Architectural Historian David Watkin will lecture on ‘Current Classical and Traditional Architecture in Britain and the USA’ on Thursday January 15 at 2 pm in the Rosenthal Lecture Room at the Foundation’s offices at 311 Peruvian Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. The lecture is free to members and students; $20 for non-members. Please call 561-832-0731 to reserve as seating is limited.
David Watkin is a British architectural historian, an Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Professor Emeritus of History of Architecture in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture.
Neoclassical architecture is Watkin's main research interest, particularly from the 18th century to the present day, and he has published widely on that topic. His book, Morality and Architecture: The Development of a Theme in Architectural History and Theory from the Gothic Revival to the Modern Movement in 1977, brought him wide international attention and was re-published in expanded form as Morality and Architecture Revisited in 2001. Watkin challenges the prevailing interpretation of the language used to describe modernist architecture, which claims to be rational and truthful, reflecting the needs of the contemporary society.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a private, non-profit, 1500 member organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic, architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida.