Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Continues

December 8, 2009

The first of this year’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series with Jim Childress outgrew its venue at the Essex Library last Friday and was moved to Centerbrook Architect’s office as the Town Hall was already reserved for a Red Cross blood drive. Unfortunately, even that was too small for our burgeoning crowd although it did allow us a rare and fascinating look inside the ‘factory’. We had to turn people away on the phone and at the door which we are absolutely loathe to do. To prevent this sort of disappointment from occurring again, we have reserved the auditorium of the Essex Town Hall for the future lectures in the series. To those of you who were turned away, please accept our deepest apologies and give us another try –you’ll be glad you did because we have an exceptional experience planned for Friday, January 8th at 7 p.m. with Art & Architecture Historian Chuck Benson.

“The Art and Architecture Of C.F.A. Voysey and Sir Edwin Lutyens” focuses on the works of two of the most beloved architects and designers from the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries—the end of the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain. This era was also known as the British Art Nouveau, or Edwardian Period. The holistic approach to residential design of these two extraordinary artists has in part defined our enchantment with the English Country Cottage. Come explore their genius.

Professor Chuck Benson has been teaching Art and Architectural History for over twenty five years at various universities and colleges across the United States, and has subsequently led groups to explore and visit a variety of sites to Italy, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Greece and Turkey. He has also led Art and Architecture trips to New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, MOMA, The Whitney Museum, The Getty in Los Angeles, The Art Institute in Chicago, as well as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Dr. Benson currently serves as the Director of Colorado Operations, and Head of Design for a Group that specializes in the architecture and engineering of Satellite Operations Centers and Mission Control Stations.  He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has taught part-time for both the Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

He studied the history of art and architecture at Yale as an undergraduate, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University. He also has studied at both Cambridge and Oxford, as well as the University of Goettingen in Germany.