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Framing the Desert

Judith Chafee became celebrated for finely tuned buildings. Situated in iconic desert landscapes these houses bring form to priorities that are now widely embodied by mindful designers worldwide. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Book Signing, Presentation, Talk


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Judith Chafee began her career throwing elbows with some of the most significant architects of the twentieth century.  She became celebrated for finely tuned buildings, situated in iconic desert landscapes. These houses bring form to priorities that are now widely embodied by the sustainability community and mindful designers worldwide.

By bringing a lifetime of local intelligence to the creation of desert architecture, Judith Chafee is able to permeate the design process with precedents from afar along with a long-term appreciation of dwelling patterns established by prior generations in the local desert biome. These time-tested lessons of vernacular building overlaid with a rigorous exploration of life in the desert defines Chafee’s uniquely formed regionalist imperative, imbuing these construction with a presence that feels both inevitable and revolutionary.

Christopher Domin is an architect and professor.  He is co-author of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses, Victor Lundy: Artist Architect, and Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee.

Kathryn McGuire is an architect in Tucson, Arizona.  She knew Judith Chafee for over twenty years as a student, employee and friend.

A book signing will immediately follow the presentation.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
A book signing will follow this event.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Judith Chafee: Ramada House, © Bill Timmerman, Judith Chafee: Viewpoint Residence, © Bill Timmerman, Judith Chafee: Rieveschl Residence, © Bill Timmerman, Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee, Princeton Architectural Press, © Bill Timmerman

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