Join us as we explore eight timeless icons of architecture from the earliest days of recorded history to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? What makes them great? How has their impact spanned the centuries and influenced our world? Some of these icon creators thought themselves gods. Others were devoted to God. A few were driven by arrogance and power. Some were creative poets, and some were pragmatic. Several iconic buildings had large cost overruns that nearly bankrupted their communities. Some generated controversies. One was built by 80,000 slaves. Another, still in construction, will have taken 147 years when it is completed in 2026. One took just two years to complete. Six are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Slides and videos will highlight the Great Pyramid, Parthenon, Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, Sagrada Familia basilica, Sydney Opera House, Burj Khalifa, and the Heydar Aliyev Center. | Lecture + Q&A.