SCI-Arc is delighted to announce the return of its annual gala, Main Event 2021: Acts of Optimism on May 1, 2021. Inspired by Director and CEO Hernán Diaz Alonso’s affirmation that “architecture is an act of optimism,” Main Event 2021 will present a night of unique programs with artists and artistic innovators across disciplines, centering on the role of optimism in our collective future. The liveliest affair of the tutorial year, Main Event 2021 will benefit the SCI-Arc Scholarship Endowment, with net proceeds providing support for more students to access the world-renowned school of innovation and architectural thinking.

The vibrant virtual program promises to be an evening that is at once spectacular and inspiring, featuring a stunning lineup of influential guests such as architect and SCI-Arc alumna Barbara Bestor, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor, LAXART executive director Hamza Walker, film director, and educator Kordae Henry, SCI-Arc design faculty member Mira Henry, and photographic artist and writer Janna Ireland. Conversations on the intersections of optimism and invention will inspire and engage a global audience of alumni, friends, designers, business leaders, arts supporters, and creative professionals.

Work by Phuong Do (B.Arch ’24). Image courtesy of SCI-Arc


For the primary time ever, because of the generosity of our sponsors, this remarkable program will offer free admission with registration. SCI-Arc sincerely thanks our sponsors including Spotlight Sponsors Lise StricklerandMark Gallogly; Sustaining Sponsors Tom Strickler and Ellen and Dan Strickler; and Contributing Sponsors Barbara Bestor/Bestor Architecture, Suzanne Boda and George Grindahl, Florencia Pita and Hernán Díaz Alonso, Abby Sher, Margaret GriffinandJohn Enright/Griffin Enright Architects, Steven Song/SCAAA, Perkins + Will, and Wurstküche.

Main Event 2021 invites audiences worldwide to hitch SCI-Arc in celebrating the optimistic possibilities envisioned by architectural thinking. Supporting Main Event 2021 directly benefits the foremost talented and committed students from round the globe, supporting scholarships so students can experience SCI-Arc’s incomparable educational opportunities.

SCI-Arc is devoted to empowering students to challenge the principles , push the bounds , and redefine architecture as a discipline. Main Event 2021 will enjoy the rigorous, unparalleled architectural thinking that SCI-Arc has always been, and continues to be, known.

To learn more about this year’s Main Event and secure your ticket click here.

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