The Catholic University of America

June 8, 2007

CUA Summer 2007 Lecture Series to Examine 'Architecture of Stewardship'

Series Theme Will Continue at Southeast Conference of ACSA

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will present "Assuming Responsibility: Investigating the Architecture of Stewardship," a lecture series this summer on the role of the architect as a steward of society and the possibilities for humanitarian design work that benefits the disadvantaged.

The series will feature five lectures from June 18 through July 25 by leading practitioners, who will talk about their work, which includes architectural solutions to improve the lives of poor people around the world as well as prefabricated housing prototypes for affordable housing agencies in the United States. The lectures will be held at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium.

"Traditionally the architect has served primarily as a steward of the physical environment, seeking to improve life through interaction with the natural and built environment for today's generation as well as the next," says Luis Eduardo Boza, assistant professor of architecture and planning.

"Our speakers are architects who have adopted a more holistic approach to stewardship that takes into account economic and social justice issues," Boza says. "Their work reflects a sense of responsibility for the welfare of disadvantaged people as well a respect for human life and the world in which we live."

The lecture series mirrors the theme of the architecture and planning school's 2007 Summer Institute for Architecture as well as the upcoming Fall 2007 Southeast conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, which will be held at CUA in October 2007.

CUA's annual Summer Institute for Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate level courses that feature design studios and elective courses, including the history of architecture, graphics, furniture design, theory and computer-aided design/fabrication.

The fall conference, which will serve the Southeast region of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, will be hosted by Catholic University Oct. 11-13 at the Crough Center. Boza and Michelle Rinehart, CUA assistant dean of architecture and planning, are serving as conference co-chairs.

Following are details about the lecture series speakers and their talks. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Architecture and Planning at 202-319-5188.

  • Monday, June 18, 6 p.m.
    Cameron Sinclair
    , executive director and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, will give a talk titled "We Don't Ship: How Community Design Delivers More Than Architecture." Sinclair will discuss the work of Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organization that generates architectural solutions to improve the lives of people living in sub-standard conditions around the world.

  • Wednesday, June 20, 6 p.m.
    John Quale
    , founder and project director of ecoMOD at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will present a lecture titled "ecoMOD: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefab Housing." Quale, also an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, will discuss ecoMOD - a multi-year project that is creating and analyzing a series of ecological and prefabricated housing prototypes for affordable housing organizations.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 6 p.m.
    John Peterson, founder of Public Architecture, San Francisco, Calif., 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.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m.
    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.

  • Wednesday, July 25, 6 p.m.
    Andrew Freear
    , director of the Rural Studio at the Auburn University School of Architecture, will give a lecture titled "Rural Studio: Education of the Citizen Architect." Freear, also an Auburn University associate professor of architecture, will talk about the Rural Studio six years after the death of its founder, Auburn University architecture professor Samuel Mockbee.


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

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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 use the nation's capital as an architecture laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture preprofessional degree is awarded after four years of study, and the Master of Architecture professional degree is earned after two additional years. Foreign study experiences are offered as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.

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