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#ARTchitecture: Why Modern Homes Still Matter

Wednesday, September 14 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Zoom info for this virtual program will be sent to registrants via email 1-2 business days prior to Day Of program

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Why does everyday architecture become a work of art? How did the post-World War II homes designed by notable architects of the day, and mid-century modern tract housing, all intended for the masses, become as coveted as a painting, or a sculpture? What do one Case Study House and some 11,000 Eichlers, all located in the San Francisco Bay Area, have in common?

Join panelists, architect Gustave Carlson and realtor Monique Anton, along with moderator Lisa Boquiren for an engagingly faceted conversation. In their own way, each panelist is a steward of these architectural jewels. Their perspectives, and the work they do are integral to the ecosystem that preserves, and celebrates the legacies of these modern homes.


Monique Anton is the realtor and CEO of Modern Homes Realty. She has been featured in national magazines like Dwell, Curbed, and Architect Magazine for her work rejuvenating Eichler Homes. With a degree in film and media, she has produced films about Modernism to educate buyers. Considered an evangelist for Mid-Century Modern style homes, she has done much with her team to revitalize interest in rescuing and preserving their legacy.

Gustave Carlson, AIA founded Gustave Carlson Design in Berkeley, California in 1999 following a decade of architectural work in New York, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Carlson’s career in architecture began at the celebrated firm of Peter Marino Architects in 1989. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1997, Gustave Carlson has worked on more than 30 private homes, ranging from craftsman to contemporary styles. He is a member of The National Trust of Historic Preservation and Build It Green. Carlson is a Certified Green Building Professional.


Lisa Boquiren, Brand Strategist / Design Aficionada, brings insight, ideas and brand strategy to creative businesses. She oversaw rebranding initiatives, as director of marketing at San Francisco Design Center, and at EHDD. As chairperson for the AIASF Communications Committee (2009-2014), Lisa helped advance the chapter’s messaging goals, particularly for women in practice, through incubator events that enabled EQxD. Other events she has created include “Flight Path” (2020) and the Practice Series (2012-present) which covers topics ranging from women in practice and the state of the profession to equity in education.

Photo credit: Frank Lloyd Wright / Photo courtesy of Monique Anton, Modern Homes Realty.

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