The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT: Architecture Lecture: "The Future of Metal is Art"

WHEN: Tuesday, July 1, 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.


L. William Zahner, president and CEO of A. Zahner Company, a 111-year-old architectural metal company in Kansas City, Mo., will give the third of five talks of CUA's Summer 2008 Architecture Lecture Series, which is titled "On Making: Investigating the Act of Making as Design Knowledge."

Over the last several decades, innovations in fabrication and finishing techniques coupled with the availability of metals once limited to military applications has created a renaissance in architectural metal construction. Techniques of working with metal also have been revived by computer-assisted design and fabrication innovations. What lies ahead for metal is as different as what is in the past, says Zahner, who adds that the future of metal is art.

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.