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Learn about the formation and influence of two “isms”—Modernism and Postmodernism—in American architecture and explore ideas of new “isms” yet to come at this annual three-part lecture series inspired by legendary Yale professor Vincent Scully.

June 16, 2020
6:00 pm
$65 public for 3 classes, $25 per class*
$50 CAC members, $20 per class*
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.


Professor Vincent Scully made his mark through more than 60 years of leading engaging lectures at Yale, enjoyed by students on many different career paths. Even those with no formal interest in architecture were drawn to his courses, as he made built environment topics vital, accessible and intoxicating for everyone in the room.

This spring, the CAC continues its masterclass series meant to connect with people in the same way. Former Scully students and renowned educators Reed Kroloff and Aaron Betsky will each give one lecture before returning together in June for a spirited freewheeling debate on future architecture “-isms.” In our global age, what next “-ism” may come to carry the same kind of socio-political and cultural heft as Modernism or Postmodernism?

April 14—Modernism: Mies, Rudolph, Corbusier
This lecture offers a nuanced, critical perspective on Modernism, in architecture and beyond. Explore the societal conditions and leading thinkers who spawned this potent global movement.

May 14—Postmodernism: Tigerman, Stern, Venturi
A pastiche of historical styles, the highly referential and whimsical Postmodernism arose in direct reaction to the dominant Modernist aesthetic. Learn about this “-ism’s” intellectual underpinnings and continued relevance today.

June 16—The Next “-ism”
The next big “-ism” is anyone’s guess, but Kroloff and Betsky have informed opinions to share. Don’t miss this moderated debate and wrap-up of the second annual Vincent Scully Masterclass Series.

Program Speaker: Aaron Betsky

Aaron Betsky

Aaron Betsky is president of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and a critic and author of more than a dozen books on art, architecture, and design. Trained at Yale, Betsky has worked as a designer for Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Hodgetts + Fung, taught at SCI-Arc, and served as the director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. He is the former director of The Netherlands Architecture Institute and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Program Speaker: Reed Kroloff

Reed Kroloff

Reed Kroloff is a nationally renowned leader in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design. He is currently Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and once served as the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI, as well as Dean of Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and its recovery. Kroloff is the Founding Principal of jones | kroloff, which develops strategy for clients in the architecture and design industry and also guides architect selection processes. The recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship, Kroloff also served as Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine. As a noted authority in the field, he writes and lectures widely, has appeared in a number of television programs, and is a regular critic at professional organizations and architecture schools across the country. He holds a BA in History from Yale University and his M.Arch from University of Texas, Austin.

AIA/CES Credits: 4.5 LUs

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