NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce the 2013 season of Conversations in Context, generously supported by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, a leading supplier of building envelope solutions in
North America.

The Glass House

Hosts of this season’s Conversations in Context series include: Peter Brant, Elizabeth Diller, Peter Eisenman + Cynthia Davidson, Murray Moss + Francois de Menil, Annabelle Selldorf, Bjarke Ingels, and James Welling. Visitors will explore the Glass House compound during evening tours hosted by luminaries from the fields of architecture, design, and the arts.

Since the 1940s, the Glass House has served as a place of inspiration, education, and conversation across creative disciplines. Its 49-acre landscape, 14 architectural structures, and world-class art collection continue to draw members of an international creative community to engage with its rich legacy. Conversations in Context invites leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s past, present, and future, and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates.

“Conversations in Context builds on the site’s legacy of creative dialogue by welcoming leaders from different fields to interpret this rich, enigmatic place and explore ideas with the public,” states Henry Urbach, Director of the Glass House.

Ted Hathaway, CEO of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, said that the company’s partnership with the Glass House “represents a collaboration founded on a commitment to excellence, forward-thinking dialogue, and preservation.”

Additional support is kindly provided by Nat and Lucy Day.

Events take place from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on select Thursdays throughout the tour season, which runs from May 2 through November 30, 2013. Conversations in Context tickets ($150 per person) may be purchased online at or via phone at 866-811-4111. Space is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended.


May 2 – Murray Moss, Founder, Moss + Francois de Menil, Founder, FdM: Arch

June 6 – Elizabeth Diller, Founding Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Professor of Architecture, Princeton University

July 18 – Peter Eisenman, Founder + Principal, Eisenman Architects; Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture + Cynthia Davidson, Founding Editor, Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City

September 12 – Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Honorary Professor, Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

October 10 – James Welling, Photographer; Area Head of Photography, UCLA

October 24 – Peter Brant, Founder and President of The Brant Foundation, Inc.; Chairman and CEO, White Birch Paper Company

November 7 – Annabelle Selldorf, Principal, Selldorf Architects

Conversations in Context Films and Host Biographical Statements
Complete biographical profiles for the 2013 hosts as well as highlights from the Conversations in Context 2011 and 2012 film series may be viewed at the following link:

Related programs:
Glass House Conversations Online Dialogue
Glass House Conversations draws upon the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney, who brought together people from many backgrounds to join the cultural dialogue of the 20th century. The Glass House extends this “salon “through Conversations in Context as well as Glass House Conversations, an online moderated public dialogue. Invited hosts post a question or debate topic and responders worldwide have up to two weeks to join the online conversation.

The Glass House, built between 1949 – 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises 14 structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit or call 866.811.4111.

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® is one of the leading suppliers of products specified to close the building envelope. These include: custom-engineered curtain wall and window wall systems, architectural windows, storefront systems, doors, skylights, and architectural glass.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization, working to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.

To learn more about the Glass House visit