Online course

Iconic Houses of the 20th Century

Tuesday 22 February 2022 - Tuesday 29 March 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Explore a selection of the most innovative 20th century houses from around the world. Including classic works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, modernist masterpieces by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Charles Eames and contemporary gems by Glenn Murcutt and Sarah Wigglesworth.

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Gregory Votolato

Course Leader Gregory Votolato

Dr. Gregory Votolato is an architect, curator, teacher and writer on design, technology and culture. His publications include American Design in the Twentieth Century (Manchester, 1998), Transport Design, A Travel History (Reaktion, 2007), Ship, (Reaktion, 2011), and Car (Reaktion, 2015).

Greg was very inspiring - knowledgeable, with an lively and engaging presentation style, articulate and responsive to students. Previous Online Course Participant

Course Overview

This course examines the interiors and exteriors of houses that have come to define modern architecture and design. Individual sessions will consider the history and progress of each project, their planning and materials, the relationships between architects and clients, in addition to the houses’ furniture and decorations. We will also consider what makes each building so innovative for its time, and consider the case for preserving them, unchanged, for posterity.


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Online course: Iconic Houses of the 20th Century

22 February 2022 - 29 March 2022


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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)