Events February 2023

Denise Scott Brown outside Las Vegas in 1966. Photo: Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
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Book Talk: Denise Scott Brown In Other Eyes: Portraits of an Architect

February 10, 2023

Join Frida Grahn, Mary McLeod, and Lynn Gilbert for a discussion at the Center for Architecture on the work of Denise Scott Brown and their new book Denise Scott Brown In Other Eyes: Portraits of an Architect (Birkhäuser, 2022).

From the bustle of Johannesburg to the neon of Las Vegas, Denise Scott Brown’s advocacy for “messy vitality” has transformed the way we look at the urban landscape. Unconventional, eloquent, and with a profound sociopolitical message, Scott Brown is one of our era’s most influential thinkers on architecture and urbanism.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the seminal treatise Learning from Las Vegas, the anthology Denise Scott Brown In Other Eyes paints a portrait of Scott Brown as seen through the eyes of leading architectural historians and practitioners. It features new scholarship on her education on three continents, her multidisciplinary teaching, and her use of urban patterns and forces as tools for architectural design.

Mary McLeod, PhD, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where she teaches architecture history and theory, and occasionally studio courses. She has also taught at Harvard University, University of Kentucky, University of Miami and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and ideology.

Lynn Gilbert is a documentary photographer whose pictures has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of The National Gallery in Washington DC, in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the New York Historical Society. 

Frida Grahn, Editor, Denise Scott Brown In Other Eyes: Portraits of an Architect, is an architect and architecture historian based in Zurich. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture and a Master of Advanced Studies in History and Theory of Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. She is currently a PhD candidate in the history of architecture at the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).


Friday February 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Center for Architecture