Skip to main content
Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets!

It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate.

Architecture and Philosophy: A History of Interactions

Evening Program on Zoom

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0079
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
Reserving your tickets...

Bernard Tschumi’s "La Villette"


What could architecture and philosophy have to do with one another? At first glance, not much it would seem. And yet an astonishing relation between them goes back as far as texts and treatises of ancient Greece and Rome. Ever since, it has shaped Romanic and Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, affected the emergence of the architectural profession in the Renaissance, underlaid modernist ideas as well as critiques against it, and led to prolific experimental interactions between architects and philosophers throughout the second half of the 20th century.

As remarkably productive as profoundly problematic, this relation has now become academically and professionally institutionalized, confirming the continuing importance of an unlikely but influential bond between two fields apparently so far apart.

André Patrão, a postdoctoral researcher of architectural theory and philosophy, traces a history of their notable intersections, and uncovers their dramatic effects, from antiquity to today.


Want to add a festive touch to this program? Try a snack box from Cheesemonster Studio!

  • To order a snack box from Cheesemonster Studio's website.
  • NOTE: All orders should be placed through Cheesemonster Studio. Shipping orders need to be placed by Sunday, March 21, and will ship on Tuesday, March 23 for arrival on or before Thursday, March 25. Pick-up orders need to be placed by Wednesday, March 24. Each snack box is designed for 2-3 people.


  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.