The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has announced this year's Gehry Chair Lecture, featuring speakers Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, and Michelle Addington. Held at the Innis Town Hall on November 3rd, the lecture titled "When do looks matter more than performance?" will scrutinize the relationship between aesthetics and metrics in built form. 

Founded by Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee in 1998, the internationally renowned Los Angeles architecture firm Johnston Marklee has worked on projects across Europe, Asia, and the America. The firm has attained 30 major awards, while a book based on the the works of Johnston Marklee was published by Birkhauser in 2016. 

Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee, photo courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University of Architecture, is an internationally recognized authority on green building. Educated as both an engineer and architect, her professional experience includes stints at Dupont and at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Addington currently lectures at Yale University, and previously lectured and taught at Harvard University, Temple University, and Philadelphia University. In 2009, Addington was selected as one of the top ten faculty in architecture in the US by Architect Magazine.

Michelle Addington, photo courtesy of Yale University

Named for Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, the Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design brings global architects to the Daniels Faculty. Alongside the annual lecture, the chairs also teach a graduate-level studio course. Past chairs have included Daniel Libeskind, Diane Lewis, Hrvoje Njiric, and Josemaria de Churtichaga.

This year's lecture will be taking place on Thursday, November 3rd, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Innis Town Hall. Tickets can be found via Eventbrite, free of charge, with a wait-list due to high demand.