Art in Architecture

Post Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985

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

The Earth wasn’t destroyed, so now what? After living under the threat of a nuclear apocalypse from the end of WWII to 1965, architecture had to find a way to cope with its extended mortality and give meaning and expression to its détente with the future.

Join Architect Steve Alden, AIA, as he dissects this shift away from the stripped-down functionalism of modern design toward the diverse aesthetics, ornamentation, and symbolism of the post-modern movement, examining the work of many of this period’s renowned architects, from Robert Venturi and Philip Johnson to Michael Graves and Charles Gwathmey.

Learning Objectives


  • Explain how social and technological shifts are reflected in the creative decisions designers make.
  • Differentiate between the works of several important architects who contributed to this unique chapter in American architectural history.
  • Recognize how scientific breakthroughs impact visionary thinking and sometimes lead to solutions that are impossible to fulfill.
  • Discuss how mid-century designers assimilated technology and social expectations into a distinctive brand that still influences architects today.

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