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Robert Venturi’s Rome: 10th Anniversary Alvin Holm Lecture/Symposium

November 9, 2019
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
4.5 AIA LUs
Registration is required
Event Cost: 

Ambassador Level: $250 | ICAA Members: $100 | General Admission: $125 | Students: $90

Perhaps no other Philadelphia architect has received more recognition and wielded more influence in the second half of the 20th century than did Robert Venturi (1925-2018). His 1966 “gentle manifesto,” Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, catapulted him into the forefront of American architecture and architects. As one of the most significant theoretical works on architectural theory, this book has been recognized to be heavily influenced by Venturi’s two-year tenure at the American Academy of Rome from 1954 to 1956 and uses many Roman buildings to illustrate his theories.

In 2017, two more recent Rome Fellows and architects, Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby, published their book, Robert Venturi’s Rome, which re-examines the Roman buildings and places that exemplified Venturi’s ideas with the perspective of fifty years of architectural advancements. The book includes exclusive watercolor illustrations inspired by the black and white illustrations by Venturi in Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.

Join us for the 10th Anniversary Alvin Holm Lecture/Symposium which will feature Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby, joined by their fellow architectural colleague, Steven Semes, as they discuss Robert Venturi’s Rome. In addition to the lectures, there will be a small exhibit of the original watercolors done by Fisher and Harby to illustrate their book.

For more information, please contact:
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Nova Harris