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