College of Arts and Sciences


  • Kidder Presents on World Trade Center Architect Minoru Yamasaki

    January 11, 2012

    Philosophy Professor Paul Kidder, Director of the Core Honors Program, presents "Minoru Yamasaki and the Fragility of Architecture” as the 2012 Touchstone Lecture. Yamasaki, a Japanese-American raised in Seattle, is best known as the designer of the World Trade Center in New York City, which was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The Touchstone Lecture takes place on March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Wyckoff auditorium.

    “Yamasaki was a modernist who sought to recover traditional architectural symbols in his buildings,” said Kidder. “In addition to the World Trade Towers, he designed the Rainier Tower and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, two of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic buildings.”

    Yamasaki died in 1986.

    Kidder earned his Ph.D. from Boston College and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 1989. His scholarship and research focus on aesthetics, urban studies and international development, metaphysics, and ethics.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.


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