Guarino Guarini

Guarino Guarini was born Jan. 17, 1634 in Modena, Italy and lived to age 59. He was the most prominent architect of his time in Northern Italy, creating an architecture intended to inflame spiritual passions, which was a goal of the Catholic Counter-reformation...

Christopher Wren

Christopher Wren, the English architect, was born Oct. 30, 1632. Wren is known as the man who designed and built the new St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. But in his day, Wren was better known as a...

Science Matters Lunch & Learn: Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright

Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be America’s greatest architect. His “organic architecture” helped popularize open floor plans, light-filled rooms, and connections to nature, all still in demand today. In Missouri, Wright worked with forward-thinking families to design four unique houses; he also butted heads with building authorities while constructing a controversial church. Who were these Missourians on the cutting edge of architectural design, and why do Wright’s creations remain relevant nearly sixty years after his death? This talk will help you see Missouri’s buildings with new eyes.

Abbot Suger

Abbot Suger, a medieval French cleric, died Jan. 13, 1151, at about age 69; his date of birth is unknown.  Suger was Abbot of Saint-Denis in Paris.   In 1135, he began rebuilding the medieval church attached to the Abbey. Suger was influenced by the mystical writings...

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Frank Lloyd Wright of Scotland

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his designer wife, Margaret Macdonald, transformed buildings and interior architecture, turning from the claustrophobic stuffiness of Victorian clutter to elegant, simple, dramatic designs that have extraordinary contemporary appeal. Tony Jones, Nerman Family President at Kansas City Art Institute, tells the astonishing and rather tragic tale of Mackintosh’s work and life.

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