Artist Lecture: Painting in Architecture with Jeremiah Eck FAIA

September 29, 2022

We often forget that authentic architecture, as defined by the first-century Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius, should be functional, structurally sound, and have Venustas or beauty. This third element is often the most elusive, and many over the years have argued that any attempt to define beauty is purely subjective or in the often quoted “eye of the beholder.”

Architect, author, landscape painter, and former Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeremiah Eck FAIA, will present his case for a more objective definition of beauty in architecture, one that finds its roots in art itself. Using a visually compelling selection of images gathered from years of architectural practice and painting, he will tie the two disciplines together and offer an alternative way to define beauty that can stand the test of time.

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Jeremiah Eck is the founding partner of Eck|MacNeely Architects, a Boston-based firm that has completed a wide range of residential and academic projects over the past 40 years. The firm has won numerous local and national awards and been published widely. The work includes houses in 14 states and academic facilities comprising teaching, living, and administrative buildings. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, author, landscape painter, and former Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has written three books The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design, and The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your Home, by Taunton Press (2003, 2006). His third book, House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally, by Princeton Architectural Press was published in late 2010. Jeremiah graduated from Colgate University magna cum laude and Columbia University where he received the AIA School Medal for Excellence. He was elected to the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2012 made an Exhibiting Member of the Providence Art Club, the second oldest art club in the United States.