2021 Virtual Program Recordings

"FIVE WOMEN ARCHITECTS: THEIR CAREERS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE" BY BARBARA POWERS 

Originally broadcasted live on March 16th, 2021.

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In this lecture, architectural historian Barbara Powers is examining the careers and contributions of five women practicing architecture in American during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn how these exceptional women overcame the obstacles confronting women in the practice of architecture through their remarkable work and personal achievements. Discussion includes: Sophia Hayden, designer of the Women’s Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago; Marion Mahoney Griffin, who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio; Julia Morgan, who’s most famous work is San Simeon, the Hearst Castle in California; Theodate Pope, born in Ohio her designs for schools and her family home, now Hill-Stead Museum are in Connecticut; and Florence Kenyon Hayden, designer of Oxley Hall, Ohio State University’s first women’s dormitory and held state and national positions in the National Women’s Party (active in the suffrage movement in Ohio and the nation). 

Barbara Powers has 38 years of experience with historic survey and the National Register of Historic Places programs in Ohio. Powers serves on the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Commission. She was the state coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historians online publication Archipedia Classic Buildings. Published works include “Ohio’s Pride, the Art and Architecture of the Ohio State Office Building” in Timeline, a publication of the Ohio History Connection; “Louis Bromfield’s Big House at Malabar Farm: Form Follows Fiction” in Recreating the American Past, Essays on the Colonial Revival published by the University of Virginia Press and “The Architecture of the Ohio Governor’s Residence” in Our First Family’s Home published by Ohio University Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Miami University and a Master’s in Architectural History with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia.

Barbara has researched and lectured on late 19th and early 20th century architectural topics including Ohio architecture, women architects, Ohio architect Frank Packard, the City Beautiful Movement, and progressive era industrial architecture. She has conducted numerous tours of Columbus architecture and civic spaces and has given courses on Discovering Ohio Architecture: Early Settlement to Modern Ohio for the Columbus Landmarks, Upper Arlington Lifelong Learning, Ohio State University Marion Branch Adult Education, Heritage Ohio and the Ohio History Connection.

 

"THE ARCHITECT WHO DEFINED THE CHAMPION CITY" BY KEVIN ROSE 

Originally broadcasted live on April 6th, 2021.

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Join Kevin Rose, historian with the Turner Foundation and national president of the Victorian Society, as he examines the forces that shaped the Champion City and the young architect who made it live up to its name.

In the late-nineteenth century, Springfield, Ohio, grew to become one of the most important centers of industry and invention in America. Money from these innovations created wealth, as well as a pride that the self-championed Champion City was second to none. These industrialists turned to a young local architect, Charles Cregar, to help them realize the dream of the idyllic city. Over his seventeen-year career, Cregar had carte blanche control over the city’s aesthetic, designing nearly every important structure, including the Arcade, Mitchell Block, and City Building and Market.

Kevin Rose is a Historian and Director of Revitalization at the Turner Foundation. Kevin's research focuses on the history of Springfield’s built environment and how architectural sites are interpreted to the public. In addition, Kevin oversees the foundation’s work in historic preservation, cultural tourism, and creative placemaking. Through his work, he gives lectures and tours on history, architecture, and art topics throughout the Midwest. He has researched and developed over forty walking and bicycle tours, with topics ranging from early-Victorian neighborhoods to modern architectural landmarks of the 1970s. Kevin holds B.A. in History from Wittenberg University and M.A. in Interpretive Studies at the University of Leicester in England. He is a founder of the Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden, and Lillian Gish Film Festival. In addition, Kevin serves on the state board of Heritage Ohio. He currently serves as the chair of the Ohio Humanities Council and as the national president of the Victorian Society in America.

 

"NATURALLY ANIMATED ARCHITECTURE" BY KEVIN NUTE

Originally broadcasted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021.

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Please join architectural theorist and University of Hawai'i professor Kevin Nute as he explains the benefits of including rather than excluding the weather from indoor environments. Naturally Animated Architecture will show how the movements of sunlight, wind and rain can be used to improve the well-being of people in buildings at the same time as raising awareness of underused sustainable practices. In demonstrating how buildings can be designed to reconcile their traditional role as shelter from the weather with the active inclusion of its movement, it will show that in the process of protecting us from the extremes of nature, architecture can also be a means of actively reconnecting us with it.

Kevin Nute is well-known to the Wright community as an author of "Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan" (1993). Nute’s work focuses on the transcultural lessons of Japanese architecture. In addition to "Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan" (1993), he is the author of "Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture" (2004), "Naturally Animated Architecture" (2018), and most recently, "This Here Now: Japanese Building and the Architecture of the Individual" (2020). Kevin received his architectural training at the University of Nottingham before working in practice in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. He earned his doctorate at Cambridge, has been a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tokyo. He has taught at Muroran Institute of Technology in Japan and at the University of Oregon, and is currently with the University of Hawai’I at Mānoa.

 

"CATS OF BRUTALISM." A CONVERSATION.

Originally broadcasted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 via Zoom Webinar.

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The Westcott House teamed up with Cats of Brutalism to present a free virtual event - a conversation with Emily Battaglia, Madelaine Ong and Michaela Senay, creators of Cats of Brutalism, and students of Master of Architecture program at the University at Buffalo, who were joined by Gregory Delaney, their professor at the University at Buffalo, and Angus Fletcher, professor of English and faculty member of Project Narrative at The Ohio State University. This virtual program was moderated by Marta Wojcik and Kevin Rose of the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design.

Cats of Brutalism is an Instagram account, originally created by Emily, Madelaine and Michaela as part of a studio project, advocating for brutalism, in collaboration with professors Gregory Delaney and Brett Doster. The studio focused on the past, present and future of a local brutalist building; the Earl W. Brydges Public Library in Niagara Falls, New York (1968-1974), designed by American architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997). In recognition of the fact that the style of brutalism is underappreciated and underrepresented, the students set out to develop a project that pressed on this style, period, and its association, not only as a means of design and social commentary, but as a way to engage the broader public.

Cats of Brutalism juxtaposes brutalist buildings with super-scaled cats as a means of introducing warmth, softness, and whimsy to the often-perceived-as cold, hard, and severe forms of brutalism. The pairing is intentionally absurd, but also fitting—the rough textures, complex forms, and often compartmentalized and/or aggregate massing of brutalism offers the ideal post for scratching, climbing, hiding, and perching, as cats do. As a response to the internet’s obsession with all-things-cats and cat-humor, the account aims to capture the intrigue of a cat-loving public in combination with a common architecture and design audience, toward the ultimate aim of involving the public in conversations about brutalism and the futures of brutalist buildings.

 

 

"THE MACHINE IN THE GARDEN." A CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY SPAID. 

Originally broadcasted on Wednesday, July 28th via Zoom Webinar.

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Enjoy a series of short videos and conversation about the recent work by the artist Gregory Spaid who has produced a series of videos throughout the coronavirus pandemic. “In this unsettling time,” he writes, “I have tried to look more closely at nature for the beauty, solace and inspiration that can still be found there.” Spaid has made works of art that remind us of the redemptive beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. 

This program was originally broadcast on Wednesday, July 28th via Zoom Webinar.

Gregory Spaid’s recent work includes a photography project that explores the vital role trees play in our lives. For this project he has traveled throughout the United States and has been awarded artist residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation in Wyoming, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Congaree National Park in South Carolina, as well as the Sonoran Artist Residency in Ajo, Arizona. He is also at work on a project photographing the dance-like movement of people on the street of New York City for a series of abstract images titled Pedestrians. His photography on the changing landscape of rural America was included in a major group exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles titled “Where We Live.” As well as the Getty, his work is in other major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Italy and is the recipient of eight grants from the Ohio Art Council. Spaid has published two monographs on his photography: Grace: Photograph of Rural America in 2000 and On Nantucket in 2002. In 2010 the Getty Museum published his work in a historical survey titled The Tree in Photography. Spaid taught studio art at Kenyon College in rural Ohio, where he has also served as the college’s provost.   

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