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SVMA lectures focus on architecture exhibit

The Guangzhou Opera House, designed by Zaha Hadid is one of the buildings Ann Wicklund will talk about in her two-part lecture series at the Sonoma Valley 
Museum of Art. Submitted photo

The Guangzhou Opera House, designed by Zaha Hadid is one of the buildings Ann Wicklund will talk about in her two-part lecture series at the Sonoma Valley 
Museum of Art. Submitted photo

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Complementing its current exhibition, “Site & Sense: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design,” the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents Icons of Modern Architecture Lecture Series from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Join art historian Ann Wiklund as she takes you on a journey to the iconic buildings of the modern era, and discover how brilliant architects from Santiago Calatrava, to Frank Gehry to Aidlin Darling Design use new materials and innovative design to create iconic spaces that stir the senses.

Tickets for the lecture series are $40 for SVMA members and $50 general public.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m., the public is invited to Design + Conversation with architect Stanley Abercrombie and SVMA Executive Director Kate Eilertsen in conversation with Joshua Aidlin and David Darling about their design process, reverence for the land, and thoughtful commitment to engaging the senses through the art of architecture.

Abercrombie, a Sonoma resident, is an architect, curator, writer, critic and interior designer. He has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians, a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the New York School of Interior Design. Tickets for Design + Conversation are $12 for SVMA members and $15 for the general public.  Purchase tickets online at svma.org.

With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines, Principals Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design in 1998 as a woodshop. Based in San Francisco, it is a multidisciplinary design firm with a broad focus, which includes institutional, commercial and residential architecture, as well as furniture, landscape and interior design. The firm has garnered more than 90 regional, national, and international awards including The 2013 National Design Award.

The museum, 551 Broadway, is open to the general public during exhibitions Wednesday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for individuals, free to the public on Wednesdays and always free to members. Join online at svma.org.