Palm Springs has one of the most concentrated collections of regionally inspired midcentury modern architecture in the country. Today we visit this area as design pilgrims, touring iconic works created by legendary international architects, including Albert Frey and Richard Neutra, to better understand their responses to relationships between site, landscape and buildings, the exploration of lifestyle and the investigation of construction techniques, materials and design methodology native to that unique time and place.
This immersive exploration is led by architect Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, a principal and owner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig, who will examine the power, history and influence of modernism, paying particular attention to how these seminal works and school of thought inspired the development of a parallel form of regional modernism in the Pacific Northwest. She will present comparative work from Northwest masters such as Paul Hayden Kirk and Paul Thiry who, in turn, inspired a generation of contemporary modernists who are practicing today. Her talk will also explore how this legacy, rooted in Palm Springs, continues to shape the collective work of Olson Kundig as a practice, as well her own design work across a range of project types.