The Catholic University of America

Oct. 6, 2008

CUA Lecture Series Explores Architecture and Development in the Americas

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning, in cooperation with the Embassy of Peru, will explore "Contrast - Culture - Context: Architecture and Development in the Americas" in its Fall 2008 Architecture Lecture Series.

As the oldest European conquered area in the Americas, Peru has a rich and complex heritage.
The capital city of Lima was founded and designed by conqueror Francisco Pizarro in 1535. It is a country of contrasts: from historic to modern, native to European, coastal desert to rain forest to high mountains, and urban to rural.

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

Monday, Oct. 6, Javier Artadi, Artadi Arquitectos, Lima, and professor, Peruvian University of Applied Sciences
"The Cube in the Desert" lecture will focus on the geometric ideal in architecture and its relationship with the desert on the Pacific Coast of Peru. Startling contrasts here reveal the intensity of an extraordinary human intervention in nature.

Monday, Oct. 20, Jean Pierre Crousse, Barclay & Crousse Architecture, Paris and Lima, and professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
"The Landscape Revealed" will follow Crousse's path across continents to create architecture that evokes a timeless spirituality and resonates with the contradictions inherent in its site and culture.

Monday, Nov. 3, Frederick Cooper Llosa, Cooper Grana Nicolini Arquitectos, Lima, and dean of the School of Architecture and Urbanism, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
"Architecture and Context: A Changing Definition" explores Cooper's principles and evolution of contemporary concepts of the meaning of architecture and its relationship with a new understanding of our rapidly changing environment.

Friday, Nov. 10, Ruth Alvardo Pflücker, architect, Lima
"Desert Matters" documents Alvardo Pflücker's unique solutions for existing architecture that transforms its chaotic environment.

The lectures are free and offer AIA continuing education learning units. For more information, contact Temple Washington, associate professor of architecture and planning, at

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 a laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is awarded after four years of study, as well as an undergraduate joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering. The school offers several graduate programs: an accredited Master of Architecture first professional degree, a post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Studies, a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design.