March 7, 2018

The Architecture of John Simpson

The Timeless Language of Classicism

Annual Alvin Holm Lecture

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
6:00 PM Reception, Discussion begins at 6:30 PM

ICAA Members: $20 | General Public: $25 | Free admission for Union League Members

London-based classical architect John Simpson shapes his design ethos around the notion that architecture is a public art, where each facade forms the character and shape of the public realm. The streets, squares, and major civic spaces that we use all create an architectural language that is recognizable and also shapes our collective cultural experience. As one of the world’s leading practitioners of New Classicism, a contemporary architecture movement that continues the practice of classical and traditional architecture, Simpson embraces the virtues of durability, functionality, and beauty.

Simpson’s architecture is built to last, to be beautiful, and to ensure the comfort and ease of those who experience it – be it the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace or an apartment in a historic building in New York. In his illustrated lecture, Simpson will present some of the thirty diverse projects highlighted in the recently published book, The Architecture of John Simpson: The Timeless Language of Classicism (Rizzoli New York, 2016). A range of work will be included, from small-scale residential and apartment designs, to country house, town house, and large-scale institutional projects.

John Simpson studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Palladio Award, the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust Building of the Year Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, among others.

1.5 AIA LU credits will be available for this lecture. Please bring your AIA membership number in order to fill out the necessary paperwork.