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One of San Simeon's two bell towers, designed by Julia Morgan, whose fascinating life is the subject of my newest book. Photo Credit: Muna Cristal.

Now that the solitary process of writing Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect is done, my favorite part begins: I love to lecture, sign books, meet people, and answer questions. My research assistant, Ruth Latson, and I have discovered a great deal of compelling new information for this book–even though we’d already spent decades studying Julia Morgan’s life and career. It turns out she was even more astonishing and admirable than we’d realized. I’d be delighted to receive invitations to speak to your organization–either online or in person–for dates after the book launches on March 1, 2022. Please contact me with your questions or requests.


  • American Museum in Britain
  • Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts, New York
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis
  • Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento
  • Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D. C.
  • Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
  • Driehaus Museum, Chicago
  • Evergreen House Museum, Baltimore
  • Filoli Museum, Woodside
  • Gamble House, Pasadena
  • Getty Villa, Malibu
  • Henry E. Huntington Museum, San Marino
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • John and Mabel Ringling Museum, Sarasota
  • La Jolla Museum of Art
  • L. A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Building Museum, Washington, D. C.
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
  • Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Sotheby’s Institute, New York
  • Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco
  • Ventfort Hall, Lenox
  • Virginia Robinson Gardens, Beverly Hills

Private Clubs

  • Annenberg Beach Club, Santa Monica
  • Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
  • Beverly Hills Garden Club
  • Beverly Hills Women’s Club
  • California Club, Los Angeles
  • Camarillo Country Club
  • Century Club, San Francisco
  • Chicago Arts Society
  • Dallas Women’s Club
  • European Decorative Arts Society, San Francisco
  • Foothill Club, Saratoga
  • Francisca Club, San Francisco
  • Garden Club of America, San Francisco
  • Garden Conservancy, Los Angeles
  • Institute of Classical Architecture, New York
  • Karpeles Library, Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles Country Club
  • Metropolitan Club, San Francisco
  • Maybeck Foundation, San Francisco
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C.
  • Newport Beach Country Club
  • Newport Beach Decorative Arts Society
  • Northern Trust, Los Angeles
  • Pacific Union Club, San Francisco
  • Royal Oak Society, New York
  • Somerset Club, Boston
  • The Country Club, Brookline, MA
  • The Town Club, Pasadena
  • The Westerners, Santa Barbara
  • Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles

Conferences and Conventions

  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections
  • California Archivists Association
  • California Historical Society
  • California Preservation Conference
  • Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Denver Antiques Show
  • National Committee for the History of Art
  • National Society of Architectural Historians
  • New York Winter Antiques Show
  • Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
  • San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show
  • University of California at Santa Barbara