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					                                            THE SOANE SEMINARS
        In 2006, we mark the fifth anniversary of Soane Seminars presented by Sir John Soane’s Museum
Foundation. Esteemed Professor Barry Bergdoll of Columbia University in the City of New York, and newly
appointed head curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) was the original
instructor of the first and several succeeding seminars.
        Today, this series has become one of the key aspects of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation is to provide
specialized educational programs in the United States for professionals and the layperson alike to explore in-depth
specific issues of architecture, the arts, design, interiors and more. The Seminars offer AIA / CES continuing
education credits to meet both general and HSW requirements.


SOANE SEMINARS – The future and back to the first in 2002 –
2008 – Spring                                             We explore the world of William Kent (1685-1748). One of England great
                                                          early architects and major influence on Soane. We look into his world to
                                                          see the threads that led Soane forward in his explorations of style and use
                                                          of elements.

2007 – Fall                    GREEN - Buildings and Interiors: the word “green” has swept the architecture and
                               design industries as everyone explores new and innovative ways to deal with materials and
                               manufacturing. The Soane Foundation series will focus on bringing this concept into the
                               realm of historic buildings and the issues related to preservation and the integrity of original
                               the structure while preparing it for the future.

2007 – Spring                  We explore the world of Inigo Jones (1573-1652). Inigo Jones is
                               acclaimed to be the first significant English “architect” taking
                               England out of the dark ages with his design for the Queen’s
                               House in Greenwich (started in 1616, his earliest surviving work).
                               Jones also proved to be a great influence on Soane’s and his work.


2006 – Fall             Restoration: The Architecture & Interiors of the New Old Buildings
Examines historic restoration on the inside and out. Leading practitioners in the field held sessions, each discussing
a different facet from the perspective of his or her recent work. All sessions held on site so that issues and solutions
can be reviewed, explored and discussed. And this series was the first time we offered HSW credits of the
AIA/CES continuing education program for architects. Sessions included: Restoration of Central Synaogue* with
Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture LLC; Restoration of Great Houses and Buildings in the
Hudson Valley - speakers and visits: Samuel G. White, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects LLP, on Stanford
                                    White’s Astor Cournts - Richard Pieper, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, on Olana
                                    - plus a photo-stop to see the new Frank Gehry performing arts building at Bard
                                    College, a visit to Richard Jenrette’s Edgewater; Restoration & Inspiration from
                                    the Past - Historic Wallpapers and Textiles Today with Thomas Marshall, F.
                                    Schumacher & Co.; Restoration of The Courthouse of the Applellate Division of
                                    the New York Supreme Court with Paul Byard, Platt Byard Dovell White
                                    Architects LLP; Restoration of The Morgan Library and Museum* with Richard
                                    Southwick, Beyer Blinder Belle; Restoration topic - The Corbin Building – When
                                    Old Meets New at the Fulton Street Transit Center with Page Cowley, Page
                                    Ayres Cowley Architects. * we regret that two sessions had to be cancelled due to conflicts and issues beyond our control.

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                                         telephone 212 223-2012 | e-mail: Info@SoaneFoundation.com
                                                                                                THE SOANE SEMINARS - continued
2006 - Spring                  The Regency Moment: Architecture, Urbanism, Interior Design and
                               Furniture During the Time of Sir John Soane    The Soane Seminars
examines the Regency to better understand the political, social, and cultural context from which Sir John
Soane emerged. We were fortunate in having four scholars of the period from England conducting
seminars, along with an antiques specialist based in New York City -- Speakers and Topics: William Palin
on The Regency Cottage and Villa; Dr. John Martin Robinson on The Regency Country House; Professor
David Watkin, on Thomas Hope and Deepdene; Melinda Papp on Regency Furniture; and Tim Knox on
Keeping Current – Remodeling of Hardwick Hall and Kingston Lacy During the Regency Period.
         The Regency lasted only nine years, from 1811-1820 in Britain when (the quite mad) George III
was no longer able to reign, and his son, the Prince of Wales, was declared Regent before he ascending the
throne as George IV. The period could be argued to extend from about 1790 to 1840, an era distinctive
for its architecture, town planning, and landscape design of classical refinement and simplicity often
combined with a flair for the idiosyncratic and picturesque. Architects, planners and designers associated
with this Regency moment included John Nash, Sir Robert Smirke, C.R. Cockerell, Humphrey Repton,
and Sir John Soane, among others.

2005 - Spring                Soane and the Sublime The winter/spring series of Soane Seminars was held at the Union Club, New York,
from February 6 through March 14th. Professor Mary McLeod, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, led the seminars
examining two aesthetic theories that were seminal to the development of John Soane's architecture: the sublime and the picturesque.
These two theories developed out of interest in "sensationalism: a form of empiricism that considers sensation and sense perceptions as a
source of knowledge." Soane was a master of this "sensationalist" architecture. The themes that he explored--the modulation of light,
shifting spatial sequences, layering, and fragmentation--continue to inspire contemporary designers. At each of the six seminar meetings
Professor McLeod gave a short illustrated lecture and introduced discussion and analysis of texts and topics that included the beginnings of
a theory of the sublime; Burke and Boullee; Dance, Soane, and Ruskin; the picturesque and the English landscape; movement and the
picturesque, Kames and Adam; fragmentation and the picturesque, Soane.
2004 - Spring            Seminars II: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) – Part Two: John Soane:
Classicism in an Age of Eclecticism, 1800-1850. The second series of the Soane Seminars took place at the Union Club, New York, on
Mondays at 5.30 p.m. from January 26 to March 8, 2004. Professor Barry Bergdoll led the group in an investigation of Soane’s influence on
the architectural world and an examination of his contributions thereto, in the light of subsequent architectural theorists such as Pugin and
Ruskin. Readings included Soane’s own lectures at the Royal Academy. Other details are as those of previous Soane Seminars below.
2003 - Fall                 Seminars I: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837), Part One—John Soane
from Enlightenment to Shadows: The Impact of French Rationalism and Sensationalism and of English Picturesque Theory
(1750-1800), a series of seminars coordinated by foundation director Suzanne Stephens, with preceptor Barry Bergdoll, Professor of Art
History at Columbia University and author of Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia and European Architecture, 1750-1890. The six
weekly seminars, to be followed by a second series early in 2004, were held at the Union Club, New York, 5.30-7.30 p.m. on Thursdays
between October 2 and November 6. The autumn seminars cover the period 1750-1800, the topics for discussion being The French
Rationalist Tradition, The Rise of an Historical Frame for Architectural Thought, Theories of Imitation and Invention, The Idea of Character and the Tradition
of Rhetoric, Theories of Sensation, and The Sublime and the Picturesque. As an astute reader of architectural and aesthetic theory, John Soane
accumulated an extensive library, which he used to explore the seminal literature of his time. In keeping with his desire to create “an
academy for the study of architecture,” the Soane Seminars encourage students to delve into the key texts that influenced Soane’s thought.
The investigation allows participants to acquire grounding in landmark works of eighteenth and early nineteenth century architectural theory
and to reflect on the role that these theories played in Soane’s thinking. The seminars are arranged thematically and chronologically and,
following his short illustrated lecture on the topic under consideration at the beginning of each session, Prof. Bergdoll directs the discussion
and analysis of the various texts which students have studied before each meeting.
2003 - Spring            Seminars II: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) – Part Two: John Soane:
Classicism in an Age of Eclecticism, 1800-1850. The second series of the Soane Seminars took place at the Union Club, New York, on
Thursdays at 4.30 p.m. from February 6 to March 13, 2003. Professor Barry Bergdoll led the group in an investigation of Soane’s influence
on the architectural world and an examination of his contributions thereto, in the light of subsequent architectural theorists such as Pugin,
Ruskin, Viollet-le-Duc. Readings included Soane’s own lectures at the Royal Academy. Other details are as those of the Fall Soane
Seminars below.
                                                                                                           THE SOANE SEMINARS - continued




2002 - Fall            Seminars I: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) - Part One: John Soane
from Enlightenment to Shadows: the Impact of French Rationalism and Sensationalism and of English Picturesque Theory, a
series of seminars coordinated by foundation director Suzanne Stephens, with preceptor Barry Bergdoll, Professor of Art History at
Columbia University and author of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, an Architecture for Prussia and European Architecture, 1750-1890. The six weekly
seminars, to be followed by a second series in February and March, 2003, were held at the Union Club, New York, 4.30-6.30 p.m. on
Thursdays between October 3 and November 7. The Autumn seminars, cover the period 1750-1800, the topics under discussion being The
French Rationalist Tradition, The Rise of an Historical Frame for Architectural Thought, Theories of Imitation and Invention, The Idea of Character and the
Tradition of Rhetoric, Theories of Sensation, and The Sublime and the Picturesque. As an astute reader of architectural and aesthetic theory, John
Soane accumulated an extensive library, which he used to explore the seminal literature of his time. In keeping with his desire to create “an
academy for the study of architecture”, the Soane Seminars encourage students to delve into the key texts that influenced Soane’s thought.
The investigation allows participants to acquire a grounding in landmark works of eighteenth and early nineteenth century architectural
theory and to reflect on the role that these theories played in Soane’s thinking. The seminars are arranged thematically and chronologically
and, following his short illustrated lecture on the topic under consideration at the beginning of each session, Prof. Bergdoll directs the
discussion and analysis of the various texts which students have studied before each meeting.




To explore further opportunities for participation with Soane Seminars, please contact:
                           Chas A. Miller III, Executive Director - T. 212-223-2012 | Chas@SoaneFoundation.com
                           Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation
                           1040 First Avenue, No. 311
                           New York, NY 10022
                                     www.SoaneFoundation.com
To explore further underwriting opportunities with Soane Seminars, please contact:
                          Sara Vass - T. 212-620-7636 | SaraVass1@aol.com




                   Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization; Tax Identification Number 13-3624437

				
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