World Renowned Architect and Designer Aaron Betsky Set to Speak at Florida Southern College

Jan 20, 2023

by FSC Staff

The Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center and  Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center at Florida Southern College will be hosting a free lecture featuring world renowned architect and designer Aaron Betsky at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

Prior to his talk, Betsky will be signing copies of his books beginning at 1 p.m. in the GEICO Gift Shop of the Sharp Center, located at 840 Johnson Ave. in Lakeland.

Betsky is the Director of the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Previously, he served as President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin (formerly known as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture) for three years.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring in such an expert on Frank Lloyd Wright to our campus,” said Jack Coffey, Manager of Tours and Educational Programs at the Sharp Center. “Aaron Betsky has dedicated his life to learning, preserving, and furthering the legacy of Wright's vision and architectural excellence.”

A critic of art, architecture, and design, Betsky is the author of more than 20 books on those subjects. He writes a twice-weekly blog, Beyond Buildings, for architectmagazine.com. Trained as an architect and in the humanities at Yale University, Betsky has served as the Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006-2014) and the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2001-2006), as well as Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). In 2008, he also directed the 11th Venice International Biennale of Architecture. His latest books are Fifty Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright (2021), Making It Modern (2019) and Architecture Matters (2019). His Anarchitecture: The Monster Leviathan will be published in 2023.

Prior to Virginia Tech, Betsky taught at a number of educational institutions, including the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, the Taubman School of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

50 Lessons to Learn from Frank Lloyd Wright by Aaron Betsky
50 Lessons to Learn from Frank Lloyd Wright written by Aaron Betsky and Gideon Fink Shapiro; photographs by Andrew Pielage. The book begins with a simple question: what lessons can designers today learn from Frank Lloyd Wright?