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The Chicago Architecture Center’s Vincent Scully Masterclass Series is perfect for casual admirers of architecture and those looking for new learning experiences.

Dynamic presenters who adapt the teaching style of the late famed architectural history professor Vincent Scully lead each Masterclass series lecture, inspiring our audiences to go deeper into the fascinating world of design.

Scully made his mark by crafting engaging lectures at Yale University for more than 60 years. He had a knack for connecting with his students and for making complex subject matter fun and broadly accessible.

"I LOVE THE IDEA OF THIS SERIES. IT IS NOT ABOUT VENERATION THROUGH REPLICATION. IT IS ABOUT SALUTING THE SPIRIT OF SCULLY AND HELPING A BROAD-BASED AUDIENCE DEVELOP AN APPRECIATION FOR HOW CITIES AND EVERYDAY SURROUNDINGS MATTER IN THEIR LIVES."

—Reed Kroloff, 2019 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series Lecturer

Scully helped launch the careers of dozens of accomplished designers, critics and public thinkers—Robert Venturi, Robert A.M. Stern, Maya Lin, David McCullough, Blair Kamin, Paul Goldberger and Alexandra Lange, to name a few. But he also made a lasting impact on thousands of students with little prior interest in architecture who were drawn to his courses and the strength of his reputation as a rhetorician. Scully made the built environment vital and intoxicating for everyone in the room, illustrating architecture’s value in society.

In the inaugural 2019 edition of the Vincent Scully Masterclass Series, nationally known architectural commentator, educator and former Scully student Reed Kroloff took on one of Scully’s signature areas: American architecture. In three lectures, Kroloff distilled this vast history down to key figures and moments, revealing the potent ideas that continue to shape our towns and cities.

For more information to this series, read critic Blair Kamin's Vincent Scully obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

The Vincent Scully Memorial Lecture Series is generously supported by Rich and Ann Carr. Check back for details on the 2020 edition of the series.

View video excerpts from this program:

The Race to the Top: Chrysler Building vs. Bank of Manhattan (run time: 3:09)

Children Are People, Too (run time: 2:08)

The Arizona School (run time: 4:35)