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The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa: Recomposing Place, Intertwining Time, Transforming Reality

Thursday, October 15 | 6:00 PM

Virtual Event

Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture will present the Architecture Faculty Lecture. McCarter will provide an overview of the career and works of the architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-78), a unique figure among second-generation Modern architects, at once deeply imbedded in the archaic and anachronistic culture of Venice, yet simult aneously transforming that ancient city by weaving the most modern spatial conceptions into its material fabric. At once ancient and modern, Scarpa joined these two worlds by constructing an interpretation of architectural preservation, renovation, and intervention that integrates, engages, and transforms its historical place. Scarpa's architecture is fundamentally based in the light, space and material sensibility of his place, and his earliest designs were for the Murano glass fabricators Cappellin and Venini, an engagement of the traditional culture of Venice.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Melissa Meinzer | mmeinzer@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Robert McCarter is a practicing architect, author and Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis since 2007. He has also taught at the University of Florida, Columbia University, and four other institutions. During his 35 years in academia, McCarter has taught at least one design studio every semester, and he has taught more than 1,800 students. He has had his own architectural practice since 1982, in New York, Florida, and St. Louis, with 25 realized buildings.

Read the rest of McCarter's bio on the event website.

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Linda Pike

Linda Pike left a positive review 10/14/2020

I am not an architect but have an interest in art and architecture. This was a great lecture because, while its intended audience was architects, it was still approachable by the interested non-expert.