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May 20, 2020

NATIVE PLACES: Drawing as a Way to See

As an architecture student in London in the 1960s, Frank Harmon used sketching to discover, study, and understand the nuances of structures and nature. "If I take a photograph of something, it remains in my mind forever." In this session, Harmon will describe his own personal journey, discuss the importance of studied examination and attention as a way to better appreciate the world around us, and preview his book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See. Books will be available for sale and will be signed by the author.

April 7, 2020

NEW FORMS: The Chicago Tribune Tower Architectural Competition of 1922

When they launched the design competition for their new headquarters in 1922, the publishers of the Chicago Tribune were seeking to build “the world’s most beautiful office building.”  Prizes totaling $100,000 were offered to entrants, and 263 designers from 23 countries submitted entries.  The competition was a watershed moment in the evolution of skyscraper architecture, and the diversity of the entries underscored the broad palette available to architects as they struggled with appropriate forms for tall buildings.  In this lecture, David Brashear will examine the importance of the competition and some of the noteworthy submissions.

March 3, 2020

AMERICA’S GREAT DAMS: Hoover and the Constructions of the 1930s and 1940s

The large dams built across the United States in the period from 1931 to 1944 were monumental undertakings, and in some ways rival the great pyramids of Egypt in size, construction and impact. These dams, constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Army Corps of Engineers, changed American life. In this presentation, Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor Architectural History, University of Virginia, will focus on the design and building of Hoover (originally Boulder) Dam, located on the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, and also examine its impact upon the other great dams. read more

May 24, 2019


David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Art Museums loom large on the cultural landscape, and when new ones are built, they are important opportunities to present the current state of architectural and design thinking.  In this lecture, we will explore recently constructed museums in America, including smaller museums on college campuses and larger institutions that serve as flagship centers of civic engagement in urban settings.  We will also check in on the current status of our own quest for a new museum at William & Mary.

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff. read more

March 9, 2016

Selected Topics in Architecture – Modern Architecture in the Embassy Sectors: Brasília’s International Building Project

The move of Brazil’s capital from Rio de Janeiro to the new city of Brasília in the 1960s was envisioned as a physical representation of the passage to the economic and political future of a rising nation.  The new city was intended to be overtly modern, and Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic buildings defined it from the outset.  But his work did not stand alone – the construction of embassies in Brasília allowed for a nearly unprecedented gathering of international talent, and all were tasked to create facilities that both represented their own countries and paid respect to their Brazilian hosts.  In this session, we will explore the embassy compounds in Brasília that collectively mark the architectural modernism of the 1960s and 1970s. read more