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International Architecture Centres
This section covers the architecture centres outside of the UK and Europe (in alphabetical order).
   
Canada : Montreal : Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Balle Street - Montreal - Quebec - Canada H3H 2S6
T: +1 (514) 939-7026
W: www.cca.qc.ca

'The Centre Canadien d'Architecture/ Canadian Centre for Architecture is a museum and study centre devoted to the art of architecture past and present. It is founded on the conviction that architecture, as part of the social and natural environment, is a public concern. The CCA's activities are local, national, and international in scope. They are based on a unique collection of works of art and documentation from cultures throughout the world and from all disciplines that create and intervene in the built environment - including architecture, urban planning, and landscape design.'
The original!
Canada : Vancour : AIBC
W: aibc.ca/aibc/index.html
 
USA : The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
W: www.franklloydwright.org 'The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is committed to advancing the ideas and principles of organic architecture, organic education, and conservation of the natural environment. The Foundation also seeks to preserve and enhance the lifetime contributions and ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, and make available to the public opportunities to study and experience organic architecture.'
USA : Boston : Architectural Center
320 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02115
W: www.the-bac.edu/
"The Boston Architectural Center (BAC) is an independent, professional college located in Boston's Back Bay, offering bachelor's and master's degrees in both architecture and interior design. Founded in the 1880s as a club for architects in the Boston area, the BAC has maintained close ties to the professional design community throughout its history. These ties are evident today in the BAC's faculty of practicing professionals, many of whom volunteer their time at the Center, and in the BAC's commitment to concurrent academic and practice-based curricula as the cornerstone of a design education. The BAC has also remained true to its founding principles of affordability and accessibility, making an education in design available to all those who express an interest."
USA : Chicago : Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA
T +1 312 922 3492
W: www.architecture.org
'The Chicago Architecture Foundation is dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and related design. CAF pursues this mission through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, tours, special events, youth education programs and lectures all designed to enhance the public's awareness and appreciation of Chicago's outstanding architectural legacy.'
Impressive programmes and tours.
USA : Chicago : Chicago Athenaeum
(address not on web site)
T: 815 777 4444
W: www.
"Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design - Chicago. Founded in 1988, the Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning. The Museum's mission is the advancement of public education about the value of Good Design - from the "spoon to the city" - and how design can positively impact the
human environment. As the nation's only independent Museum of architecture and Design The Chicago Athenaeum has demonstrated leadership and innovation in bringing the subject of design and its impact on the quality of life before a national and international audience. At the same time, the Museum has expanded its international programs by presenting significant exhibitions on architecture and design to cities through the United States, as well as Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
USA : Chicago : Taliesin East, 1911-1959
E: bevhart@franklloydwright.org
W: www.franklloydwright.org
'Wright's home in Wisconsin, Taliesin, was the longest ongoing architectural work of Wright's career. From the time he started building Taliesin in 1911 until his death in 1959, he never stopped changing it or adding to it. Some of the most significant changes followed fires that struck the living areas in 1914 and 1925; others were made on the spur of the moment as a new idea captured Wright's imagination. Wright called the three versions of his home Taliesin I (1911-14), Taliesin II (1914-25), and Taliesin III (1925-59). Located on 600 acres, the 37,000-square-foot country estate includes living quarters, an office, drafting studio, farm buildings, and other structures. Everything from the landscaped grounds, roads and ponds, lighting, furnishings, and collected objects is a product of Wright's genius.'
USA : Phoenix : Taliesin West, 1937-59
PO Box 4430 - Scottsdale AZ 85261-4430
E: bevhart@franklloydwright.org
W: www.franklloydwright.org

'In late 1937 Wright purchased land in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona, where he and his young apprentices took on the task of building Taliesin West as a winter "camp." The complex of buildings included residential spaces, theaters, a shop, and an architectural studio and drafting room. From its inception, the buildings at Taliesin West astounded architectural critics with their beauty and unusual form. In it 1956 report Architectural Record called a visit to Taliesin West "an experience in color, light, and time. Wright continued to add buildings and make changes to the site for twenty years. Taliesin West served as Wright's winter home, architectural studio, and campus for the Taliesin Fellowship. In 1932 Wright and his third wife, Olgivanna, founded the Taliesin Fellowship, an architectural apprenticeship program for young men and women at their home, Taliesin, in Wisconsin. Taliesin West offers a broad range of tours to meet individual interests. All tours are led by knowledgeable guides, and all visitors must be accompanied by a guide.'
Great place: FLW at play with his entourage in the tented encampments of pioneers, crossed with local Indian traditions of digging into the ground, plus a little of Gurdjieff's arcane ideas thrown in by Mrs Wright. Well, that was until the canvas became glass, air conditioning was strapped on, the suburbs of Phoenix crept up to the doorstep and Frank was reinvented as an all-American hero. Worth a visit.

USA : Los Angeles : Architecture & Design Museum
8560 West Sunset Boulevard
Grd Floor
West Hollywood CA 90069
W: www.aplusd.org
"The A+D Museum opened in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, one of downtown Los Angeles’ premiere landmark buildings. The recent move to West Hollywood affords the Museum prominent street presence in an area of the City with considerable pedestrian traffic and thus better visibility. The mission of the A+D is to expose the public to architecture and design, to encourage innovative thinking in these disciplines, to stimulate an awareness of contemporary issues in architecture and design, whether it is the general public, school children or the educated design professionals. The A+D is the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design is on view.  Through exhibits, lectures and book signings, the A+D serves as a showcase for the work of important regional, national and international designers, providing a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design that are helping to shape the city."
USA : New York : The American Architectural Foundation
1799 New York Avenue NW - Washington DC 20006
T: 202 626 7318
F: 202 626 7420
E: info@archfoundation.org
W: www.archfoundation.org
'The American Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational organization governed by an independent Board of Regents that consists of public, corporate, philanthropic, and professional leaders. The AAF believes that our surroundings affect all of us. Our houses and places of work and the communities in which we live profoundly shape our spiritual and mental well-being. Our ability to be productive, our capacity to use our physical and cognitive skills, even our susceptibility to stress are measurably influenced by what we inhabit.'
USA : New York : The Octagon

1799 New York Avenue NW - Washington DC 20006
T: +1 202.638.3221
F: +1 202.879.7764
E: info@theoctagon.org
W: www.archfoundation.org
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

'The Octagon is the museum of the American Architectural Foundation. It is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to architecture and design, and enables the AAF to increase public awareness of the power of architecture and its influence on the quality of our lives. The architect, Dr. William Thornton, solved the problem of building on an unusual triangular lot by designing a unique six-sided structure, three stories high, that combined the basic geometric forms of circle, triangle, and rectangle.'
USA : New York : Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum will have a permanent home in Battery Park City in 2002. Until then, the museum is not open to the public. Our temporary mailing address and office is at 55 Broad Street, #13F, New York, NY 10004. Our telephone number is (212) 968-1961
W: www.skyscraper.org

'Celebrating New York City's rich architectural heritage, the Skyscraper Museum presents exhibitions on the design, technology, construction, and residency of New York's tall buildings. Their website includes great information about the world's tallest towers, and also several interesting virtual exhibits.
In Spring 2003, The Skyscraper Museum will open a permanent home in a building at the southern tip of Battery Park City. The new facility will contain two main galleries: one for the core exhibit Skyscraper/City on the evolution of New York's commercial skyline, another for changing shows.'

USA : Philadelphia : The Foundation for Architecture
1737 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia PA 19103
T: +1 215 569 3187
E:
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'the Foundation for Architecure is a non-profit, tax-exempt institution established in 1980 by Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It was created to promote and enrich public awareness of Philadelphia's built environment by developing a constituency that understands the value of excellence in architectural and civic design. '

USA : Washington : Octagon Museum

1799 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20006
W: www.archfoundation.org

"The Octagon is the museum of the American Architectural Foundation. It is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to architecture and design, and enables the AAF to increase public awareness of the power of architecture and its influence on the quality of our lives. The house was designed in an American adaptation of the elegant Adam style, derived from the then-fashionable house designs popularized by Scottish architect Robert Adam. Breaking away from the earlier rigid formality of Georgian architecture, the Octagon incorporates a free-flowing, efficient interior with curved spaces such as the circular entrance hall and the dramatic oval staircase."
USA : Washington : National Building Museum
401 F Street NW - Washington DC 20001
T: +1 202 272 2448
F: +1 202 272 2564
W: www.nbm.org
'Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America’s premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. Since opening its doors in 1985, the Museum has become a vital forum for exchanging ideas and information about such topical issues as managing suburban growth, preserving landmarks and communities, and revitalizing urban centers.'
   
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