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The John Hancock Center. Marina City. The Sears Tower. From skyline-defining icons to wonders of the world, the second period of the Chicago skyscraper transformed the way Chicagoans lived and worked. Join architect, educator and author Tom Leslie as he discusses his new book, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986.

$15 public
$7 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall

Illustrated with more than 140 photographs, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986 tells the fascinating stories of the people, ideas, negotiations, decision-making, compromises, and strategies that changed the history of architecture and one of its showcase cities.

After his talk, Leslie will be in conversation with Adam Rubin, CAC’s Senior Director of Content & Interpretation. The program will conclude with a book signing.

Author: Thomas Leslie

Thomas Leslie, FAIA is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, where he teaches building design, technology and history. He has degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University. Prior to teaching, he worked on projects in the United States and the Middle East with Norman Foster and Partners.

Leslie is also the author of Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science (2005), Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934 (2013), and Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi (2017).

Moderator: Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin is an architectural historian and has worked as a researcher, writer and preservation educator in cities across the country. He currently serves as Senior Director of Content & Interpretation at the Chicago Architecture Center. Previously, Adam has developed and led public education initiatives and outreach programs focused on historic resources and landscapes at Docomomo US, Landmark West, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Los Angeles Conservancy.