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Join Mr. Modernism George Smart and crew as they talk and laugh with people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most exciting and controversial buildings in the world. USModernist Radio is backed by the nonprofit educational archive USModernist,… read more

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#218/Escape to New York: Gisue Hariri + Theo Prudon + Fred Bernstein

October 18th, 2021

1:30:14

This has been a tough time for travel, but in between COVID surges last summer, host George Smart managed to get to New York City for a series of conversations with architect Gisue Hariri, DOCOMOMO-US founder and …

#217/Connecticut! Ken Sena + Craig Bassam + Scott Fellows

October 11th, 2021

45:17

Connecticut is famous for the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948). It’s the home of PEZ, …

#216/The New EU Bauhaus Commission: Michela Magas + Musical Guest Monika Ryan

October 4th, 2021

43:01

The European Union has some of the same problems we do: damaging climate change, a flood of immigrants, and a population frequently in disagreement.  …

#215/The Stahl House: Shari Stahl Gronwald + Bruce Stahl + Kim Cross + Kyle Bergman + Musical Guest Fallow Ground

September 27th, 2021

1:07:28

The Stahl House in Los Angeles is among the most famous houses in the world. Designed by Pierre Koenig and engineered by William Porush, the Stahl …

#214/The Peter Principles: Peter Bohlin + Peter Gluck

September 20th, 2021

41:02

Peter Bohlin and Peter Gluck are two of most innovative and successful architects in residential Modernist design.  In careers spanning over 14 …

#213/Prefab: Authors Avi Friedman + Allison Arieff + Special Musical Guest Maria Maldaur

September 13th, 2021

1:00:40

Like the Holy Grail or Colonel Sanders special 11 herbs and spices, people have been searching for the secret to successful prefabricated houses for …

#212/Seattle Modernism: Jim Olson + Musical Guest Erin Boheme

September 6th, 2021

49:54

The bluest skies you've ever seen?  The hills the greenest green?  It’s Seattle, Washington, backdrop for TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier, and if you go back far enough, Here Come The Brides, the breakout …

#211/Los Angeles: Adrian Scott Fine + Ken Bernstein + Musical Guest Hetty Loxston

August 30th, 2021

59:53

There’s a lively city on the West Coast, a sprawling California metropolis that many consider the epicenter of Modernist architecture. Sorry, …

#210/Marcel Breuer's Bohemia: James Crump

August 23rd, 2021

38:18

Marcel Breuer was one of several architects who brought European Modernism to the US. He was known for hundreds of projects including the Atlanta Public Library, The Whitney Museum in New York, the Pirelli Building in …

#209/Albert Frey in Palm Springs: Co-Host Jake Gorst + Craig Hartzman + Brad Dunning + Marc Koller / Musical Guest Rebecca Kilgore with Dave Frishberg

August 16th, 2021

1:39:01

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, architect Albert Frey was the first American to work for Le Corbusier, working on the famous Villa Savoye project among others. Le Corbusier helped Frey get a job with American architect A. …

#208/Modernist Escapes: Stefi Orazi + Joan Gand + Musical Guests The Gand Band

August 9th, 2021

43:57

Many of our Modernist listeners are planning long-delayed holidays.  Oh where shall you go?  Roman ruins?  Cape Cod Villages?  Colonial …

#207/Sarasota FL: Architect Guy Peterson + Musical Guest Heather Rigdon + Frank Harmon

August 2nd, 2021

57:30

In Sarasota, Florida, one of the east coast’s finest centers for Modernism, names like Paul Rudolph, Gene Leedy, Victor Lundy, Tim Siebert, and Jack …

#206/Built Beautiful: Don Ruggles + Lisa Heschong + Louisa Whitmore

July 26th, 2021

58:13

What is a beautiful building?  What is an ugly building?  People have very different reactions looking at say Biltmore versus Fallingwater, and not …

#205/Serial Modernist: Mark Haddawy + Musical Guest Anders Holst

July 19th, 2021

52:42

Let’s say you collect stamps.  If you go to the stamp club, you’re gonna find people who collect more stamps than you.  Then if you go to the stamp …

#204/Modernist Chairs We Love: Herman Miller's Amy Auscherman + NC State's Gwen Emery + A Few Minutes with Frank Harmon

July 12th, 2021

39:43

It’s almost a certainty that before anyone owns a Modernist house, they own a piece of Modernist furniture, the gateway drug of great architecture.  Today’s guests are Amy Auscherman, design archivist at Herman Miller, …

#203/Grandpa Frank Lloyd Wright: Tom Wright + Steven Reiss + Music from Carol Sloane

July 5th, 2021

57:55

Tom Wright studies volcanoes.  If that’s not exciting enough right there, and it certainly was for us, he’s also the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright …

#202/Six of Five: James Evans + Musical Guest Janis Siegel

June 28th, 2021

1:01:59

Architect Jim Evans moved to the Modernist mecca of New Canaan CT in 1957. By then the town had many Modernist houses, not only by the Harvard Five of Breuer, Noyes, Johnson, Johansen, and Gores but others like Frank …

#201/Grace Farms: Sharon Prince + Musical Guest Lily Frost

June 21st, 2021

54:49

Every town hopes that someone will come along, and at no expense to the town, create something beautiful. We’re not talking a new mall. We’re talking …

#200/Return to Bertie County: Emily Piloton-Lam + Ron Wesson + Musical Guest Linda Eder

June 14th, 2021

58:07

Bertie County, North Carolina, has only about 19,000 people, about 62% Black. That's fewer than in most city zip codes. It’s one of the poorest …

#199/Architecture Teen Style: Danielle Willkens + Louisa Whitmore + Musical Guest Sophie Milman

June 7th, 2021

1:01:44

Tomorrow's architects and their architecture critics are today's teenagers. Joining us are Danielle Willkens, author of the new book, Architecture for Teens: A Beginner Book for Aspiring Architects, and an actual teen …

#198/Yolanda's Little Black Book: James McClain + Special Music by Dave and Darius Brubeck

May 31st, 2021

1:04:22

Every industry has insiders, and no city other than perhaps New York attracts more attention from residential architecture than Los Angeles.  Joining us is James McClain, co-founder and editor-at-large at Dirt.com, …

#197/Children of Genius: Gary Wexler + Erik Williams + Peter Exley + Musical Guest Connie Evingson

May 24th, 2021

1:07:16

In our ongoing series Children of Genius, we’ve spoken with Raymond and Dion Neutra, sons of Richard Neutra; Guilliame Schindler, great-grandson of …

#196/Gabriella the Billionaire: Andi Schmied + Musical Guest Bobbie Eakes

May 17th, 2021

56:53

Have you ever wondered what’s it’s like to live in a $5M apartment in the New York skyline?  What about a $10 million coop?  A $25 million penthouse?  Joining us is Andi Schmied, aka Gabriella, a visual artist who …

#195/Adam Štěch + Victor Lundy + Donna Kacmar + Musical Guest Diana Panton

May 10th, 2021

1:01:55

From an author who’s created a worldwide book of mostly Modernist buildings to a master Modernist who created beautiful buildings across the world, …

#194/Architectural Record at 130: Alex Bachrach + Aaron Prinz + Phoebus Panigyrakis + Musical Guest Bria Skonberg

May 3rd, 2021

1:22:44

Way before there was an internet, the way people learned about buildings outside of their city was in architecture magazines. Initially in black and …

#193/Photographing the Late Modern: Wayne Thom + Emily Bills

April 26th, 2021

32:24

We love visiting great architecture and Modernist architecture does get visited – a lot – but nothing compares to the number of people who enjoy it through photography.  Especially this last year, when we’ve all been …

#192/Researching Modernism: Alan Hess + Bill Storrer + A Few Minutes with Frank Harmon

April 19th, 2021

39:07

Researching Modernist architecture hasn't always been easy, particularly before the internet, if anyone remembers back that far. Before our phones …

#191/Bjarke Ingels Makes a Mountain: Kaspar Astrup Schroder + Rikke Selin Fokdal + Special Musical Guest Nneena Freelon

April 12th, 2021

57:28

2020 was the fourth year USModernist Radio has been part of the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival, if by festival you mean online and by New York you mean anywhere on earth. Every fall, the authors, …

#190/Mod Betty + Howard and Gaby Morris + Musical Guest Melissa Morgan

April 5th, 2021

1:01:17

Everybody’s got some niche they are into, right?  There are cat people, NASCAR people, golfing people, escape room people, and even after 55 years, …

#189/Eastern Bloc Modernism: Marie Kordovská + Haruna Honcoop, plus Musical Guest Hailey Tuck

March 29th, 2021

1:09:16

Whenever our friends the Classicists want to troll Modernism, they claim it's Communist-inspired and therefore no good. Since we have never known any …

#188/Loving Louis Kahn: Harriet Pattison + Richard Saul Wurman + Reyhan Larimer + Steve Kroeter

March 22nd, 2021

1:04:39

Harriet Pattison met renowned architect Louis Kahn in 1953 at Yale, but the real sparks flew years later in Philadelphia where she and Lou Kahn had a romantic relationship and a son, Nathaniel. It was, um, complicated. …

#187/Design for Homelessness: Andrea Urton + Michael Lehrer + Musical Guest Rosana Eckert

March 15th, 2021

57:41

It’s one thing when neighbors don’t like that butterfly mother in law shed in your backyard.  It’s another when thousands of people in a city are without housing and neighborhoods don’t want them anywhere close.  Over …

#186/Architecture Photographer Julius Shulman: Eric Bricker + Keith Isaacs plus Musical Guest Stacey Kent

March 8th, 2021

1:10:01

Well-known Modernist architects came to fame in a time before computers, a time where getting published in magazines was the mid-century equivalent of going viral.  Even if an architect lived in a large metro such as …

#185/The Future of Palm Springs: Richard and Debra Hovel + Sidney Willams + Dick Burkett, plus Frank Harmon

March 1st, 2021

37:13

If you’re a longtime listener, you know we have a special place in our hearts for Palm Springs, the mecca of Modernism, the home of the international film festival, the bedroom for concerts in Indio, and the cruising …

#184/2020's Architecture Documentaries: Royal Kennedy Rogers + Meredith Zielke + Yoni Goldstein + Ned Daly plus Musical Guest Pat Kirtley

February 22nd, 2021

1:08:36

This is the fourth year USModernist Radio has been part of the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival, if by festival you mean online and by New York you mean anywhere on earth.  Every fall, the authors, …

#183/On Charles Dubois with Leonora Mahle / Lady Carnavon of Downton Abbey / Musical Guest Jane Monheit

February 15th, 2021

1:00:41

Architect Charles Dubois was famous for designing houses in California which earned the nickname Swiss Miss.  Designer Leonora Mahle takes us inside.  Later on, for something completely different, we’ll visit with Lady …

#182/Daughters of Design: Susan Saarinen + Celia Bertoia + Carla Hartman

February 8th, 2021

50:11

Like the Supremes, or Destiny’s Child, today’s guests have been rocking with the greatest hits of Modernist design for decades as the daughters or granddaughters of its most iconic architects and designers, Charles and …

#181/Greene + Greene + Harwell Hamilton Harris: Ted Bosley + Frank Harmon plus Musical Guest Elaine Elias

February 1st, 2021

1:03:12

Before Bjarke Ingels, before Tom Kundig, before Charlie Gwathmey, even before Richard Neutra, two brothers rocked the architecture scene in southern California in the early 1900’s. Funded by the family behind Ivory …

#180/Phoenix's David Wright House: Victor Sidy + Amanda Hu

January 25th, 2021

45:38

In 1959, the US had 48 states and a population of 177 million, Frank Sinatra won his first Grammy for Come Dance with Me, DH Lawrence’s Lady …

#179/Canberra's Parliament House: Architect Hal Guida + Secret City's Felicity Abbott

January 18th, 2021

47:44

In 1978, Australia decided to replace their old Congress, or Parliament House, in the capitol of Canberra. The competition drew 329 entries from 29 …

#178/No More Federal Modernism: Classicist Catesby Leigh + Musical Guest Lucy Woodward

January 11th, 2021

1:12:21

Some Classicists are so passionate about Modernist architecture they create a well-financed, highly effective organization to point out the flaws of Modernist buildings and actively discourage new Modernist projects. …

#177/Mies, Edith, and the Farnsworth House: Alex Beam + Scott Mehaffey + A Few Minutes with Frank Harmon

January 4th, 2021

48:49

Architect Maria Ludwig Michael Mies changed his name.  He added his mother's maiden name Rohe and the Dutch “van der” to become, drum roll please, …

#176/Where No Furniture Has Gone Before: Dan Chavkin + Brian McGuire plus Special Musical Guest Jennifer Warnes

December 28th, 2020

1:10:03

In 1966 the first episode of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek launched a franchise still going strong over fifty years later.  Sequels, movies, toys, fan films - there’s just no end to Star Trek’s bright, progressive, …

#175/Festivus and Gene Leedy: Celebrating with Saffie Leedy Farris + Max Strang + Co-host Erin Sterling Lewis plus Musical Guest Laura Ridgeway

December 21st, 2020

52:54

Ho Ho Ho, get out the Festivus Pole, it’s our holiday show spectacular celebrating with returning guest co-host Erin Sterling Lewis.  If your world …

#174/New Modernist Developers + Holiday Gifts + Frank Harmon

December 14th, 2020

46:09

Mack Paul is a Raleigh real estate attorney who focuses on land use and public policy. He owns a sweet Modernist house designed by Brian Shawcroft, …

#173/Triangle Modern Architecture: Victoria Ballard Bell

December 7th, 2020

29:52

Victoria Ballard Bell's new book, Triangle Modern Architecture, documents the rich history and unique cultural significance of the Triangle region in …

#172/Grandpa Walter Gropius: Erika Pfammatter + Music by Tom Lehrer

November 30th, 2020

42:21

Along with Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, LeCorbusier, and Marcel Breuer, architect Walter Gropius was one of the most influential Modernist architects of the 20th century. Gropius founded the heralded Bauhaus …

#171/Sumptuous Modernist Buffet: Jane King Hession

November 23rd, 2020

34:19

For your audible dining pleasure, today is a sumptuous Modernist buffet featuring Ralph Rapson, Elizabeth Schue Close, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Howe, and save room for dessert, a hazelnut Bjarke Ingels topped with …

#170/Battling Wichita City Hall: Preservationist Celeste Racette + ADFF's Kyle Bergman

November 16th, 2020

57:06

If your world is Wichita, Kansas, the birthplace of Pizza Hut, White Castle and Kirstie Alley, there’s no more controversial building right now than Century II, a performing arts space built by John Hickman, a student …

#169/Black Architects Matter: Danita Brown + Janna Ireland

November 9th, 2020

49:08

Architecture in America has been a white-dominated profession and that has been changing slowly. Very slowly. Guess what year the first Black woman …

#168/Calling Dr. Downtown: Classicist David Brussat + Musical Guests Peter Lamb and the Wolves

November 2nd, 2020

1:05:26

Like the Dos Equis commercials, we don’t always feature Classicists, but when we do, we go for the best.  Today we welcome one of America’s foremost classical architecture advocates, the Dr. Downtown of Providence Rhode …

#167/Modernism Week Wrapup: Architect Takashi Yanai + Car Culture Expert Gabrielle Esperdy

October 26th, 2020

45:58

Sniff, sniff!  Where's the Kleenex?  It is such a day of mourning, because from our wonderful trip to 2020’s Modernism Week, today we share the last …

#166/Architecture Podcast Hosts Della Hansmann + Catherine Meng

October 19th, 2020

39:44

In our ongoing quest to seek out and visit other architecture podcasts, we’ve had wonderful conversations with hosts Frances Anderton, Donna Sink, …

#165/Making it Happen at Modernism Week: Board Members Maureen Erbe + Anne Rowe + Alan Hess, plus Sunnyland's Janice Lyle

October 12th, 2020

52:42

Modernism Week in Palm Springs is no weekend tabletop show at the Elks lodge. It takes a huge village, a rather attractive Modernist village with perfect weather, to create an event that sells over 120,000 tickets …

#164/Birth of the Cool: Elizabeth Armstrong + Michael Boyd + Brad Dunning + Trevor O’Donnell + Hilary Lewis  

October 5th, 2020

1:17:00

One of the most popular lectures at Modernism Week 2020 was Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, looking at what …

#163/The Architect's Daughter: Elizabeth Garber, Author of Implosion

September 28th, 2020

48:19

Woodward “Woodie” Garber was a Modernist architect whose name you would know if you lived in Cincinnati. Garber was called “a controversial visionary …

#162/Modernist Fun: Charles Phoenix + Martin Knowles

September 21st, 2020

45:48

Charles Phoenix is the ambassador of mid-century Americana. From his wildly popular slideshows and lectures on life in the 1950’s to his sold-out …

#161/Modernism Media: Melissa Daniels + Elizabeth Daniels + Pauline O'Connor

September 14th, 2020

53:13

Modernism Week attracts reporters and photographers from all over the world. They make the flight or the drive into Palm Springs to cover the architecture, the art, the lectures, the occasional celebrity, and most of …

#160/Richard Neutra: Raymond Neutra + Catherine Meyler + Ken Topper

September 7th, 2020

50:38

One of the most revered names in Modernist architecture is Richard Neutra.  From coast to coast, but mostly in California, Neutra’s many Modernist houses set the standard for open, comfortable living – bringing the …

#159/Streaming Architecture: Dustin Clare + Camille Keenan

August 31st, 2020

36:12

From Robin Boyd to Harry Seidler to Glenn Murcutt, there’s a lot to love in Australian architecture, and today we talk with Dustin Clare and Camille Keenan, the producers behind a new streaming service and within it a …

#158/The Great John Lautner: Helena Arahuete + Tracy Beckmann + Ryan Trowbridge + Trina Turk

August 24th, 2020

1:03:00

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California.  Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival and for the last five years, USModernist has been …

#157/Interior Modernism 2: Sarah Archer + Laura Ackerman-Shaw

August 17th, 2020

44:50

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California.  Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival and for the last five years, USModernist has been …

#156/The Lake House: Nathan Crowley + Fritz Hengge, plus Musical Guest Heather Rigdon

August 10th, 2020

1:01:05

You all remember the 1994 movie Speed, the huge hit with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock?  Ten years later, with the public clamoring for more Keanu …

#155/The Australia Show: Rachel Jackson + Annie Price + Jamie Paterson + Annalisa Capurro

August 3rd, 2020

53:24

Most Americans have not been to Australia, although a surprising number of Australians have traveled to America.  From Sydney to Melbourne to their …

#154/Modernism Week Movies 2: Valentina Geneva + Jeannine Oppewall + Paula Benson

July 27th, 2020

1:14:18

Today in our second Modernism Week show on architecture movies, George Smart talks with three film industry professionals with connections to architecture.  Valentina Geneva is working on a new documentary about LA …

#153/Miami Modern: Kobi Karp

July 20th, 2020

43:17

Today, we dial into Miami, Florida, home of sun, fun, and some of the most over-the-top new Modernism on Earth.  In the foodchain of Miami culture, a …

#152/Quiet Mastery: Architect Jim Jennings

July 13th, 2020

40:45

Architect Jim Jennings joins us from San Francisco. His Visiting Artists House, recipient of the AIA 2006 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, was named one of the five most influential and inspiring houses of the …

#151/Modernism Week: Women in Architecture with Libby Otto + Jane Hall

July 6th, 2020

57:33

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California.  Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival and for the last five years, USModernist has been …

#150/Modernist Artists Danny Heller + John Pirman

June 29th, 2020

48:37

Today we welcome two internationally-known artists whose work focuses on mid-century identity: houses, cars, stores, and the relaxed sunny lifestyle …

#149/Modernism Week: The Alexander's Winning Bet + Colleen Duffy of Devil Doll

June 22nd, 2020

57:05

There’s a shining star for Robert and Helene Alexander on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars - installed last February during Modernism Week.  Although largely unknown outside of California, the Alexanders were critically …

#148: Last Flight Outta NY: Julia Gamolina + Gene Kaufman

June 15th, 2020

1:24:53

Host George Smart talks with two architects in New York the day before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.  Born in Russia, raised in Canada, and now …

#147/Modernism Week Photography: Darren Bradley + Andrew Pielage

June 8th, 2020

44:07

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California. Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week which actually lasts 11 days. We were there …

#146/Bridges as Architecture: Europe's Martin Knight

June 1st, 2020

40:01

You don’t typically think of bridges as architecture, not the highway ones, particularly.  There are about 600,000 in the US, with only a few dozen …

#145/Modernism Week Interiors: Honoring Alexander Girard, Steve Chase, and Arthur Elrod with Christine Marvin + Michela O’Connor Abrams + Katherine Hough

May 25th, 2020

49:17

In the first of two shows on Modernist interiors and interior designers, host George Smart chats poolside with two organizers of the Alexander Girard …

#144B/Bonus Show: Home on AppleTV+ with Story Producer Loren Gomez

May 21st, 2020

15:53

There's a new streaming series on AppleTV+ called Home, nine shows about unusual houses around the world.  George Smart talks with one of Home's Story Producers Loren Gomez about two of those houses, one in Sweden …

#144/HOK: Patrick MacLeamy + Bill Hellmuth, plus A Few Minutes with Frank Harmon

May 18th, 2020

52:15

Today you’ll meet two CEO’s of HOK, one of the most successful architecture firms in the world, past CEO Patrick MacLeamy and current CEO Bill …

#143/Modernism Week Architecture Movies Part 1: Jake + Tracey Gorst, plus P. David Ebersole + Todd Hughes

May 11th, 2020

54:07

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California.  Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week which actually lasts 11 days. 

Today in the first …

#142/Architect Ronnette Riley, Lustrons with Virginia Faust + Leonardo, and Frank Harmon

May 4th, 2020

59:28

Today on USModernist Radio it's a full slate of great guests:  art collector, model collector, race car driver, softball player, and architect …

#141/Modernism Week Icon: Remembering Marilyn Monroe with Sunny Thompson + Greg Schreiner + Joshua Greene

April 27th, 2020

1:11:57

Other than Frank Sinatra, there are few people who are so tightly woven into the spirit of mid-century culture than 1950's Hollywood star Marilyn …

#140/Late Great Architecture Magazines: Editor John Morris Dixon

April 22nd, 2020

41:10

In a mid-century world way before Instagram, people kept up with the latest buildings primarily through architecture magazines.  Although a few titles like Architecture Record are still going, there were many …

#139/Modernism Week: Reviving Craig Ellwood with Barton Jahncke + Diane Bald, Joe Dangaran + Brett Woods

April 13th, 2020

56:30

Craig Ellwood was one of the most exciting people in American architecture. He took Los Angeles by storm and no one since has fully captured his …

#138/Skidmore Owings + Merrill, with Nick Adams + Kate Reggev plus Musical Guest Valerie Wood

April 6th, 2020

53:49

Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which sounds like a law firm your uncle Mitch might work at, created international airports, stunningly tall skyscrapers, universities, flagship museums, and landmark corporate headquarters …

#137/Modernism Week 2020: Daniel Libeskind + Nelda Linsk + Alison Martino

March 30th, 2020

1:03:40

Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California.  Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week, which actually lasts 11 days. This was the fifth …

#136/New York Worlds Fair: Mitch Silverstein + Stephanie Bohn

March 23rd, 2020

51:58

In a world before the internet, World’s Fairs were the killer app of the 19th and most of the 20th centuries.  Countries would assemble at a central …

#135/WestEdge Design Fair: Epic Spaces + Favorite Places

March 16th, 2020

53:15

Each fall, there’s a cool art and design gathering called WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica.  It’s held in the Barker Hanger, an enormous space at …

#134/The Skyscraper Museum: Carol Willis

March 9th, 2020

47:17

From London to Tokyo to Dubai, the skyscraper is a part of every modern city, but no city has done it better, or longer, than New York. Starting in the 1920's, the booming economy, use of steel, and advanced engineering …

#133/Almost Live from New York: Bethany Borel of COOKFOX + Author Anthony Alofsin

March 2nd, 2020

1:20:19

Host George Smart cashed in a few frequent flyer miles to report from New York City, doing a walk and talk around the innovatively designed COOKFOX architecture office with project leader Bethany Borel.  Later on George …

#132/Modernist Author Dominic Bradbury

February 24th, 2020

43:28

What could be better than to make a living writing about Modernist architecture?  Today on the show all the way from the UK, its author Dominic …

#131/Bigtime Architecture Competitions: Susanna Sirefman + Robby Johnston

February 17th, 2020

44:29

Sometimes the controversy about a building, particularly about a huge museum or government project, starts way before it opens or even before a …

#130/Architecture + Design Film Festival #2: Alysa Nahmias + Akira Boch

February 10th, 2020

51:07

Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company Ajna Films. Her directorial debut feature, Unfinished Spaces, co-directed with Benjamin Murray, won a 2012 Spirit …

#129: Children of Genius: Annie Gwathmey + Guest Co-host Paige Claussen

February 3rd, 2020

40:33

Charles Gwathmey was a native of North Carolina and got interested in architecture at an early age. Charlie, as he was known, studied architecture at …

#128/Modernist House Museums: Kelvin Dickinson/Modulightor + Lucia Dewey Atwood/Eames House

January 27th, 2020

43:35

Fire up the car or start booking plane tickets, as today we’re talking about two amazing Modernist house museums you’ll definitely want to visit, one in New York City, and one in Los Angeles, with guest Executive …

#127/NY Architecture + Design Film Festival: Britni Harris on Bruce Goff + Lene Borch Hansen on Jorn Utzon

January 20th, 2020

51:27

This is the third year USModernist Radio has been part of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York. Every fall, the stars, producers, and creators gather to premiere their latest documentaries.  ADFF …

Bonus Show #2: PJ Letofsky, Producer of Neutra: Survival Through Design

January 16th, 2020

26:45

In this bonus show, George gets locked out of Tom's studio but still manages to record and edit an interview with PJ Letofsky, producer of the documentary Neutra:  Survival Through Design.  Featuring historian Barbara …

#126/Southwest Modern: Texas and New Mexico

January 13th, 2020

45:36

Amy Walton is from Texas, where she spent 15 years managing nonprofits like the North Texas Food Bank and the Jewish Family Service. Last year, she launched modTEXAS, an initiative to draw attention to Texas modernism …

#125/Bob Borson: Life of an Architect

January 6th, 2020

40:10

Welcome to 2020!  In our ongoing quest to seek out other architecture podcasts, we’ve talked with hosts such as Frances Anderton, Donna Sink, Steve Chung, Josh Cooperman, David+Marina, and Debbie Millman.  Today we talk …

New Year's Eve Bonus! Luca Baraldo of COOKFOX on Geller's Double Diamond + Rocky Rochon on Colors

December 31st, 2019

29:49

Shhh!  George broke into Tom's studio late at night to bring you two bonus interviews from 2019. Happy new year!

#124/Almost Live from Neutra's Lovell House: Lyra Kilston + Josh Gorrell with Musical Guest Valerie Wood

December 30th, 2019

1:00:39

Host George Smart met today's guests at a LA party USModernist Radio threw last year at Neutra's Lovell House.  Lyra Kilston is a writer and editor focused on architecture, design, art, urbanism, with publication in The …

#123/Architecture Into Comedy: Writer Ron Friedman

December 16th, 2019

57:12

Ron Friedman graduated in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. After working for a few years as an architect, he came to his senses and started writing and performing stand-up comedy.  He was spotted by Dean …

#122/Eliot Noyes, One of the Harvard Five: Fred Noyes

December 2nd, 2019

55:08

Born in Boston, architect Eliot Noyes graduated Harvard University. After working for Boston's Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch & Abbott, he left to …

#121/The Incredible TWA Hotel at JFK: with Eric Saarinen + Architects Richard Southwick, Anne Marie Lubrano + Lea Ciaverra

November 25th, 2019

1:16:45

There’s a building at JFK airport in New York that people have been talking about for almost 60 years.  At one time, it was the world's most modern …

#120/DWELL: Editor William Hanley

November 18th, 2019

35:29

Any fan of Modernism has DWELL Magazine somewhere in their house.  It’s a venerable but relatively recent publication, started in 2000 by Lara Hedberg Deam in San Francisco.  She’s still the owner, and like a winning …

#119/Living in Philip Johnson with Cristina Ross and Inger Stringfellow

November 11th, 2019

38:30

In the lovely town of New Canaan CT, from the 1940s through the 1990s, no one was more influential than architect Philip Johnson. His internationally-famous Glass House celebrated its 70th anniversary recently with a …

#118/The (Next to) Last Frank Lloyd Wright Client: Roland Reisley

November 4th, 2019

40:00

Frank Lloyd Wright, now 60 years after his death, remains the most well-known architect in America, perhaps the world.  Notorious for his ego, which …

#117/Serial Modernist: Lord Peter Palumbo

October 21st, 2019

43:51

Lord Peter Palumbo is a developer, art collector, car collector, wine collector, architecture collector and Conservative life peer based in the UK. …

#116/John Lautner A-Z: Tycho Saariste + Jan-Richard Kikkert

October 7th, 2019

46:40

Architect John Lautner of Los Angeles was incredibly ahead of his time. Over 50 years, Lautner blurred the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, between nature and architecture.  He carried out 144 of his …

#115/The Ferris Bueller House: Meghann Salamasick

September 23rd, 2019

39:25

One of the best 80s films is, the envelope please, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Here's the plot: near the end of the school year, high school senior …

#114/Architecture Photographer Ezra Stoller: Pierluigi Serraino + Erica Stoller

September 9th, 2019

40:56

Returning podcast guest Pierluigi Serraino is an architect and author whose book Modernism Rediscovered contributed to the huge re-emergence of interest in the architecture we all know and love.  He has written books on …

#113/Modernism is Bad, Really Bad: Professor James Stevens Curl

August 26th, 2019

47:48

A graduate in Architecture from Oxford, Professor James Stevens Curl is known for scholarship, penetrating criticisms, lucidity of style, and holding …

#112/Design Podcasters Stephen Chung + Donna Sink

August 19th, 2019

41:39

Over the last few year, we’ve been checking out design and architecture podcasts from around America.  We've had Frances Anderton of DnA, Debbie Millman of Design Matters, Josh Cooperman of Convo by Design, and David …

#111/Modernism's Three Amigos: Architects Tom Kundig + Frank Harmon + Marlon Blackwell

August 12th, 2019

46:11

    New on USModernist Radio - Three Amigos: Tom Kundig, Frank Harmon, and Marlon Blackwell.  Not only are they the best of friends but they are award-winning rockstars of Modernist residential architecture.   Tom …

#110/Modernism Week Wrapup: Paul Rudolph at 100 with Christopher Wilson + Dick Burkett

August 5th, 2019

28:02

Today we wrap up coverage of Modernism Week 2019 by honoring architect Paul Rudolph. 2018 was the 100th anniversary of architect Paul Rudolph's birth …

#109/Not a Modernist: Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society

July 29th, 2019

48:40

Today we welcome back Justin Shubow, President of the National Civic Art Society, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the classical tradition in public art and architecture. President Trump appointed him in 2018 to …

#108/Modernism Week Documentaries: Dion Neutra + Devon Chivvis

July 22nd, 2019

49:21

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George …

#107/New York's Josh Ramus

July 15th, 2019

49:09

In an interview recorded at REX in Brooklyn, New York, George Smart sat down with architect Josh Ramus. The Huffington Post named him one of the five greatest architects under 50. Wallpaper Magazine described him as one …

#106/Modernism Week Celebrity: Alan Hess + Michael Stern + Lindsay Blake

July 8th, 2019

46:23

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George …

#105/Minoru Yamasaki, Forgotten Architect of the Twin Towers: Author Dale Gyure

July 1st, 2019

57:05

Despite enormous success, architect Minoru Yamasaki’s reputation declined in the 1970's with the negative public reception of the World Trade Center …

#104/Modernism Week Photography: Emily Bills + Pierluigi Serraino, plus Andrew Pielage

June 24th, 2019

45:09

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#103/Children Of Genius: Charlee Deaton + Musical Guests the Luca Colonna Trio

June 17th, 2019

35:21

If you’ve been listening closely, you know our special series called Children of Genius, featuring Susan Saarinen, daughter of Eero Saarinen, Raymond Neutra, son of Richard Neutra, Emily Ain, daughter of Gregory Ain, …

#102/Modernism Week Design: Joel Turkel + Anthony Poon + Jacques Caussin

June 10th, 2019

1:04:07

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#101/Debbie Millman, Host of Design Matters

June 3rd, 2019

50:35

Debbie Millman is the founder and host of the pioneering, award-winning, long-running, and successful podcast, Design Matters. Going into her 14th …

#100/Modernism Week Books: Authors Melissa Riche and Adele Cygelman

May 27th, 2019

39:39

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#99/Chef and The Farmer: Vivian Howard + Ben Knight + Co-host Rebekah Laney

May 20th, 2019

48:53

Kinston is about as typical Eastern North Carolina as you can get.  They have lots of barbeque, a minor league baseball team that’s pretty …

#98/Modernism Week Music! With AJ Lambert + The Gand Band

May 13th, 2019

50:05

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#97/Midnight Charrette: Marina Bourderonnet + David Lee

May 6th, 2019

45:16

Over the last few months, we’ve been checking out fellow design and architecture podcasts from around America.  We've had Frances Anderton of DnA and Josh Cooperman of Convo by Design – and today we’re excited to …

#96/Modernism Week 2019: Christine Madrid French + Amy Jarvis + Ken Topper

April 29th, 2019

41:21

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#95/Phillip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House: Author Mark Lamster

April 22nd, 2019

50:37

Architect Philip Johnson’s father invested 100 years ago in ALCOA, the huge aluminum company, which Johnson a millionaire in his '20s. Before he became an architect, however, Johnson organized a landmark exhibition on …

#94/Modernism Week 2019: Annalisa Capurro + Peter Moruzzi + Chris Mobley

April 15th, 2019

54:17

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#93/Modernist House Museums: The VDL House and The Glass House

April 8th, 2019

40:44

Today host George Smart and special guest cohost Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell dives into two Modernist house museums by internationally famous architects: Richard Neutra’s VDL house in LA and Philip Johnson’s Glass …

#92/Modernism Week 2019: Remembering Craig Ellwood with Erin Ellwood, Jim Tyler, Barton Jahncke, Maria Demopoulos

April 1st, 2019

32:01

Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February.  It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry.  Host George …

#91/AIA New York Cocktails + Conversation / The Martini Whisperer

March 25th, 2019

54:16

New York City architects Abby Suckle and William Singer are the authors of Cocktails and Conversations: Dialogues in Architectural Design.  AIA New York’s Center for Architecture has a great Friday night format:  invite …

#90/Modernism Week 2019: Architect Moshe Safdie

March 18th, 2019

25:10

Today we kick off Modernism Week coverage with internationally known architect Moshe (mo-shay) Safdie. He’s been famous for over 50 years for many brilliant buildings; first as architect for Habitat 67 in Montreal, in …

#89/Los Angeles: Architect Barbara Bestor

March 11th, 2019

48:17

USModernist has documented thousands of mid-century modernist houses, especially in Los Angeles.  One name that kept popping up when those mid-century moderns needed renovation is Los Angeles architect Barbara …

#88/My Grandfather, Mies: Dirk Lohan

February 25th, 2019

47:39

Most people refer to architect Mies van der Rohe as Mies, which puts him into that rare club of people known by their first names, like Cher or Sting …

#87/FLW's David Wright House in Phoenix: Victor Sidy + Alison King

February 11th, 2019

48:13

Architect Victor Sidy was Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin with campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona and Spring Green, …

#86/Phoenix Modern: Will Bruder

January 28th, 2019

55:51

USModernist took 25 fans of the podcast to tour Phoenix, Arizona last November. Phoenix is the home of the Chimichanga, which Tucson disputes, but more importantly for us, the city is home to some really great Modernist …

#85/Cape Cod Modern: Peter McMahon

January 21st, 2019

41:03

Ah, Cape Cod, the arm-shaped stretch of Massachusetts where Boston goes in the summer.  The sun.  The ocean.  The traffic.  The clam chowder.  The summer theatre productions.  And best of all, except for perhaps the …

#84/Architecture + Design Film Festival 2: Gehry Piano Frey with Guilfoyle Clemence Hess

January 7th, 2019

59:18

Every fall, the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) premieres the best new documentaries of the year. Host George Smart was on the scene talking with the people behind the new movies.

Ultan Guilfoyle’s …

#83/Modernist Realtor Preservationists: Martie Lieberman + Chris Menrad

December 31st, 2018

41:35

We love realtors, and we also know many who would rather tear mid-century Modernist houses down than find new caring owners. That's ok, because there …

#82/Watergate, the Building: Joseph Rodota

December 24th, 2018

50:30

Watergate has come to mean scandal, usually but not always, political. The gate part is used as a suffix for other scandals in everything from sports …

#81/Louis Kahn's FDR Four Freedoms Memorial: Paul Broches

December 17th, 2018

1:04:50

Louis Kahn was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic architects of the 20th century.  He died in 1974. There’s an stirring and brilliant documentary about his life, filmed by his son, called My Architect.  Kahn taught …

#80/NY Architecture + Design Film Festival 1: Curbed's Kelsey Keith + Mmuseumm + Canada's Greg Durrell

December 10th, 2018

1:08:51

Every fall, the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) premieres the best new documentaries of the year. Kelsey Keith, the Editor-in-Chief of Curbed, was on the ADFF discussion panel for Enough White …

#79/Lautner: Helena Arahuete + Robin Poirier

December 3rd, 2018

40:08

California architect John Lautner, who died in 1994, was a genius of architecture who inspired generations of fans. His houses are among the most famous ever built - because you've seen them in so may movies: …

#78/Hip-Hop Architecture: Sekou Cooke

November 26th, 2018

1:02:03

Sekou Cooke is a Jamaican-born architect with degrees from Cornell and Harvard who is a assistant professor of Architecture at Syracuse. He is a …

#77/Michigan Modern: Michael Dow + Susan Bandes + Brian Conway with Musical Guests The Mac McLaughlin Group

November 12th, 2018

59:44

Michigan, that fine state shaped like your hand, is a hotbed of amazing Modernism.  Today George Smart and co-host Bob Langford chat with three knowledgeable guests about Michigan Modern. 

Michael Dow is President of …

#76/Frances Anderton of DnA

October 29th, 2018

39:05

Not only did Tom resupply the Cheetos and those delicious Delta airlines cookies today but we have the privilege of talking with podcast host Frances Anderton. 

If you live in LA, you’re heard her since 2002 every …

#75/Josh Cooperman, Host of Convo by Design

October 15th, 2018

47:01

We're checking out other design podcasts around the country and this week it's the host of the design podcast Convo By Design, Josh Cooperman.  Josh is a speaker, writer, publisher, host, brand manager and product …

#74/Modernism East and West: Heather Papinchak + Laura Massino

October 1st, 2018

36:19

Laura Massino is LA's premier architecture tour guide and the prolific author of a series called Architecture Tours LA Guidebooks, which includes the …

#73/Sarasota Modernism: Lorrie Muldowney + Harold Bubil

September 17th, 2018

47:03

With training in historic Preservation, Architecture, and Urban Planning, Lorrie Muldowney is President of Creative Preservation and has lived in …

#72/Archispeak: Tom Dyckhoff

September 3rd, 2018

46:14

Tom Dyckhoff is one of Britain’s best-known commentators on architecture and urbanism, with many radio, television, and documentaries to his credit. He is the presenter of The Great Interior Design Challenge and the …

#71/X-Files: Pierluigi Serraino w/Guest Co-Host Kate Wagner

August 20th, 2018

48:10

Today USModernist Radio welcomes guest co-host Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell along with author of the book The Creative Architect, Pierluigi …

#70/Saving Spaces: Chris Grimley + Natascha Drabbe w/Guest Co-Host Kate Wagner

August 6th, 2018

41:24

Today USModernist Radio welcomes guest co-host Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell along with two people working to keep Modernism alive and well - brutalist documentarian Chris Grimley and the founder of iconichouses.org, …

#69/The Man, the Myth, the Designer Craig Ellwood: Michael Boyd

July 23rd, 2018

41:21

Craig Ellwood was not a licensed architect but to his Los Angeles design clients he was a true design genius, and he could sell, too.  Derided by …

#68/Modernist Travel: Sam Lubell

July 9th, 2018

41:19

Anyone listening to USModernist has gotten in a car, or a plane, to pilgrimage to some amazing building.  In fact, tt's a sure sign you're a Modernist fan if you go to a city just for the architecture.  Sam Lubell is an …

#67/Modernism Week Wrapup with Lisa Vossler Smith, Jacques Caussin + William Kopelk

July 2nd, 2018

50:46

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week, a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#66/The Food Show: Chefs Ben Shewry + Scott Crawford, Architect Louis Cherry

June 25th, 2018

43:01

Modernist fans tend to be foodies - or it is the other way around?  USModernist Radio's biggest fan in Melbourne, Australia is Chef Ben Shewry.  He’s been featured in many publications, including the New York Times as …

#65/Modernism Week 7: SFMOMA's Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher plus Christiane Robbins + Katherine Lambert

June 18th, 2018

36:17

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#64/Serial Modernist: Michael LaFetra + Musical Guests Lulu and the Lounge Lizards

June 11th, 2018

50:13

People who like Modernism show it in various ways. They buy the books, they watch the documentaries, they get a few pieces of furniture, they may visit the work of a few famous architects.  Sometimes they build or buy a …

#63/Modernism Week 6: Landscape Design with Nate Cormier + Michelle Delk

June 4th, 2018

39:06

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#62/Modernism Week 5: Cory Buckner + Leo Zahn

May 28th, 2018

34:18

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#61/Massive Modernism: LA Architect Paul McClean + Musical Guest Rebecca and the Hi-Tones

May 21st, 2018

42:56

Architect Paul McClean grew up Ireland, thinking of houses and getting in trouble for drawing them in high school.  He graduated from the Dublin …

#60/Modernism Week 4: Denver/Adrian Kinney + Indiana/Marsh Davis

May 14th, 2018

37:41

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#59/Henry Kamphoefner: Abie Harris, Roger Clark, Ben Taylor + Jerzy Główczewski

April 30th, 2018

37:10

In 1948, most US universities were slow to embrace the growing Modernist movement.  Then NC State University brought in a brilliant Dean from Oklahoma who went all-in on Modernism.  Within two years, Frank Lloyd Wright …

#58/Modernism Week 3: Neutra's Kaufmann House/Brent Harris + Architect Hugh Kaptur

April 23rd, 2018

53:17

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#57/Cassilhaus: Ellen Cassilly + Frank Konhaus

April 16th, 2018

43:33

Architect Ellen Cassilly worked in Paris with Christian DePortzamarc, who you’ll recall was a winner of the Pritzker Prize, and Arata Isozaki in …

#56/Modernism Week 2: Annalisa Capurro + Alan Hess

April 9th, 2018

38:58

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#55/Shooting Modern: Matt Griffith, Jim Sink + Harry Wolf

April 2nd, 2018

38:52

In this digital age, everyone’s taking photos, billions of them, primarily with their phones.  We talk today about architectural photography, and how both digital and social changes in photography affect decisions about …

#54/Modernism Week 1: Atomic Ranch Editor Sarah Jane Stone + IAmNotAStalker, Lindsay Blake

March 26th, 2018

44:38

USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week.  It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, …

#53/Richard Neutra: Raymond Neutra + Barbara Lamprecht

March 19th, 2018

46:17

Richard Neutra was one of the world’s most important architects, and today his work is even more popular.  Neutra designed more than 300 amazing …

#52/Children of Genius 2: Emily Ain + Randy Koenig

March 12th, 2018

35:16

Gregory Ain was inspired to become an architect after visiting Rudolf Schindler's King’s Road house. He worked for Richard Neutra as well as Harwell …

#51/Hiring Calatrava: Johnny Örbäck + Sweden's Turning Torso

March 5th, 2018

34:20

Johnny Örbäck was about 47 when he had a fantastic idea.  It was 1999, and as Managing Director of a public housing agency in Malmo, Sweden, he decided to commission the world’s most unique housing project from …

#50/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 3: Sarah Howitt + Thatcher Bean

February 26th, 2018

32:47

Covering topics from England to the Congo, today’s show features host George Smart and the stars, producers, and creators of the latest architecture documentaries, recorded in New York at the Architecture and Design …

#49/Playboy, Just for the Articles: Beatriz Colomina + Sandra Costa

February 19th, 2018

40:23

Hugh Hefner passed away last year after decades at the helm of Playboy magazine, the first mainstream magazine featuring nude centerfolds that …

#48/Preserving Seattle Modern: Eugenia Woo

February 12th, 2018

35:21

Seattle has coffee, and rain, and Amazon, and amazing Tom Kundig houses.  It also has our guest today, Eugenia Woo, one of Seattle’s top advocates for Modernist historic preservation. She is the director of preservation …

#47/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 2: The Gamble House + Albert Ledner

February 5th, 2018

26:57

From the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, held late last year, host George Smart's first guests are Ted Bosley and Lori Korngeibel talking about the Gamble House in Pasadena, America’s most famous …

#46/Sarasota: Tammy Hauser + The Center for Architecture Sarasota

January 29th, 2018

31:47

Tammy Hauser is Executive Director for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, a nexus for midcentury Modernist houses.  She's the CEO of Blue Sky …

#45/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 1: Mina Chow + Bruce Inglis

January 22nd, 2018

40:43

You may recall that a few months ago, host George Smart interviewed Kyle Bergman, director of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City.  Today’s special bonus edition features George and the stars, …

#44/Hawai'i Modern: Dean Sakamoto + Brad Dunning

January 15th, 2018

39:13

Hawai'i is full of Modernist architecture!  Today we talk with Dean Sakamoto who lives and works in both Hawai'i and Connecticut. He worked with the …

#43/Iconic Houses: Fallingwater + The Stahl House

January 8th, 2018

45:07

There are certain Modernist houses that just can’t be captured in a photo, a video, or even a 3D rendering. For example, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania is considered Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest residential work.  It …

#42/Death of a Master Plan: Lewis Clarke + Erin Sterling Lewis

December 25th, 2017

51:19

After WWII, states looked at their aging capitol buildings and considered sweeping new plans to bring technology, commerce, government, and even the …

#41/Australian Modern: Tim Ross

December 11th, 2017

41:43

Australian comedian Tim “Rosso” Ross has starred in countless Australian radio and TV series.  He’s a writer for Men’s Style Australia, Rolling Stone …

#40/Lautner's Big Lebowski: The Sheats-Goldstein House with Roberta Leighton

November 27th, 2017

39:49

Roberta Leighton "runs the place" for owner Jim Goldstein at the Sheats Goldstein house in Los Angeles, designed by John Lautner. She manages …

#39/Edward Durell Stone: Hicks Stone + Bernie Reeves

November 13th, 2017

39:09

Architect Edward Durell Stone like many of his generation fell in love with Modernism. His first independent commission was a 1933 Modernist house for Richard Mandel, which led to many other prominent commissions …

#38/Starchitecture: The UK's Stephen Bayley

October 30th, 2017

41:59

Design guru and critic Stephen Bayley came to prominence in the 1980's curating the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum and later created London’s Design Museum.  In the 1990’s he was briefly the …

#37/Design Documentaries: Jake Gorst, Kyle Bergman and Peter Lamb & The Wolves

October 16th, 2017

1:00:38

Emmy-winning filmmaker Jake Gorst is the Steven Spielberg of design documentaries, capturing mid-century modern architecture in at least 12 films on modern design, including a great series on Palm Springs architects …

#36/LA's Schindler: Mary Schindler + Guillaume Schindler

October 2nd, 2017

57:10

Rudolph Michael Schindler, who went by Michael, was one of the most important Modernist architects of the 20th century, yet he is largely unknown to …

#35/Scale: Thomas Bena + Mollie Doyle

September 18th, 2017

35:14

What makes a house too big?  And is it really anyone’s business other than the owner?  We talk with Thomas Bena and Mollie Doyle, stars and creators …

#34/Fire Island: Chris Rawlins + Harry Bates

September 4th, 2017

56:25

Fire Island, just 50 miles from New York City, was one of the few gathering places in the 1950’s where gay people could feel safe in a world that …

#33/Urban Planning: Allison Arieff

August 21st, 2017

40:18

Ever wondered how the famed children's book Knuffle Bunny intersects with thoughtful urban planning?  Probably not. However, today's guest is …

#32/ModMonuments: Joshua David and Matthew Silva

August 7th, 2017

1:01:17

One of the problems with preserving futuristic-looking Modernist buildings is that they just don’t look that old.  They aren’t universally loved, in …

#31/London: Alison Brooks

July 24th, 2017

29:00

Host George Smart reports from the USModernist trip to London last May.  He visits architect Alison Brooks who has won the triple crown of the UK's most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the …

#30/Modernism Week 5: Australia's Harry Seidler, featuring Penelope Seidler, Polly Seidler, and Daryl Dellora

July 10th, 2017

26:35

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the center for all things Mid-Century Modernist!  He spoke poolside from …

#29/Eric Lloyd Wright

June 26th, 2017

35:56

June is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous architect in the world, still showing off 58 years after his death. Few architects have come close to Wright's arrogance, his brilliance, …

#28/Modernism Week 4: Indiana! With Todd Zeiger / Jennifer Sandy / Marsh Davis

June 12th, 2017

24:28

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, ground zero for all things Mid-Century Modernist!  He spoke poolside from …

#27/McMansions: Kate Wagner

May 29th, 2017

43:11

Kate Wagner created the riotously popular blog McMansionhell.com where she tears into the impractically large, ridiculously constructed, and often …

#26/Modernism Week 3: Annalisa Capurro & Brooke Hodge / Mark Davis & Aluminaire

May 15th, 2017

41:46

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist!  He spoke poolside from the …

#25/HouseTrackers: Jan-Richard Kikkert & Paul Moore

May 1st, 2017

36:23

A lot of Modernist houses you love from the 1950's and 1960's are going the way of unfortunate "renovations" or the bulldozer, largely because few …

#24/Modernism Week 2: Bill Earls & Devon Chivvis / Bert Simonis

April 17th, 2017

35:47

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist!  He spoke poolside from the …

#23/Reviving Modern: Michael Miner & Liz Waytkus

April 3rd, 2017

34:59

Today we explore two different approaches to reviving Modernist buildings: preserving them or building them from scratch!

Michael Miner is a documentary filmmaker who since 2002 has devoted his career entirely to the …

#22/Modernism Week: Alan Hess & Janice Lyle

March 20th, 2017

40:20

Host George Smart reports from February's Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Modernist!  He spoke poolside from the Hotel …

#21/Evil Lairs - Adele Cygelman & Christine Madrid French

March 6th, 2017

31:09

If you’ve seen a thriller like North By Northwest or Diamonds are Forever (or many others since) you may have noticed that the bad guy has impeccable taste.  The classic villain has custom-tailored suits (or dresses, …

#20.8/We're Back! Year Two!

February 13th, 2017

4:30

Tom goes around the world!  Frank is Shanghai'd!  And George mumbles something about an evil lair!  Learn more about what's coming up as USMR resumes March 6 with great guests.

#20.7/Sydney Opera House: Annalisa Capurro from Modernism Week

March 2nd, 2016

10:20

In 1957, architect Jorn Utzon unexpectedly won the commission for the iconic Sydney Opera House.  His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects of the day.  …

#20.6/Sean Khorsandi/Sarasota MOD/Paul Rudolph

February 24th, 2016

22:12

Sean Knorsandi of the Paul Rudolph Foundation

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year …

#20.5/Stephanie Grosskreutz/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph

February 17th, 2016

12:51

Stephanie Grosskreutz of Visit Sarasota

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was …

#20.4/Carl Abbott/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph

February 9th, 2016

17:19

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on Paul Rudolph, an architect who …

#20.3/Christopher Wilson/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph

February 2nd, 2016

9:49

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on Paul Rudolph, an architect who …

#20.2/Larry Scarpa/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph

January 25th, 2016

11:53

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on Paul Rudolph, an architect who …

#20.1/Ernst Wagner/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph

January 18th, 2016

27:00

Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on Paul Rudolph, an architect who …

#19/Best Clips of 2015

December 29th, 2015

4:48

Hi folks, here's a few minutes of fun, our "best of" clips from 2015.  Happy New Year!  George, Frank, and Tom

#18.5/Archivist: NC State University's Todd Kosmerick at Harrelson Hall

December 7th, 2015

11:00

Todd Kosmerick is University Archivist for NC State University's Archives.  He and his staff collect, preserve, and make accessible vast physical and …

#18/Harwell Hamilton Harris: Frank Harmon & Lisa Germany Ziegler

November 30th, 2015

49:09

Architect Harwell Hamilton Harris FAIA never reached the celebrity status of his peers such as Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, yet his quieter career work stands as some of the most brilliant of the 20th …

#17.5/Wisconsin Gem

November 23rd, 2015

10:32

In the deep woods of Wisconsin, about an hour outside of Madison, sits one incredible house.  If you didn't know otherwise, you'd be sure it was a Frank Lloyd Wright design.  And you'd be close.  It was designed by his …

#17/UK Modern: Michael Hammond & Brian Shawcroft

November 16th, 2015

43:23

Michael Hammond is co-founder and Editor in Chief of World Architecture News (WAN). He chairs the WAN AWARDS jury panel and produces the topical series of podcasts, Shop Talk which has featured many of the world’s …

#16/Snøhetta: Craig Dykers & Greg Raschke

November 2nd, 2015

43:15

Craig Dykers, at just 28 years old, received international acclaim after winning the $350 million commission for the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.  …

#15.5/Aidan Buehler, Georg Buehler, & architect Lucy Carol Davis

October 26th, 2015

10:38

Aidan Buehler is 14 years old. He's an eighth grader in Chapel Hill NC with an interest in drafting.  What he did next is remarkable.  Instead of …

#15/Kahn! Nathaniel Kahn & Alexandra Lange

October 19th, 2015

48:57

Nathanial Kahn is a director and producer.  He is also the son of architect Louis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.  In 2003, he produced the Oscar-nominated film My Architect about the …

#14/The Eames: Eames Demetrios & Jerry Nowell

October 5th, 2015

43:48

Eames Demetrios is the grandson (and namesake) of Charles and Ray Eames and leads the Eames brand which has roared back into the public eye.  His mission is communicating, preserving and extending the brilliant work of …

#13/House Trek: Brad Dunning & Leon Meyers

September 21st, 2015

43:00

California interior designer Brad Dunning grew up in Memphis and LA. He has early, wilder roots in the LA punk rock scene as part of the original Gun Club, a seminal noisy punk/blues band.  Widely praised as designer to …

#12/Lustrons: Tom Fetters & Virginia Faust

September 7th, 2015

47:43

The world's largest erector set:  the Lustron was a house you put together with a screwdriver.  It was metal, yet would never rust.  It was …

#11/Children of Genius: Susan Saarinen & Raymond Neutra with Marvin Malecha

August 24th, 2015

48:46

Landscape architect Susan Saarinen, daughter of architect Eero Saarinen, granddaughter of architect Eliel Saarinen  (pronounced sahrr-uh-nen), …

#10/Eisenhower: Justin Shubow & 2015 Matsumoto Prize Winners

August 10th, 2015

51:44
Justin Shubow is President of the National Civic Art Society, a Washington DC educational non-profit for the classical and humanistic tradition in public art and architecture.  With a background in law, philosophy, …

#9/Paul Rudolph: Gene Kaufman & Joe King

July 27th, 2015

45:27

Paul Rudolph was not as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright but he designed some of the most fascinating and creative Modernist buildings in America. …

#8/Smaller: Sarah Susanka & Monique Lombardelli

July 13th, 2015

47:33

Sarah Susanka is an internationally-known architect and author of the best-selling "Not So Big" series of books, which kicked off with The Not So Big House in 1997.  Over the years, she has been featured on Oprah, …

#7/Renewal: Joe Kwon, Robby Johnston & Craig Kerins

June 29th, 2015

33:58

Joe Kwon is the cellist for the internationally acclaimed band The Avett Brothers.  He's the client of Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, principals in the design/build firm Raleigh Architecture & Raleigh …

#6/Special Agents: Crosby Doe & Emilie Huin

June 15th, 2015

43:39

Ever since Modernist houses hit the mainstream market in the 1950’s, the real estate community has largely stayed away. Unaware of history, contemptuous of design style, and overreacting to certain flaws, realtors can …

#5/Lawsuit: Paul Goldberger, Louis Cherry, & Marsha Gordon

June 1st, 2015

44:15

Imagine buying a lot, designing a house, getting all the neighborhood and city approvals, starting construction, then - boom - your neighbor sues to stop construction.  Here's the background.  You'll hear one couple's …

#4/Small World: John Morris and G. Milton Small III

May 19th, 2015

43:59

John Morris is a Usability Engineer by day but by night he's the Batman of downtown architecture documenting buildings in Chicago and Raleigh. He's also a superfan of Modernist architect Milton Small Jr., student of …

#3/Drawing: Mike Welton & Jim Cutler

May 6th, 2015

46:24

Author J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and regional publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Dwell, and Architectural Record. His new …

#2/Cyclorama: Christine Madrid French

April 27th, 2015

38:40

Christine Madrid French is one of America's foremost experts on Modernist preservation. She is co-founder of the Recent Past Preservation Network (the first Modernist preservation organization) and served as President …

#1/Premiere: Kelly Lynch & Myrick Howard

April 15th, 2015

40:04

Although actress Kelly Lynch appeared in Drugstore Cowboy, Roadhouse, Charlie's Angels, and the swanky Miami TV series Magic City, we love her movies about Modernist preservation.  She's also got two killer Modernist …

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