The Catholic University of America

Sept. 22, 2006

CUA's 2006 Embassy/Architecture Lecture Series Showcases Norway

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will present "The Master Builder Series: A Tribute to Norwegian Architecture and the Henrik Ibsen Centenary" as its Fall 2006 Embassy/Architecture Lecture Series.

The four-part series continues the tradition at the School of Architecture and Planning of showcasing the architecture of different countries. Previous series have featured Austria, Finland, Switzerland and Japan. This fall's series also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

"For this year's lecture series we are pleased to be affiliated with the Embassy of Norway in offering a fine program highlighting the nation's outstanding architectural traditions and new developments," said Randall Ott, dean of the architecture and planning school. "We are particularly thrilled to host this series this year, as it is the centenary of the passing of the famous Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen.

"These annual lecture programs bring the world's international figures in architecture and design to speak to our students, alumni and friends," he added. "Through collaborations with Washington's embassies, we have been able to focus our school's lectures on the significant architectural achievements of cultures from across the globe."

All the talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium, with the exception of the final presentation, which is by invitation only at the Washington, D.C., residence of the Norwegian ambassador.

Monday, Oct. 2, "Snøhetta: From Norway with an International Crew via Alexandria to Manhattan"
Speaker: Craig Dykers, partner with the architectural firm Snøhetta, Norway

Monday, Oct. 16, "New Norwegian Architecture: Code for the Future"
Speaker: Henning Kaland, senior partner with the firm Code: Arkitektur, Oslo, Norway

Monday, Oct. 30, "Norwegian Master Builders: Christian Norberg-Schulz and Sverre Fehn"
Speaker: Thomas Thiis-Evensen, professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Monday, Nov. 13, "A Guide to Norwegian Architecture"
Speaker: Ingerid Helsing Almaas, editor, Byggekunst, The Norwegian Review of Architecture

The lectures are free and offer AIA continuing education learning units. For additional information, contact Adnan Morshed, assistant professor of architecture and planning, at 202-319-5188.

MEDIA: To cover the lecture series, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Students utilize the nation's capital as an architecture laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is awarded after four years of study, and the Bachelor of Architecture first professional degree is earned after one additional year. Foreign study experiences are offered as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,