Sunday, April 15, 2007

Take a breather

I'm going to Breather

Breather: A Design Conference:

Breather: A Design Conference
August 30–31, 2007
Decatur, Georgia

The first annual edition of Breather: A Design Conference will take place on August 30-31, 2007, in Decatur, Georgia. A full day of events is planned to take place on the Agnes Scott College campus on Thursday, August 30, with additional activities that evening and the morning of August 31st throughout Decatur.
Breather will bring together artists, architects, interior designers, graphic designers, landscape architects and other professionals concerned with design and its effects. This multidisciplinary approach to the subject will also attract students from design programs in the area. The unique benefit comes from the interdisciplinary cross-pollination in both the audience and the presenters. Members of the design community are invited to “take a Breather in Decatur,” to be stimulated outside their usual constraints, and to benefit from the ideas and practices of other design disciplines.
A schedule of speakers and panelists will include the following: Lars Spuybroek, the principal of NOX, an art & architecture studio in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the Ventulett Distinguished Chair of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Allan Messer, photographer and designer based in Nashville, Tennessee, who specializes in work for the music business; David Oakey, principal in David Oakey Designs and a leader in global efforts in sustainable or “smart design” through the study of biomimicry; Wade Thompson and Matt Rollins, designers with Iconologic, a design firm with global reach; and artists Amy Landesberg, Joe Peragine, and Danielle Roney, each with extensive experience in creating art works for public places. Friday’s events will include a discussion on planned design and community development by Lyn Menne, director of development for the City of Decatur; a session in creating handmade books with Judy Lynn; more discussion about his work with Alan Messer; and some sneak peeks at preliminary Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Decatur Book Festival activities.
Breather immediately precedes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Decatur
Book Festival taking place in Decatur during the same weekend (August 31
–September 2, 2007.) Information on the full activities of the Festival can be
found at
Sponsors for Breather include the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects; InterfaceFLOR Commercial; Iconologic; Agnes Scott College; Lightroom Studios; Davis-Moye & Associates; Decatur Arts Alliance; Lenz Inc.; and Standard Deluxe.
Breather will provide an opportunity to foster public awareness of the
benefits of good design in public spaces and encourage strategies for design
as an indispensable element of a sustainable world.
For more information and registration information please visit or call Dorothy Moye, Davis-Moye & Associates at

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William Carpenter FAIA PhD is a nationally recognized architect and educator. He has won numerous design accolades for his writing, teaching and practice. He is founder—a successful design firm in Decatur, GA, specializing in award-winning architecture and new media projects for commercial and residential clients. Carpenter received the national ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award in 2000 and the National Young Architects Citation in 1997. He was also elected as a Fellow in the AIA in 2000. He is the author of an important and well-regarded book; Learning by Building: Design and Construction in Architectural Education, VNR, 1997. He studied and worked for renowned architect and AIA Gold Medalist Samuel Mockbee FAIA and New York architect Norman Jaffe FAIA.
Dorothy Moye—Dorothy Moye of Davis-Moye & Associates has worked as an artist’s agent and art consultant since 1987 with a continuing emphasis on promoting work in the contemporary craft media. In addition, she has a broad range of experience with all arts media, including extensive experience in both commercial and fine art photography. Over the years she has marketed and sold art work to corporate and private clients and has curated and organized exhibitions for not-for-profit galleries and corporate and public spaces. Moye has been involved in the arts for more than twenty years, building her base of knowledge and resources through both volunteer and professional activities. She has recently completed a term as chair of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Nell Ruby has worked as an artist and educator in the Atlanta area since1991 and is currently an assistant professor of studio art at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She teaches drawing, design, digital imaging, and sculpture. She has worked as an artist, educator, furniture builder, and graphic designer and is a prolific new genre artist with an international exhibition record.