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Architecture of Stewardship Lecture: "Architecture as an Act of Civil (Dis)Obedience"


6 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2007


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

Dan Pitera, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, will give a lecture titled "Architecture as an Act of Civil (Dis)Obedience." Pitera will talk about the work of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center as a proactive and reactive activist endeavor within the shifting social and urban development structure of Detroit. Dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people, the center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration. Pitera's talk is the fourth in Catholic University's 2007 Summer Institute for Architecture Lecture Series, "Assuming Responsibility: Investigating the Architecture of Stewardship."

Under Pitera's direction, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center won the $25,000 grand prize in the 2002 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy competition. The design center also was included in the international exhibit/conferences ArchiLab 2004 and ArchiLab 2001 in Orleans, France. In 1998, Pitera was the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska, and in 2004-2005 he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. A registered architect in the state of Michigan, he earned his Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The last lecture in the series is scheduled for 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 Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.