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Aaron Betsky is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He was director of the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.
Betsky has written monographs on the work of numerous late-20th-century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture.
He is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of queer theory.
In his CCA lecture he will discuss the major contributions queer men and women have made to our designed environment: through "queering" of forgotten or unformed spaces within the city, creating alternative social frameworks, perverting design styles, and creating an intermediary between interior design and architecture.
The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.