Spring 2019 – Great Western Architects

Great Western Architects
Presented by Marta O’Brien
Thursdays, April 4 to May 23, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We still see the influence of architects from as long ago as the 1500s. This course examines the lives and buildings of some of the West’s greatest architects, who designed iconic buildings and influenced generations. You’ll see hundreds of images and learn about the buildings of these architects and their disciples.

April 4 ANDREA PALLADIO 1508-1580
There is no architect whose work has been so widely imitated for so long. Palladio’s most lasting legacy is house design, with aspects seen even in the 21st century.

April 11 SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN 1632-1723
With almost all his commissions from the Crown and Church, Wren’s buildings include many landmarks. Not bad for a self-taught architect who was first an astronomer and scientist.

April 18 RICHARD NORMAN SHAW 1831-1912
Shaw worked in several styles during his long career. With William Eden Nesfield, he developed the Old English and Queen Anne Revival styles – both of which became popular in Canada.

April 25 H.H. (HENRY HOBSON) RICHARDSON 1838-1886
Richardson was the first American architect to create a style that subsequently became national. His works may appear familiar because he had several followers in Toronto.

Voysey was a successful and influential designer of country houses. His work is important as a link between the Arts and Crafts and Modern movements.

May 9 LOUIS H. SULLIVAN 1856-1924 and FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT 1867-1959
An American architect, writer and lecturer, Sullivan is known for his tremendous influence on skyscraper designs when that type of building was new.
The flamboyant Wright had a career of more than 70 years designing hundreds of revolutionary buildings. His houses illustrated his strong views on how families should live.

May 16 WRIGHT continued and LE CORBUSIER 1887-1966
Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect, urban planner, writer and theorist. His startling white houses and shocking urban plans made him a head of the Modern Movement.

May 23 LE CORBUSIER continued and LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE 1886-1969
Mies is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s greatest architects. He was known for his precision and attention to detail, and his dedication to open, flexible spaces within buildings.