The Catholic University of America

Oct. 11, 2007

CUA Hosting National Conference on Architects as Stewards of the Earth

Catholic University is hosting a national conference Oct. 11 through 13 that will bring about 50 scholars from around the country to examine the role of architects/designers as stewards of the Earth at a time of increasing concern about society's impact on the environment.

The event - the Fall 2007 Southeast Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture - will take place at CUA's Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. The conference, titled "Assuming Responsibility: The Architecture of Stewardship," will examine whether architects - traditionally stewards of the physical environment - should adopt a more holistic approach to stewardship.

Stewardship is an integral part of the curriculum at CUA's School of Architecture and Planning, which adopted a mission statement in August that guides the training of architects as stewards of the Earth's resources. The school has a long history of emphasizing sustainability and social conscience in its teaching.

"Catholic University is proud to host this conference on the architecture of stewardship," says Randall Ott, dean of architecture and planning. "It's critical that architects examine stewardship issues, such as equity in housing, sustainability and smart growth, as they relate to urban design. How can we design using as small a footprint as possible, impacting the environment as little as possible?"

Discussion topics at the conference will include the spiritual and philosophical foundations of stewardship, the role of existing and new technologies and innovative materials in fostering the architecture of stewardship, and how the concept of stewardship might change the way that architects teach and practice.

CUA architecture and planning faculty Luis Eduardo Boza, assistant professor, and Michelle A. Rinehart, assistant dean, are serving as conference co-chairs. For more information e-mail boza@cua.edu or rinehart@cua.edu.

MEDIA: To cover the conference 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. The school also offers a three-year Master of Architecture for students already holding a bachelor's degree in a field other than architecture.