Spring 2013 Palm Springs



The Conference opens with a reception at 5:30 pm at the Ace Hotel on Thursday, May 9 and will end at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 12.

The Conference hotel is the Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa.  

The tours will give us the opportunity to explore the distinct modern architecture that developed in this desert setting in the middle 20th century.   The tours are in the planning stages and are subject to change.  Some of the projects we will visit are:

Menrad Residence by William Krisel  
Desert One by Jim Jennings                
Steel Houses by Don Wexler            
Grace Miller House by Richard Neutra        
Abernathy House by William F. Cody        
Hotel Lautner by John Lautner                     
L'Horizon Hotel by William F. Cody                
Southridge Residence  William F. Cody
Marmol Radziner Prefab Desert house               

Additionally, we will have a number of architects speaking.   Addressing the topic of regional modernism will be William Krisel, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Leo Marmol and Don Wexler.   Also joining the conversation will be Lance O’Donnell- a local Palm Springs architect who has worked with both Bill Krisel, and Don Wexler who will talk about designing modern buildings throughout the valley.    Moderating these conversations will be Sidney Williams, Curator of Architecture and Design for the Palm Springs Art Museum, and daughter-in-law to the late E. Stewart Williams.
The closing dinner and annual Member Slideshow will be held at the Sunnylands Visitor Center and Garden.  We will be joined by the Visitor Center’s architect Fred Fisher and landscape architect Jim Burnett.  The two will speak about Palm Springs design.

Additional Opportunities
A pre-conference tour of the Frey II House, designed by Albert Frey, FAIA on Thursday between 11:00-5:00 will be available for an additional fee.  Designed by Albert Frey, FAIA for himself in 1964, the steel and glass house appears to emerge from the boulder-strewn hill.  It has been well-maintained and is available to see by appointment only.  

For an additional fee you may join a dinner party on Friday night at one of a number of private homes around the city.  The architects of these houses will join you for a wonderful dinner and drinks catered by an outstanding Palm Springs caterer.  Transportation to and from the hotel to your house party is included.

Prior to March 22, Conference registration is $800.00 for AIA Members, $900.00 for non-members and guests.  Registration on March 23 or later is $850.00 for AIA Members, $950.00 for non-members and guests.  

The Conference Hotel is the Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa.   Conference hotel reservations are available for $159.00 per night until April 16. After April 16, rooms will be subject to availability.

Breakfast and lunch are included throughout the conference, as are the reception (drinks and hors d’oeuvres) on Thursday night, and the closing dinner on Saturday night.  Dinner on Thursday and Friday are on your own.  

A complimentary shuttle will be provided between the hotel and downtown for ease of shopping, dining, and exploring.   

Transportation to Palm Springs is not included.  

Additional Costs
The additional cost to tour the Frey II House on Thursday 11:00-5:00, is $75.00 per person and limited to 47 people.

The additional cost to attend dinner at the private homes on Friday evening is $130.00 per person and limited to 99 people.


Tentative Regional Modernism Schedule:
(final conference schedule subject to change)

Thursday, May 9             

12:00 - 5:00  
Registration @ Riviera Palm Springs

11:00 - 5:00 
Pre-Conference Tours: Frey II House
(separate registration required-limited to 48 participants)

Tour registrants will meet at the  Palm Springs Art Museum:
101 N Museum Dr  Palm Springs, CA 92262, (760) 322-4800

Transportation departure from Riviera Hotel to
Ace Hotel, 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264, (760) 325-9900

5:30 - 8:00  
Opening Reception, Ace Hotel

8:00 - 8:30
Transportation provided from Ace Hotel to downtown Palm Springs or Riviera Hotel

8:30 - 11:00   
Complimentary trolley continuous loop between downtown Palm Springs Marilyn statue
101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 to Riviera Hotel

Friday, May 10
7:30 - 8:30     
Breakfast provided at Riviera Hotel

9:00 - 12:00
Steel Houses- Donald Wexler, FAIA; Desert One – Jim Jennings, AIA; Tramway Gas Station- Albert Frey, FAIA;
Santa Fe Federal Savings - PSAM A&D Center –E. Stewart Williams, FAIA/Marmol Radziner Architects

12:00- 1:00
Lunch provided at Le Vallaurus,  385 West Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, (760) 325-5059

1:00 - 5:00  
Ship of the Desert -Wilson & Webster Architects/Marmol Radziner Architects; Twin Palms - Palmer & Krisel;
Cody on Southridge-William F. Cody, FAIA

Arrive at Riviera Hotel

6:00 - 10:00 
Transportation provided from Riviera Hotel to hosted Dinners at Architect homes
(separate registration required-limited to 100 participants)

6:00 - 12:00    
Complimentary trolley continuous loop between downtown Palm Springs Marilyn statue
101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs,  CA 92262 to Riviera Hotel

Saturday, May 11

7:30 - 8:30 
Breakfast provided at Riviera Hotel
Annual AIA Committee on Design meeting at Riviera Hotel

9:00 - 12:00  
Marmol Desert House-Marmol Radziner Architects; Greenbaum Residence -Escalante Architects

Lunch provided

12:00 - 3:30  
Tours including Desert Hot Springs Lautner hotel
The Horizon Hotel-William F. Cody, FAIA; Abernathy House-William F. Cody, FAIA

Tour Bus drop off downtown Palm Springs Marilyn statue
101 North Palm Canyon Drive,  Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tour Bus drop off Riviera hotel

3:30 -5:00 
Free time downtown Palm Springs for those who want to visit galleries, shops, etc…

3:30 -5:00 
Complimentary trolley continuous loop between downtown Palm Springs Marilyn statue
101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 to Riviera Hotel

5:30 - 6:00  
Transportation provided from Riviera Hotel to Sunnylands
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270, (760) 328-2829

6:00 - 10:00  
Sunnylands Closing Dinner & Member Slide Show

11:00 - ?  Riviera Hotel bar meet up 

Sunday, May 12

8:00 - 10:00 
Breakfast provided at Riviera Hotel
Closing lecture at Riviera Hotel

10:00 - 5:00      Post-conference- optional suggestion, Palm Springs Art Museum
(not included in conference registration)

Member Slideshow Submission Request

The annual Member Slideshow is always an enjoyable event held at our spring conference.  This year it will be held after the closing dinner on Saturday, May 11, in Palm Springs, California. It is intended to foster a dialogue among committee members about their recent projects.

All COD members are welcome to submit.  Those in attendance at the conference will present their recent work in six images-sixty seconds, as described below.

With your permission, we will also post your work on the COD blog throughout the year.  See here for an example.  If you would like your work included you will need to return the copyright permission form at the bottom of this page.  If you are unable to attend the conference, you are still welcome to submit your work in the same format, along with the permission form, and we will post it on the blog as well.

Friday, April 19:  Deadline for Slideshow Submission

Saturday, May 11:  Member Slideshow, at 6:00 pm, Palm Springs, California

Submission Requirements

The format is an informal PowerPoint slide presentation, moderated by Andy King, our Slideshow Coordinator. Each participant will be given one minute to briefly describe their work as their six images are projected.

To participate please submit the following by Friday, April 19:

1. One Title slide labeled with your firm name and including a photograph of you or your firm.

2. Six (6) slides, labeled with firm name, project name, project location, and photo credit if required.

Specifications for Submitting Digital Slides:

Resolution:     96 ppi (pixels per inch)    
File Format: Jpg, Optimized (please do not send power point slides)
Document size (this the recommended sizes):
Maximum: 960 x 720 pixels
File size: Maximum: 2 mg

Please send the 7 total images (including the Title Slide) by e-mail to:



Or, mail on a CD to:

Andy King
c/o BBH Design
8708 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27677-7411

Also, if you would like your work posted on the COD blog site please include with your slides the following permission form – completed in a digital or printed format. 

Copyright permission.pdf