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16th Annual McKim Lecture with John Simpson

Wednesday, March 1, 2017; 6:15pm Reception, 6:45pm Lecture, Optional Dinner Follows

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The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is proud to partner with the University Club and the One West 54th Street Foundation to present the Annual McKim Lecture – named in honor of renowned architect, Charles McKim. John Simpson will deliver the 2017 lecture, entitled “The Timeless Language of Classicism,” on Wednesday, March 1 at the University Club. In this lecture, Mr. Simpson will consider how we, in the 21st Century, have come to admire, adopt, and develop the classical language of architecture and its varied ornament and decoration as practiced for over two millennia. The revival of classical design, its application and adaptation to create new types of buildings since the Renaissance, has endowed us with a rich legacy of buildings and public spaces.

John Simpson is the principal architect at John Simpson Architects. John studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Palladio Award, the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust Building of the Year Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and an Arthur Ross Award from the ICAA, among many others.
Since the 1980’s, John has endeavored to demonstrate the utility of classical architectural methods in contemporary practice. Over three decades ago, he was a principal figure in bringing public awareness to the New Classicism with projects that were greatly influenced by Georgian style. In 1999 his firm won the competition to redevelop the Queen’s Galleries and Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace, London that was completed in time for the opening of The Queen’s Jubilee Celebration in 2002.

First coming to prominence with his design for Paternoster Square in London in the early 1990’s, John Simpson is eminent in the urban design field. Since then he has become the principal planner for several new mixed-use urban extensions in England. He was the master planner for Fairfield Leyes in Aylesbury for the Ernest Cook Trust, Newcastle Great Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Swindon Southern Development Area. He was also the advisor to Solihull Metropolitan Council for the new village at Dickens Heath, completed in 2010.

John Simpson has won several competitions to design universities. In 2004, he was granted the award to design a master plan for a new building for Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge. Additionally he won a competition to design proposals for new graduate and undergraduate facilities at the Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.

Some of Mr. Simpson’s more recent awards include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for Building Conservation 2013; Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for a building providing a major Community Benefit 2013; Georgian Group Award for the Restoration of a Georgian Garden/Landscape 2012; Georgian Award for Best New Classical Building 2010; Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture 2008; Award of Excellence from the Society of American Registered Architects 2008; and The Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture in 2008.

Location: College Hall at the University Club, One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Cost/Reservations: Reservations are required. $85.00 per person for Cocktail Reception and Lecture; $175.00 per person for Cocktail Reception, Lecture, and Dinner.

Note: The University Club requires jacket and ties for gentlemen, equivalent for ladies.

Thank you to our Partner Level Sponsor, John B. Murray Architect and our Supporter Level sponsors, Linda London Ltd. and Nordic Custom Builders.

The Annual McKim Lecture is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) and the One West 54th Street Foundation. The One West 54th Street Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to preserve the architectural integrity and design of the University Club, a New York Historic Landmark building. The Foundation also provides scholarship to students, including those at the ICAA enrolled in its full array of programmatic offerings.