Postponed: Designer Stefan Sagmeister to Present 'Why Beauty Matters' Lecture on March 16

Stefan Sagmeister will present the lecture "Why Beauty Matters" on March 16.
Victor G. Jeffreys II

Stefan Sagmeister will present the lecture "Why Beauty Matters" on March 16.

Postponed: A lecture by Stefan Sagmeister for March 16 has been postponed and is expected to be rescheduled in the fall. Go to the Coronavirus Cancellations page to check more events.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Stefan Sagmeister will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the upper auditorium of Hillside Auditorium, on the University of Arkansas campus, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.

Sagmeister is the co-founder of the design partnership Sagmeister & Walsh in New York City.

In his lecture, "Why Beauty Matters," Sagmeister will use examples from architecture, design and science to show that beauty is no mere surface strategy. He will try to prove that humans not only feel differently when they are surrounded by beauty, but that they also behave differently.

Sagmeister has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. He's a two-time Grammy Award winner and has earned several international design awards.

He discusses large subjects such as happiness or beauty, how they connect to design and what that actually means within people's everyday lives. He has spoken five times at the official TED, making him one of the three most frequently invited TED speakers.

Sagmeister is an author whose books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. His exhibitions have been on display in museums around the world. His exhibit "The Happy Show" attracted more than half a million visitors worldwide and became the most visited graphic design show in history.

A native of Austria, Sagmeister received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also earned a master's degree from Pratt Institute in New York City.

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Art.

The school is pursuing continuing education credits for this lecture through the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free, with limited seating.

For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or


Shawnya Lee Meyers, digital media specialist
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design

Michelle Parks, director of communications
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design


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