Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

Possible Futures.
Future Ground, a competition launched last year by New York’s Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, invited teams to map possible futures for the Crescent City over the next year, the next decade, and the next half-century. In February, the three finalist teams will present their interim proposals to the public. Track their progress at

Dots and Loops.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 103rd annual meeting, “The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center,” will be held in Toronto on March 19–21. But the theme isn’t just about boundaries within the profession. It’s also about how the boundaries of architecture are defined by others. Learn more and register at

Exchange Rates.
Started in 1985 by six AIA members, the Lyceum Traveling Fellowship in Architecture has funded more than 200 students and their fieldwork—but not before asking them to submit to a grueling competition and jury review. The reward, of course, is significant: a first prize of $12,000 for four months of travel abroad. Submissions to this year’s competition, “Rejuvenation,” authored by jury chair Charles Renfro, AIA, closes on March 20. Learn more and submit at

Palm Springs Anew.
Palm Springs’ Modernism Week began nearly a decade ago as a showcase of a few plum midcentury houses built at the head of Coachella Valley. Today, the event includes more than 100 free and ticketed tours, as well as talks on architecture, design, and fashion. Join AIA Inland California, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and others on Feb. 12–22. Learn more at

Raising the Bar.
Oakland, Calif., architect Michael Pyatok, FAIA, who received the 2013 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, has spent his career refining an approach to public housing that elevates both design and quality of life—in more than 35,000 dwellings in 25 years, to be exact. On March 25, Pyatok will talk about public service and public work at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Learn more at