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UMass Amherst & Brutalism: Origins, Evolution, and Future - Engaging Public Dialogue

Event Information


John W. Olver Design Building

Date & Time

Oct 20, 2018 | 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join Docomomo US/New England and the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Historic Preservation Program for a tour of a commonly overlooked Post-War campus featuring prominent Modern architecture designs by Kevin Roche, Marcel Breuer, Edward Durell Stone among others. Participants are encouraged to add their voice and express their thoughts on the evolution of the Brutalist structures on campus in an open discussion following the tour. Following the discussion, there will be a public showing of the movie Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect.

Speakers will include Professor Timothy Rohan, Professor Carl Fiocchi, Professor Margaret Vickery, and Docomomo US/New England Co-President David Fixler FAIA FAPT LEED

This event is sponsored by Western Mass AIA and the Five Colleges Architectural Studies Program as part of their 2018 Film Series. This event is funded in partnership with the UMass Amherst Architecture Department, UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, and the UMass Amherst History of Art + Architecture Department.

The film will be free and open to the public. No registration required.

All event activities are free to students, UMass Amherst faculty and staff.  Docomomo US/New England members register at the door.  General Tickets for the tour/discussion portion of the event will be sold for $25

campus tour from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
break/refreshments from 3:00 - 3:30 pm
discussion from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
film showing from 4:30 - 6:00 pm

The tour will start at the John W. Olver Design Building located at 551 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01003

Free parking will be available behind the building in the adjacent lot.

Break/refreshments, discussion, and the film showing will also take place in the Design Building atrium/lecture hall following the tour.