LECTURE | Lessons from Detroit: Architecture as an Agent of Change


Please join us for the 17th Annual Roland Batten Memorial Lecture next Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm for this annual talk given by Beverly Eichenlaub.


Beverly spent two years in residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, conducting design research and making work in direct response to the extreme condition of the built environment in the greater Detroit area.  The research and work explores the cultural construct of value related to land, land use and material, focusing on a heavily depopulated residential area of Pontiac, Michigan. The resultant body of work engages architecture as an activist platform upon which to investigate and illuminate the condition of the built environment, to provide an alternative perspective on place as a catalyst for change.

Beverly will present a survey of her studies, installations, and proposals as well as a select sampling of work by other architects and designers working in the Detroit area who, in their own ways, are engaging with the soul-searching question of what it means to be an architect in a community of distress.

Beverly Eichenlaub is a principal at Premises Architecture PLLC in Plattsburgh, New York, with professional design and teaching experience in architecture, urban design, interiors and experiential graphics. She is an engaged activist, addressing issues including land use and community identity via curatorial and installation work. Beverly holds a post-professional Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

The Roland Batten Lecture series was created in memory of our friend and colleague, architect Roland Batten, who passed away in 1999.  This event is sponsored by the Roland Batten Memorial Fund, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, and the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History.

Curious About the Upcoming Film?


An Art That Nature Makes: The Art of Rosamond Purcell will be making it’s Vermont Premiere two weeks from this evening, so in anticipation of this event we’d like to share a recent review in the NY Times that highlights the life and work of Purcell in Molly Bernstein’s recent film. To read the review, click HERE.

If you’re curious about Purcell’s work, click HERE


Thank You!

AD Film Series THANK YOU

Thanks to all of our sponsors, collaborators, and attendees for your continued support of Season 3 of the Architecture and Design Film Series. Your energy and commitment is instrumental in bringing life to this fun and engaging community event! We welcome any suggestions you may have as we plan Season 4 this summer and look forward to seeing you at the first film this September.

All the best,

Karen Frost
Lynda McIntyre
Andrew Chardain

GUEST | Aimee Madsen, Director, Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form

Aimee Madsen_Beyond FormWe are excited to announce that Aimee Madsen, director of our final film, Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form, will be attending next week’s final screening of season 3. Be sure to stick around for Q&A after the film!

Aimee Madsen is currently an independent filmmaker and still photographer,  who has worked in television and film production as a Camera Operator,  Videographer,  Producer,  Director, Screenwriter and Editor.   Aimee worked on her current and first feature documentary film “Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form” for over four years.  Aimee studied Cinematography in Arizona, making the natural transition into filmmaking in 2005 and formed her independent company Eye Am Films.  Since then she has created short films, commercials, promo trailers, video vignettes and an award winning screenplay.  Also, as an award winning Editorial Still Photographer,  Aimee has over 20 years experience shooting stills for magazine and book publications, some of which include Native Peoples,  Arizona Highways,  Worth,  Sunset, Outdoor Photographer,  New Mexico Magazine,  Phoenix Magazine, Nip, Splash and Transitions Abroad.  In addition, she has photographed for publisher NorthWord Press and internationally renowned image library Gamma Liaison.

You can visit her website, eye am films, by clicking HERE

VT Design Week | Portfolio Night

Two of our sponsors, AIAVT EPN (American Institute of Architects VT Emerging Professionals Network) is teaming up with the AIGA VT (American Institute of Graphic Artists) to host Portfolio Night during the Vermont Design Week. Visual Artists and Designers are invited to partake in a panel discussion with local professionals and educators on what they look for in a portfolio for school and job applications, have an opportunity for one-on-one critique, and socialize with members of the creative community. This event is free and open to the public, whether you are looking for feedback on your current portfolio or inspiration to start one. For more information contact Evon Calabrese at aia.vt@gmail.com


Sign Painters Guests

Sign Painters Blog PostWe’re excited to announce that we’ll be welcoming a few guests at the upcoming screening of Sign Painters.

John Floyd and Phil Seeley of Design Signs in Williston, VT and Mike Smith from Dorset will be bringing their kits, examples of their work, and insight into the art, craft, and skill of sign painting here in Vermont and beyond.

We look forward to meeting them next week!

Thank You!

Thank you to David Sellers and the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design for lending an Eileen Gray designed Transat Chair at this weeks screening of Gray Matters. It was exciting for all to have an up close look at this chair featured in the film.

‘The Madsonian’s collection represents a lifetime of appreciation for and devotion to good design, displaying the best designed and most artistic manufactured objects.

It is becoming more and more important to think carefully about how we as a civil society use our resources. By making the everyday beautiful and well designed, and by recognizing and valuing that effort, we can reduce our throw-away culture and become one that surrounds ourselves with beauty, thoughtfulness and art.

The museum has in its collection work by designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Aalvar Alto, Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Eero Saarinen, and Marcel Breuer.’

David Sellers is an architect and designer living and working in Warren, Vermont. The Madsonian is the result of his lifelong dream to honor the world’s best in industrial design. Dave got his start in architecture at Yale University. He has since been designing and building in Vermont and around the world. Dave has been named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects.

EXHIBITION | Tom Cullins A Creative Life


Tom Cullins_A Creative Life

This retrospective pays tribute to the work and legacy of fourth-generation Vermonter and Burlington-based architect and artist Tom Cullins. As a Principal Emeritus of the notable design firm TruexCullins, examples of Cullins’ architectural accomplishments can be found throughout Burlington’s urban landscape, rural settings across New England, and overseas. A life-long artist as well, Cullins creates artwork prolifically in a variety of mediums.

Tom Cullins: A Creative Life emphasizes the continuous nature of Cullins’ work and explores the thematic connections within the entirety of his creative output. Cullins’ signature use of aesthetic restraint references the De Stijl movement from the early nineteenth century. True to De Stiji, Cullins’ artwork takes a minimalist approach to abstraction characterized by basic geometric forms and blocks of color, while his architectural projects (highlighted in this exhibition through sketches and photographs) draw inspiration from Bauhaus principles. The recent introduction of abstract, three-dimensional wooden sculptures to Cullins’ oeuvre brings his visual language full circle.

For more information, click HERE to visit BCA’s website.