development
Waterworks
Bronze
Amalfi Stone & Masonry
Bay Screens & Shades
Dana Innovations
Gordon Gibson
KAA Design Group
Kneedler Fauchere
L.Z. Design Group
Lutron
Luxe Magazine
Mike Blank Plumbing
Millworks, Etc.
Paul Martin Tile & Stone
Richard Marshall Fine Flooring
RLB Architecture
SFA Design
Steelworks, Etc.
Steinway Lyngdorf
Stonemark Construction Management
The Nanz Company
VIA International
Patron
Alan & Green Construction, Inc.
Authentic Resourced Materials
Crestron
Doyle Herman Design Associates
Pierre Landscaping
Friend
Drake Construction

Franck Nataf, Meg Touborg (Board Member) and Andrew Tullis (Board President) at the Southern California Summer Party

Group shot during the Southern California Summer Party

Adriana Nataf, Franck Nataf, and Scott Shrader at the Southern California Summer Party

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Past Events

This year marks a milestone for the Chapter as 2014 commemorates its Ten Year Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Chapter will hold a curated Exhibition in October. The theme of the Exhibition, “Idea and Manifestation: Classical Southern California in the 21st Century,” will address the question: how do Southern California practitioners of traditional and/or classically inspired design generate the ideas that inspire their work, and how are those ideas manifested in finished form? The curated exhibit will showcase conceptual as well as completed works in Southern California by ICAA members. The Exhibition will illustrate the process of design as well as the product, telling the story of how the work is created by a wide array of practitioners, including architects, interior designers, landscape designers, fine artists and artisans, builders, millworkers, to name a few.

The Chapter welcomes its new Board members: Tiffany Aryeh, Anna Hoffman, Megan Ivey, Philip Nimmo, Valerie Thomas, Meg Touborg, and Jacklyn Wolf.

The Chapter’s new officers are Andrew Tullis (President), Doc Williamson (Vice-President), Jesse Harrison (Treasurer), and Paul Williger (Secretary).

The Chapter enjoyed a busy fall season in 2013 with varied offerings, from a studio class on Watercolor Technique with Domiane Forte to lectures and tours. The 2013 Lecture Series at the Rug Company concluded with Steven Semes, who presented, “Another Rome: Architecture and Urbanism in the Eternal City Between the World Wars,” and Erik T. Haskell who lectured on “The Gardens of Brecy: A Lasting Landscape.” Former Chapter President Erik Evens gave a lecture entitled, “Thoughts on the Geometry of Nature,” at the VIA showroom. Marc Appleton provided a fascinating and personal account of a beloved project, “Villa Pacifica, The Story of a House,” at the Beverly Hills Municipal Gallery.

Tours continue to be very popular, with a sold-out weekend tour in early October of the Hearst Castle and its environs. This tour was jointly organized by the Northern California Chapter and included a lecture by noted author and historian Victoria Kastner, a private tour of the estate by librarian and Hearst Castle guide Muna Cristal, and private receptions. In November, as part of the “Cities Within a City” tours, the Chapter held a private tour of the Bullocks Wilshire Building and the recently restored Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Tour highlights included the Temple’s magnificent sanctuary, with the Warner Murals and its immense Byzantine revival dome, a Los Angeles landmark since 1929. Participants toured and had lunch at the Bullocks Wilshire, one of the first Art Deco structures built in the United States.

The Chapter was pleased to honor its supporters and donors at the Annual Donor Recognition Event, held in conjunction with the Traditional Building Conference and AIM Media at the historic Wilshire Ebell Club in Hancock Park. In December, Snyder Diamond showroom hosted a holiday party benefiting the Westside Food Bank, with a live band and delicious food prepared by chefs in the store’s showcase kitchens.

The Chapter kicked off the New Year with its Annual Meeting held on January 29, featuring an illustrated lecture with Kathryn Herman and James Doyle, “The Language of Landscape: Simplicity, Scale and Structure.” Soli Architectural Surfaces hosted the event where guests enjoyed a Mediterranean feast.

The Chapter is offering a robust academic program this year including “Classical Primer” and “Introduction to Classical Moldings,” with Erik Evens, and the “Classical Orders I, II and III” with Domiane Forte. Academic lectures held at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club included “Mediterranean Revival Architecture” with Marc Appleton, and “Craftsman Architecture: Inspirations and Legacies” with Edward Bosley, Director of the Gamble House Museum.  These events were jointly hosted by the Chapter and the Beverly Hills Women’s Club and included a cocktail reception and dinner at the Club’s beautiful building.

The Southern California Chapter enthusiastically thanks its 2013 & 2014 Sponsors:

2013 Silver Benefactor:

All Coast Construction
DC Williamson General Contracting
Doyle Herman Associates
McCoy Construction
MG Partners
Millworks by Design
Richard Holz Inc. Builders
R. Rick Baker and Associates - Merrill Lynch
Shawn Nelson Builders
Taconic Builders
Tyler Development
Winters Schram Associates

2013 Bronze Benefactor:

Amalfi Stone and Masonry
Appleton & Associates, Inc.
Bay Screens and Shades
Charles Gemeiner Cabinets
Darren Franks & Associates
Dugally Oberfeld General Contracting & Construction Development
Millworks, Etc
Paul Martin Tile &  Stone
Richard Marshall Fine Flooring
Snyder Diamond
VIA
Waterworks

2013 Patron

Cornerstone Construction & Development

2013 Friend

KAA Design Group
Laurence Janson
Tim Barber LTD

2014 Gold

Zeluck Architectural Wood Windows & Doors

2014 Silver

All Coast Construction
MG Partners
Remains Lighting
Shawn Nelson Builders
Snyder Diamond
Millworks by Design

2014 Bronze

Amalfi Stone & Masonry
Luxe Magazine
Stonemark Construction Management
Waterworks

2014 Patron

Alan & Green Construction, Inc.

2014 Friend

Drake Construction

San Simeon tour.
Photo courtesy of the Southern California Chapter.

San Simeon tour.
Photo courtesy of the Southern California Chapter.

William Baker lecture at the Rug Company, pictured, from L to R: William Baker, Patrick Webb, Bret Parsons and Erik Evens.
Photo courtesy of the Southern California Chapter.

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