Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour of the Isokon Building and Penthouse!

Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

New Chairman Architect Nanne de Ru on The Perfect Platform

Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

Alice Roegholt on Amsterdam’s Working-Class Palaces

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How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

Villa Beer At Risk - Sign the Petition!

Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


Enjoy a virtual visit to the California House and a Q&A with architect Peter Gluck

Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

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A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

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Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

We welcome 13 new members!

BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

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An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

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

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

Iconic Dacha

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

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Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

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Documentary La Ricarda

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Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

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

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Message from the Editor

Eileen Gray House on Screen

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4 February 2016

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