The Catholic University of America

Sept. 19, 2007

CUA Lecture Series to Explore "Spirituality and Architecture"

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will explore the role of spirituality in the imagination of architecture in its Fall 2007 Architecture Lecture Series.

Viewing spirituality from both religious and secular vantages, the speakers will discuss the relationship between architecture and spirituality from the ancient to the modern and through many cultures.

All the talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium.

Monday, Sept. 24, "Three Theoretical Chapels"
Speaker: Randall Ott, dean, CUA's School of Architecture and Planning

Monday, Oct. 1, "Building 'Nothing': The Ascetic Spirit in Architecture"
Speaker: Kazi Ashraf, associate professor of architecture, University of Hawaii

Monday, Oct. 15, "Rediscovering American Sacred Space"
Speaker: Louis P. Nelson, assistant professor of architecture, University of Virginia

Friday, Nov. 9, "Untimely Meditations on the Need for Sacred Architecture"
Speaker: Karsten Harries, professor of architecture, Yale University

Monday, Nov. 12, "Spirituality in the Architecture of Le Corbusier"
Speaker: Francesco Passanti, research fellow, University of Texas at Austin

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

MEDIA: To cover the lecture series, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy 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.