Theodore Seligson, an award-winning architect, urban designer and visiting professor in the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design is hosting a series of four public lectures on “Masterpieces of Western Architecture: Karnak to Le Corbusier to Contemporary Examples.”

For more than 40 years, Seligson managed a Kansas City architecture firm. He has been instrumental in establishing the preservation of significant U.S. structures, and has taught and lectured at several universities.

This course uses paradigms of Western architecture to better inform participants so that they may establish a criterion for understanding and judging architecture. The Temple of Karnak in Egypt and le Corbusier’s chapel in Ronchamp, France are two examples of architecture that will be discussed. The fundamental elements that shape our perception of the built environment will be emphasized. These elements include form of space and mass; light, shade and shadow; synthesis of concepts; meaning; and symbolism.

This lecture is part of the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education Series, formed in 1966 by Carolyn Benton Cockefair’s former students. The series has brought such intellectuals as Tess Gallagher, James Michener, Jeane Kirkpatrick, John Updike and Tom Wolfe to Kansas City. Its purpose is to continue what Cockefair started when she first came to the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) in 1947.

WHEN: 12:30-2 p.m., March 12, 19, 26 and April 2

WHERE: UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room, 5115 Oak St.

REGISTRATION: The cost to attend is $45. Space is limited, and only paid pre-registration assures a seat in the class. To purchase tickets, call 816-235-2736.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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