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The following Continuing Education Seminars will be presented in the afternoon (1:00–5:30 pm) at the March 15, 2019 Gala. Approved seminars will display the AIA logo and note the type of Learning Unit to be earned. All Italophiles and designers will enjoy learning with this year's fantastic array of presenters. Register and pay for your $ 85.00 ticket by clicking on the orange button to the right.

Are you already attending the Evening Gala?  Gala attendees can attend all 4 afternoon CEC presentations for a discounted admission of $ 50.00! Email us your name at and pay your $50.00 admission fee via this link. 

1:00–2:00 pm
Mindy Lehrman Cameron, FAIA

Interpretive Design as a Renaissance of the Renaissance 

Interpretive Design makes the invisible visible and emphasizes the relevance of history. Although politicians and legislators establish laws, and set policies into the future, creatives, such as Interpretive Designers, can narrate the past and give message and meaning to the present, to bridge and connect worlds and minds. This can help us live now and proceed intelligently and healthfully into our future. The practice of Interpretive Design reflects the attitudes of creative people from the 15th-16th Century High Renaissance in Italy with its polychromatic blur of specializations and its focused intention to captivate, teach, and motivate. This talk will introduce the contemporary field of Interpretive Design as a subset of Architecture that requires knowledge, if not mastery of multiple technical, artistic, scientific, and architectural abilities. Like the iconic Renaissance Man, Interpretive Design is the multi-disciplinary place where the literal meets the figurative, and where stories are told. 
2:05–3:05 pm
Adam L. Weintraub and Anthony L. Geist

The Rome of Rafael Alberti

Rafael Alberti was a member of the fabled Generation of 1927 that included Federico García Lorca. Alberti was active in the defense of the Spanish Republic and after Franco’s victory in 1939 he went into exile, first in France, then Argentina and finally, from 1964-1977, in his ancestral homeland, Italy. Roma, peligro para caminantes (1968) records the powerful impression that Rome made on him. In it he expresses in metered and free verse the chaos and vitality of la città eterna as well as the melancholy of exile. We will give a trilingual presentation in English, in Spanish by Anthony Geist, and in Italian by Iole Alessandrini accompanied by photographs by Seattle-based photographer Adam L. Weintraub.
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3:20–4:20 pm
Paolo Lattaioli

Drawing the City Revitalizes Ideas

Architect Paolo Lattaioli's presentation will focus on the use of manual drawing as a means to represent the complexity of the cities. Drawing guarantees a thorough reflection on the history and the actual status of the cities, taking into account concepts such as beauty, identity, function and fragility. This view will be confirmed by Lattaioli's ink drawings which portray more than 31 Italian cities (projects and studies), as they testify the values of Italian History in its millennial development. His presentation will also reflect on the art of building the city and the “idea of the city”: a resilient concept that persistently informs urban spaces despite the fast transformations of the modern age, as well as focusing on the new trend in urban planning and architecture—reconciling urban living with the people, through the values of the city. This is the inevitable starting point for any intervention of urban regeneration.
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4:25–5:25 pm
Dave Boyd

A Living Laboratory for Studying Italian Hill towns

Over the past fifty plus years, the late Astra Zarina and her husband Tony Costa Heywood acquired and renovated a complex of buildings and open spaces in Civita di Bagnoregio, a magical hilltown, accessible only by a footbridge, in north Lazio. This presentation will tell the story of how these properties evolved into a living laboratory for studying Italian hilltowns. The story begins with Astra's arrival to Rome in the early 1960s and an outing to Civita, where she bought the first piece of what are now the Civita Institute properties. It continues with Astra and Tony's own drawings and photographs, then those of numerous students and colleagues who came to Civita over the years, gleaned from the institute's archives. It is a story of integrating into the life of the town, learning and reviving traditional construction techniques, and building a lasting legacy for learning about Italian hilltowns.
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