Art in Architecture

PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985 to 2005

Hosts: Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, Senior Product Specialist – BIM Solutions, Vectorworks Inc.
Steve Alden, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Vectorworks Inc.

Modernist architects shocked their contemporaries by designing buildings of pure function. Post-modern architects retaliated, creating structures so heavily adorned that you could forget what their function even was. Now, we explore today’s response to the past and the best of what’s to come. Enabled by the precision of computers, this era of design is marked by experimentation in shape and structure; using technology to push the limits of what a building can become and forging a sense of style through the totality of a form, rather than its individual elements.

Learning Objectives


  • Differentiate among the works of the time period’s prominent architects, such as Richard Meier, Thom Mayne, and Renzo Piano.
  • Discover the role that technology plays in the emergence of new, high-tech design.
  • Discuss the historic influence of past architectural masters on today’s new breed of designers.
  • Assess the potential impact of current design trends on future architectural movements.

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