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IIDA Oregon Chapter – Local Student Charette

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The annual design charette is an opportunity for the best and brightest students to showcase their abilities in a one-day design challenge!This year's charette will be held virtually, with teams […]

PEN & INK WASH: A Classicist’s Approach to Free Hand Drawing

Virtual Event

Please join the ICAA Northwest & ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapters in welcoming Michael Richard Harris for a discussion and demonstration on one of architecture’s most evocative forms of free hand drawing media - dip pen and ink wash. In this co-hosted event, Michael will present his setup, tools and materials, a detailed look at his technique, and explain why the dip pen and ink wash are ideal for drawing and sketching classical architecture today.
Michael will review the importance of light and composition while taking you through a live drawing and ink wash demonstration that can be used for quick sketches or extended length drawings. All levels of ability are encouraged and welcome. Q/A will follow.
Michael is an artist and architectural designer living in London where he draws and paints the built environment as a way to evoke architecture’s endlessly inspirational qualities. Michael has worked in the contemporary architectural offices of Zaha Hadid, and 1508 London, as well as the traditional architectural offices of Gil Schafer III, Stanhope Gate, and Pier Carlo Bontempi. Today he practices architecture at the Prince’s Foundation where he recently designed the Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion in Braemar, Scotland.
His love for drawing and painting developed as a student in Rome with the University of Notre Dame, and again grew into increasing obsession during an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome where he drew and painted exhaustively on location throughout the city. He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and was the recipient of the ICAA’s prestigious Rieger-Graham Prize in 2008.
ICAA MEMBERS: No Charge (limited number of 100 Zoom attendees)
TIME: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (PST)


“Number Please”: Portland and the Architecture of the Telephone Exchange

Virtual Event

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"Number Please": Portland and the Architecture of the Telephone Exchange
02/27/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT
Virtual Event



FREE for AHC Members! (must sign into your AHC member account when registering)
During the first several decades in the history of telecommunications, the constantly evolving technology created a need for telephone operators to connect callers and large buildings to house both workers and equipment. Things changed, however, by the by the mid-20th century as rotary dial equipment replaced the friendly voices of the telephone operators. The buildings that had once housed hundreds of workers in Portland were seen as obsolete. Perhaps surprisingly, quite a few of the Portland area telephone exchange buildings from the early 20th century still exist. The majority are clustered in downtown or are located on the east side. These survivors from the era of old telephone technology have mostly been repurposed and often show little evidence of their original purpose.
This narrated presentation by architectural historian and AHC volunteer, Eric Wheeler, will provide a short overview of the early years of the telephone industry in Portland and feature ‘then and now’ images of the exchange buildings that for more than 50 years electronically connected commerce and community.
Image: Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Building, SE 6th & Ankeny, (c.1901). Courtesy of Norm Gholston.

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