DOCOMOMO NY/TRIFilm Screening and Panel Discussion
Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy
November 30, 2018
Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, was a key figure in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States. Through his innate curiosity about the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature. A new film, Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy–Part 1, explores his formative years while working closely with Le Corbusier in Europe. It also shows his important transition to America, including the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs. The film reveals why Frey was such a significant force in the development of modernism in the United States. Directed by Jake Gorst and premiered at Palm Springs Modernism Week in February 2018, this is the first of a two-part film series. Watch the trailer.
Join AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State for a special screening followed by a panel discussion with the director and several Frey experts who appear in the film. This will be the first public New York screening since the film’s New York premiere at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in October. Panelists include: Frances Campani, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology; Jake Gorst, co-director and co-author, Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy – Part 1; Elizabeth Edwards Harris, architectural historian and writer; Michael Schwarting, Professor of Architecture and former graduate program director, New York Institute of Technology. John S. Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA, President, DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State, will moderate. Read full bios below.
Friday November 30, 6:00–8:00pm
AIANY Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
$10 AIA and DOCOMOMO members and students with valid ID; $20 general public
Co-sponsored by the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State.
Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy–Part 1 was produced by Design Onscreen - The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film, a non-profit foundation dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design. Their prior films include Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012).
Frances Campani is a practicing architect, a painter, and an educator. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. She is a partner in the firm Campani and Schwarting Architects in Port Jefferson, NY. The firm’s portfolio includes community planning for several towns on Long Island, as well as commercial, residential, public institutions and historic preservation projects. She is an Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology. She and Michael Schwarting have worked for more than 25 years to save, protect and document Albert Frey’s Aluminaire House.
Jake Gorst is an Emmy awarding winning filmmaker and writer. He co-directed and co-wrote “Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy - Part 1” with his wife Tracey Rennie Gorst. Other recent documentaries include: “The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect” (2014), and “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island” (2012). He is the author of the book “Andrew Geller: Deconstructed” (2015, Glitterati Inc.) and a contributing writer to The Architect’s Newspaper, and Modern magazine.
Elizabeth Edwards Harris is an architectural historian and writer. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California, Los Angeles. She and her former husband restored Richard Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann Desert House. Harris was among the lead supporters who enabled the Palm Springs Art Museum to purchase and restore the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building, designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1961, now The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. She is currently writing her fifth article in an ongoing series on Modern houses on Martha’s Vineyard.
Michael Schwarting is an architect, urban designer, and professor. He holds a B.Arch. and M.Arch in Urban Design from Cornell University and received a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He is a partner in Campani and Schwarting Architects in Port Jefferson, NY. The firm’s portfolio includes community planning for several towns on Long Island, as well as commercial, residential, public institutions and historic preservation projects. He is a Professor of Architecture and former Director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Design at New York Institute of Technology. He has taught at Columbia, Yale, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Cooper Union, Syracuse, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Since 1987, he has led efforts to restore Albert Frey’s Aluminaire House.
John S. Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA is the President of DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State. He received a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He guides tours through the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee, the Municipal Art Society and Arbuckle Architecture Tours, LLC. He is the immediate past Co-chair of the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee. In 2016 the AIANY honored him with the Harry B. Rutkins Award in recognition of “his continuing work to raise the public’s awareness of architecture.”