LEVENBETTS, Square House, north facade stair detail. © Naho Kubota.

AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture: David Leven & Stella Betts

March 4, 2019
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

David Leven, FAIA, and Stella Betts, Assoc. AIA, principals at LEVENBETTS, will deliver the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture, titled Open to Interpretation.

LEVENBETTS is an award-winning New York City-based architecture practice that challenges expectations of site, program, and type. The practice integrates civic and institutional spaces of learning, the public realm, and single-family houses into precisely detailed yet informal buildings that actualize the modern project of openness, light, and abstraction. LEVENBETTS has received both national and international recognition, including ten AIA New York Chapter Awards, two AIA NY State Awards, two Chicago Athenaeum Awards, seven Society of Registered Architects Awards, Emerging Voices 2009, and Architectural Record's Design Vanguard 2003. A monograph of the first ten years of the practice, titled Pattern Recognition, was published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press. LEVENBETTS is currently working on a book of their houses.

Leven earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He also studied at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. Currently he is a full-time professor at Parsons the New School for Design. From 2008-2011, he was the director of the graduate architecture program at Parsons. He was recently elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Betts earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She serves on the board of directors of the Architectural League of New York.