Wednesday / October 23, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Power of Architectural Vocabulary on Behavior

Murphy Auditorium, 50 East Erie Street, Chicago

© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

As architecture evolved from a basic need for shelter and security, it became an artistic craft that activated our thoughts, emotions, and desires for an expression of beauty. The success of an outdoor space or a building interior depends on the visual relationship that is formed between parts and patterns and one’s perception of them. What holds our attraction to some forms of architecture over others? Why does this appeal remain as civilization advances? By comparing the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and S.R. Crown Hall at IIT in Chicago, Illinois, this symposium will expand on the ideas and themes of these structures through the lens of architectural vocabulary and cognitive science, providing insight into the understanding of ancient and modern architecture and behavior.

There will be a cocktail reception preceding the event at 5:15 pm.


Freehand sketch by Cynthia Vranas Olsen while with the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in London, 2000.

MVDR Bacardi Cuba Column/1957, ink and crayon drawing by GRS [Gene Summers] on 40 X 30 om/Strathmore board. Drawing made to confirm column proportions. Original drawing, The Mies van der Rohe Archive © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York. Credit: © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Sponsored By

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Hosted By

Driehaus Museum, AIA Chicago, ANFA, the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT

Learning Units

1.5 LU

Member Price


Non Member Price