The American Skyscraper Lecture Series

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 The Department of the History of Art and Architecture presents a series of talks by renowned architects presented in coordination with Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper, a virtual exhibition online through December 31, 2020, curated by Dietrich  Neumann, Professor of the History of Modern Architecture and Brown University Ph.D. student Jonathan Duval. The Architects in Conversation lectures can be accessed via the Brown Arts Initiative's YouTube channel.



New York Daily News Building


Pawtucket native, Raymond Hood has been called “the last great architect of America’s Metropolitan era.” As part of a month-long exhibition at Brown's Bell Gallery, HIAA Professor Dietrich Neumann has invited five contemporary architects working in New York and Chicago,​ whose work follows the spirit and tradition of Hood's American skyscraper designs. 

The exhibition takes place from April 4 through May 24​ at the David Winton Bell Gallery and includes photographs, models, videos and nearly 75 architectural drawings that explore Raymond Hood’s built and unbuilt skyscrapers. Hood is known for his designs of the Chicago Tribune Tower, The New York Daily News Building, the McGraw-Hill Building and Rockefeller Center in New York. 

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Pawtucket City Hall drawing by Raymond Hood

Lecture Series

February 28 at 1 pm in List 120

Carol Krinsky | Professor of Art History, New York University

March 9 at 6 pm in List 120

Amale Andraos | Dean, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Co-Founder, WORKac

March 12 at 6 pm in List 120

Juliane Wolf | Principal, Studio Gang

Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper

Opening April 10 at 5:30 pm in the David Winton Bell Gallery featuring art historians Katherine Solomonson (University of Minnesota) discussing Hood's Chicago Tribune building featuring art historians, and Isabelle Gournay (University of Maryland) discussing his life in Paris.

April 16 at 6 pm in List 120

Annabelle Selldorf | Founding Principal, Selldorf Architects

April 20 at 6pm in List 120

Laurinda Spear (BFA ’72) Brown Trustee, 2003-2009 | Founding Principal, Arquitectonica


Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship. All lectures are free and open to the public.​