Architectural Gems of Tucson Tour

  • March 13, 2020
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join AWF members for a private tour of two homes designed by architect Judith Chafee

Architect Kathryn McGuire, a long-time associate of Judith Chafee, will take us on a private tour of the Centrum House and the Rieveschl Residence.  Both homes are featured in a new book “Powerhouse: The Life and Work of Judith Chafee”, co-authored by McGuire.

Chafee grew up in Tucson and attended the Yale School of Architecture, the only woman in the graduating class of 1960.  She returned to Tucson in 1970 where she opened a studio and became a professor at the University.  Kathy McGuire worked with Chafee for over 20 years, and will share her first-hand knowledge of Chafee’s intent and approach to designing these homes.

Centrum House 2 pm tour

With its Alhambra-inspired water garden and multiple outdoor spaces, including a ceramic water fountain designed by a local artist, a bronze ramada and a sculpture garden, Centrum House uses sculptural form in its interior as well.  The focus is on the center of the house, with four steps down to the central core, like a kiva.  Round steel columns and wood beams and trusses form a pyramid roof.  Highlights include the sunken living room set on a diagonal axis, Chafee’s signature sculptural concrete fireplace, the five-sided kitchen island, and the intricate cabinetwork and private alcoves.

The current owners of the Centrum House have graciously allowed us to tour their home.

Rieveschl Residence: 3:30 pm tour

Described by McGuire as “the grandest of Chafee’s realizations”, the Rieveschl Residence is designed as a sequential journey to and through the building, with an intricate juxtaposition of concrete steps, landings and passageways, and interlocking concrete frames and horizontal platforms jutting from the hillside.   Resting on a grid of slender cylindrical supports, the house resembles a “sky” house floating above the sloping terrain up against the Catalina Mountains.  Highlights include an 18’ high chiseled granite hillock in the entry, an art gallery corridor, a silver mirrored dressing room gallery, an intimate “poet’s corner” and the library.

The Rieveschl Residence is currently owned by a member of IWF-Chicago and her husband, and they have graciously invited us into their home.

Rieveschl Residence: 4:30 pm Cocktail Reception and book signing

Everyone will get a copy of the book signed by Kathy McGuire.

Book Reviewer: “Powerhouse” is a much needed dive into the life and work of the remarkable desert modernist, Judith Chafee.  Her houses are timeless meditations on … the sophisticated use of light and materials, a sensitivity to climate and culture, and an appreciation for the rituals of everyday life.”

Cost: $65pp for both tours, autographed book and cocktail reception.  Open to AWF members and guests.

(We will also be organizing an optional lunch at Hacienda del Sol at noon, before the first tour. Participants pay separately for lunch.)

2020 February AWF Wise Women Meeting

  • February 10, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The next meeting of the never ending conversation group of Wise Women will take place on February 10th at the home of Susie Lavenson.  We asked for suggested topics, and Sandy Cowan shared several topics, each so worthy, it's best that the group choose among them.  Some will be reserved for later meetings. 

1.  Some people are able to retire, some are not. Which are you and why?
2.  Reflecting on your life, what four or five nouns (or adjectives) describe you, (briefly) and why?  Bring your list..
3.  List the two most profound lessons you have long stories, just the wisdom from them.
4.  If you could go back and give advice to your 25 year old self, what would it be?
5.  If you were writing a book in 2020, what would be the title and why?
6.  Everyone has a story.  What are the major stories in your life...subjects not too many details.

Bear in mind that the purpose of the conversations is to discover our common bonds which go beyond opinions.  There's a certain chemistry in the dynamic of this group.  Open hearts, open minds and appreciation create the climate we're establishing.  We hope you can attend!

Please RSVP by February 8th as seating is limited.  Meeting address will be emailed to you prior to the event.

2020 AWF Membership Dues

  • 2020 AWF Membership Dues
    January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to 2020! It is that time of the year to renew your membership with the Arizona Women's Forum! Please be sure to process your membership online which will give you the option to renew and pay directly online or to renew and generate an invoice if paying pay check. There are two membership options available:

Regular Membership - $450.00 (Includes membership in both AWF and IWF)
Emeritus Membership - $225.00 (Includes membership in only AWF for members who are 70+)

Please take a minute to update your membership profile to ensure that we have the most updated information for you. We also encourage you to visit our "Events" page and add all the upcoming events to your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year at one of our upcoming meetings!

December AWF Holiday Luncheon & Member Meeting

  • December AWF Holiday Luncheon & Member Meeting
    December 11, 2020
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with fellow AWF members, welcome our new 2021 AWF members and learn all about the 2021 initiatives at the Annual Holiday Luncheon and Member Meeting.  There will be festive holiday cheer along with a fantastic lunch

2020 IWF Leadership Conference – Detroit

  • IWF Leadership Conference - Detroit
    October 7, 2020 - October 9, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

More details to be announced