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August 28th 1958, Missoula, Montana, USA

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"The floating world is the realm of the graphic designer."
Aaron Betsky


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Aaron Betsky is a director of Virginia Tech's School of Architecture + Design, is a widely published critic on art, architecture and design. He is one of the most important critics and proponents of architectural discourse today. His experience as an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design have positioned Betsky as one of the 21st century's architectural power brokers

Trained as an architect and in the humanities at Yale University, he is the author of over a dozen books, including Architecture Matters, Making It Modern, Landscrapers: Building With the Land, Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio, Queer Space, Revelatory Landscapes, and Architecture Must Burn. He writes the blog "Beyond Buildings" for Director of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, he has also been President and Dean of the School of Architecture at Taliesin (originally the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture),director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2001-2006) and of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006-2014), and was founding Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). As an architect, he worked for Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Hodgetts + Fung. At the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2003 he co-curated "Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio."


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