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Architecture of Stewardship Lecture: "Public Architecture and the 1% Solution"


6 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2007


The Catholic University of America
Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


John Peterson, founder of Public Architecture, San Francisco, will present a lecture titled "Public Architecture and the 1% Solution." Peterson will discuss the work of Public Architecture, which identifies and solves practical problems of human interaction in the built environment and acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. Peterson's talk is the third in Catholic University's 2007 Summer Institute for Architecture Lecture Series, "Assuming Responsibility: Investigating the Architecture of Stewardship."

Prior to the establishment of Public Architecture, Peterson Architects had dedicated substantial time to arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations and social service agencies. In 2002, Peterson Architects' unorthodox pro bono work evolved into Public Architecture. Peterson serves on several nonprofit boards, including Urban Solutions and the South of Market Business Association. He is a member of the City of San Francisco's Green Vision Council and was a technical consultant to the city's Partnership for Affordable Nonprofit Space. Peterson earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in landscape architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. A registered architect in the state of California, he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The other lectures in the series are scheduled for July 18 and July 25. All the lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Luis Eduardo Boza at 202-319-6861 or by e-mail:


School of Architecture and Planning

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