Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2 to 5 pm
Check-in: 1:30 – 2 pm; Program starts at 2 pm
Nasher Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center
Join us for a great afternoon focused on the best of
Mid-Century Modern architecture and design!
Keynote address by Leo Marmol, FAIA
Marmol Radziner Architecture, Los Angeles
Leo Marmol is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic Mid-Century Modern and International style residences, including the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, considered one of the most important residences of the 20th Century. His firm also incorporates those timeless concepts into new architecture, including product design exemplifying these design elements. Marmol will overview his firm’s landmark restoration projects, and discuss how the firm integrates Mid-Century design elements into their new construction and pre-fab projects, producing award-winning residences.
Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Architecture Overview
Sidney Williams, Curator; Palm Springs Art Museum
Sidney Williams is a leading authority on the architecture and design in Palm Springs, as well as the stars who have made it famous. Daughter-in-law of esteemed architect E. Stewart Williams, who designed the famed Twin Palms residence for Frank Sinatra, she will give attendees insights into modern architecture, design and life in Palm Springs.
Panel Discussion on Mid-Century Modern Design
Following the presentations there will be a Panel Discussion to learn about the current popularity of Mid-Century Modern interior design, featured in movies and television shows such as Mad Men, as well as in many vanguard showrooms and design projects. Attendees will also be able to ask questions of the presenters at the conclusion of the Panel.
Patron Wine Reception
After the conclusion of the Symposium there will be a Patron wine reception at a private residence originally designed by Howard Meyer, with renovations by Bodron + Fruit. This residence is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of International Modernist design in Texas, and will be a perfect ending to an educational and enjoyable afternoon.
Admission for the Symposium is $35 for Forum and Nasher members, $45 general public.
Admission for the Symposium and the Cocktail Reception at a private residence following the symposium is $85 for Forum and Nasher members, and $95 general admission.
Symposium presented with generous support from the Nasher Sculpture Center.
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About Leo Marmol
Leo Marmol, FAIA, formed Marmol Radziner with his partner Ron Radziner, FAIA in 1989, launching a unique design-build practice led by architects. As Managing Principal, Leo oversees all aspects of the firm’s design-build capabilities and supervises the company’s construction process. Leo has extensive experience running a variety of residential projects, from historic restorations to modern prefabricated homes, as well as public and community-based urban projects.
Active in his profession, Leo lectures widely on the topics of architecture, sustainability, and restoration, and participates in conferences, symposia, and panel discussions. He has also organized numerous architectural tours in Southern California to highlight the region’s wealth of mid-century Modernist landmarks. Leo serves on the board of trustees of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Leo received his Bachelor of Architecture, with a Minor in Philosophy from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
About Marmol Radziner Architecture
Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build practice led by architects. Since its inception, the Los Angeles-based firm has developed a reputation for innovative design of new structures as well as restoration of historical modern structures.
By adopting the role of the traditional “master builder,” Marmol Radziner integrates a variety of design services with construction capabilities. A team of architects, interior designers, landscape designers, metal fabricators, carpenters, furniture-makers, and construction crew possess a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that cannot be matched at a single-discipline firm.
Marmol Radziner creates projects that engage the surrounding environment and take a warm, textured approach to modernism that is elegant and timeless. Unique compositions of light, materials, and space, as well as rigorous attention to detail, have garnered projects for clients in the art and creative industries, such as artist James Turrell, art collector Eugenio Lopez, and fashion designer Tom Ford.
Established as a leader in the field of modern architectural restoration, Marmol Radziner is known for its award-winning historic restoration of Richard Neutra’s 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. Additional projects include restorations of works by Cliff May, Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner, Minoru Yamasaki, and E. Stewart Williams.
The firm’s successful business practice and commitment to design excellence was rewarded with the American Institute of Architects California Council’s 2014 Firm of the Year Award. The American Institute of Architects recognized Leo and Ron’s contributions to architecture and society on a national level in 2007, elevating them to its prestigious College of Fellows. Interior Design magazine inducted Leo and Ron into its Hall of Fame in 2009, and Architectural Digest named Marmol Radziner one of its AD100 in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
The American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized the firm’s landscape department with prestigious national and local awards for residential projects in Southern California. Additionally, Marmol Radziner Prefab, an enterprise launched in 2005, earned a coveted 2006 Silver IDEA award, sponsored by Businessweek and the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Marmol Radziner is regularly featured in leading publications, including Architectural Digest, Dwell, The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper*, Interior Design, and Architectural Record.
About Sidney Williams
Sidney Williams is curator of architecture and design at the Palm Springs Art Museum where her recent projects include co-curating with Dr. Lauren Bricker, Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler (2011, with catalogue) and the exhibition Antibodies, The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana 1989-2009. She is the curator of a retrospective, with the accompanying catalogue of the museum’s architect entitled, An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect which was the opening exhibition at the museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in November 2014.
Sidney served on the City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board for six years, three years as chair. As a board member of Modernism Week for eight years, she was part of the team which developed and produced the multi-faceted programming. In February 2015 Sidney was honored to receive an honorary membership in the AIA, Desert Chapter.
She holds a BA in art history from the University of British Columbia and a MA in art history from UCLA.
About the Dallas Architecture Forum
The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org
Among the over 130 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.
The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.
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