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Lecture: From Silence to Light

  • Buckman Hall at Rhodes College 2000 North Pkwy Memphis, TN, 38112 United States (map)

From Silence to Light: Louis I. Kahn’s Teaching Legacy for Arts Education Today


James F. Williamson, FAIA, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Memphis, presents an exploration of the Louis Kahn's teachings. Louis L. Kahn was not only an architect of powerful buildings; he was also an unconventional teacher, a philosopher whose influence on his students was far-reaching. This lecture will examine Kahn’s intuitive approach to design in light of the relationship between creativity and the unconscious. Through a synthesis of Kahn’s approach and the insights of existential psychology, it will suggest a practical strategy for making Kahn’s theories more accessible for teachers, students, artists, and architects.

About James F. Williamson, FAIA


James F. Williamson, a 1968 graduate of Rhodes College, holds two Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student of Louis Kahn. He was later an Associate with the renowned Philadelphia firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. During some 30 years of professional practice in his own firm in Memphis, he received over 30 architectural design awards at the local, regional, and national levels. His buildings and articles have been published internationally. In 2005 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his notable contributions in architectural design and education. Prof. Williamson is the author of two novels, The Architect and The Ravine, as well as Kahn at Penn: Transformational Teacher of Architecture, published by Routledge in March 2015.

This event is free and open to the public, and held in the Blount Auditorium in Beckman Hall.

This event is presented by the Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts and is a sanctioned AIA Memphis Architecture Month lecture.

Earlier Event: September 22
Architecture Month: Hardhat Tour Series
Later Event: September 25
2015 AIA Memphis Golf Open