Briefings and Tours (March 10)

On March 10, the OAS received 80 professionals from the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). Aline Hommes, Specialist, Department of International Affairs, Secretariat for External Relations, escorted the group on a guided tour of the OAS Historical Main Building. Dr. Isabelle Gournay, Associate Professor, School of Architecture of the University of Maryland, spoke on Paul Crét, his mastery and the techniques of the Beaux-Arts design he used in winning the competition as architect for the Organization of American States. The group then adjourned to the Art Museum of the Americas where David Knapp, Senior Associate at H2L2 Architects, Philadelphia, Pa. gave a power point presentation on the historical architecture of the OAS Main Building. The event finalized with a reception for the AIA participants.