On Friday, April 7, Markus Breitschmid, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, will discuss “Architecture, Aesthetics, Metaphysics” at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Breitschmid was invited to make this presentation at the Critical Aesthetics conference, which is funded by the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, the Cornell University Society for the Humanities, and the Cornell University Class of 1916. The conference is organized by the university’s French studies, German studies and romance studies departments. Breitschmid is the only architect represented in the small field of invited participants, which consists largely of philosophers and writers.

Breitschmid received his architectural education in Switzerland and the United States, and is a registered architect and a member of the Swiss Institute of Architects and Engineers. He received his doctorate from the Institute of Building History at the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany. He has lectured and served as a design critic at various schools in Europe and the United States. Previously, Breitschmid has taught at Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, and the Catholic University of America. His scholarship encompasses what is commonly known as German Modernism and focuses on the aesthetic mentality of Modernism.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.