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Architecture History: Recognizing the Women of Architecture

Beverly Willis and Wanda Bubriski have spent the past five years documenting the work of women in architecture. Since 2012, the work of women in architecture has been exhaustively researched, fact checked, and photo documented to promote the influence of those being recognized. The website Pioneering Women of American Architecture has finally been launched and features architects who have met the strictest criteria of a jury of architectural historians. Some of the women included on the website are Ada Luise Huxtable, Marion Mahoney Griffin and Ray Kaiser Eames.

Beverly Willis is an American architect who played a major role in the development of many architectural concepts and practices that influenced the design of American cities and architecture. Her achievements in the development of new technologies in architecture, urban planning, public policy and her leadership activities on behalf of architects are well known. Willis is best known for her built-work of the San Francisco Ballet Building. She is the co-founder of the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, a non-profit organization working to change the culture for women in the building industry through research and education.

After 35 years leading her firm FAIA, Willis found that women in architecture were not represented in books that documented the practice and history of architecture. This inspired her to work with two architecture historians who shared her concerns. In 2002, the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation (BWAF) was founded with a mission of advancing the knowledge and recognizing the work of women in architecture. BWAF commissions and curates research that pertains to women working in all disciplines of architecture.

Check out the work of BWAF and the website here.

From the ADG Factory Floor

A series of dashes…bronze work

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Let’s Celebrate Archtober Fest 2017

October is the month we set aside to celebrate all things architecture. Archtober Fest is a away to bring awareness and appreciation to the art and science of architecture. Across the U.S., various cities are celebrating Archtober Fest to bring awareness forward and celebrate the architectural landmarks that their great communities offer.

The earliest surviving written work on the subject of architecture is De architectura, by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the early 1st century AD. According to Vitruvius, a good building should satisfy the three principles of firmitas, utilitas, venustas. Our modern day equivalent would be durability, utility and beauty. According to Vitruvius, the architect should strive to fulfill each of these three attributes as well as possible.

Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.

Here are some links to two of the best Archtober celebrations across the country:

NYC Archtober Fest – New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the seventh annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month.

San Diego Archtober Fest – San Diego’s Architecture and Design Month, celebration of San Diego’s built environment, will kick off with a rapid-fire show-and-tell, tours and talks, and conclude with awards for good and bad buildings.

In the spirit of the celebration, get out and explore the architecture of your city and region. It is all around us, but we tend to be focused on the day-to-day of our lives and miss the creative beauty that is all around us. Through their artistic and technical skills, architects translate the experiences of the culture into buildings that mark the passing of time.

From the ADG Jobsite

New custom designed lights in Malibu
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By Gerald Olesker, CEO ADG Lighting

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The Perfect Creative Collaboration for Your Lighting Design Needs

ADG Lighting is a leading creative custom design and lighting manufacturing firm. We are fanatical about using our 20 plus years experience to bring to life the vision of clients in a manner that evokes quality and style. This passion for design and quality have made for the perfect partnership with Dering Hall.

Dering Hall is obsessed with quality design and broadening the audience for the best the industry has to offer. Their mission is to assemble a community of the world’s leading creators in one place and to connect them with savvy and sophisticated consumers.

Our collaborative efforts allow us to showcase creativity in a manner that inspires both clients and designers alike. We are proud to share two of our recent features on the Dering Hall platform.

Round & Circular Flush Mounts

Featured in Dering Hall’s Round & Circular Flush Mounts. Kitchens and dining spaces are the ideal locations for flush mount lighting.

Mount Ring Ceiling Flush Fixture

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Vintage Pendant Lights

Featured in Dering Hall’s 40 Vintage Pendant Lights. Vintage and antique accessories add a sophistication and personality to any space in a home.

Vintage Cast Cameo Pendant

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From The Factory Floor

Our new Pop Pendant shipping out to a happy client!
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Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Newport Beach: ADG Creates Magic in Villas Fashion Island

Our magic and creativity is unsurpassed. We have a stellar reputation for not only design, but manufacturing of lighting fixtures for high-end and luxury projects. Across a broad spectrum of architectural and design projects, we are able to translate client vision into high quality fixtures that exceed all expectations.

This expansive project in Newport Beach, the prestigious Villas Fashion Island, was an opportunity to collaborate with the Irvine Company on the residences. Gerald Olesker has designed lighting for some of its monument entries, establishing lighting specs for some of its residential communities. ADG was responsible for the 50” tall modern pendant chandelier in the coordinating tower lobbies. The project began as a concept sketch using ADG’s ring chandelier as inspiration. The final project is a pendant, with four tiers of varying sizes, and extends about 6 feet wide. The resort style property is full of high-end fixtures and features, including stainless steel appliances, island kitchens, and hardwood-style flooring.

“We have worked with the Irvine Company for the last 22 years on a number of other projects,” said Gerald Olesker, founder and CEO of ADG Lighting. “We were thrilled when we found out we were collaborating with the team again.”

Last year, ADG Lighting worked closely with the Irvine Company on the remodel of the Crystal Cove sales office with Homer Oatman. Outside of Orange County, ADG Lighting is working with the Irvine Company on three more residential upper scale buildings.

With a number of residential and hospitality spaces under its belt, ADG Lighting is well known in trade circles for their premier custom lighting work on multi-family homes, spec homes, beach homes, restaurants, hotels, and landmarks worldwide. Their work on multiple lighting projects throughout Southern California and the United States. Current projects include work in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and in major cities across Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Florida.

From the job site at Villas Fashion Island

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Nature Architecture: Traditions Steeped in Japanese Architecture

The line between nature and architecture is a blurred one in Japan. The country’s leading architects are using this concept to create innovative and cutting edge designs.

While the designs are innovative, they have their origins in a tradition, which are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The practice of architecture in Japan has always been to work in harmony with the natural surroundings. Buildings are built around trees, in trees and as trees.

Japanese Architecture in Harmony With Nature

Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. It is achieved through design approaches that aim to be sympathetic and well-integrated with a site, so buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.

 

 

With an indigenous religious sensibility that long preceded Buddhism, the Japanese perceived that a spiritual realm was manifest in nature. Rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and gnarled old trees were viewed as the abodes of spirits and were understood as their personification. This belief system endowed much of nature with numinous qualities. It nurtured, in turn, a sense of proximity to and intimacy with the world of spirit as well as a trust in nature’s general benevolence.

The symmetry of Chinese-style temple plans gave way to asymmetrical layouts that followed the specific contours of hilly and mountainous topography in Japan. The borders existing between structures and the natural world were deliberately obscure. Elements such as long verandas and multiple sliding panels offered constant vistas on nature — although that nature was often carefully arranged and fabricated rather than wild and real.

From the ADG Job Site

Our gigantic mercury ball triple threat pendant!

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Creative Inspirations Thrive with ADG and Dering Hall

Image courtesy of Tiffany Harris Design. Sconces and brass feet by ADG Lighting.

ADG Lighting has always branded itself on being a leading creative design and manufacturing firm for custom lighting. We are fanatic about using our 20 plus years experience to bring to life the vision of clients in a manner that evokes quality and style. This passion for design and quality have made for a perfect partnership with Dering Hall.

Dering Hall is passionate about design and broadening the audience for the best the industry has to offer. Their mission is to assemble a community of the world’s leading creators in one place and to connect them with savvy and sophisticated consumers.

With our partnership, we are able to showcase our creativity in a manner that inspires both clients and designers alike. We are proud to share two of our recent features on the Dering Hall platform.

 

44 Chic Outdoor Lights

An exterior space isn’t complete without the right lighting. Take yours to the next level with this collection of stylish outdoor lighting, including our Moroccan-inspired design.

 

Captured Glass Genie Lamp

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10 Modern Kitchens Featured on Instagram

From monochrome and minimalist to chic and colorful, these ten Dering Hall designers have shared some of our favorite modern kitchens on Instagram. Scroll through for some inspiration and new designers you must add to your Instagram feed. You can also see our Christopher’s Pendant featured!

 

Christopher’s Pendant

 

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From the Design Studio of ADG

Late night rendering for an ADG job site in La Canada, California by Gerald Olesker

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Our work has been viewed millions of times online and featured in several media outlets, including 20/Twenty Architectural & Beyond, California Homes Magazine, Elle Decor, SFV Business Journal, Architectural Digest, Institute of Classical Architecture Publications, Wall Street Radio, Fox News Charlene on Green Hawaii, North American Design’s Green Leaders of Tomorrow, LA City Watch, LUXE Magazine + other award-winning magazines, books, programs and properties around the world.

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