Palm Springs CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 -- J.R. Roberts, Vice President of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, has accepted Palm Springs Planning Director Margo Wheeler’s invitation to participate in the upcoming American Planning Association's 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, GA titled, “Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and Heritage Tourism.” Roberts’ presentation will chronicle the success Palm Springs has realized by combining architectural preservation with heritage tourism. The conference takes place on April 29th.
Following a successful stint as a development consultant for the new Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, Roberts has been appointed to the position of Managing Director. The center is slated to open in Palm Springs in November of this year. The floating glass pavilion, designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1960, will feature a wide range of exhibitions and programs on architecture and design. The center's inaugural exhibition titled “An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect,” will focus on Williams' long career and significant contributions to mid-century modern architecture in the desert region.
Roberts attended the University of California at Los Angeles. Following graduation, he pursued an architecture and design career, forming the partnership Boccardo, Roberts Architecture and Design. He served as mayor and city councilman for the City of Sausalito, and is currently a planning commissioner for the City of Palm Springs. His dedication and passion for architectural preservation is demonstrated by his meticulous restoration of his personal residence, the Edris House, designed in1953 by E. Stewart Williams. The property has been designated a Class One Historic Site.
About Palm Springs Modern Committee
The Palm Springs modern Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism and the celebration of success in preservation and adaptive reuse.
For information or to become a member of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, please contact Nickie McLaughlin, Executive Director.
Nickie(at)psmodcom(dot)org (760) 835-5628
Nickie McLaughlin, Palm Springs Modern Committee, http://psmodcom.org, +1 (760) 835-5628, [email protected]