Architecture Month Lecture Series Announced: Free April Events Will Showcase the Theme “Skyscrapers”

Posted on March 15th, 2013 11:33 am

DES MOINES, IOWA, March 15, 2013 – The public is invited to attend the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s fifth annual April Architecture Month Lecture series. This year’s subject is skyscrapers.

Skyscrapers define a skyline of a modern city. Today, skyscrapers are sleek, tall, and shape a city’s architecture. Skyscrapers have evolved over time. Through lectures and tours, this series will explore how Des Moines participated in the national quest for taller and taller buildings in the early twentieth century.

All events will begin at the Arthur Davis Conference Room of the Greater Des Moines Partnership (700 Locust Street, Suite 100), at the corner of 7th and Locust Street.

Schedule / Time:

Tuesday, April 2nd (7:00 PM) – Thomas Leslie, AIA, will present “Chicago Skyscrapers and the Midwest: How a Region Built a City” based on his upcoming book Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934. In addition to being an author, Leslie is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, where he teaches building design, history, and technology. This presentation will not include a building tour.

Tuesday, April 9th (7:00 PM) – Des Moines architect and engineer Karl Kaufman AIA, PE, will present “An Overview of Skyscrapers in Des Moines.” From the Teachout Building, the only remaining skyscraper in Des Moines’ East Village, to the EMC Tower, designed with current sustainable initiatives, this presentation will focus on Des Moines. This presentation will not include a building tour.

Tuesday, April 16th (7:00 PM) – After a brief presentation at the Arthur Davis Conference Room; participants will walk to 801 Grand, where Bill Johnson, Assistant Director of Corporate Real Estate for The Principal Financial Group, will lead the participants on a tour of Iowa’s tallest building.

The Iowa Architectural Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1989 to promote awareness and appreciation of architecture and design. The Foundation pursues its mission through youth education programs, community design charrettes, architectural walking tours, and an annual lecture series.
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