Feb 21, 2017
Brian D. Conway will speak on Michigans significant role in the development of modernism and its impact on America as told through Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America, recently published by Gibbs Smith Publishing. Michigans contribution to modernism began early in the 20th century with the revolutionary and influential industrial architecture of Albert Kahn to accommodate the auto industry and continued with the development of forward thinking design programs at the University of Michigan and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Wealth, industry and design talent in Michigan came together in the post-war era to create an epicenter of modernism unparalleled in America. Michigans automobile and furniture industries, together with associated architects and designers such as Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Florence Schust Knoll, Harley Earl and Minoru Yamasaki, helped shape the modern lifestyle and created the ideas and products that became synonymous with the American Dream.
Brian D. Conway has served as Michigans State Historic Preservation Officer since 1997 and instituted the Michigan Modern Project in 2009. Trained as an architect, he has been involved with historic preservation and the rehabilitation of historic buildings throughout the state since 1980. Conway has a degree from the University of Michigans Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a master of architecture degree from the University of Florida. He served on the board of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and is an adjunct professor in Eastern Michigan Universitys graduate program in historic preservation.