Upcoming Lectures by Professor Kyna Leski

By Graham Rice | Mar 16, 2017

Architect: Kyna Leski. “Funnel”, video still, Dennis Hlynsky, 1982.

Kyna Leski, RISD professor of architecture currently on sabbatical, will present two major lectures.  First at The Cooper Union in New York City and then the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for their Misher Festival of Fine Art.


Kyna will return to her Alma Mater Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to give a talk called, “Field Guided” 12:00pm – 2:00pm. The lecture will focus on her current preoccupation with the “field” which each of us elicits, in a work, or over a life time.

I have found that my “field” extends as time goes on, out into the world, but has the tensile properties of getting tighter as it does. – Kyna Leski

FIELD GUIDED: The Field Which Each of Us Elicits, In a Project and Over a Lifetime
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Room 315F  at 7 East 7th Street

More information about the Cooper Union talk can be found here.


Each year the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (which contains the oldest school of Pharmacology in the U.S.) holds a week long arts festival.  The festival celebrates history, music, and literature alongside biology, chemistry, and more. This year Kyna Leski is the Visiting Misher Professor and the theme is “The Architecture of Creativity.”

What can physical structures, from sculpture to skyscrapers, teach us about the creative process? And, conversely, how do the creative arts—whether jazz compositions or short stories—reflect intensive knowledge of form and function?

The two events that feature her work on Creativity are on Thursday, March 23, 2017. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Misher Festival Book Club: The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Wilson 205-208

2017 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities Lecture
Kyna Leski, Professor of Architecture
1 p.m. in McNeil Science and Technology Center, AstraZeneca Auditorium

More information about the Misher Festival talks can be found here.

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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