In conjunction with Utah Valley University, the ICAA Utah Chapter has organized its third annual spring lecture series! All lectures are free for members and the public! The lectures will be broadcast live at 6:00pm MST via Zoom.

If you wish to receive credit for AIA approved lectures, please make sure your Zoom name displays your full name. After the lecture, please email your AIA number to

April 13th, 2022
“Beauty Memory Unity: Proportion in Architecture and Design”

In this presentation architect Steve Bass offers a view of the proportional idea based in the ancient philosophical systems of Pythagoras, Plato and later Neo-Platonists.  In these systems number and geometry, the substance of proportion, are endowed with qualitative, harmonic, life-like properties.  These ideas are linked to the numerical and geometrical methods used to describe the elements of classical architecture in reference literature such as Vitruvius, Vignola and Palladio.  A central theme is the philosophical nature of beauty as a form of the good, beauty’s relation to proportion and to the idea of vitalization of matter in classical art.  Such a view of beauty not only fully justifies the study of the classical today but could provide a possible pathway out of the alienation, anxiety and intentional ugliness of modernism.

Steve Bass is an architect in practice since 1974.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, 1970;  a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, 1991, where he studied under the direction of Dr. Keith Critchlow;  and was a participant in the initial Prince of Wales’s Summer Course in Architecture, 1990. From 2006 to 2008 he was Visiting Professor of Architecture at Notre Dame University.  Steve is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York City where he teaches on the theme of proportion and geometry in design.  He has written for ICAA’s journal ‘The Classicist’, for ‘Traditional Building’ magazine, and for ‘American Arts Quarterly’.  His book, ‘Beauty Memory Unity – A Theory of Proportion in Architecture and Design’ is available from Lindisfarne Books.

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Topic: Steve Bass ICAA Utah + UVU Lecture
Time: Apr 13, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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February 16th, 2022
“The Language of Ornament”

Ornament has the power to both beautify and glorify, and the content does not have to be explicitly understood by the viewer in order to be enjoyed. This lecture will explore how humans have been creating similar forms across the word for millennia, an artistic expression that appears to be universal both in origin and intent.

Andrea Keller served on the faculty of USC School of Architecture for seven years, teaching Studio (Architecture), Ecology as a basis for Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture History. She was also a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design. She is founder and principal of AKA architecture + design.

*This lecture has not yet been approved for AIA credit*

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February 16th, at 6:00PM Mountain Time
Andrea Keller- “The Language of Ornament”
Time: Feb 16, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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