With 2010 well under way, organizations and museums around the country are gearing up with a variety of special events, lectures, and exhibitions. Here are just a few scheduled to take place in the coming month.

  • February 2, Washington, D.C.—Spotlight on Design: Lake | Flato Architects. As part of the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series, Ted Flato, FAIA, of San Antonio-based Lake | Flato Architects, will share examples of the firm's innovative work and its design philosophy. Practitioners may receive 1.5 AIA learning units for attending this lecture. The program runs 6:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • Opening February 5, Philadelphia—Retooling Industrial Sites. Infill Philadelphia, an initiative of the Community Design Collaborative, will host the exhibition Retooling Industrial Sites. A showcase of work that reclaims old industrial sites for productive use, it features inventive examples from Philadelphia and other American cities. Projects represent a diverse mix of built and unbuilt work produced by more than 30 design firms, ranging from warehouse conversions and brownfield redevelopments to neighborhood master plans. The exhibition will be held at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture through March 26.

  • February 8, New York City—Architecture from Spain and Cutting-Edge Green Solutions. The Government of Spain will hold a half-day program of free seminars, workshops, and networking at AIA New York's Center for Architecture to inform American architects about the cutting-edge technology developed for the Spanish National Museum of Energy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet two notable Spanish architects—Miguel A. Alonso and Rufino Hernandez, heads of AH Asociados Architects—and to learn about contract opportunities in industrial sectors such as hospitality and home equipment, interior design, and the natural stone industry. The program runs 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register.

  • February 12 – 21, Palm Springs, Calif.—Modernism Week. The City of Palm Springs will host the fifth annual Modernism Week, a 10-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture. The program opens with a public preview cocktail reception and auction on February 12, followed by a two-day Modernism Show on February 13 and 14 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Nearly 30 events, including home tours, a film festival, and a vintage fashion show, are scheduled for the duration of Modernism Week. Tickets are required for each event; for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.modernismweek.com.

  • Opening February 12, New York City—Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's will mark the finale of its 50th anniversary with an exhibition by more than 200 artists, architects, and designers who were invited to create dream interventions for the museum's central—empty—rotunda. Contemplating the Void will showcase renderings of their visionary projects in a salon-style installation. The exhibition runs through April 28. For further details, visit www.guggenheim.org


  • February 13, Palm Beach, Fla.—Understand Architectural Proportion. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America will host a special lecture, Understand Architectural Proportion, presented by Richard Sammons, principal of New York City-based Fairfax & Sammons, at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach offices. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here.

  • Opening March 2, Los Angeles—Building the Medieval World: Architecture in Illuminated Manuscripts. This exhibition at The Getty Center explores representations of medieval architecture in manuscript illumination, studying how artists incorporated examples of medieval church and domestic architecture into scenes inspired by scripture, literature, and history. Building the Medieval World runs through May 16. Visit www.getty.edu for more information.