May 25, 2022

The Classic Architecture of Andrea Palladio is the Topic

The Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, Italy (photo by Giulio Bernardi)

ESSEX, CT – Dr. Victor Deupi, architectural designer, teacher, and writer, will be presenting “The Architecture of Andrea Palladio” as part of the Essex Library’s popular Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, at Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Palladio was the 16th-century Venetian who is widely considered the single most influential figure in all of Western architecture.  Buildings from the Redwood Library in Newport, R.I. to Monticello pay homage to his classical designs. Admission is free; please call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 to register. 

Born in the Republic of Venice in 1508, Palladio practiced architecture that adhered to the classical Roman principles he rediscovered and applied to his works, which included palaces, villas, and churches.  A number of his buildings are protected as part of World Heritage Sites.  His architecture has been valued for centuries as the quintessence of the harmony and calm of the High Renaissance. His teachings are detailed in his many books, which brought him fame both during his life and long afterwards.  He died in 1580.

Mr. Deupi earned his Masters and Ph.D. in architecture from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania respectively and his teaching credits include Notre Dame and the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture in London.  Presently he is teaching design, history, and representation at Fairfield University and the New York Institute of Technology.  He has written extensively about New Urbanism and the humanities underpinning the classical tradition.  Mr. Deupi is also a watercolorist whose work has been exhibited here and abroad (

Future presenters in the series are, on Friday, Feb. 18, Dariel Cobb, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford, who examines the role of inspiration and authorship in architecture and the arts in a talk titled, “Inspiration and Authorship in the New Millennium.” On Friday, Mar. 18, Landscape designer Louis Raymond conducts an illustrated and animated presentation on that perennial horticultural question “To be Formal – or Not to be Formal.”

Essex Meadows is at 30 Bokum Road in Essex (