Icons at Risk
Registration Now Open for IH Conference 15-18 May 2018
Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association
Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico
De Stijl in Drachten
Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio
Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru
Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil
Iconic Houses Lecture Tour - The Weizmann House
Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition
Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece
In Berlin’s Modernist Network
Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary
Meet Our New Foundation Board Members
Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D
Getty Grant for Villa E-1027
11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List
At home with Le Corbusier
Our Badge of Honour
Wright Plus 2016 Walk
Casa Batlló's innovative Video Guide
Documentary La Ricarda
Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House
Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Barragán House on Screen
Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move
Maurice Drue Parrish named Executive Director of Farnsworth House
Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013
Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open
September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris
June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments
Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook
Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture
Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse
New arrivals: Spain special
MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June
Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen
Message from the Editor
Neutra’s House on Screen
Melnikov House on Screen
Iconic Houses in the media
Message from the Editor
Eileen Gray House on Screen
Buff Kavelman, Philanthropic Advisor
Buff Kavelman is President of the Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors. Following a master’s in historic preservation at Columbia, she began her career as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in the Design Program. Prior to founding TKG, Buff held senior positions at the American Academy in Rome, Columbia University and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. With over 25 years of experience in the arts and design world as a funder, nonprofit executive and board member, she has a uniquely balanced perspective on cultural philanthropy. At the conference, she leads the expert meeting on successful fundraising.
What’s your relationship with iconic houses?
I was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Design Awards at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, which honor this country’s most distinguished architects and designers at the White House. At the American Academy in Rome, I directed the Rome Prize Competition, providing artists, architects and scholars with the invaluable resources of time and a creative working environment. I served on the founding team for the Mayor’s Institute on Design, and have funded and fostered hundreds of design projects across the country (including a number of house museums.) The common thread in all of this has been to raise public awareness of the essential role design plays in our lives. Today, at TKG we serve individual donors, foundations and nonprofit organizations, including many in the art and design world.
What’s your favorite house?
Marcel Breuer’s Hooper House II (1958/59) in Baltimore, MD. I admire this midcentury modern house because it has beautifully balanced, pure Bauhaus forms that were softened by the use of wonderful natural materials. Its central courtyard creates an intimate relationship with the house’s setting and the lovely interior garden, and provides privacy for the residents at the same time. I also appreciate the small, livable and ecological scale of this house, built before the era of McMansions that occur all too often in the 21st century.
What is your biggest challenge right now?
My biggest challenges are our clients’ challenges. We work side by side with foundations and nonprofit leaders to develop effective strategies at important transitional points, such as launching new initiatives; turning around ineffective operations; building strong partnerships; and taking organizations to the next level. The goal is to build our clients’ capacity to make the biggest possible impact, whatever their missions may be.
What do you expect from the conference?
I’m excited about the opportunity to help our workshop participants consider new ways to find the resources they need to build long-term sustainability for their sites. There will be such a richly diverse variety of wonderful sites represented at the conference! I look forward to learning from them and the many distinguished participants.
Which 21st-century home is a potential Iconic House of the future?
Because I’ve been involved in competitions, funding and awards programs honoring so many great architects, I don’t want to play favorites by naming just one of them.
Marcel Breuer’s Hooper House II (1958/59) in Baltimore, MD. Photo: Zubin Shroff
Publication date 4 February 2016