Visiting Lecture | Stella Betts: Thirteen Ways of Looking...

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Image: Square House, courtesy of Stella Betts.

Image: Square House, courtesy of Stella Betts. 

This presentation will be conducted in-person and through Zoom. Zoom account registration is required, please register in advance here.

Stella Betts will present a selection of recently completed and in process projects including branch libraries, installations and houses. The title of the lecture Thirteen Ways of Looking… comes from a recently published book called Thirteen Ways of Looking at a House. The book includes thirteen topic texts on the elements of the house as well as thirteen houses as case studies.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation moderated by Mersiha Veledar. 

Stella Betts is a founding partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City based architecture practice. LEVENBETTS is committed to the creation of non-hierarchical, nonprescriptive space that we think of as open architecture. This approach enables us to see architecture in multiple ways and at all scales – to design for the issues of the equitable city in the same way that we consider the elements of the home.

LEVENBETTS work has been recognized nationally and internationally through awards, exhibitions and publications. Recently the firm was awarded the AIA New York State Firm of the Year. In addition, in 2020, Stella was recognized by Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture as the New Generation Leader. The office has won eleven New York City AIA awards and is currently working on its fifth New York City public library, a 300,000 square foot Life Sciences Laboratory Building in Harlem, the partial renovation to the Queens Museum, an installation at the Crystal Bridges Museum for a house prototype and a series of pavilions and residential projects.

LEVENBETTS has been published both nationally and internationally. A book that locates thirteen of the firm’s residential projects within the current discourse on the architecture of the house called Thirteen Ways of Looking at a House has just been published by ORO Editions and is
available in bookstores this Spring.

Stella serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Architectural League.

The in-person lecture is open to Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff in room 315F only. This event is accessible to the public through Zoom.  

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