The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT: Architecture Lecture: "Willing Paradises"

WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.

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


Bryan Mackay-Lyons, partner, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited and GHOST Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will give the fourth of five talks of CUA's Summer 2008 Architecture Lecture Series, which is titled "On Making: Investigating the Act of Making as Design Knowledge."

Mackay-Lyons' lecture will be based on his book, "Ghost." "The human urge to build is a fundamentally optimistic act," he says in the book. "By the daily plying of our own trade, we can project a view of a better world. This has always been our job. It is both a lousy job and a privileged position, where we are constantly fighting against the default tendency toward mediocrity but with the possibility of occasionally redirecting this inertia into something exceptional."

The lecture is free and open to the public and offers AIA Continuing Education learning units. For more information, contact Luis Boza, director of the School of Architecture and Planning's Summer Institute, at 202-319-6861 or

SPONSORS: CUA's School of Architecture and Planning

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.