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Architectural Lectures (Scroll down for full list.)

To schedule an individual lecture or lecture series,
please send an inquiry to gail@gailcornell.com

These lectures are appropriate for general audiences as enrichment lectures, arts and culture talks, on study tours, and in the classroom. They have also been presented to audiences of architects, engineers, art historians, and designers. I tailor each presentation to the particular professional backgrounds, interests and needs of the audience.  These talks and presentations are illustrated via Power Point with photography, site plans, architectural drawings, historic images, etc.

20th- and 21st-Century Architecture Lecture Series
  •Masterpieces of Art Nouveau
  •Masterpieces of Art Deco
  •Early 20th-Century Masters of Architecture
  •Late 20th-Century Masters of Architecture
  •21st-Century Superstar Architects         

Know Your Architectural Styles Lecture Series I

   •Greek and Greek Revival Architecture  
   •Roman and Neoclassical Architecture
   •Romanesque and Romanesque Revival Architecture  
   •Gothic and Neo-Gothic Architecture 
   •Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance/Italianate Architecture  
   •Baroque and Neo-Baroque/Beaux Art Architecture

Know Your Architectural Styles Lecture Series II
   •Arts and Crafts 
   •Art Nouveau 
   •Art Deco 
   •International Style  
   •Late 20th Century Styles: Brutalist, Post-Modern, Deconstructivist and more
   •21st-Century Architectural Trends

Restoration and Preservation Series

Understanding the UNESCO World Heritage Program
Case Study: Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Peru
What exactly does it mean to be a World Heritage site and how does a country or city achieve this designation for a site?  What occurs once a site receives this designation?   Using the popular tourist destinations of Cuzco and Machu Picchu as case studies, this lecture will elucidate the World Heritage program. 
World Monuments Fund:Preserving the World's Endangered Cultural Heritage
Case Study: Angkor, Cambodia
Many of the sites visited on this tour have been the beneficiaries of the World Monument Fund.  This unique organization is devoted to saving the world’s most irreplaceable and endangered places.  This lecture will take a closer look at the WMF, using the organization’s decade long conservation work at Angkor as a case study.

Fragile Sites + Exponential Tourism:  Case Study – Luxor, Egypt 
The number of tourists visiting Egypt rose from just over 3 million in 1995 to 8 million in 2004 to over 14.5 million in 2010.   Recognizing the danger to its fragile cultural sites caused by this huge number of visitors, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities commissioned a major study and master plan for Luxor, supported in part by the WMF and the American Research Center in Egypt.  This talk will highlight some of the key issues that Luxor and all heavily visited cultural sites face as the world grows smaller and tourism increases.

The Historic Architecture of Spain Series

•The Architectural Heritage of Roman,Visigoth and Islamic Cultures in Iberia   
•Building the Great Mosque of Córdoba   
•Roman City Planning and Architecture and the Treasures of Mérida   
•Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Alhambra's Interior Design Program
•Seville's Architectural Splendor: from the Torre del Oro to La Giralda to the Royal Alcazar   
•Antoni Gaudí and Barcelona's Exuberant Modernismo Architecture

Other Architectural Topics
Monuments, Monumentality and Meaning
From the 9/11 memorial the moai of Easter Island to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, our world is full of monuments.  Why do we build them?  And why do we build monuments the way we do?  What do they say about our desire to remember?  Our ability to forget?  How can we explain our natural tendency to transform a monument’s raison d'être over time to one so different than its original? This lecture will explore these questions and more.
The Rational & the Sensuous: Design and Architecture of the Taj Mahal
The planning and design of the Taj Mahal was detailed and monumental.  Built as both a resting place and a memorial to his beloved wife who died in childbirth in 1631, Shah Jahan created an iconic complex of buildings both rational and sensual at the same time.  The presentation will review architectural and design concepts that created the site that has become synonymous with India.
The Medina: An Urban Plan for North African Cities   Case Study: Fez, Morocco
Dating to the 9 century, the medina represents an urban form found across North Africa, from Tunis to Tangiers to Marrakech to Fez. Using Fez as an example, this talk will explain the plan of a typical North African medina and the building types found within it, from madrasas to mosques, to small inns and residences to grand palaces, to warehouses, markets, workshops and small industries.

Showcasing Barcelona: Great Architecture from Barcelona’s 1898 World’s Fair, the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympics

Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building at 100 Years Old

Modernismo:  Barcelona’s Exuberant Response to Art Nouveau

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Mosaic restorers at the 
terraced houses in Ephesus, Turkey
Greek, Roman and Byzantine Architecture

•How the Romans Built Cities:  Principles of Roman City Planning
•Roman Construction and Building Techniques
•Magna Graecia: How Greek Architects Built Sicily
•Roman Architecture in the South of France
•Envisioning the City of Pergamum:  An Examination of the Ancient City and Its Architecture
•Architectural Masterpieces of Ephesus in Context: A Closer Look at the   City's Renown Library and Residences
•The History of Roman Theaters and the Theater of Aspendos
•Roman Cities in Spain:  Merida and Italica
•Mosaics, Marble and Monumentality:  Roman Art, Architecture and City Planning
•The Rediscovery of Pompeii and Its Impact on Modern Archaeology
•Design and Construction in the Ancient World:  How Did They Do It

Contemporary Architecture

•Mid-Century Modern Skyscrapers:  How to Tell a Great Glass Box from a Not-so-great Glass Box
•Frank Gehry:  From Malibu to Bilbao
•Berlin: Building the New City
•Bilbao’s Cinderella Story:  Urban Development Lessons from the Basque Country

The Art & Architecture of Italy

•The Genius of Andrea Palladio: Town and Country Architectural Masterpieces
•The Medici in the Countryside:  Villas, Retreats, Hunting Lodges, Pleasure Palaces and Gardens
•The Renaissance in Tuscany:  The Works of Rossellino, Sangallo, Michelozzo and Other Architectural Jewels
•The Urban Development of Florence, Italy from the Roman Days to the Present
•Architectural Masterpieces of the "Golden City" of Siena, Italy
•San Gimignano's 14th-Century Frescoes
•Rome as the Roman's Saw It
•Venice: Palace Architecture along the Grand Canal


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