October 3, 2016 / President's Letters

October 2016 President's Letter – OctoberFEAST AKA Baltimore Architecture Month

2 weeks notice Doors Open Baltimore
Every organization has its seasonal rhythm and meter. And although our entire annual calendar is filled with wonderful, engaging events, there can be no doubt that October represents a unique convergence of several particularly stellar chapter activities. It would be an absolute shame not to take full advantage of these riches offered via the hard work of our enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated staff, including offerings by like-minded organizations who similarly appreciate Baltimore’s architectural treasures. Consider the following an enticing menu for you to choose from. And in this case, “More is MORE” so forget any talk of diets and enjoy the feast.

  • 2016 DESIGN AWARDS GALA (Friday October 7th 5:30-10pm) – Join AIABaltimore, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the architectural community cognoscenti to celebrate the very best in Baltimore design for this, our chapter’s gala event located in the exciting new Accelerator Building. 1 AIA/CES LU available
  • Tours of Poe’s Westminster & Safdie’s Coldspring Newtown (Saturday October 8th) – Join Baltimore Heritage for a tour (9:30-10:30am) through the church, the catacombs and a walk through the graveyard with Baltimore historian Dean Krimmel OR In celebration of Docomomo Tour Day, join AIABaltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for a tour (10am-12pm) of Moshe Safdie’s Coldspring Newtown, a modernist town within a city tucked away in north Baltimore.    2 AIA/CES LUs available
  • Station North & Open Works (Sunday October 9th 10am-12pm) – Join Baltimore Heritage on a tour of Open Works, a new maker-space in a historic Railway Express distribution warehouse, and a walking tour of historic places in Station North before you head out to buy great local art!
  • House in Town Lecture (Monday October 10th 5-7pm) – Art historian Lance Humphries, Ph.D., executive director of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and co-curator of the Homewood Museum exhibition A Winter’s Residence: Charles Carroll of Homewood’s Town Houses, 1800-1816, will trace Charles’s seasonal movements and Baltimore town houses, both owned and rented, to better illuminate his domestic life. 1 AIA/CES LU available
  • Town House Terroir Lecture (Saturday October 15th 5-7pm) – Beginning with humble one-story wooden dwellings in Fells Point, historian and folklorist Bernard L. Herman, Ph.D., department chair and George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will explore the nature of those conversations through the metaphor of “terroir.” 1 AIA/CES LU available
  • Recognizing & Stabilizing Community Lecture (Tuesday October 18th 6-8pm) – Attend our Doors Open Baltimore Kickoff Lecture which will address: How can designers, planners, community activists, and city residents augment the admirable charms of the city, while overcoming the city’s persistent challenges? 1.5 AIA/CES/HSW LUs available
  • DOORS OPEN BALTIMORE (Saturday October 22nd 10am-4pm) – Don’t miss this our 3rd Annual DOB city wide touring event featuring Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places on a one-day, self-guided adventure! Free admission to over 50 buildings. Rain or shine. A bus tour led by Tom Liebel, FAIA will offer 2 AIA/CES LUs.
  • Development on the Edge of Baltimore Lecture (Monday October 24th 5-7pm) –Using Baltimore neighborhoods as illustrations, Eric Holcomb, executive director of the Baltimore City Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), will describe how Baltimore’s country estates developed into neighborhoods, and discuss how the architecture and landscape design of these estates influenced the character of Baltimore’s suburban communities. 1 AIA/CES LU available
  • Stories Uncovered at MSU (Wednesday October 26th 6-7:30pm) – The “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland” exhibit will be showcased at Morgan State University (MSU) in their Center for the Built Environment & Infrastructure Studies during Baltimore Architecture Month (Oct 1-31). In conjunction with the exhibition, Jillian Storms, AIA, the exhibit’s curator, and MSU professor Dale Glenwood Green will share a special presentation on the latest research findings on the professional lives of Maryland’s early minority architects.
  • Tale of the Tongs Film (Sunday October 30th 12-3:30pm) – In 2013, architect Travis Price, with Kathleen Lane and their students from The Catholic University of America designed an architectural installation on the island of Inishturk in Ireland. The studio, Spirit of Place, explores the connection between culture, landscape and the unique history of the island’s inhabitants bringing back meaning into modern architecture a new architecture of the 21st century.

Where else can you enjoy such culinary choices while also earning 9.5 professional learning units? For more details on the above events & several more visit:
I look forward to seeing you at many of these OctoberFEAST events and hearing firsthand how much you enjoyed them. So many talented volunteer “chefs” work very hard all year long to bring these to us. All they ask in return is that we show up at the banquet to enjoy this architectural feast of riches.
Try them out………………….you’ll LOVE them. GUARANTEED!
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Anthony Consoli, AIA
President, AIABaltimore 2016
Campus Architect, University of Maryland Baltimore