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Encore | IAF30Gala
A Special Evening to Mark IAF’s 30th Anniversary & Demand an Encore Performance for the Next 30 Years
Join Us to Celebrate Iowa’s Architecture at the Beautiful
Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday June 15, 2019
Cocktails 7 PM | Dinner 8 PM | Awards Program 8:30 PM** | Dancing & Social 9 PM – 11 PM
Catering by Embassy Club | Music by Tony Bohnenkamp

Tickets $135   encoreiaf30gala.eventbrite.com
Proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation
Sponsorship opportunities $1500 – $5000 *

Note: As part of IAF’s 30th anniversary celebration, IAF will bestow selected awards to those individuals, organizations, agencies, or communities, outside the architectural profession, who have had a significant and positive impact on the quality of life in Iowa through their support of architecture and/or urban design.

 Architecture on the Move summer walking tours in des moines K-G

2019 Tour dates: MAY 10, JUNE 7, JULY 12, AUGUST 9, AND SEPTEMBER 13

Make your reservations on Eventbrite for architect-guided walking tours of downtown Des Moines! These tours, sponsored by Kum & Go, provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to appreciate the rich architectural heritage of Iowa’s capital city.  Choose from 4 separate routes.

NOTE: Special Western Gateway Tour on June 7, starting from a point in the Western Gateway to be determined. Watch for details after May 1! It will be listed on Eventbrite separately from the others. 

Tours cover contemporary and historic architecture – detail, style, elements, intriguing facts, and historical significance of the buildings that shape the downtown skyline.

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Adventures in Architecture Summer day camp at des moines social club
july 15 – 19
Ages: 10-12
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
$225 (includes bus tour, materials fee)

Ever wonder how buildings stand up, or what an architect does? Join us for Adventures in Architecture, sponsored by the Iowa Architectural Foundation and Terracon Foundation! Campers will be led by architects, interns and high school students involved in an architectural mentor program. You’ll engage in the design process, visit an architect’s and engineering office, take a field trip to some landmark buildings in Des Moines, and go on an architect-guided walking tour of downtown Des Moines to scout out architectural styles and elements. You will work on your own models, presenting your projects on the last day of class.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019, MEREDITH HALL, DRAKE UNIVERSITY, des moines, 9 – 11:30 AM, $25

Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) is collaborating with Knoll, Saxton and Drake University on a signature educational event that you won’t want to miss!  Iowa is home to many architectural gems of the Mid-Century Modern design movement, including several on the Drake University campus. IAF’s Architecture Month event will be held in Meredith Hall, designed by famed architect Mies van der Rohe in 1965. Have your morning coffee while you enjoy two richly-illustrated presentations, accompanied by a display of original Knoll furniture classics by master designers including Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Afterwards, take part in guided architectural walking tours of Drake’s campus, focusing on the Modernist legacy.



Eat. Drink. Architecture.  April 20, 2019, starts in the east village, Des moines

This progressive food, drink, and architectural walking tour of downtown Des Moines begins at the Iowa Taproom, continuing to Truman’s, Des Moines’ new Kansas City-style pizza tavern featuring KC sports memorabilia, then on to the Royal Mile, and returns to the Iowa Taproom. Each stop features appetizers, beer samples, and conversation, with dessert at the final stop. The 2019 event will provide four separate starting times.  Departures will be at 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm.