Abend Family Visiting Critic Endowed Lecture: Brett Steele

October 26, 2019
5:30p Lecture
Kuehner Court, Weil Hall

Brett Steele, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts), will deliver the annual Abend Family Visiting Critic Endowed Lecture, titled Dispersion & Disappearance: Architecture's Digital Decoys, as a keynote for the symposium Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital. The lecture will be livestreamed in Steinberg Auditorium and on the symposium website.

Brett Steele (AA DIPL, HON FRIBA, FRSA) was appointed dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture in August 2017. A teacher, writer, and recognized leader in arts and architecture education—as well as a leading voice on architecture and urbanism—he is a frequent lecturer, presenter, and critic at universities, cultural centers, and offices worldwide. He has served on numerous arts and architecture commissions and juries and participated in policy planning initiatives worldwide. His academic experience and scholarly interests focus on the modern and contemporary conditions of arts education and culture, and he has written extensively on the expansive circumstances of today’s electronic, computational design studios. Prior to this appointment at UCLA, Brett was the director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, where he led a decade-long transformation and expansion of one of the world’s most renowned schools of architecture.

About the Abend Family Visiting Critic Endowed Lecture

The Abend Family Visiting Critic Endowed Fund was established to honor professor emeritus Leslie Laskey, an accomplished teacher and artist who influenced generations of students during his 35-year tenure at what was then known as the School of Architecture here at Washington University. The fund is intended to bring critics to campus to present a lecture to students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the School, as well as to spend time with students and faculty in studios, seminars, and other activities that offer small-group engagement and interactive dialogue and critique opportunities.