Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco

Please join us for a Lecture & Book Signing
With author Wendy Lesser
Founder and editor of The Threepenny Review

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
6:00pm Wine reception & Book Signing
7:00pm Lecture
James Leary Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

$35 Members and Employees of Professional Member Firms
$45 Non-Members
$20 Emerging Professionals and Student Members
$20 Students (with valid I.D.)


Join the ICAA and author Wendy Lesser for an intriguing lecture on her celebrated book You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn, nominated for the 2018 Pen/Bograd Weld prize for biography, one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and one of Kirkus's Best Nonfiction Books of 2017.

Ms. Lesser's lecture explores Kahn’s education as an architect—both his artistic and architecture training, including his rigorous Beaux-Arts tradition studies at the University of Pennsylvania with Paul Cret. Following his post-graduate travels in Europe and his first decades as an architect, she will discuss his 1950-51 period as the architect-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, an experience that significantly altered his style.

A detailed investigation in the “classical” elements of his major buildings, Ms. Lesser's extensive knowledge highlights four of Louis Kahn's signature achievements: the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Phillips Exeter Library, and the Indian Institute of Management.

"Wendy Lesser's You Say to Brick is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn's life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written." ―Inga Saffron, New York Times Book Review

Wendy Lesser is the founder and editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of a novel and several previous books of nonfiction, including Why I Read (FSG, 2014), which garnered rave reviews from coast to coast. She has written for The New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. To complete this biography, she was awarded one of the first National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar awards, the only one given to a Californian in 2015.