Aaron Betsky is the Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin, which is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation based in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
He was previously the Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio, USA (2006-14), during which time he oversaw the renovation of the institution's building and helped to raise USD 80 million. He was also Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NIA) in Rotterdam (2001-06); held the post of Commissioner for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s International Architecture Exhibition for three consecutive editions; was the Venice Biennale’s Architecture Director (2008); and curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). He curated the eighth International Architecture Exhibition (2002) which won the Golden Lion for best foreign pavilion.
He is the author of What is Modernism?; The United Nations Building; and At Home in Sprawl: Selected Essays on Architecture. He has also written for The New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Domus, and Artforum. He has written treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture, and is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of Queer theory.
He is currently writing a book on modernism and another on the Venezuelan practice Urban Think-Tank (U-TT), winner of the Global Holcim Awards Silver in 2012 for Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub (Grotão – Fábrica de Música) in São Paulo, Brazil. He is co-directing the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and teaching an architecture studio at the University of Cincinnati.
Aaron Betsky studied at the Yale School of Architecture and is currently an accepted candidate for a PhD in the History of Architecture from the Technical University in Delft (Netherlands).
He has held the Eero Saarinen chair in architecture at the University of Michigan and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, California College of Arts, School of Architecture in Houston, and Southern California Institute of Santa Monica. From 1983 to 1985, he taught at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design, and then until 1987, he worked with Frank O. Gehry Associates, Inc.
He is an honorary member of the British Institute of Architects (2004) and has won an award from the American Institute of Architects (2001).
Aaron Betsky was a member of the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2012.