PS ModCom believes that education is the most powerful way to preserve the architectural treasures of the Coachella Valley.

We seek to engage the youngest students though elementary school programs and reward preservation and architecture-minded graduating high school students with scholarships. PS ModCom also produces educational exhibits each year at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, as well as the Palm Springs Library Center, highlight desert modern architects’ work or currently endangered buildings.

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Scholarships

This program has been a very successful outreach program, and has helped build awareness among the younger people in the community about preservation issues in the Palm Springs area.

Education Committee

The Education Committee reaches out to the community with programs designed to promote the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modernism.  Their popular in-school program teaches local middle and high school students about the principals of modern design, and to build scale models of local buildings or design their own MCM home. 

The committee oversees and chooses the recipients from local high schools for the Robert Imber Scholarship Fund to help students who plan to study in the field of architecture and design https://psmodcom.org/scholarships.  EdCom also creates display boards for public exhibition, produces and manages the February “Architecture Month” exhibition at the Palm Springs Library Center, and is constantly developing other exciting educational outreach projects. 

School Programs

PS ModCom has worked with the teachers and students at St. Theresa School since 2014, developing a new curriculum around architecture and preservation for grades 4 through 8.

Library Exhibit

Each February, PS ModCom produces a free, self-guided exhibition at the Palm Springs Central Library themed on an architect of historical significance.

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Architects

For a “Palm Springs Modernism 101” introduction to the architects who shaped the area, PS ModCom has put together a selection of short bios and slideshows. For more in-depth information on these architects and more, consider buying the Modern Tour App and taking yourself on a self-guided tour of Palm Springs (even from your armchair at home).

See Biographies and Slideshows