Across Atlanta
Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

The Windup …
“Applied Research in Architecture Education that Advances Practice” is the inaugural symposium in a series developed jointly by the AIA and ACSA that will explore intersections between architecture’s academy and practice. Co-chairs Gregory Kessler, FAIA, and Stephen Vogel, FAIA, will focus on healthy and resilient communities, materials and fabrication, and modes of applied research. The symposium, a pre-convention workshop for the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta, is scheduled for May 13. Learn more and register now.

… and the Pitch
Architecture has been described as frozen music, and Atlanta has been described as one of the best cities for live music. If you combine the two, you get the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park (May 22–24). Dozens of acts, old and new, will be spread out over 189 acres of Olmsted-designed meadows and groves. But you don’t have to wait until the week after the 2015 AIA National Convention to slip on your dancing
shoes; live performances related to the festival take place all over the city all month long. Learn more at

Sketchy Situation
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, and Frank Harmon, FAIA, are architects’ architects who, individually, have won countless awards and have nearly a century of experience. If you ask them, they’d probably tell you that the key to it all is looking and drawing. It’s how architecture starts and how it lives on in the mind’s eye; it’s the basis of muscle memory and the juice that fuels design. Join them on May 16 for “Urban Sketching,” a half-day workshop that includes a seminar and field excursion to look, sketch, and paint. Learn about what to bring and register at

Circle in the Square
Cycloramas were the 3D movies of the 18th century—spectacles that you have to see to really believe—and, like 3D movies, they continue
to endure as a singular experience. Roughly 100 years after the debut of the cyclorama-as-art-form, Atlanta’s cyclorama opened, depicting the Confederate routing in the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. Painted by the America Panorama Co. in Milwaukee in 1885, the 400-foot-long tour de force was eventually installed in architect John Francis Downing’s Neoclassical cyclorama in 1921. Plans are afoot to move the painting to a new venue, but you still have a chance to catch it in situ. Learn more at

Coke and a Smile
There are some analogies that will never change. For example, Atlanta : Coca-Cola :: Boston : Dunkin’ Donuts :: Dublin : Guinness :: Providence : Del’s Lemonade. But there’s something about Atlanta’s relationship with that caramel-colored, syrupy soda that transcends glib analogies. Right now, at the High Museum of Art, you can catch “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100” or, situated on the northeast corner of
Pemberton Place, you can check out the World of Coca-Cola, designed by Rosser International (with a master plan by Venice, Calif.’s Jerde Partnership)—perhaps the largest building dedicated to a single beverage. Learn more at and

Design Collective
When the original Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta—designed by tvsdesign (when they were Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates)—opened in 1976, it was the first state-owned convention center in the United States. Three expansions later, it’s the fourth-largest convention center in the U.S., at 3.9 million square feet—which is more than 68 football fields combined. It’s also the site, for the third time in the Institute’s history, of the AIA National Convention and Design Expo (May 14–16), for which thousands of architects, product manufacturers, and allied industry representatives will converge. Register on site or online at