Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 5:30pm
LOCATION: Zoom Webinar

The Language of Ornament
Part I: The Symbolic
Part II: The Representational

Andrea Keller, Guest Instructor

Part I: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Part II: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
5:30 - 6:30 PM Pacific Standard Time

1 AIA CES Learning Unit|Elective Per Session
(2 credits total for attending both Parts I & II)

Ornament is defined as "artistic elements added to an otherwise functional structure or object, with the sole purpose of making it more beautiful." This elaboration has the power to both beautify and glorify, and the content does not have to be explicitly understood by the viewer in order to be enjoyed. This two-part free webinar will examine the Language of Ornament, based on categories rather than geographies. Humans have been creating similar forms across the world for millennia, and this lecture will explore artistic expression that appears to be universal both in origin and intent. Participants will achieve a greater degree of fluency in the language of Ornament.

“Ornament is the only visual art whose primary if not exclusive purpose is pleasure.”
 James Trilling

“Ornament is the language through which Architecture communicates with a broader public.” Architectural Review

Advanced registration required! Registration will close 30 minutes prior to start of Part I of webinar.


Andrea Keller served on the faculty of USC School of Architecture for seven years, teaching Studio (Architecture), Ecology as a basis for Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture History. She was also a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design. She is founder and principal of AKA architecture + design.