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Refine your eye for detail in this special series of programs hosted by notable Chicago designers. Held the first Tuesdays in March, April and May, See Like an Architect examines timeless fundamentals in conceiving and communicating architecture.

Series pass $50, CAC members $40, students $30
Individual masterclasses $20, CAC members $15, students $10
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Three masterful, entertaining explorations of an architecture-informed worldview continue this series inspired by legendary professor, critic and author Vincent Joseph Scully, Jr. (1920−2017), who made his mark through more than 60 years of leading lectures at Yale University, inspiring countless students to pursue a wide variety of career paths. Even those with little to no interest in architecture were drawn to Scully’s courses, as he made learning about the built environment accessible, intoxicating and vital for everyone in the room.

On the first Tuesdays in March, April and May, the CAC aims to inspire Scully Series attendees in the same way. Yale alumnus and former Scully student Reed Kroloff, a nationally recognized commenter on architecture and current dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, will lead this fast-paced series, joined by multiple esteemed guests from the greater Chicago design community. Few can recapture the animated, engaging essence of a lesson with Scully like Kroloff, who will celebrate Scully’s love of a multiplicity of styles and forms in a fresh, lively format.

The 2021 Vincent Scully Masterclass Series: See Like an Architect is generously sponsored by Ann and Richard Carr. A member of Yale University’s class of 1961, Mr. Carr was a student of Vincent Scully.

See Like An Architect 01: Form and Composition
Tuesday, March 2 at 6pm Central Time

R+D 659, Chicago, 2009. Photo © Darris Lee Harris courtesy of Brininstool + Lynch.

A well-thought-through design makes its statement simply, seemingly without effort, yet demands deep knowledge about the nature of shapes and how they interact. Producing work beyond the ordinary takes nerve—plus an ability to focus the visitor’s attention with precision. Series host Reed Kroloff is joined in this investigation by guest designer Brad Lynch, partner and co-founder of Brininstool + Lynch.

See Like An Architect 02: Rhythm, Texture, Pattern
Tuesday, April 6 at 6pm Central Time

Maisonette, Chicago, 2009. Photo © Steve Hall courtesy of Studio Gang.

Traveling Chicago’s celebrated avenues and boulevards offers a masterclass in rhythm and repetition. Learn why humans are programmed to recognize patterns, and discover methods and tricks architects employ to make buildings look and feel “correct.” Series host Reed Kroloff is joined in this investigation by guest architects Mark Sexton, co-founding partner of Krueck Sexton Partners, and Juliane Wolf, design principal and partner in the Chicago office of Studio Gang.

See Like An Architect 03: Proportion and Scale
Tuesday, May 4 at 6pm Central Time

JRC (Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation) Synagogue, Evanston, 2008. Photo by Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing courtesy of Ross Barney Architects.

Reading buildings is often a study in interlocking relationships. Almost as if they have a sixth sense, architects can hone in on the triumphs (and faults) of designs and, more often than not, scale and proportion lie at the heart of the matter. As the Scully Series concludes, you’ll learn to break down and analyze designs like a seasoned architect. Series host Reed Kroloff is joined in this investigation by guest architect Carol Ross Barney, founder and design principal of Ross Barney Architects.


Reed Kroloff

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Scully Series host Reed Kroloff has served as editor in chief of Architecture, which under his direction became the nation’s leading architectural magazine; dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and the following recovery; director of the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum; and he is presently dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. A regular national commentator on architecture and design, Kroloff’s writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Esquire, and Metropolis, along with television credits for programs on PBS and the Sundance Channel. As a partner of jones | kroloff architectural consultants, he has advised clients that include the High Line in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, the federal government of Mexico, and dozens more. He is a Rome Prize recipient and his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale. He has degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Guest presenter Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. Recently she worked on designing the Chicago Riverwalk; other projects include the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship Restaurant, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and CTA Morgan Street Stations, Bloomingdale / 606 Trail Master Plan, MultiModal Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, and many others across Chicago and the U.S. Ross Barney’s work has been honored with more than 100 major design awards, including six national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honor Awards, more than 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, and the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

Guest presenter Brad Lynch

Brad Lynch

Brad Lynch co-founded Brininstool + Lynch with David Brininstool in 1989. Over the past 32 years, Lynch has guided designs ranging from high-rise, mixed-use towers and corporate headquarters to film facilities and museums, through private residences and master plans. His vast design experience is manifest in buildings and interiors whose beauty is a function of their elegant restraint. Lynch’s design work has helped the firm garner more than 50 major design awards. His work has been featured in many books on architecture and articles in design periodicals and general publications. Actively involved in civic and community initiatives related to design, Lynch has been a lecturer, critic and faculty member at more than 20 universities including Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. He is a national peer professional for the GSA Design Excellence program and a member of the Toronto Sister Cities committee as well as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Guest presenter Mark Sexton

Mark Sexton

Mark Sexton, FAIA, is a co-managing partner of Krueck Sexton Partners. Beyond design leadership, chief among his responsibilities is developing and fostering strong relationships with the firm’s clients, collaborators and the broader community. An impassioned and tenacious problem-solver, Sexton sees challenges and obstacles as critical to innovative solutions. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in 1980. Sexton recently joined the Board of Trustees at IIT and serves as co-chair of the board of advisors for the IIT College of Architecture. He is a member of the GSA Design Excellence Program, the National Registry of Peer Professionals and the Chicago Architecture Biennial board, and is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University. Sexton speaks at diverse venues worldwide and actively seeks out opportunities to engage with the public through open lectures, walk-throughs and tours, sharing with a wider audience his love of design and his appreciation for both the material and craft of contemporary architecture.

Guest Architect Juliane Wolf

Juliane Wolf

Juliane Wolf is a design principal and partner in Studio Gang’s Chicago office with extensive experience in the design of sustainable public spaces, urban residential towers and complex visitor-serving organizations. She has led many of the studio’s award-winning projects including Writers Theatre in Glencoe, the Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre in Rockford and the St. Regis (Vista) Tower in Chicago. She is also the deputy lead designer for the O’Hare Global Terminal. Wolf is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London.

3 AIA CEU credits (1 per session)

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