MAD Week 2020

Modesto Architecture and Design Week

Goes Virtual for 2020

By Bob Barzan

After twelve successful years in real time and space, Modesto Architecture and Design Week returns in a new virtual format for 2020. Everyone, anywhere in the world can safely view the collection of exceptional short movies, take a virtual tour, explore fun kid’s events, or participate in an online house history workshop, all for free. Movies and activities will be available 24 hours a day from Saturday, September 12th through Sunday, September 20th at

The popular architecture and design movie night usually held at the State Theater will be entirely online with a collection of more than a dozen short inspiring movies from as many talented moviemakers. Several of the movies are winners of the annual American Institute of Architects Film Challenge Award.

The usually sold out Modesto House History Workshop will be available for an unlimited number of people this year. The workshop, led by Benjamin Jameson-Ellsmore, will help you find a PDF of the earliest documents for your property in Modesto and get you started uncovering the history of your house. For most Modesto properties that means a deed, land grant, homestead, or other document from the 1860s or 1870s, all of which are online.

There are several options for both virtual and real time and space architecture tours and the popular Modesto Architecture Coloring Book will be available as a PDF download. You can download as many copies as you like.

Hosts for this year’s event are as usual the American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter, and Modesto Art Museum. The festival will feature Modesto’s collection of historic and contemporary architecture and design as well as what is happening across the country and world-wide. Emphasis is always on how good architecture, landscape, and design can help support the wellbeing of our community.

Modesto Architecture and Design Week (MAD Week)

September 12-20, 2020




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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.